Brewers Fayre launch range of activities for half term fun

It’s coming very close to the first half term holiday of 2016, and with family fun and dining in mind Brewers Fayre have put together a range of child friendly activities. This means that as well as filling their faces with scrumptious grub, kids can also get rid of some of the surplus energy that school usually takes care of.

01.08.2015. Cadgers Brae Farm Brewers Fayre.

If you haven’t already done so, it is definitely worth checking out your local Brewers Fayre. Many branches have been refurbished to add a soft play area so that children can play safely whilst mom and dad enjoy a well deserved rest. There are also a range of Beano themed table top activities, including colouring in sheets, puzzles and activities, and also free balloons (and what child doesn’t love a balloon, every time we open our boot it seems yet another balloon floats out…anyone else?).

Burleydam, South Wirral General view of The Burleydam, South Wirral.

Burleydam, South Wirral

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For the half term holidays there will also be fun discos on both Friday 19th and Saturday 20th February at selected Brewers Fayres. The Toddlers disco will run from 9.30am – 3pm while the Kids will run from 3.30- 7.30pm at a cost of £3 per child. There will also be the great value menu which includes the ‘Daytime Value offer’ which runs from 12 – 6pm Monday to Friday and means guests can enjoy two starters for £2.50, two mains for just £10.99 and two desserts for £2.50. There is also the range of buffet selections with different themes for each day of the week, running from 5-8pm.

Last Saturday we went along to enjoy some of the delights from the menu at the Walsall branch of Brewers Fayre, and we were very impressed with the friendliness and service, and the food that we chose. As it was lunchtime, we opted for a sharing starter of Loaded Nachos. These are delicious, great if you don’t actually want a meal but a snack with drinks.  The fully loaded crispy corn tortilla chips were covered with melted mozzarella & cheddar cheese, gooey cheese sauce, guacamole, salsa and cool sour cream. The addition of Chilli made these a real warming dish, great for a rather cold day. We were also given a side of Jalapenos especially for the hubby, who enjoys spice. I love Nachos and these were amongst the best I have had, totally packed with flavour and filling.

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For mains Pete decided to try the Chilli Cheese Dog that he had been tempted by on our last few visits. When it came out I have to say it look impressive, loaded with spicy chilli, melted cheese, jalapeños, a drizzle of tomato sauce and served with chips and coleslaw. This was another hearty dish – a total bargain at just £8.79, with the right combination of heat and flavour. Pete added a side salad too, and said this was a dish he would definitely order again.

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I chose the South Western burger. This was a tasty, breaded spiced chicken fillet, topped with spicy mayo and served with crunchy colelsaw and chips. I loved this, the spicy mayo had the heat of chilli, and the coleslaw was also really good, chunky and homemade with a mixture of cabbages, rather than the small crunch variety you often get, The portion of chips was also plentiful, and these were proper chips, rather than fries, always a good thing in my view. A portion of onion rings was the final addition, and this was huge (I think it was 12 onion rings for £1.99, which is, quite frankly, cheaper than the average burger and fast food bar.)

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Once again we really enjoyed our meal at Brewers Fayre, and would certainly not hesitate to recommend it to readers or friends based on either food or service. So, if you are looking for affordable, family friendly fare this half term, you know where to go.

 

 

Brewers Fayre launch new Menu

When it comes to family friendly, affordable, eating out options, the Brewers Fayre chain is always near the top of the list. This Autumn, they have launched a new menu, along with a brilliant week day, daytime offering which runs from 12 – 6pm Monday to Friday. During this time diners can enjoy two starters for £2.50, two mains for just £10.99* and two desserts for £2.50, meaning you can enjoy a three course lunch for less than £20.

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Last week I went along to sample some of the dishes from the new menu at the Walsall branch of Brewers Fayre. This is one of the newer restaurants in the chain, with lovely views of the canal basin, and the restaurant is always friendly and welcoming. We were booked in for 2pm, and were supposed to be taking Joe along, but he decided to take a trip to the football instead, so I had a lunch date with the hubby – a pleasant surprise.

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The new menu is packed full of pub classics including the Ultimate Sausage And Mash, with a new, larger Yorkshire pudding, Chicken and Ham Pie and a whole section of the menu devoted to curry lovers, including Chicken Balti, Beef Rendang and Vegetable or Chicken Biriyani. We opted for a sharing starter, a combo feast platter that included king prawns, breaded chicken goujons, garlic and herb breaded mushrooms, battered onion rings and slices of garlic baguette. There was also a selection of dips, and we also upgraded to add chicken wings covered in peri peri sauce.

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This is an excellent starter, perfect for sharing and very good value. Everything was hot and tasty, with the King Prawns being my pick, cooked tempura style. This would be a great snack if you’d just come for drinks and suddenly got an attack of the munchies.

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We each chose a main from a different part of the menu. I went for one of my favourites, Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne. I asked if I could change my salad for chip and this was not a problem. The Lasagne was a huge individual portion and was super tasty, with creamy cheese, lots of wilted spinach, and a lovely tomato layer. The lasagne on its own is a substantial dish, but with added chips and garlic bread, this would be a filling meal for even the biggest of appetites.

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And, speaking of big appetites, Pete chose one of his favourites, the mixed grill. Described as ‘a mouth watering meat feast’ the mixed grill consists of a grilled 4oz steak, two juicy pork sausages, half a grilled chicken breast and half a gammon steak topped with two fried eggs, onion rings, tomatoes, peas and chips. (Phew!). Pete had no complaints about anything on his plate. The steak was cooked how he requested – medium, and the food was both tasty and plentiful.

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We both finished and enjoyed our mains, but there was no room left for pudding, we were totally full.This is a shame, as the desert menu also looks pretty good, I will have to go back and check out the Oreo Cookie pie which sounds pretty amazing.

With the half term holidays just around the corner, this might be a perfect time to check out your local Brewers Fayre and the new and improved menu.

*We were provided with a voucher to pay for our food and drinks in order to review the food and service. All opinions are my own.

Brewers Fayre bring half term fun

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.

DSCN7169My 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.

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A rather murky view across to The New Walsall Art Gallery from the Brewers Fayre

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Balloon modelling

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Love the Balloon swords!

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The Brewers Fayre Beano style magazine

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Face Painting was charged at just 50p!

Renee enjoyed the colouring in.

Renee enjoyed the colouring in.

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.

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DSCN7178My 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.

DSCN7180I 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.

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DSCN7183We 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.

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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’).