If you have a family like mine, finding a restaurant that ticks all their boxes can be tricky. I need to match great food and just the right amount of buzzy sophistication without it being – to quote one of my boys- too ‘up itself’. Here are a few of my favourites that just seem to work every time.

Daphne’s – Brompton Cross, South Kensington.

I love this restaurant, it’s a South-Ken stalwart – I can remember being romanced
here in my twenties. Not cheap but great food and easy service have kept me coming back. Like all the best Italians, the restaurant encourages family dining even though the ambience is quite sophisticated. If you’re looking for a more chilled vibe then Friday night is a better option than the full on, packed out craziness of a Saturday.

Favourite dish – lobster spaghetti