Last week was half term in the UK, and, as parents looked for interesting ways to keep their children occupied, pub/restaurant chain Brewers Fayre launched a week of activity mornings. Children could enjoy a range of indoor fun whilst parents relaxed with a coffee, and then, once the morning was over, you were in the perfect place for a spot of lunch. I went along to the Walsall branch on Friday morning to check out the food and fun.
My little boy Joe was not with me on Friday as he was enjoying a week of fun on a footie camp with the WBA Foundation. But I did have my two year old niece Renee in tow, so I was interested to see what she thought of the meals and the activities.
The Walsall branch of Brewers Fayre is attached to the town’s Premier Inn, on the Wharf by the iconic Art Gallery. Inside the restaurant there was an area set out for the half term fun, with tables for colouring, face painting and balloon modelling. The staff were really friendly and welcoming, organising a high chair for Renee and immediately bringing Dennis the Menace colouring pictures to the table, as well as a balloon (instantly released to the ceiling but the thought was there) and a magazine.
One of the great things about Brewers Fayre is that it is family friendly. The menus offer a lot of choice, from light bites to more substantial meals, and there are offers of two meals for £10, making them budget friendly too. Renee chose from the Menacing Meals menu where you can get three courses for £4.99. She was insistent on ‘Popin Chicken’ with chips, but we changed the beans for a side of garlic bread. The food was piping hot and a really substantial portion – too much for Renee to finish, but certainly enough for an older child to enjoy.
My dad was also dining with us, so we went for the two options for £10. Dad went for the classic sausage and mash, which came with garden peas and onion gravy. It was a lovely dish, very rustic looking and (so I’m told) really tasty – proper comfort food, especially on a cold, wet day. The mash was soft and fluffy, the sausages had just enough spice and the gravy was a great finishing touch.
I opted for one of the new dishes on the menu, the Red Pepper and Caramilised Red Onion Quiche. This was a delicious, deep filled quiche, with a mature cheese flavour that was toned down by the peppers and onion. Again this is a very substantial dish, served with a side salad in French dressing, and chunky chips. I am a real fan of quiche, and this is a really lovely one, very filling and full of flavour. I also chose a side option of coleslaw which I really enjoyed. This was not supermarket mush coleslaw overflowing with mayonnaise, but chunky sliced cabbage and carrots in just the right amount of sauce.
We all really enjoyed our meals and our dining experience. Service was prompt and friendly, with a lovely touch was when we had finished our meal when Renee was given a balloon poodle that she just loved.
You can view all Brewers Fayre menus here, and find your nearest restaurant.
*Our meal was paid for by Brewers Fayre in exchange for a honest review, all opinions are my own (and Renee’).