If you’re in East Oxford, you’ve got access to many family-friendly places, including parks, restaurants, and cultural gems. One of the best places to spend an hour or two with children is the Pegasus Café, located on the first floor of the Pegasus Theatre. It’s no secret that it’s great for families – in fact, every time I’ve been there, every table included children!
The main menu includes sandwiches, soup, salads (but no hot mains), and cakes/treats, as well as tea and coffee. The kids’ menu features easy favourites such as cheese on toast and ham sandwiches. The Pegasus Café has free WiFi if you would like to stay a while and get online. Staff are always friendly and helpful and will bring your order to your table if you need assistance.
What makes the Pegasus Café so special is its location within an arts centre built for young people. The Pegasus Theatre offers shows, classes, courses, and other learning resources for children and youth – it is the place to go for children interested in any of the performing arts. The café offers a space to informally soak up the ambiance of the theatre – and it’s also a great place for parents to wait and relax while their children attend one of the many courses on offer.
Where is it? Pegasus Theatre, Magdalen Road, OX4 1RE – just off Iffley Road.
Opening times? Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sundays closed (unless there is a performance or event), Mondays closed. The café is also open pre- and post-show.
What’s it best for? It’s fantastic for meeting with friends who also have babies or children – the last time I went there were two different NCT groups meeting at the same time! There’s lots of room for prams and strollers at the Pegasus Theatre entrance, one floor below the café, but if you’re not in a big group you can also bring yours up in the lift; there’s usually enough room to park it by your table.
Better with babies or children? It’s good for babies (there’s a fair number of high chairs, and a few comfy couches for breastfeeding mothers), but even better for children. The under-5s play area includes books, toys, and some cracking dressing-up costumes. There are also books on the subject of theatre, both for younger and readers and for adults.
Keep in mind! There’s an open stairway leading up to the café from the ground floor, so if you have a very young one who is into exploring, be sure to keep an eye on them if your table is near the stairs. If you need baby-changing facilities, they are in the corridor just outside of the café and the room is presentable and spacious. There’s also a smaller-sized toilet seat you can use for little tots.
Good to know! The Pegasus Theatre offers performing arts courses for kids ages 6 and up, including dance, music, drama, design, and writing. They also offer events for younger children, such as the ‘Play the World’ sessions (drama workshops for parents and toddlers) and Funday Sundays, which can range from puppet shows to a ‘Baby Boogie’ disco. Check the website at www.pegasustheatre.org.uk for details of upcoming events.
Keep in touch! Follow them on Twitter at @Pegatweet or visit their website http://www.pegasustheatre.org.uk.
Thank you very much, dear Nadia Arbach. It’s fabulous to have you on board! Nadia has been blogging at oxfordmommy.com since July 2013, reviewing Oxford’s eateries, attractions, and activities for baby- and toddler-friendliness. Her first guest-post was about the Jam Factory.