At the end of last year a journalist caused a bit of an uproar when she wrote an article for The Daily Telegraph which basically called for kids to be banned from pubs. Read it here.
When I was in a similar position to her, it really irked me when kids were at pubs and upset my Chardonnay swilling session; it also really irked me when I went to the pub at lunch time with my work colleagues and we couldn't get a seat because all the Mother's groups had their tractors parked everywhere and were sipping on lemon squashes. The pubs I was frequenting were NOT family friendly.
These days since breeding, I still go to the pub but now take the kids along; the Chardonnay swilling sessions are a thing of the past, I am more than likely to have at most a cheeky corona and the pubs I am frequenting are most definitely family friendly. Just like the fabulously family friendly Greystanes Hotel where I had lunch during the week and where I had a session of swilling lemon, limes and bitters.
The Greystanes Hotel is located on a really big parcel of land. The first thing I noticed when we arrived is the huge amount of parking, they even have designated parents parking. The exterior of the hotel near the car park is fairly typical of a suburban hotel. Walk through the entrance that says 'playground this way' and you will enter into the bistro/sports bar. The interior is a bit dated but in a kind of nice traditional pub way. If the weather is freezing, you may want to hang out in here, but that would be foolish as there is an awesome outdoor area waiting for you, complete with magnificent playground.
Now let me tell you about this magnificent playground. It is separated into two areas. The first is undercover and it has the above play area plus a smaller one for kids you can't climb as high. I watched nervously as my little bull climbed up to the helicopter, praying that he could get himself down ok as there was no way my derrière could squeeze itself up into there to retrieve him. These play areas are like the ones you get at Maccas and Bunnings, but much bigger and better.
Next to the undercover area is the hotel's outdoor park. This includes a climbing frame, flying fox, that thing that goes round and has the potential to make your kids throw up after lunch, plus loads of room for kiddliwinks to round around. There are also some picnic tables out here that complete the park like feel. I think I can safely say, this is the best outdoor playground I have come across at any pub in Sydney and it is completely secure.
Now the brilliant things is that there are loads of tables and chairs out here in the undercover area, where you can sit back, relax, drink (but remember not too many!) eat and chat whilst your kiddliwinks are having the best time ever in the magnificent playground. The area is called the family courtyard and it is completely non smoking. There are loads of high chairs and a dedicated family room is located inside.
The Greystanes Hotel menu is your typical pub grub - it's very good grub and also reasonably priced. The kids menu has some healthy and not so healthy options and everything costs either $6 or $7 (ice cream is $2). The portions are a decent size and they come in a cardboard box - oh so very sensible. They have bottles of fruity drinks for sale at the bar, plus soft drinks and milkshakes. By the way, the bistro opens from 11.00am - 9.00pm every day so if you feed your kiddliwinks an early lunch or dinner, this will suit you perfectly.
The menu for adults covers all of your pub food favourites. Our nachos were seriously good for $14. None of your nasty greasy mince served here - instead they used delicious slow cooked beef which melts in your mouth. The steak burger was also very decent for $14. There are salads, steaks, pastas and a few more gourmet options for you also to choose from. Click here if you want to check out the whole menu.
So my dear parents, I would really love to know what you all think about banning kids from pubs. Do you feel comfortable taking your children to family friendly pubs? Clearly with so many pubs (especially out in the suburbs) making themselves so darn family friendly they have no problem with little rug rats and their parents utilising their facilities x
701 Merrylands Rd, Greystanes NSW 2145
Open 7 days a week from 10.00am