We went along on a Friday, and I was expecting it to be really busy as it was the end of the school holidays. Luckily we arrived early and and it wasn't over crowded at all, meaning Little One could run around and enjoy the toddler section in the play frame. Having read about other people's experiences of half term 'May-hem' at other Brewer's Fayre restaurants, we arrived expecting a few special half term activities to be on offer, such as face painting or balloon modelling, but a member of staff explained the activities on offer were the same as the ones they offer each week through the year; a toddler activity in the morning and kid's activities in the afternoon.
As we went on a Friday, the activity was a disco which consisted of some music playing and a light machine, but it didn't seem overly popular with the children there, so Little One didn't take much interest in that. I would be interested to go along on other days of the week however, as it seems there is a whole host of different activities on offer, including crafts, colouring and party games for kids and nursery sing a long and story telling for toddlers.
Little One did really enjoy the Beano themed play frame however. I think he would have stayed there all day given the option. It was spotlessly clean and I like how there's a specific toddler section as there were quite a number of older children there too. There are tables surrounding the play frame and a snack bar where you can purchase light snacks and drinks. It'd be a fantastic place to go to with a group of friends as the children could play and you could all enjoy a nice hot drink.
The play frame is great and spotlessly clean. The toddler section is only small but there's definitely enough to keep a toddler entertained for a while, including a double slide, ramps, rollers to climb through and large soft blocks.
For 50p you can have a ride on this cute little merry-go-round.
Once we had finished playing we headed through to the restaurant where we ordered our food at the bar area. I remember being impressed by the menu and the prices last time we went, and I as equally impressed this time. The portions are decent sizes and the kid's menu offers a superb deal where you can get a main meal for just £3.99, 2 courses for £4.49 or 3 courses for £4.99. The food is tasty, many come with a side salad and I think there is good choice too. A free colouring in Beano cartoon with crayons at the table is a nice touch and keeps Little Ones entertained while you're waiting for food.
I ordered the hand battered fish and chips which was super tasty. The batter was crisp and golden and the chips tasted yummy too. I ordered the spaghetti bolognese for Little One and it went down a treat. and he finished the whole bowl. For dessert we shared a chocolate sundae for which Little One gave his seal of approval.
Hand battered fish and chips
Delicious chocolate sundae, which of course I had a little help with..
Overall, I really like the atmosphere at Brewer's Fayre. The staff are always extremely helpful, the food is well priced, tasty and quick to be served to your table. It's a really great facility having the play centre attached too. It's just a shame there weren't a few more exciting activities on offer during the half term.
Brewer's Fayre has certainly become somewhere we know to be reliable and is on our radar for a family place to eat out. For example, recently we went away down to Cambridgeshire and were looking for somewhere to eat after a long journey in the car with Little One. We immediately headed for the local Brewer's Fayre as we knew it we would be well catered for there- a play place open late for LO to run around in and have a stretch after a long journey, and a good choice of food at fantastic prices.
Disclaimer: We were kindly invited along to our nearest Brewers Fayre to try out their half term activities and were given a voucher to pay for entry and our meals. All opinions expressed and photographs are my own.