Once upon a time if I walked into an eating establishment and saw that no one was there except the staff, I probably would have turned on my high heels and made a discreet exit. I used to have a misconception that empty tables meant bad food, poor service and no atmosphere. However these days, I almost do a high five with Mr Munch, as we are relieved that the little bulls when in full flight (fight) will not annoy anyone.
So last Sunday when we were hungry for a pub lunch and landed in at the Bayview in Gladesville we were chuffed to find that we were the only people in the bistro. Although I have to admit we were a bit perplexed as to why, as it is such a nice spot - oh that's right, we were eating at midday and most people who frequent pubs are still in bed nursing their hang overs from the night before!
From the outside the pub is a bit run down and when you walk in, the bar area is quite dark but then you emerge into a lighter bistro area where lots of orange chairs help brighten up the space. There is loads of seating, plenty of high chairs and lots of space for prams. There is a small bar in this area to quench your thirst and you order your meals up at the kitchen. The roof is one of those fancy louvred things, so when it is open as well as all of the windows, it creates an almost beer garden effect. There is also an outdoor area with limited seating on the other side of the bistro.
Even though the Bayview doesn't have any live entertainment for kids, a group of patrons provided some on their behalf. About half way into our lunch, a herd of superheroes pushed their way into the pub, much to the delight of the little bulls. There was spiderman, superman, buzz lightyear and even a teenage mutant ninja turtle - all "frat" boys on a pub crawl. The superheroes luckily sat outside away from the bistro as they were in fine form and would have no doubt taught the little bulls a bad habit or two.
Obviously I cannot guarantee you live super hero entertainment each Sunday, but what I can guarantee you is that when you orders a kids meal you receive a free activity pack! These super activity packs kept our little bulls occupied for the entire time we were at the pub - yes Mr Munch and I did another high 5! There was an activity for most age groups - colouring inn, join the dots, jigsaw puzzle, crossword and word finders. There are also pool tables and a rather expensive games machine that requires some firing of toy rifles that may preoccupy older kids - these are located right next to the bistro.
A kids meal costs $10.00 - you receive the meal, an activity pack, small soft drink (in a plastic cup) and ice cream for this price - excellent value I say. Now the meal options are your usual deep fried suspects, pizza and spaghetti, you can substitute the chips for vegies if you want to be a bit more health concious for your kids.
The little bulls had the fish and chips as well as the schnitzel and chips - they could have easily shared one meal as the serves are big - but they could not have easily shared the activity pack, drink or ice cream - cause they are your typical kids who don't like sharing.
The adults menu is extensive - pizza, tapas, tacos, pub classics etc etc. Mr Munch and I opted to share a wood fired tandoori chicken pizza ($20.00), which is one of the best we have ever had. Light and crispy base, perfect amount of toppings and a decent size to feed two. After we had ordered we realised we should have had the "special" Pepper Pig Pizza in honour of the boys (for some reason Peppa is a big favourite in our house).
I considered ordering the Warm Golden Gaytime Pud for dessert as it sounded oh so delicious, but realised that I had finished off half of the boys chips and thought of my burgeoning curves instead.
The Bayview staff were young, friendly and not afraid of kids. We were greeted with a big hello and smile when we first wandered into the pub and the staff at the bistro and bar could not have been more hospitable.
The only negative about the pub is the downstairs loos. The stairs are steep - a bit tricky for little legs and I'm sure they have had a few patrons under the influence go belly up once or twice. There is however a baby change table in the ladies so at least they have that base covered - Mummas, maybe don't wear your heels, as carrying a baby on your hip plus nappy bag plus probably a toddler, won't make for a pretty sight if you lose your balance!
So tell me dear parents, do you love a good pub lunch as much as me, or have you outgrown them, now that you have kiddliwinks?
166 Victoria Rd Gladesville NSW 2111
02 9817 2632