As we walked into Central Park Cafe, we were made to feel very welcome and the staff made a real fuss over Millie which she loved, of course! One of the staff even carried a highchair over to the table for us and then gave Millie’s toy its own chair.
There is a small amount of free parking outside Talk of the Town (access on St Ninian’s Road) and if you carry on up that road there is a large car park (behind the TT grandstand so wouldn’t be accessible during TT) and there is also some on-street parking on Upper Duke’s Street. Access into the cafe is easy and the doors can be opened wide enough for a double pram. There is space between the tables to ‘drive’ your pram and spaces where you can park it up too. There is also some outdoor seating if the weather is nice. They have four wooden highchairs with straps and are a good height for the tables. The straps are long enough to feed through the back of the highchair (instead of the sides where it only creates a lap belt); I found this trick a lifesaver when Millie was going through her Houdini phase.
The menu consists of things like paninis (£3.95), wraps (£2.95), sandwiches (including gluten free options £2.95), crumpets (£2), teacakes (£2), a variety of drinks, lots of yummy cakes and ice cream (including dairy free). They don’t have a children’s menu but as the sandwich comes in a packet and only costs £2.95, we were able to take home what Millie didn’t eat. Food orders must be placed at the counter but the staff did offer to carry the drinks back to my table for me which is a nice gesture if you’ve got children with you. The food and drinks are nice and excellent value for money.
Unfortunately, Central Park Cafe don’t have a changing table, however, the public toilet block is very close and has baby changing facilities.
Opposite the cafe is the Splash Zone and changing cubicles (open daily 11am-7pm throughout Spring and Summer, subject to weather conditions – check Douglas Borough Council Facebook page for updates) and the fantastic, enclosed Tot Lot playground area (under 8s).
You’ll also find an enclosed play area for older children a short walk from the Tot Lot playground.
In addition to these two playgrounds, Nobles Park also has a BMX track, skate park, basketball/5-a-side court, outdoor exercise equipment, tennis court, huge grassy areas, BBQ area, wifi and the restaurant ‘Talk of the Town‘.
As you can see, we loved Central Park Cafe and its surroundings and cannot wait for warmer weather so we can try out the Splash Zone.
Spring opening hours: Daily 11am-2pm
Summer opening hours (starting Easter weekend): 10:30am-4:30am