Eating Out with Kids: New Autumn Menu at Brewers Fayre (Review)

Finding family-friendly places to eat is, of course, now much easier than it was when we were children, but finding places that actively welcome and encourage families to dine with them is sometimes trickier.  One of the most family friendly is the Brewers Fayre chain of pub restaurants, who offer a great children's menu with Dennis the Menace theming and activity books.  Many branches, including our locals at Bognor Regis and Southsea, even have soft play areas for the children!

Brewers Fayre has recently launched a new autumn menu which features a range of freshly prepared dishes, including pub classics and some new ideas.  They even cater well for vegans and vegetarians, too.  All offer great value for money and the wide range means the whole family will be happy!  The Daytime Value menu runs from 12 - 6pm Monday to Friday and means guests can enjoy a three course meal for £15.99 for two!  On our recent holiday to the New Forest, we visited the Three Bells at Hordle to review the new menu.  The evening menu is slightly more expensive, but we still managed to feed and water a family of five well for less than £50!

The interior of the Three Bells was lovely and seemed to have been recently refurbished, or just kept very well!  The staff were friendly and welcoming, addressing the children directly and offered them activity books, crayons and balloons, which they were delighted with.  We liked the new menu which has a huge variety of dishes, there's definitely something for everyone!  Although it did take us a while to read through everything and decide what to have...

We're all starters over desserts people, so the girls chose three starters: garlic bread, cheesy nachos with salsa on the side, and vegetable crudites and dip.  They were all well presented and the vegetable sticks were freshly cut and not dry or limp.  The girls tucked in with gusto!

Steve and I also had a sharing plate of nachos, which came with generous amounts of salsa, sour cream and guacamole.

One of the great things about the Brewers Fayre's children's menu is that you can swap out anything and everything.  They simply need to choose one main component, then any vegetable option (including mini corn cob, peas, beans, salad and more) and any carb option (chips, garlic bread, rice, mash etc).  So Lara chose her favourite veggie sausages with a side of veggie sticks and garlic bread.

Tatiana went for a more conventional combination of veggie sausages, chips and beans; and Sophia had the Tomato Splat Pasta with garlic bread and a mini corn cob (sorry, no photo).  They all enjoyed their main courses, and there was very little left - even of Tatia's large meal!

I had the new Hot 'n' Spicy Nacho Burger, a spicy bean burger with a jalapeno kick which tasted great, although I wasn't sure about the addition of sour cream on the top, so would ask to have it without next time.  The burger came with chips and coleslaw - and Sophia's corn cob!  Sophia and I also shared a side of pan-fried mushrooms, which were well-seasoned and very tasty.

Steve had the Red Pepper, Cheese and Caramelised Red Onion Quiche, a deep-filled quiche served warm with chips and salad.  It would be nice to have the option to swap the adult vegetable and carb sides too, as Steve is allergic to lettuce so would have preferred something different to the salad.  He really liked the quiche though.

Our huge meal of four starters, five main courses, a couple of sides, and drinks for all came in at just under £50, which is great value for a family meal, and certainly affordable for a fun outing, not just a special occasion.  You can find your nearest Brewers Fayre here and don't forget to sign up to their Bonus Club for lots of great special offers and money-saving points.

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