When I suggested to Sarah last weekend that we took our broods out for a meal at a local family pub, I fully expected a reply that might have suggested that I was somewhat of an idiot, considering the fact that she had just given birth less than seven days earlier (to the BEAUTIFUL Arthur, who I may have snuck a photograph in of later in this review!). However, ever the SuperMum that she is, Sarah was fully up for the antics that ensued and we pottered off, as a now sevensome, to our local Sizzling pub The Blue Bowl, on Hanham High Street.
As many of you will know, I have a certain affinity with The Blue Bowl since my brother-in-law Anthony is the Boss-Man. We frequently eat here, as it’s great value and very local and is very geared up towards little ones, probably because Gina has two of her own! We pitched up at a table near the toy area and Ted and Darcey had lots of fun with a variety of different child-related paraphernalia, whilst Tom & Nath
Whilst this mayhem was going on, Arthur was feeling a little hungry and Sarah was able to breastfeed him comfortably within the restaurant whilst Ted played happily in front of her. In this respect, we thought it was great that the toddlers had plenty to do so that Sarah could concentrate on Arthur (and also, we could concentrate on chatting, which is obviously very important). Even if our husbands hadn’t have been here, it would have been easy to look after the three children because there is lots for them to do. The staff were incredibly friendly and made the ordering process at the bar very easy. We were able to put all the food and drinks on a table tab so that we didn’t have to find cash to keep popping up for drinks (especially after Tom knocked his all over the table in a very enthusiastic play session with Darcey) so this was also another plus.
As you’d expect on a Saturday night, the restaurant was appropriately busy but the atmosphere was lovely and it was quiet enough for us to catch up after The Morgan’s first week as a family of four! When food arrived, we all tucked in enthusiastically. The food is great value for money and really tasty with almost all meals under £10, some considerably so. (It was so good, we forgot to take pictures before eating!). Sizzling Pubs also run various offers on different nights so it’s worth checking what offers are on when. It’s worth signing up to their mailing list as you frequently get money off coupons or exclusive deals, too. We all chose a variety of meals, from whole roast chicken to scampi & chips and both Ted and Darcey had three veg mac & cheese which Darcey destroys every time! Check out their menu here.
Just as the little ones were starting to get tired, we got them a quick desert of mandarins set in jelly which they both loved. I ordered these whilst we were still eating our main courses so that it bought us a couple of extra minutes to finish our meals and they came out straight away! On the back of the children’s menu there is also a colouring page so Sizzling have thought of how to entertain the children whilst parents enjoy their food, too.
Throughout the year, the Blue Bowl runs a variety of activities geared for children, from their Superheroes and Princesses fundraising day, to meeting Father Christmas, and their Hallowe’en craft workshop, there is always something going on. It’s worth keeping an eye on their Facebook page to keep up to date with their events.
** A note from Sarah about our meal out: We had a great night out with The Reeds at The Blue Bowl. Arthur was just 6 days old at the time and we nestled in to a corner and I pretty much fed him the whole time. I felt really comfortable breastfeeding here and all the other guests were busy with their own little ones to really notice. I loved the play area for Darcey and Ted which kept them occupied and made it stress free for us to know they were entertained until the food arrived. The kids meals were packed with vegetables which is really reassuring when you are eating out. There was loads to choose from on the kids menu and Ted would have been happy with most of it. He loved the fruit jelly which was a really nice bonus to the meal. Our food was great too – I opted for the scampi (so I could eat with one hand and feed Arthur!) and there were loads of tempting desserts too! The Blue Bowl is a really family friendly place to eat and the staff were all cheerful and accommodating – the perfect place to take the family this half-term! **
We’ve timed this #Bristots review to coincide with a fantastic offer the Blue Bowl has on this half term in Bristol: kids eat for just £1 every day this week. Their kids menu is great – with some of the meals being set and others ‘build your own’ style, there is something for the fussiest of children. Have a look at what’s on offer here .
- Where is The Blue Bowl? 178 High Street, Hanham, Bristol, City of Bristol,BS15 3HJ
- When is it open? It’s open 8am – 11pm almost all days, with some nights opening until midnight. They do a great breakfast, too, if you need a bit of fuel before another great #Bristots day out!
- How much does it cost? Obviously it completely depends on what you order but we think it’s incredibly affordable, especially with the great £1 half term offer.
- What facilities are on site? There is a lovely toy section to help occupy little people and a large baby change room. The staff are all brilliant with children and more than happy to accommodate requests, if they can. In the summer, there is a lovely grass/paved area to eat outside, too.
- Is it pushchair/wheelchair accessible? Yes – there is a wide, double door on entry and slopes onto lower areas of the restaurant.
- Is there parking? Yes, and it’s free. On busier evenings it can fill up but there is plenty of residential parking nearby.
We had a lovely evening in great company and surroundings at the Blue Bowl and we’ll be sure to be back soon, taking advantage of another great offer from the staff there. Let us know if you decide to pay them a visit and tell us what you thought!