One of my favourite places to meet up with friends for play dates during school holidays are pubs - the family friendly kind. During the last holidays we managed to Little Munch quite a few pubs as they are the perfect place to escape the hot weather and one of the best ones we came across was the Brewhouse Marayong ( which is actually located in Kings Park).
This great family friendly pub is large in size, has loads of parking, very tasty food and most importantly great play facilities for children. The boys spied the jumping castle as soon as we walked through the main doors. They happily played here whilst I had a squizz at the rest of the facilities. That's when I saw the excellent outdoor playground and before I knew it, the boys were behind me demanding that I let them pass. The play area is under cover, fully fenced and the entrance is via large heavy doors. My boys were strong enough to open these themselves, which was fine as I set up shop at a table right next to them. You can see through glass panels into the play area so if you little ones want to escape you can get up and open the doors before any little fingers are squashed.
The playground has a large black board, and two play gyms - one suitable for little kids and the other for bigger more boisterous kidlets. The boys spent the entire time running back and forth from the playground to the jumping castle, stopping briefly en route for water and some food. They had an absolute blast. Sundays also sound like a blast when it's Kidzday. As well as all of the fun equipment to play on, the Brewhouse quite often have entertainment such as face painters and super heroes and the best bit for your hip pocket is that kids eat free (with every adult's meal purchased over $16 you receive a free kids meal). According to the Brewhouse's website, they even have kids discos from time to time, so this is definitely one family friendly pub.
Kids have their very own menu that costs between $7 - $9 and includes a free vanilla dixi cup ice cream. Please note the free ice cream is not available on Sundays when kids eat for free. Kidlets can choose between Popcorn Chicken (pictured below); Fish Cocktails; Minute Steak, Cheeseburger, Hawaiian Pizza Garlic Bread; and Chicken Schnitzel. All meals come with hot chips and are a decent size.
I was quite impressed with the main menu. It contained your typical pub meals - burgers, steaks, schnittys & pastas but it also has some interesting Asian inspired dishes on it as well. The Malai Prawns (North Indian style curry w/ king prawns, steamed rice, eggplant relish, naan bread & cucumber yoghurt) sound delicious for $19 as does the Sang Choy Bou Pizza (hoi sin sauce base w/ shredded duck, caramelized onion & mozzarella) for $20. My Vietnamese Beef Noodle Salad (thin strips of marinated steak, bean sprouts, cucumber, mint, snow peas, coriander, mixed leaves, glass noodles & ginger soy dressing) for $16 was fabulous. The beef was tender and cooked perfectly and there was only a hint of the dressing - just the way I like it.
The Brewhouse is such a great pub, but I do have a complaint. It's about the service. It was bland for lack of a better word. When I went up to order our meal I disturbed the lady behind the bar having a conversation with a colleague. She begrudgingly took my order and then went back to her conversation, not bothering to give me the time of day, let alone the voucher for the free ice cream we were meant to receive. Then when I went to order our drinks I was met with cool indifference from the barman. I get it - it sux having to serve people all the time when you are working, I too served people in various capacities during my time (20+ yrs) working in the Hospitality industry. However, no matter how bad my mood was, how tired I was, or how hung over I was, I always had a smile on my dial and was hospitable to people, it ain't that hard.
What's your favourite family friendly pub in Sydney? How does it rate in comparison to the Brewhouse?
6 Cobham St, Kins Park NSW
02 9626 9061
Open Daily 11am - 9pm