Reviewed by Stella Young
Monifieth Farm is a venue we’ve visited often, both for play dates and family meals. Over the years though, with thousands of children enjoying the play area, it had of course become a bit tired and in need of some TLC. So we were quite excited to be invited to the launch of the new play area, meaning it had had the much needed revamp that it needed.
Immediately upon entering the new Dennis the Menace themed play area, the first thing I noticed that had changed was the door. Gone are the big heavy doors, that put the fear in to any parents of fingers getting caught, these have been replaced by new red and black doors, with a gap in between them, ensuring no little fingers would get trapped. Once through the doors, we entered in to the new fresh dining area in front of the new play area. This was a vast improvement on the way it was previously, carpets gone, replaced with wood flooring, proper dining tables that could be adapted to fit small or large groups. Being that I have 3 young children, I wouldn’t be comfortable eating out in the main restaurant leaving my children unsupervised, but I would be more than happy to sit in this new area for a meal.
My children (ages 5, 3 and 3) had an absolute ball playing on the new play frame, in particular they seemed to like the ball rope swings, but also generally making their way through the various parts of the frame, and the helter skelter style slides. There was also a bit at the side of the frame for toddlers, which was on accessible from that side and had seating area for parent’s right beside it. Always good when you have toddlers and don’t want them getting trampled on by over excited older kids.
The old party area has been replaced with a Play Den. A spacious area, laid out with tables and chairs for colouring in, a large sofa area and a huge TV on the wall showing Dennis the Menace cartoons. Perfect for when the kids want to recharge their batteries and chill out away from the main play frame
We each had a two course meal, there is a vast choice on the menu, but of course being the picky/dieting/vegetarian/fuss pot, I actually requested something that wasn’t even on the menu for adults, and they were happy to oblige making up a child meal to an adult size one. I had vegetarian sausage & mash, while my husband opted for fish and chips, stating it was one of the best pieces of fish he’d had in a long time, two of my children had pizza and the other had the meat sausage & mash, I chose the mini doughnuts as a dessert for them all, they had great fun dipping them in the chocolate sauce and then sprinkles, before consuming them, and being highly amused at being left with a “sprinkles moustache”
Charge for the play area is £3 per child for 90 minutes of play, children are issued with wristbands with times on them.
For more information, to view menus or to book a table visit:
Brewers Fayre, Ethiebeaton Park, Monifieth, Dundee, DD5 4HB | 01382 530 565