Harefield Gazette - - OUT & ABOUT -

WHILE par­ents might love to visit the pub and en­joy a meal, drink and a chat, kids just don’t want to sit down for too long.

Which means your time out isn’t al­ways as re­lax­ing as you’d hoped.

So you’ll be seek­ing out a child-friendly pub which ideally has a gar­den for them to run around in - and all the bet­ter if the gar­den has a play area, maybe with a climb­ing frames, slide and swings.

Per­haps there might be a play area in­doors, which would be great if it’s rain­ing. You might be able to watch them from a safe dis­tance or take it in turns to be near them and help out.

And it means you can chat, eat, drink and re­lax while the kids have fun work­ing up an ap­petite or burn­ing off that ice cream pud­ding.

In no par­tic­u­lar or­der of pref­er­ence, we list 10 child-friendly pubs in or not far from Eal­ing, Uxbridge and Houn­slow.

1. The Bear on the Barge, Den­ham

This quirky 100-year-old pub and restau­rant be­lieves it has one of the largest and most spec­tac­u­lar beer gar­dens in the whole of the UK.

Within the gar­den it has a wooden climb­ing frame with two swings and a baby swing, two slides, a mini climb­ing wall and a fire­mans’ pole, which only opened in the sum­mer of 2018.

There is loads of space for chil­dren to run around while you sit at one of the gar­den ta­bles. The pub is on the banks of the Grand Union Canal in the Colne Val­ley Recre­ational Park be­tween Den­ham and Hare­field. It is also dog friendly.

Where: Moorhall Road, Den­ham, UB9 6PE

Con­tact: 01895 832680 or www.the­bearon­the­barge.co.uk

2. Fair­way, Ruis­lip

The Wacky Cor­ner is a small soft play area in­side this Greene King pub and restau­rant with a ground floor from which chil­dren can climb up to the top of a slide – this is bound to be a hit while chil­dren are wait­ing for their food to ar­rive or have fin­ished their meal be­fore you have fin­ished yours. The fam­ily friendly pub has a sunny beer gar­den too.

Where: Next to Ruis­lip Golf Cen­tre, Ick­en­ham Road, Ruis­lip, HA4 7DQ

Con­tact: 01895 638081 or www.greenek­ing-pubs.co.uk/ pubs/mid­dle­sex/fair­way/

3. Bal­lot Box – Wacky Ware­house, Green­ford

Wacky Ware­house soft play cen­tres sit along­side Greene King pubs and you will find one at this Hun­gry Horse branch.

Chil­dren must be un­der 12 and un­der 1.45 me­tres tall to play on the frame. Adults can sit back with a cof­fee while the kids work up an ap­petite for din­ner at the pub or burn off their pud­ding.

Wacky Ware­house is open Mon­day to Thurs­day 9.30am7pm, Fri­day 9.30am-8pm, Satur­day 11am-8pm, Sun­day 11am-7pm, last ad­mis­sion Sun­day to Thurs­day at 6pm, last ad­mis­sion Fri­day and Satur­day at 7pm.

Where: Bal­lot Box, Hors­enden Lane North, Green­ford , UB6 7QL

Con­tact: 0208 902 2825 or www.hun­gry­horse.co.uk/pubs/ mid­dle­sex/bal­lot-box/

4. The Duke of Kent, Pit­shanger

Out­side in what the pub boasts as Eal­ing’s best beer gar­den, is a wooden chil­dren’s play struc­ture with mon­key bars, a slide and rick­ety bridge.

There are also two ta­ble ten­nis ta­bles, a bar, bar­be­cue and a pri­vate glasshouse in the gar­den. The pub also hosts the Hul­la­baloo pup­pet mu­sic theatre group on Mon­days, which is at 10am for chil­dren aged 18 months to four years and at 11am for chil­dren un­der 18 months.

You can find out more about the ses­sion, in­clud­ing prices, at www.hul­la­baloop­up­petmu- sicthe­atre.co.uk .

Where: Scotch Com­mon, Eal­ing, W13 8DL

Con­tact: 020 8991 7820 or www.duke­ofkent.co.uk

5. The Dray­ton Court Ho­tel, Eal­ing

Now a pub, The Dray­ton Court Ho­tel has one of the big­gest gar­dens in Lon­don ap­par­ently and within it there is a small play park with two swings and a climb­ing frame.

The child-friendly pub also has also ta­ble ten­nis ta­bles and gi­ant gar­den games as well as a chil­dren’s menu. It is also dog friendly. The Dray­ton Court Ho­tel was one pub un­til the 1940s when it be­came one of one of the area’s largest pubs.

Where: 2 The Av­enue, Eal­ing, W13 8PH

Con­tact: 020 8997 1019 or www.dray­ton­court­lon­don.co.uk

6. The Plough Inn, North­fields

This award-win­ning fam­i­lyfriendly pub with coun­try charm has a medium-sized gar­den with a play area which in­cludes a slide.

There are board games in­side for ev­ery­one to play, too. The pub also hosts the Hul­la­baloo pup­pet mu­sic theatre group for chil­dren and ba­bies up to age four on Tues­days, Wed­nes­days and Thurs­days, which is at 9.30am for chil­dren aged 18 months to four years and at 10.30am for chil­dren un­der 18 months.

You can find out more about the ses­sions, in­clud­ing prices, at www.hul­la­baloop­up­pet­mu­sicthe­atre.co.uk .

Where: 297 North­field Av­enue, Eal­ing, Lon­don, W5 4XB

Con­tact: 020 8567 1416 or www.plough­north­fields.co.uk

7. Rose and Crown, He­ston

The beau­ti­ful large gar­den has a lovely chil­dren’s wooden play area with a slide and climb­ing frame. The fam­ily-run pub in the vil­lage of He­ston , not far from Heathrow , dates back to be­fore 1800 and serves up a home-cooked lunch and cask ales too. It has a large car park.

Where: 220 He­ston Road, He­ston, TW5 0RH

Con­tact: 0208 570 4706 or www.rose­and­crown­heston. co.uk

8. The Hare & Hounds, Oster­ley

The huge beer gar­den is said to be the big­gest in the area so there is plenty of room for chil­dren to run around.

It has a fenced-off chil­dren’s play area with two climb­ing frames, one of which has a slide.

The pub also has a room from which it would like to host ses­sions for par­ents and young chil­dren in the morn­ings. The pub is dog-friendly as well.

Where: The Hare & Hounds, Wyke Green, Oster­ley , TW7 5PR

Con­tact: 020 8560 5438 or www.hare­and­hound­soster­ley. co.uk

9. Green Man, Hat­ton

In the big grassy back gar­den is a wooden and colour­ful play struc­ture with a lit­tle bridge, slide and net­ting for them to climb and clam­our over while you watch, maybe from one of the pic­nic ta­bles. There is plenty of room in the gar­den for them to run around too.

Where: Green Man Lane, Hat­ton, near Feltham , TW14 0PZ

Con­tact: 020 8890 2681 or www.greenek­ing-pubs.co.uk/ pubs/mid­dle­sex/green-man

10. The Lord Nel­son, Brent­ford

There are two swings, a slide and a climb­ing frame as part of this wooden play area in the medium, good sized gar­den of The Lord Nel­son. When the pub hosts an event it in­cludes en­ter­tain­ment for the chil­dren too.

There are baby chang­ing fa­cil­i­ties and it’s dog-friendly as well. This is a re­laxed and ca­sual pub tucked away on the back streets.

Where: 9-11 En­field Rd, Brent­ford, TW8 9NY

Con­tact: 020 8568 1877 or www.th­elord­nel­son­brent­ford. co.uk

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