Reviewed by Claire Giles
Myself, my husband and our three children aged 10 and twins aged 3 were excited to attend the grand opening of the brand new ‘Play at Brewers Fayre area’ at the Old Brickworks, Wakefield Road, Bradford. I had never been before so had no idea what to expect. The Old Brickworks was easy to find and could easily be identified from the Old Brickworks large chimney which could be seen from the main road (a reminder of the sites heritage as a former brickworks). It is situated near Elland Road and Birstall Retail Park. There was plenty of parking available on site.
We were greeted by a very friendly member of staff who explained how the day would work and they introduced us to our server for the day. Our server then showed us to our pre-booked table and confirmed our food order for later (food had been pre-booked for the event). Our server was also very friendly and helpful, in fact all the staff we encountered throughout the day were friendly, helpful and approachable. Staff in the restaurant and play area all wore uniforms so they were easily identifiable. The restaurant had a friendly and cosy atmosphere. There were a good selection of smaller and larger tables to suit different group sizes.
We were then shown into the play area which was Beano themed. The play area atmosphere was totally different to the restaurant. It was bright, clean and colourful. The kids immediately wanted to go play and couldn’t wait to get their shoes off and ran straight off to play. There was a large area for older children and a smaller area for baby/toddlers. Both areas were part of the same structure, rather than separate areas, which makes it easier to watch children of different ages playing. There were slides, tunnels, monkey bars and plenty to climb and play on in the play area. My girls loved it and had to be forced out for lunch! There were tables inside the play area if people wanted to eat in there whilst their children played or there was a comfy seating area for those not eating. The play area charges £3 for 90 minutes which is cheap compared to what some play gyms charge. They have a party room within the play area which can be hired out for children’s parties. There was a face painter, balloon modelling, Beano themed crafts and an appearance from Dennis the Menace and Gnasher themselves for the opening which all made the day extra special.
After about an hour and a half in the play area the kids were hungry so we moved back into the restaurant for lunch. There were Beano activity comics and crayons provided to keep the kids entertained whilst we waited for our food. The kids ordered poppin chicken, grilled chicken and the menace burger from the Beano themed children’s menu. My husband and I ordered the smothered chicken and Brewers Fayre burger. The meals arrived quickly and were well presented, the portion sizes were good and they looked very appetizing. The kids tucked straight into their meals and the food was enjoyed by all. Even though we were pretty full after the main course we moved onto dessert. The kids ordered chocolate indulgent sundaes and cookie double dare. We had chocolate fudge cake and caramel apple betty. The desserts arrived quickly after the main course and again were well presented and looked and tasted great. The meals were good value for money especially the children’s meals which were £3.99 for a main meal, any 2 courses for £4.99 or 3 courses for £4.99. Brewers Fayre also does special offers on meals such as 2 meals for £10, kids eat free breakfast. Current offers can be viewed on their website (some offers limited to certain days and times). We all ordered refillable soft drinks with our meals which were good value. There was a drinks machine with a selection of soft drinks and you could refill your glass yourself as often as you wanted. Whilst in the restaurant the kids were all given a Beano themed soft toy to take home and remember their day by which was a nice gesture.
The only issue we encountered was with the ladies toilets near the play area which also doubled as a baby change. The toilets were really small with only two cubicles. The baby change unit dropped down over the sink and there were two large nappy disposal bins on the floor that took up a lot of the floor space. I needed to change one of my girls clothes in the toilet and there was barely any room to move in the toilets. Whilst changing her I was literally blocking the toilets and sinks and causing a hazard. This was a very minor negative and in no way spoilt our day.
We thoroughly enjoyed our morning, especially the kids and would recommend the Old Brickworks to family and friends. We will definitely be visiting again soon.
For more information, to view menus or to book a table click here or call 01132 879 132.
Brewers Fayre, Wakefield Road, Drighlington, BD11 1EA | 01132 879 132