I heard trum­pet­ing ele­phants and roar­ing lions

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

In prepa­ra­tion for our trip, I’d asked on the Heart Break­fast Show if any­one could rec­om­mend a fam­ily friendly place to eat lunch. Weirdly, given that London has over 6,000 dif­fer­ent restau­rants, all bar two of the first 50 texts rec­om­mended the same lo­ca­tion – The Rain­for­est Café in Pic­cadilly.

Af­ter eat­ing at this place, I un­der­stood why.

It’s one thing be­ing told that it recre­ates the sights and smells of an ac­tual rain­for­est, it is an­other thing al­to­gether ex­pe­ri­enc­ing it. Our tour guide (they don’t have wait­ers) steered us ef­fort­lessly to our ta­ble, which was sit­u­ated very close to a life size go­rilla who ac­tu­ally tried to en­gage in con­ver­sa­tion with my en­thralled son.

Dur­ing the meal we en­dured four thun­der and light­ning storms, and I also heard var­i­ous trum­pet­ing ele­phants and roar­ing lions not far from where we ate. Fish swam close by, and your whole vi­sion was a sea of green plan­ta­tion. Nor­mally at a place like this, the food doesn’t quite match the ef­fort spent on the am­bi­ence – not so here. I rec­om­mend the Leap­ing Lizard Mezze (home­made hum­mus) and the Mojo Bones (ribs) both of which were fan­tas­tic.

The Rain­for­est Café is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing worth­while en­vi­ron­men­tal causes, in­clud­ing the threat to rain­forests them­selves – and given that I had spent the whole of Satur­day in Cathe­dral Square for the launch of Peter­bor­ough’s Green Fes­ti­val, it ac­tu­ally felt like a re­ally good choice.

Af­ter walk­ing off the lunch around many of the other touristy places, we sped out of King’s Cross at 6.10pm, and by 7.30pm my kids were sound asleep in their beds.

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