The Old Brickworks Brewers Fayre
The school summer holidays are long, especially if you work term time only and look after your children for the full 6 weeks! We’ve managed to really make the most of the time this summer but I find it hard to keep a 6yr old and a 4 yr old occupied all the time. I like to mix the time between days at home and days where we do something.
When we were invited to visit a local Brewers Fayre to check out the children’s menu and facilities I was glad for a reason to go out, in my final week off of the summer it came at the perfect time too.
The first thing that hit me as we parked at The Old Brickworks Brewers Fayre was that the car park was quite busy. For 12.30pm on a weekday I was quite surprised. I know it was the school holidays but I hadn’t expected it to be as busy as it first appeared. Inside it didn’t seem overly busy.
We headed inside to the “Please wait to be seated” desk and waited approx. 3 minutes for a member of staff to arrive. We were greeted by a staff member and quickly seated. You have to order at the counter so I noted our table number and went up to the bar to place our order.
I took our drinks back to the table and shortly after we were told that the playgym was open for the children if they wished to play, the charge per child was £3.00, even if you are eating. I felt that a deal should be done if you are eating as a family, maybe entry should free if you spend a certain amount? But the staff in the play area were friendly and helpful. They instantly made the children feel welcome and safe. I headed back out to the table to wait for the food, I would have preferred to have been able to see into the playgym and I think next time I would ask for a table overlooking it for peace of mind.
The menu is wide and varied. Full of different choices and all at reasonable prices. The lunchtime deals were amazing, two starters for £2.50, two mains for £10 and two desserts for £2.50. A real bargain. The kids can get a massive 3 courses for just £4.99 too! They also got a free activity comic and colouring sheet with crayons.
The starters arrived quickly, the kids both chose Nachos (a massive bowl of tortilla chips with a sprinkling of cheese and salsa dip). The kids didn’t like the cheese but it easily peeled off and they loved the tortilla chips and salsa! My portion of Breaded King Prawns honestly delicious, crunchy coating, juicy prawns and sweet chilli dip.
For main course C chose the hotdog (with chips and sweetcorn cobette), LissyLou chose Spaghetti Bolognese with chips and veggie crudites. C loved his hotdog, it was a little on the small side but it came with a fair portion of chips and the corn so it made a good size meal for a 6 yr old but might have left an older child a little bit hungry. LissyLou loved her meal, the bolognese sauce was full of meat and had a great meaty flavour. Again the main dish was fine for her but not quite big enough for an older child.
My main meal was a Spinach and Ricotta lasagne, it was stuffed full of spinach and ricotta and one of the nicest veggie dishes I’ve had in a long time. With the sides (chips and salad) it made for a filling lunch. I would definitely order this again.
We all chose a pudding, although the kids only managed a couple of bites of the Strawberry sundae and Jelly and Ice Cream (both were large), I had the warm chocolate brownie and it was delicious. A large brownie with ice cream and sauces. Very rich but also very morish!
We had a great meal and would definitely return, particularly during the school holidays, the kids loved the play gym and the food!
Before we left we nipped out and played on the outdoor playground, a nice sunny spot with a fun playground. It ended our trip nicely!
My lasting memory of The Old Brickworks Brewers Fayre was excellent customer service, the staff were all friendly and helpful and the food was great and very reasonably priced!
We received a voucher which covered the cost of our food and drink (I paid for the playgym entry).