Reviewed by Lee-Anne McCarthy
Today we had great fun. As a family we got to visit the Brewers Fayre Crossways at Caerphilly. We knew there had been great changes at the site. We were excited to see exactly what new fun filled Play at Brewers Fayre Crossways was like.
When we arrived we parked easily at the site. There was more than ample parking for all the restaurants patrons. Staff at the site were welcoming and friendly. They showed us to our table that was located in the newly refurbished family dining area of the play centre. This dining area is a lively addition to centre. It gives parents an ideal place to relax and eat as a family.
The play centre is newly renovated and offers a lovely, fresh and open safe area. It’s a split level area. There are a few small steps down to the main play equipment which are important to be aware of in the case of small children at the centre. The play equipment and surrounding area is all themed around the classic comic, Beano. The Dennis the Menace theming offers a fantastic appeal to children and parents alike. Many Mums and Dads like myself remember spending time reading the fantastic comic. The play equipment includes a lovely toddler area full of soft play fun. There are also cosy coupe cars and a baby walker also available. The larger equipment includes ladders, slides, climbing nets and plenty of space to play and climb. Within the play centre there is a convenient bar that provides mums and dads with hot beverages and little people with soft drinks while they play. Dotted around the area are also some payable machines. These are not too intrusive but available for the children should they need them.
The cost of play at Brewers Fayre is £3 for an hour and half. It’s more than competitive with other soft play outlets in the area. The cost of play is also required even with the purchase of a meal at the site. It is by no means a criticism but maybe a suggestion that Brewers Fayre consider the use or introduction of a children play and eat package that maybe offers its food patrons a slight discounted cost of pay. As well as the usual soft play Brewers Fayre Caerphilly offers a range of other activities to keep little people amused. They have arts and crafts sessions, nursery rhyme time and most excitingly disco day. Now Friday at the Crossways is disco day offer kids the chance to dance along to their favourite disco tunes. What a fun idea I really think everyone needs a disco day.
As a family we enjoyed a two course meal. It was served in good time. All the food served was served beautifully warm and clearly freshly made. I enjoyed fish, chips and mushy peas. The portion provided was fantastic. The meal was very appetising. My husband enjoyed a meal of Chicken Tikka Masala and rice. This too was served well. My husband commented on the deliciousness of the flavours. My twin sons both enjoyed sausage, mash and peas. It was lovely to see a children’s menu that provided more than the usual chicken nuggets and chips. My sons wolfed down the entire meal. I did ask staff if there was children’s cutlery available unfortunately it wasn’t at this venue. This may be a little something that could be implemented across venues as it can make dining with toddlers a lot easier. A small touch that could make life a little easier for a dining parent. We all enjoyed terrific desserts. Chocolate fudge cake and berry berry cheesecake were the choices of myself and my husband. Again the portions were fantastic, in my case a little too big however with some help from my sons we managed to eat it all. My little boys enjoyed strawberry sundaes.
We were very impressed with the newly refurbished play at Brewers Fayre Crossways Caerphilly. We recommend its soft play and restaurant to families looking for entertainment and good food all in one place.
For more information, to view menus or to book a table visit:
Brewers Fayre, Crossways Business Park, Pontypandy, Caerphilly, CF83 3NL | 02920 888 850