It can be stressful trying to eat out with children in tow so I’ve compiled a list of the top ten places to eat in Gloucestershire that have a play area to keep them occupied. I’d love to hear what you think – please leave a comment below! Without further ado and in no particular order…
1. The Wilson Cafe, Cheltenham
Part of The Wilson art gallery and museum, The Wilson Cafe is perfect for families, with good food, a play area for babies and toddlers and exhibits that older children will love. ‘The World of Wonders gallery is wonderful for kids.’ (Victoria Newman, The Motherhood Society) And unlike most other eateries in Cheltenham, there’s plenty of room for buggies.
The Wilson Cafe, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3JT.
2. Elmbury Lodge, Tewkesbury
You’re probably not going to rave about how amazing the food is, but Elmbury Lodge seems to be a firm favourite amongst parents in Gloucestershire, with its friendly atmosphere and soft play area. ‘The food can be a bit hit and miss but for a catch up with friends and entertained kids, it’s great!’ (Victoria Seyforth, Baby Prints Cheltenham)
Elmbury Lodge (Brewers Fayre), Shannon Way, Ashchurch GL20 8ND
3. School House Cafe, Cheltenham
The School House Cafe has a lounge space filled with toys, so that you can sit and relax with a coffee while the kids entertain themselves. Oh and the cakes are amazing!
School House Cafe, St Pauls Road, Cheltenham, GL50 4EZ.
4. Severn Springs, Cheltenham
The Severn Springs is one of the eateries which successfully combines great food with and a family friendly atmosphere, complete with duck pond and an outdoor play area. It also has some delicious desserts for the kids (and you…)!
Seven Springs (Hungry Horse), Cheltenham, GL53 9NG.
5. Gloucester Services, M5
The Eighth Wonder of the World: Gloucester services.— Jack Whitehall (@jackwhitehall) 21 January 2017
Who’d have thought a service station would feature on a list like this?! But it seems parents of Gloucestershire love it just as much as Jack Whitehall with its great food and both indoor and outdoor play areas.
Gloucester Services, M5 between Junctions 12 and 11a, GL4 0DN.
6. House in the Tree, Staverton
The House in the Tree is one of my personal favourites for when the weather is good. The food is great and it has both an outdoor play area AND a petting zoo! Unfortunately, the pub is so popular that it can actually be hard to get in to eat sometimes, so it might be worth ringing ahead.
House in the Tree, Withybridge Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 0TQ.
7. Coopers Edge Community Centre, Brockworth
The Edge cafe in Coopers Edge serves good quality cafe food and has play areas inside and out. It’s a great place for a catch up with friends while the kids entertain themselves.
Coopers Edge Community Centre, Typhoon Way, Brockworth, GL3 4DY.
8. Woodruffs Organic Cafe, Stroud
It’s not often that you’ll find me recommending a vegetarian restaurant but I’ve made an exception here as the food is clearly popular amongst meat-lovers too. Families can park their buggies and head upstairs to relax while the kids entertain themselves in the cordoned off play area.
Woodruffs Organic Cafe, 24 The High Street, Stroud, GL5 1AJ.
9. Roots Coffee Community, Gloucester
Roots Coffee Community is a bit of a hidden gem in Gloucester, just a short walk from the town centre in Kingsholm. The cafe serves great food and is family friendly with toys, books and games for children.
Roots Coffee Community, 69 Alvin Street, Gloucester, GL1 3EH.
10. The Old Elm Inn, Churchdown
The Old Elm in Churchdown is a lovely local pub serving good, hearty food. It has a great outdoor play area and board games for inside play. They even show children’s films on Saturdays!
The Old Elm Inn, Church Road, Churchdown, GL3 2ER.
11. The Plough Inn, Temple Guiting
The Plough Inn has bags of character, great food (and big portions!) and an awesome outdoor play area – perfect for a summer day.
The Plough Inn, Ford, Temple Guiting, GL54 5RU.
12. Cookes Coffee and Curios, Gloucester
Cookes Cafe is a super friendly cafe with good food and a small area with toys and books for children.
Cookes, Coffee and Curios, 59 Westgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2NW.
13. The George, Cambridge
The George is another pub serving good food with a nice family-friendly atmosphere. There’s a large enclosed children’s play area outside in the garden, with plenty of tables to sit and relax while the kids tire themselves out.
The George, Bristol Road, Cambridge, GL2 7AL.
14. The Bell Inn, Frampton
The Bell Inn is another Quality Inns pub on the list which has a large garden with kids outdoor play area – except this one has animal barns too! The food can be a bit hit and miss though.
The Bell Inn, The Green, Frampton on Severn, GL2 7EP.
15. Twelve Bells, Witcombe
Being a Beefeater, you know what to expect when it comes to the food. No indoor play areas here but there’s a beer garden and play area outside to enjoy when the weather’s nice.
Twelve Bells, Witcombe, Gloucester, GL3 4SS.