Parent and baby classes and workshops often feature highly on our studio timetable and events list, so when we created Cafe Kin, we worked hard to make sure that it was a safe, welcoming and suitable space for parents, babies, children. But did we get it right? We invited Kerry and Alex of The Parent & Baby Show along to try it out!
Here’s what they had to say when PABS paid a visit to Cafe Kin
Ok, so it’s pretty fair to say that we’re already BIG fans of Rowan House, from hypnobirthing, antenatal classes and pregnancy yoga for mums-to-be to baby yoga, Pilates, breastfeeding advice and fortnightly parenting workshops there’s not much this fabulous wellbeing centre doesn’t do for parents.
So when we heard that they were opening a café, we had to take a look for ourselves! Rachel and the team were kind enough to let us take a sneak peek at the café before it opened to the public so we could see the space and try the delicious food and drink on offer… so we gathered a group of local bump to toddler business and spent the morning at Café Kin!
It’s a beautiful space, calm and inviting with warm, neutral colours and mimimal décor, just what you’d expect from a location dedicated to helping their clients create a ‘life in balance’. We particularly loved the oh-so-touchable wall coverings! There’s room for about 20 people with a choice of tables and chairs and benches for bigger groups. It’s a space filled with light, perfect for this time of year when everything can seem a bit grey outside!
A ramp makes it easy to wheel a buggy in and there’s plenty of space to store them once you’re inside. There’s highchairs for little bums and baby changing area too. Perfect for mummas!
Chef and Café Manager Laura gave us a super warm welcome, serving up teas, coffees and a rather moreish cinnamon hot chocolate! Food-wise, there were delicious home-made mince pies and yummy energy balls, which everyone just devoured!
The ethos behind Café Kin is ‘Sneaking in the Good Stuff’ which means that although there’s plenty of tempting treats on offer, each one is quietly healthy, packed with nutritional goodness with dairy and gluten-free options available.
Café Kin is open from 8am – 2.45pm Monday to Friday, perfect for popping in for a coffee with friends after the school run or taking younger children for a spot of breakfast. For just £4.00 you can enjoy unlimited toast with local preserves, nut butter or honey and if you fancy a drink with that (who doesn’t!) you can add one for just £2. If you’re sans children (oh the luxury!) we highly recommend the hard-boiled egg with spinach and pesto or the toasted banana & walnut loaf with cinnamon and maple syrup, lush!
After our pre-Christmas visit, Kerry popped back a few weeks later to check out the café in full lunchtime swing! There was a super delish looking range of cakes on offer, including mini muffins (perfect for little fingers), brownies and almond slices.
The menu also features salads, frittatas and a range of healthy toasties. Kerry ordered the feta and grilled pepper toastie along with (another) hot chocolate! It was cooked to perfection with a really generous filling – as big cheese lovers there’s nothing more heartbreaking than finding that your food includes just a stingy squeak of cheese! That certainly wasn’t the case here!
To drink there’s the usual assortment of teas and coffees (espresso, latte, mocha etc), plus hot chocolate. Cold drinks are available too, but don’t expect to pick up a sugar packed Pepsi here. Instead choose from Yogi Tea or Whole Earth sparkling drinks in yummy flavors like cranberry, elderflower or Ginger. There’s also Kombucha and dairy-free flavoured milk for the little ones.
For kids, the MunchKins Menu allows you to build your own little-person lunch, starting with a healthy selection of cucumber and raw carrot sticks, pitta bread and hummus for just £1.50. From there you simply add on the extras. There’s plenty to choose from, including sliced banana, cheddar fingers, toast, nut butter, feta, hard-boiled egg and avocado, priced at 50p each. It’s one of those lunches where you almost don’t mind if the children don’t eat much (although we’re sure they will) because you can finish it up! Yummy!
Café Kin is a fantastic new addition to Rowan House and we can’t wait to see what Laura and the team serve up in the months to come. We’ll certainly be back for more!
The Parent & Baby Show takes place on Sunday 15th March at the UEA SportsPark in Norwich. It’s Norfolk’s biggest and best loved bump to baby and child show, using all five senses to create an immersive and interactive family event like no other. Shop with some of the region’s best brands, listen to over 15 talks and taster classes from local experts and take advantage of wild learning workshops, creative play areas, painting and messy zones, pregnancy and newborn advice stations, plus massages and treatments for parents and pregnant ladies…