7 March 2015
Reviewed by Pamela Wright
We were really excited to be asked to come along to Grand Opening of the brand new “Play at Brewers Fayre” area at the Old Brickworks on Wakefield Road, Bradford. We were invited to come and join the team for an action packed day.
Myself and my husband headed there with our 5 children aged 9, 8, 5 and our 4 year old twin girls. We arrived just after 10:30am and were greeted by a very friendly member of staff who checked our booking, the children were given their wristbands and we were shown to our seats. We had pre-booked our meal choices for the event and these were double checked with us when we were seated so there was no confusion when it came to the food being brought to us later in the day.
I had been in this pub before with my family quite a few years ago and it wasn’t’ the nicest looking place if I’m honest, it was quite run down and in need of lick of paint, but walking in today what a transformation, it was cosy and warm with a nice relaxing atmosphere and friendly smartly dressed staff.
We headed to the “Play at Brewers Fayre” area (which I thought was very reasonably priced at £3 for 1½ hours of play) and straight away the kids were excited, they couldn’t get their shoes off quick enough… before I ramble on and forget I have to add that I thought the small areas underneath the seats for shoes was a brilliant idea and great space saver. The children didn’t know what to do at first as there was the bright coloured play frame, a craft area, a face painter and a fantastic balloon modeller so they all initially headed off in different directions to explore. I’m not a huge fan of soft play areas as they tend to be manic, a bit dirty and worn looking and sometimes hard to access if you need to get to one of your children but this play area was very clean and tidy looking with easy access for parents to get inside should you need to rescue/find one of your children. My son who is 5 was obsessed by the monkey bar/hang tough hoops and spent quite a lot of time trying to cross them unsuccessfully. 3 of my girls had their faces painted by the brilliant face painter that was there and all 5 of them got model balloons, we had flowers, swords, hats, dogs, birds, cats. The play area is themed around “The Beano” with Dennis the Menace & Gnasher being the main 2 characters – there was Beano themed craft and lots of beano pictures/paintings around the place which the children loved. We were event treated to a guest appearance by the naughty little chap himself who played and teased the children, they thought he was hilarious and were nearly crying laughing at him.
By around 12 the children were starting to show signs of slowing down so we told a member of staff we were ready to eat and they went and ordered our meals. When the food was ready they called us over the speaker so we headed back to our table in the main bar area where the food had just been placed on the table. The children had 2 courses from the Beano themed menu (£4.49), they had Pizza, the big bad dog and the menace burger. Myself and my husband had the “smothered chicken” and “The Brewers Fayre Burger” which were on the 2 for £10 menu. We then had desserts (well it would be rude not to taste them), I had the lemon cheesecake, which looks as lovely on the plate as it did on the pictures and the children had the strawberry sundae, the chocolate indulgent sundae and cookie double dare. The children enjoyed both courses, especially the puddings. Although they were all lovely I was more impressed with the strawberry sundae, purely from a mum’s point of view because it had fresh strawberries in in…
Overall today has been a totally amazing and the children were even asking in the car coming home if we can go again. Before today it’s not a pub that I would usually have gone to due to my past experience and never really hearing anyone talk about it but after today I think I’ll be visiting again and would recommend it.
If I had to be picky the only negative I would have is that the female toilets near the play area only have 2 cubicles and also have the baby changing facility in there, although I don’t need to use this myself as my children are older I did notice that a mum using it (who was slightly taller than my tiny 5ft 2”) was struggling with it as it was quite high so I would have definitely struggled.
We want to give it a menacingly good 4.5 out of 5.
For more information, to view menus or to book a table click here or call 01132 879 132.
Brewers Fayre, Wakefield Road, Drighlington, BD11 1EA | 01132 879 132