On Friday we were invited to attend a morning of Easter-related fun and crafts in their ‘fun factory’ and playing followed by a tasty lunch at our local Brewers Fayre Dalesway restaurant in Keighley. I asked my best friend Caroline to accompany us and so off we went to sample their delights! Caroline and I used to frequent the restaurant many moons ago, for girlie meals out and various hangover curing meals in our youth, so we were intrigued to find out what the new re-vamped menu was like, and also more importantly what the kid’s menu and facilities were like, to ensure both Gabriel and Willow had a good time!
We arrived about 11am and headed straight to the indoor play area. Gabriel and Willow immediately went off to play and Caroline and I managed to have a catch up. There are two areas in the play area; a toddler area for under threes and the larger area for those over a meter tall. Gabriel loved exploring and although the play area doesn’t look that big from outside, having been inside to rescue a ‘stuck Willow’ I was pleasantly supposed and how much fun it was, and actually quite confusing!! Unfortunately the ‘Director of Play’ wasn’t able to be there on the day of our visit, which meant the Easter activities were minimal, however the replacement staff were lovely and helpful. We’d really like to return again in the school holidays to check out the fun that they offer, because the facilities for crafts related fun looked good!
After an hour of so of playing we were shown to our table. The kids were hungry, bit luckily there wasn’t too long a wait!
Having had a good scan of all the menus, Gabriel and Willow decided on the new ‘Beano Meal Deal’ this meant either two or three courses for around £5/6 which actually I think is really good value. The kids are huge fans of soup so for starters they chose that, and Caroline and I decided to share two adult starters on the ‘two for £2.50’ daytime deal- which essentially meant buy one get one free, a great saving!
The kid’s starters arrived in their mini bowls and accompanying ciabatta! They plates were also lined with colourful Beano wrapping, which was a nice touch, less boring than just a porcelain plate! Caroline and I tucked into our spicy Jerk potato wedges and garlic mushrooms whilst the kids enjoyed their soup.
After just a short wait, our main courses arrived. I’d chosen vegetarian sausages for both Gabriel and Willow. I like that the restaurant offers vegetarian sausages and doesn’t just provide the standard ‘tomato pasta’ for vegetarian children! Gabriel chose peas and Willow chose beans to accompany their chips! I also really like the way you can amend or change the range of sides for the kids meals. This is a good addition as so many places can be let’s say, awkward about it and we all know that toddler’s requests can be somewhat challenging at times!
Caroline chose a South West Chicken Burger and I went for the Cheese and Caramelised Onion Quiche. The adult meals again were on a daytime special
offer, two meals for £10 which we thought was reasonable! The meals were tasty and the portion sizes were fair. Rather hilariously, Gabriel suddenly decided to sit away from us at the next dinner table! He throughly enjoyed his meal though!
Once we had finished our meals, the sun had come out! Brewers Fayre Keighley has a good sized outdoor
play area and so we took our refillable drinks outside and sat enjoying the glorious sunshine! The kids loved playing on the outdoor slide and climbing frame, the only suggestion I would make would be to perhaps add some apparatus for older toddlers, as Gabriel did seem torn between the small area and was not quite tall enough for the ‘age 6+’ area.
Over all we had a lovely afternoon and the facilities although are not as ‘shiny’ as soft play or similar, ultimately it is a restaurant and with fabulous meal deals to be had during the day and toddler-friendly foods it’s the perfect place to head in the school holidays! You can find the restaurant at 502 Bradford Road, Sandbeds, Keighley, BD20 5NH. You can also telephone for further information and reservations on 01274 566 662.
*Disclaimer: I was given vouchers to spend at Brewers Fayre in exchange for a review. All words and opinions are my own*