I think the definition of a foodie wasteland is the road north out of our delicious city of Sydney.
The F3 freeway and its connecting Pacific Highway are not only visually unappealing but they lack any decent food source when one's stomach starts to growl.
Whenever we head north we try to go off grid and find child friendly cafes either to the east or west of the freeway/highway. On our most recent trip we decided to go east of the freeway in search of said child friendly cafe.
We didn't find a child friendly cafe but we certainly found a child friendly pub at The Entrance and funnily enough it was called The Entrance Hotel - how original!
The pub is located on a pedestrian mall - a seagull's poo away from the water. Right near a very decent playground and the most fabulous Vera's Water Garden that your little ones can run wild in (make sure you pack a towel!)
Now on to The Entrance at The Entrance (suppose it makes for easy advertising?) Anyway from the outside you could be excused for thinking it's an old man's pub, bit daggy, bit smoky and not the kinda place you'd take your missus or your kids (flash back to my childhood where my Pop would bring my Nan and us kids out lemon squashes to the car cause we weren't "allowed" in the pub). Sorry I digressed...the inside is cool, modern and kitted out in those oh so trendy colours that would have those TV interior designers saying "oh yes, very now with the right pop of colour"; I can see my Pop cursing in his grave!
The bistro of The Entrance at The Entrance is open all day which is fantastic when you arrive mid afternoon for lunch. The menu is huge and a decent section is dedicated to kids. Bonus time - all kid's meals come with an activity pack and ice cream. So your kids are kept occupied well and truly whilst you enjoy your lunch and a refreshing lemon squash (with gin these days Pop x).
We were served in double quick time as we had arrived after the lunch time rush, which was fantastic when we still had more travelling north to do. The little bulls had the whiting and chips which was huge and we had equally satisfying meals of calamari - cooked perfectly and one mother of a steak sandwich! Prices ain't cheap but the serving sizes certainly make up for it.
There is ample room for your pram and toddlers to move around (both inside and out) as well as high chairs and a handicapped toilet with baby change facilities.
So next time you are heading north via the wasteland - do yourself and your little ones a favour - go off grid - and check out The Entrance at The Entrance!
PS - if you have too many lemon squashes to drink and the kids are having too much fun in the water feature - you can stay the night in the comfortable rooms upstairs in the pub!
87 The Entrance Rd The Entrance NSW
02 4332 2001