The days where I could sit in Costa chatting to mummy friends sipping on a flat white (No one does them like Costa!!) while Henry would sleep peacefully, content in his pram are lonnnnng gone! Nowadays, I need to find places he can be happy zooming around playing with his little buddies while I manage to have a couple of sips of some luke warm substance.
It’s not often I post about specific places I’ve been with Henry, but had to share this little gem with you which my Mumsy came across and suggested we should visit. We really weren’t sure what to expect as I’d never heard of it, but along we went on a wet and windy morning.
Aristology; A cafe and makery at its heart, small yet perfectly formed, rustic in its presentation but that’s what makes it work. In my opinion there just aren’t enough of these small, independently run places in our humble little town. Organically developed since its opening in September by the lovely owner Zanna, who I could tell has so much passion for her little corner of the world and the community around it. All the vintage furniture and variety of art is gathered from all over the place and brought together to create a space as interesting as it is homely.
Now don’t get me wrong, this is no soft play centre. But there are enough toys, books, textures and trains to interest babies as there is variety in arts and crafts to keep older children (and adults alike!!) entertained and occupied. Ideal if you have a large age gap between children, or want somewhere to go with a friend who has an older child who can sit and make all manner of crafts while your baby investigates all the new toys in its reach. Or, even if you just fancy some time out to be on your own or with a friend, reading one of the magazines or books and indulging yourself on Chai Lattes and the best brownies I’m sure you’ll ever taste! The cafe boasts beautiful home made cakes, paninis, soups, salads and delicious coffees & teas; enough to keep anyone happy!
Aristology cafe also holds craft workshops such as stained glass window making, crochet, sewing, felting and many more. Zanna even showed me a beautiful patchwork quilt made during a baby shower which was held there.
All information can be found on their Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/aristology.cafe It’s located within the Proteus Centre in what was Fairfields, Basingstoke, Hampshire.
What child friendly places have you discovered? I’d love to find more new places!