Want to eat out as a family? Check out Lisa’s Facebook page

TRIP ADVISOR Lisa Hyatt and son Oliver. Lisa has set up a Facebook page that recommends family-friendly cafes and restaurants. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131148-1)
TRIP ADVISOR Lisa Hyatt and son Oliver. Lisa has set up a Facebook page that recommends family-friendly cafes and restaurants. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131148-1)
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MUM Lisa Hyatt has set up a scheme to help people find family-friendly places to eat.

Lisa, who has a 16-month-old son Oliver, decided to start a Facebook group to give parents the chance to share their experiences at cafes and restaurants around Portsmouth.

Parents can give their advice on places to avoid but also recommend places which suit families with young children.

But the Facebook group is just the beginning of Lisa’s plans for the Baby Friendly Scheme.

She said: ‘At the moment, we’re just getting people to write reviews – almost be secret shoppers on places to eat in Portsmouth. But this is just the start.

‘We hope to put posters in the restaurants’ windows which show they are family-friendly.

‘This allows easy identification for people who are looking for places to eat lunch or enjoy a nice evening meal.

‘When you go out as a family with young children, you want places with changing facilities, space for pushchairs and staff who are friendly. Those are they type of things we will be looking out for.’

The group now has over 300 members despite only being set up last month.

Parents have given great reviews but also expressed some negative ones.

Lisa, of Adames Road, Fratton, added: ‘I’ve never had a terrible experience with my son but I know of people who have had issues with certain places.

‘This scheme isn’t about criticising some restaurants and cafes but about making life easier for parents with young children.’

To help her project move forward, Lisa has notified Portsmouth City Council and asked Trading Standards if it can be done.

She said: ‘There is a new cafe opening in Southsea in the next few weeks and they are meant to be really family-friendly.

‘This is our benchmark and hopefully they will have the first poster in the window once we’ve had a look.’

The Facebook group is private but parents can apply to join it by searching for Portsmouth and Southsea Family Friendly Eatery Guide at facebook.com.