It had been a long time between drinks when we visited the Woolwich Pier Hotel recently. Pre-kidlets this place was where we'd have an occasional long lunch with mates up on the top verandah of the pub. A time when we ate our meal whilst it was still warm, and a time when we definitely didn't have any concerns about our glass of Savvy B being bowled over for a duck, by a plastic ball.
Fast forward 8 odd years and we are back in our old stomping ground, but this time we are sitting downstairs and out the back in the "kids area," eating salad as we know it won't go cold, and holding onto our glass of vino for dear life, in case it gets knocked over by a random ball being kicked by an uncoordinated little person!
Every Saturday from 1pm - 3pm, the Woolwich Pier kindly provides kids entertainment to give parents a bit of a breather from parenting. The lawn area under the beautiful old fig tree in the beer garden area of the pub, is where it all happens. On the day we visited two lovely young lasses were in charge of the entertainment. They turned out some amazing face painting and tattoos, and also played a few games with the kids.
The soccer match was perhaps not the most brilliant idea although, as there were a few balls flying through the air which ocassionaly made a drink fly through the air too (or is this just a secret ploy of the pub to get you to buy more drinks!). It doesn't really matter, as the lads had a great time and only came back to our table when they were thirsty.
There's also a little TV area down here too, where kids can chill out and watch movies, whilst they wait for their meal to arrive. They can either eat their lunch/dinner on the tables provided, or back at your table. Just to let you know, tables can be a bit hard to come by at the Woolwich Pier on a Saturday because of the kids entertainment, so I would suggest that you arrive early to nab a decent spot, or leave it until after 2 pm to arrive - that way you won't have to queue too long for your Savvy B either!
The Kids Meals all cost $12.00 and are for kids aged under 12 years. The choices are:
The big human's menu covers all of your posh pub grub favourites. There are various flavours of Sliders and Tostadas, as well as Ponzu and Arancini. And of course there are Steaks in various forms. And for those of us who can't carnivore in the middle of the day, there are Salads. The Trout Salad, despite not presenting particularly well, was very tasty but perhaps a tad on the small side to line the belly adequately for those that can still imbibe in a few too many vinos in the middle of the day.
To finish up, let's talk about the nitty gritty. Yes - you can take your pram along as there is easy access into the Lawn area for it. However if you arrive when the place is heaving, you may find it difficult to park it near your table (mid week this won't be an issue). There are high chairs, and there are toilet facilites available (including a change table). Parking can be a challenge on weekends, but in saying that we scored one easily right in front of the pub!
So my dear parents, do you still frequent pubs with your progeny that you used to hang out in, back in your single as a pringle days?
2 Gale St, Woolwich NSW
02 9817 2204
Open 7 days for lunch & dinner