We all know the saying if the kids are happy, then the adults are happy. So we asked someone a bit younger than ourselves (*cough* a lot younger) to write us a piece about some of the best places to eat and drink when a small person is in tow. Little Miss Foodie (Insta: Little Miss Foodie_IW) shares her thoughts.
It is important that the Island has good places for children to eat and play (so they won’t get bored while waiting for food). Little Miss Foodie has picked out some of the more kid friendly pubs across the Island.
The Horse and Groom is a great place for children of all ages. There is a big play area where they can burn off some energy and make new friends (the summer holidays are a great time for children to meet new friends). There is a delicious children’s menu for little ones that is printed on an activity sheet, parents will be kept busy with this too. Outside they have mini golf, a bouncy castle and a great climbing frame. Inside there are two claw machines where you can win sweets and toys… so bring change.
The Horse & Groom, Ningwood
In the small village of Whitwell you will find the Island’s oldest pub, The White Horse. A fun place for children of all ages. It has a large beer garden with space to kick a ball around and also a fenced off playhouse. At the bottom of the playhouse is a noughts and crosses game and as you climb up the wall, or ladder, you can look over the garden before going down the slide. There is a great variety of food and drink for children to pick, from mac and cheese to burgers (plus a light bites section on the menu for children who are more adventurous) Portion sizes are good and the homemade puddings are delicious.
The White Horse, Whitwell
An amazing restaurant by the water, The Breeze will interest children, young and old. It has an enormous garden with a brilliant climbing frame. It has big slides, two playhouses (one for smaller kids and one for bigger ones – which is great so smaller children don’t get hurt by big kids playing rough). There are also swings and the large ‘basket one’ the adults will love too. The kids menu is fantastic, with good vegetarian options like a homemade margherita pizza or amichetti (animal shaped pasta with a cheesy filling – yummy!)
In Sandown you’ll find a very kid friendly pub, The Caulkheads. This pub has a brilliant indoor play area. Perfect for children aged up to 8 years old, there’s a ball pit and slide. There are windows so parents can see children are ok. The garden has a pirate ship and everyone’s favourite, a bouncy castle. There’s a very good selection of food on the children’s food menu and you can eat your dinner while watching a film in the silent cinema. The best thing about the Caulkheads, is the ice cream factory, you can keep going up for refills and the toppings are tasty.