It’s a sweet little café on the edge of Stockbridge that holds its own with the area’s more established vendors, but where the Skylark Café really comes into its own is in its destination facilities for parents with young children. The entire back room has been converted into a large and well-stocked play area for kids, with sizeable baby-changing facilities and decent natural light from the back window. What’s more, owner Sandie Briggs’ mother runs a well-regarded, twice daily on weekdays Song Circle group for kids (£7 for parent and child, book in advance or just drop in to Saturday’s event) as well as a participatory folk singing session every Friday night. The food choice is modest, but everything you could hope for from a local café, especially when entertaining small kids: there are sandwiches, homemade soups and nice cakes, as well as a small set of kids’ choices and good coffee and bacon rolls. The latter makes Skylark an undeservedly overlooked early-morning breakfast stop in the face of more well-known local competition.
- High point: Excellent children’s facilities and activities
- Low point: No on-street parking nearby
- Notable dish: Toasted ham, jarlsberg and mustard panini with salad and crisps.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: BBC Radio 6.
- Live entertainment: Song Circle Mon–Sat for children aged 0–5. Folk singing session on Fri from 8pm.
- Capacity: 25
- Largest group: 8
- Open since: 2012