Ross, Grace and I are frequent visitors to the Brewers Fayre over in Taunton. In fact, we reviewed The O’Bridge at Christmas last year and we were so pleased that we have been back on several occasions – including curry night for my birthday and a meal on Fathers Day.
You can imagine how pleased we were when Brewers Fayre not only gave us a VIP invitation to the Grand Opening of its brand new ‘Play at Brewers Fayre’ area, but they extended this invitation to our friends. So, just before school ended, we invited 5 of Grace’s friends along with their brothers, sisters and mums and dads to come along and celebrate the start of summer with us.
We were offered a complimentary action-packed afternoon which included access to the brand new Beano-themed play area, face-painting and a Beano craft session…as well as a meet-and-greet with the most famous Beano character, Dennis the Menace. Along with that, we were also provided with a 2-course meal which we pre-ordered to help the kitchen and waiting staff.
Arriving at the restaurant, we were shown through to the play area by the staff and provided with wristbands so that they could easily spot their special guests. We have visited the play area a number of times previously but what a transformation this was! It was amazing.
The room is decorated with lots of Beano related images. As you enter the room, to your right is a bar which serves drinks and slushies (the cola flavoured one is gorgeous!). Straight ahead are some tables and chairs for family eating and then beyond that is a den with smaller tables and chairs where activities are laid on for kids such as colouring. Behind the bar to your right…well, that is where the biggest fun of all is! The soft play. There is apparatus galore! Plus an area to the right hand corner for much younger guests. What I really liked about the soft play section is the brand new soft seats for the adults to sit and keep a beady eye on their youngsters.
We were provided with free drinks and free refills and the children (and adults, if they wanted!) were able to get their face painted. They were given Beano comic handouts which contained comic strips and colouring.
Whilst the children played, us adults had the chance to sit and have a drink and a chat. We had a convenient table set next to a large window that overlooked the soft play area so it was easy to keep an eye on the kids.
Once they were well and truly soft-played out, they came to join us and we were served our two course meal. The variety was great. The children’s food was brought out first. This included the big bad dog, menace burgers, poppin’ chicken, sausage, mash and peas and macaroni cheese.
The adults meals consisted of chicken tikka massalla (served with naan bread, poppadum and chutney), fish, chips and mushy peas, burgers, smothered chicken and a grilled chicken and bacon salad.
Puddings for the kids were Tricky Mini doughnuts, cookie double dare, strawberry sundaes, fruit salad and chocolate sundae. The adults chose berry berry cheesecake, chocolate fudge cake, caramel apple betty and apple pie.
The only slight niggle I heard about the food was that the salad could have been served with a dressing but other than that, everyone was pleased with the portion size and quality of the food. I was also impressed that they managed to serve a table of our size and get all the food out at the right temperature – serving the children first.
Once we had finished, the children returned to the soft play for another 15 minutes. Where on earth they get all that energy from is beyond me! And I think kids have cast-iron stomachs too!
I noticed that, unlike before, you now have to pay to enter the soft play when you visit Brewers Fayre. It costs £3 per child for 90 minutes which is still cheaper than the dedicated soft play areas – plus it doesn’t echo like most of them do! I have to say that I was surprised that they hadn’t charged before and I completely understand why. It had become run down and mucky. It is now a clean, fresh space and, with the money they are charging, they will be able to keep it that way.
Brewers Fayre also hold children’s parties. For £8.99 per child they receive a meal, dessert and drink, the play facilities, a birthday cake (for parties of 8 or more), a balloon and party bag plus, the organiser receives a kit of invitations and thank you cards.
We already enjoyed our visits to The O’Bridge in Taunton – and I have a Brewers Fayre Bonus card to prove it. I’ve a feeling we are going to use it even more now!
Disclosure: We were invited to the VIP opening of the Play At Brewers Fayre in Taunton – and able to bring our friends – in return for an honest review. Please note that all words, images and opinions have been formed by the owner of this blog and our friends and have not been influenced in any way. Please do not reproduce any of the content or images on this post without prior agreement from Verily Victoria Vocalises.