Coronavirus Update – As of 20/3/2020 we are closed because of the coronavirus  based on advice from the government.

The Nurture Barn – Stylish Play for Babies & Toddlers.

GREAT OFFERS– Entry between 9-10am is FOC until 31/3/20 (including Saturdays)!!

1.30-3 is £1 entry. (Mon to Fri only)
 Cake & Coffee deal is £3.90 from 2-3pm (Mon to Fri only).

Takeway Food

As many of you already know The Nurture Barn was awarded The Best Independent Family Restaurant by Essex Mums in 2019/20.

We have been a 5 star rated Restaurant by Braintree Council for the last 5 years due to our food standards, allergy processes & hygiene levels.

So in this current climate, as well as offering you a place with plenty of space to play indoor and out, we are offering a ‘CONTACT FREE’ TAKEAWAY SERVICE for you to collect. Call us and just pull up outside if you wish. Cards accepted. Pls share this post in case any of your friends need it. It is for everyone not only our regular visitors. All ages.

All our Takeaway food is Homemade, Allergens adhered to and we will use biodegradable cardboard boxes and cups.

Please note we have GF Bread & Pasta, DF butter, DF & SF Yoghurts, Vegan Sausages & GF Fishfingers.

Please call us on 01371 810870 or email [email protected] to order and we will take payment over the phone.


1 person – £5
2 person – £9

Creamy Leek & Bacon Pasta
Herby Mushroom Pasta in Tomato Sauce
Pasta Bolognaise (DF)
Roasted Winter Vegetables (V) with Couscous or Pasta
Shepherds Pie (DF) with Peas
Chilli con Carne (DF) with Couscous
Mexican Bean Stew (V) with Couscous or Tortilla Chips
Thai Green Chicken & Veg Curry (DF) with Couscous
Mild Vegetable Curry (V) with Couscous

Extra Side Salad or Peas – 50p


LARGE Quiche (serves 8 adults) – call us for today’s Special with Salad & Coleslaw – £28
Slice of Quiche with Salad & Coleslaw – £5

SOUPS (GF) served with a slice of buttered Bread – £4

Thai Butternut Squash (DF)
Bacon & Butterbean (DF)
Cream of Potato & Leek

SANDWICHES are made to order.
Served with Crisps on Granary, White Bread or Wraps:

Fishfingers – £5
Sausages – £5
Bacon – £5
Coronation Chicken – £5
Humus & Roast Veg (V) – £3.80
Tuna Mayo – £3.80
Egg Mayo – £3.80
Ham or Cheese Salad – £3.80


Creamy Cheese & Ham Pasta ( 2 portions) £5
Tomato & Veg Pasta (DF – 2 portions) £5
Bolognaise Pasta (DF – 2 portions) £6
Sausage Pasta in a Tomato Sauce £4


Weaning Muffins ( packs of 4) £6
Free From Weaning Muffins (packs of 2) £3
Mushy Tomato Pasta (DF – 2 portions) £3
Free From Purees – (4 portions) £5


Slices of Cake £2.50 or we can make you a whole CAKE

Lemon Cake (GF)
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You want the cleanest, safest environment for your child to help them develop and have fun. We offer a high quality drop in centre, with no bookings required. High quality wooden toys across 2 floors and our large fenced in garden is open all year round and boasts mud kitchens, tyres, huts and paddling pools when warm.


With a wide range of weekly Pay As you Go activities including Boogiewoogies Music, Sensory and Unicorn Pony Rides or Animal Petting events. Painted Peppermint is here monthly. We host weekly Sing & Sign, Baby College and offer 1 to 1 to 1 support in Breast Feeding, Weaning, Toddler Selective Eating, Sleep Issues and a Sling Advice/Library. All teachers have been hand picked to educate and engage with your children. Must Book.


Our 5* restaurant has been built by parents who know how important mealtimes are. We are winners of Essex Mums 2019 Family Eating. Our delicious Homemade food for you and them, is lovingly prepared by experienced Chefs including many allergy options. Remain seated if you wish and let them go and play, as you will always be able to see them.


Our Funky Party Room has the Wow Factor. No minimum amount of kids needed. You can spend on child guests at £12 a head and include adults food and drinks to get to the £120 minimum spend. Invites, hot and cold food and quality party bags included plus 2 hours in the party room. Stay on longer in the Barn as unlimited play included.


1 to 1 advice on Breastfeeding, Baby Led Weaning Theory, Toddlers Selective Eating, Sling Libraries, Toddler Behaviour Sleep Clinic.


If you are expecting your baby, then it is time to meet The Nurture Barn. We run monthly meet ups to introduce The Barn and to meet new friends. No bookings needed. Come for a free cup of tea or coffee.

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Live Facebook Reviews

of 5 stars
Nathalie Pick

Very welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. A range of toys and dress up to entertain all ages of babies and pre-schoolers. Delicious food too, with a real range for weaning and fussy toddlers and hungry mummies and carers... And the cakes!

