Since becoming a mama, I have come to realise that parenting is mostly about reaching the happy medium for both parents and child and doing whatever works, to keep both parties happy. For example, finding a child-friendly establishment where you can get twirly on a lunchtime cider or guzzle vats of wine while your offspring admire cute animals or play happily on the swings . It also helps if the place in question has changing facilities, a great atmosphere and staff who don’t blink twice through all the boob feeds, discarded food on the floor, tantrums and sea of buggies and changing bags.
So if you’re anything like me, you’ll appreciate this little list I’ve put together on the best child-friendly pubs in Bristol.
I can’t shout from the rooftops enough about this place, it’s no wonder it won an award for it’s family-friendly efforts. Inside is huge! Tons of seating where groups can snuggle themselves away and there are toys available in the toddler area to entertain the young’uns. Baby/toddler groups run in the skittle alley/soft play room on weekdays and there’s a vast garden outside with play area, ducks and bunnies too! Parking onsite is a bonus and the food’s tasty too.
What a treat to discover after a year of living round the corner, that our local serves delicious grub, a lovely range of meals for kids and has a great outdoor space with play area and pizza oven! There are toys and books should the tinies get a bit antsy while you’re eating and the staff are forgiving (should your toddler try and join them behind the bar) and helpful too.
To find a drinking establishment in Bristol with this much outside space is winning indeed. Inside is rustic industrial-chic while outside has standard tables and booths to sit and enjoy a beverage or two. There’s a games corner for children, who are welcome until 7pm. The owners also own The Windmill in Bedminster, which is equally child-friendly. Crack-a-lacking.
Fairly new on the scene, this pub belongs to the same family as the Eastfield Inn and ticks all the boxes when it comes to good ol’ family boozers. Inside is huge, so it’s particularly good if there’s a gathering of a few families with young calves and there’s a fenced-off indoor children’s area to keep little’uns entertained while you catch up over a swift half or two. They also have a big garden with lots of tables and chairs for kids to run wild in warmer weather.
This pub has that ‘treaty’ vibe going on, so it’s perfect for a special lunch or evening meal out when the kids are in bed. The extensive menu features lots of locally-sourced, award-winning food, plus imaginative dishes for little ones. In summer it’s great for whiling away a sunny afternoon in their garden while the kids run amok.
If it’s a good ol’ country pub you’re after, about a 15-minute drive out of the city, you’ll find this characterful boozer. Once a 17th Century farmhouse, inside oozes old-world charm, whilw outside there’s a great big garden with picnic tables and lovely views. Borrow a blanket if there’s a nip in the air. Dog and child-friendly.