Restaurants in Exeter with Play Areas
Going for a meal with the sprogs in tow can be a joyous, but exhausting experience, particularly when they are at 'that age' where they need to be stimulated and entertained at every second. As such, if you're planning a meal with the young ones, finding a restaurant with a decent play area should be of paramount importance.
Finding a good restaurant with a safe and properly maintained child and baby-friendly play area can be like finding a wedding ring in a ball pit, particularly in a city like Exeter, where there is such a wealth of dining options. Here, we've cut out the middleman by circling in on the best dining establishments in the city (and the surrounding areas) where parents, carers and more can enjoy a decent bite to eat whilst the kids have a fun time climbing, sliding and swinging off their meals!
The Twisted Oak
| Little John's Cross Hill, Ide, EX2 9RG
One of the area's most family-friendly pubs, The Twisted Oak has been a staple for years, but as given a new lease of life in recent years. Situated a mile outside Exeter city centre on the outskirts of Ide village just off the A30, the food is hearty, the atmosphere is friendly and the kids can play indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) in two dedicated play areas with slides, climbing frames and more. The pub is so child-friendly, it even hosts regular kid's discos!
| Honiton Road, Exeter, EX1 3LJ
Located in Monkerton, just a few minutes outside the city centre, this family-friendly chain pub offers classic British dishes and international pub grub at reasonable prices. Where the chain really shines, however, is in its child-friendly play areas. The Exeter branch is no exception and it's also conveniently located next to a Premier Inn, Sandy Park Rugby ground and Exeter Airport. The Brewer's Fayre soft play zones are famously well-stocked with ball pits, games and more to keep your restless little angles occupied whilst you enjoy a slap-up meal.
Hen House Restaurant
| 7-8 North Street, EX4 3QS
A relatively new addition to Exeter's city centre family-friendly dining scene, having only opened in 2017, Hen House has quickly earned a reputation as one of the city's finest and most affordable restaurants for families of all shapes and sizes. The Polish and Mediterranean cuisine is eclectic and fragrant, with an emphasis on home-cooked, original recipes handed down from generations of skilled chefs. As the name suggests, chicken is very much the meat of the day, week, month and year here, but there is plenty more to discover. There isn't a dedicated kids play area per se, but the staff will go out of their way to keep your little ones entertained.
The Tally Ho!
| 2 Countess Wear Road, EX2 6LG
Everyone loves a good sunny afternoon in a beer garden, but keeping an eye on the kids whilst you're enjoying a cold pint in the sun can take the wind out of even the fullest sails. That's why The Tally Ho! Is a pub that earns its mandatory exclamation mark. The food might be typical pub grub, but it's tasty honest pub grub and the drinks menu is vast. The real ace in the hole, however, is the expansive outdoor playing area that is suitable for young children and even pre-teens, with slide, monkey bars and an assault course.
The Red Deer
| Exeter Road, Crediton, EX17 3PH
A large Marston's pub located in Crediton, just north of Exeter, the Red Deer boasts affordable grub and a gigantic beer garden. The real draw for families, however, is the indoor playroom, which includes a number of games and puzzles to keep inquisitive youngsters entertained whilst you enjoy a juicy steak or a pie and a pint.
The Pinhoe Hoard
| 2 Bakers Way EX4 8GA
Another Marston's pub, the Pinhoe Hoard is a modern red brick establishment with outdoor picnic tables, ample parking and the same indoor play area featured in the Red Deer. It is, however, located slightly closer to the city centre and also boasts a number of games where kids can win prizes for just a pound.
The Waie Inn
| Zeal Monachorum, Crediton, EX17 6DF
Just north of Exeter, halfway between Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, The Waie Inn provides a little spot of country bliss; a home away from home in the beating heart of rural Devon. Whatever the time of year and whatever the weather, there is so much to enjoy at the Waie Inn. Whilst it might be a family pub first and foremost, it also prides itself on offering not only an array of sporting activities (from fishing and football to an indoor swimming pool) but a fully-featured indoor play area. “Waie 2 Play” is a gigantic, purpose-built soft play barn with rope bridges, air cannons, tubes, slides and huge balls pools. There's even a separate play area for the youngest guests. A perfect spot for kids parties.
Finding the perfect restaurant for the perfect situation can be a nightmare at the best of times, add kids into the equation and the problem is amplified immeasurably. However, Exeter is mercifully blessed with a number of locations where you can enjoy yourselves guilt-free without worrying about whether or not the younger members of the family are waiting for the fun to start.
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