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Hayleigh Louise Austin

lovely staff, amazing atmosphere and something completely different from your usual soft play... The nurture barn is clean and has a vast range of sensory wooden toys 🙂 They have a great selection of allergy friendly foods on the menu too which is always a...

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Michelle Kent

So lovely and clean, great food great staff. It’s worth the travel from chelmsford.

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Rachael Stephens

Love this place! I visit at least once a week, great for learning and play, lovely food and facilities for little ones and based in a lovely setting. 🙂 x

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Claire Sinha

Great day at the Nurture barn today with my 6 month old daughter and her little friends, we attended the Christmas experience and from start to finish it was a great 2 hours. All the staff worked really hard and were very attentive.

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Annalee Hague

*father Christmas experience*

We attended the experience today at 11am. Initially we were outside looking at the reindeer which was really good, the lady there gave us lots of facts about them. We were brought hot drinks outside and after a while...

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Hannah Howat

Had a fantastic afternoon at the Nurture Barn! So many toys and different things to do. Our favourite were the role play toys upstairs, where there were also bumbo seats in front of wall mounted toys which were perfect for keeping my younger one entertained....

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Jenny Jenkins

On Saturday we had my 4yo sons birthday party with a mix of 2/3/4/5 year olds and what a fab time everyone had. Good food, our own party host helping everything including the parent drinks and so much for the kids to do and explore....

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Jayne Tolley

Great food, loads of choice whether savoury or sweet! Can even take away fresh bread, cakes. Added bonus is the attached shop with some absolutely lovely items

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Approx Drive Times in Minutes

Braintree - 17, Dunmow 13, Saffron Walden 22, Haverhill 21, Bishops Stortford 30, Chelmsford 32, Sudbury 32, Colchester 38, Billericay 46, Loughton 46, Cambridge 48, Brentwood 49, Buckhurt Hill 50

About The Nurture Barn

I remember when my daughter Olivia started crawling and exploring but I still wanted to meet friends, with or without kids, for good coffee and healthy food in stylish places with lots of natural light and an outdoors when warm.

It was just impossible when she started wriggling we often felt a nuisance to others’ enjoyment, if they were without kids. I didn’t like leaving her in the car seat as there was nowhere to lay her down, or imprisoning her in a high chair while we chatted, giving her menus/spoons to keep her busy for 2 secs. so we could have a long awaited catch up together.

I had a lot of experience with babies and toddlers, I chaired a large NCT branch and it kept coming back to the fact that something was missing locally.

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Our Results Speak for themsleves!

We take great pride in feeding you and your little one delicious, homemade food, but in preparing it in a safe, clean allergy friendly kitchens. For our efforts, we are proud to have been awarded a 5* rating in Food & Hygeine after visits by Braintree District Council. We are also an Essex Mums winner for Eating out with Families 2019.


What's On

Some of the fun to be had......

From the moment you walk in, you can let them roam. even little Hoodins, as the only way in and out of The Nurture Barn is through the safely gated front door you just came in. Our garden is only accessible through our cafe and is fenced and locked. Next to our Cafe, we have our lovely, calm Baby Area with fake sensory grass, soft climbing shapes out for climbing and tumbling, books, sofas to read with them and a low slide and climbing frame plus many puzzles and toys, all wooden.

Upstairs though the child friendly gate, is where the toddlers love to go. A den up a ladder,  spider web cimbing frame, a home and kitchen, a gas station, ride ons, trains, building blocks, a giant dolls house, fancy dress and a stage is part of our simple, wooden play. Feel free to play upstairs and us shout you when lunch is ready. Outside has a Den on stilts with a slide, little huts, tyres, sandpits and a secret walkway through glorious trees we planted in 2015. Warm weather brings out paddling pools daily too.

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Our wooden climbing frame and slide are such a hit with little ones. Low but big enough for them to think they are high up. Upstairs is a raised den and also a climbing frame for the more adventurous.

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Baby Den

This safe area is fenced off to keep it calm and contained. Wooden toys only for development, you can get in with them or leave them playing whilst you sit nearby and have a coffee.

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Our secure, fenced garden has shady gazebos with paddling pools out in warm weather. Tyres, mini huts, climbing frames and sandpits keep them busy.

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Dressing Up

Princesses, Doctors, Builders, Knights, Hats, Bags, Fairy Wings are all there for them to help themselves to. Plus our stage means they can show you a performance!

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Role Play

A wooden Kitchen, Shop, Petrol Station, House keep them very busy upstairs. Play supermarkets with wooden food and mini baskets and get into their world.

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Our Cafe has enough seating for everyone, inside and outide and flooded with natural light. We have over 20 highchairs and plastic plates, cutlery and cups for them. Don’t worry about the mess or chaos we are used to it.