Pubs and kids! Brilliant combination… but only if the pub has enough room outside for your kids not to pester you too much, or for the iPad to have to come out so that you can finish your beer in peace.
Below is my super duper list of pubs around Hampshire (in driving distance of Portsmouth) that have large gardens or play areas as sourced by various Facebook groups and websites. I have not visited most of them, so please do feedback if you try them. My aim is to visit as many as possible and give some frank reviews, but for now you’ll have to do with this nice list instead.
I’ve also created this brilliant interactive map on google to show where they all are! I know… you can thank me with a pint.
The Chairmakers (Hambledon) From their website “One of the best family friendly pubs in Hambledon, we provide baby changing facilities and a large garden that the kids will simply love. With plenty of outdoor seating, rest assured you can keep a close eye on them.”
This photo of The Chairmakers is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Cob and Pen (Wellington) From their website: “We offer fantastic food as well as wines, ales, lagers and spirits, with plenty of space inside, as well as a large garden and play area for the children.”
Harvest Home (Denmead) From website: “Our Secure Garden Allows Parents To Sit & Take It Easy Whilst The Children Amuse Themselves With Our Bouncy Castle, Sandpit, Climbing Frame & Children’s Toys.”
This photo of The Harvest Home is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Horse and Jockey (Hambledon)
This photo of Horse & Jockey is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Hunters Inn (Swanmore)
Jolly Farmer (Warsash)
Langbrook Farm (Havant) I’ve been to this one, and though it doesn’t have an outside area, it does have a selection of electronic entertainment and toy things. The play area isn’t enclosed though, and if you aren’t seated nearby you have to go with the kids to the play area as you can’t see it from most of the pub.
This photo of Langbrook Farm is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Red Lion (Chalton) From the website: “The Red Lion is a child-friendly pub and with baby changing facilities, board games and a large garden with outside seating. We’re dog friendly too, as long as they’re on their best behaviour!” (no play area at this one I don’t think).
Seven Stars (Stroud) From the website: “the lovely garden makes the Seven Stars the perfect backdrop for lazy spring days and cosy autumnal nights.” I couldn’t find a picture of the play area, but I know that there is a small climbing frame here.
This photo of The Seven Stars is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Silver Fern (Warsash)
This photo of The Silver Fern is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Sir Joseph Paxton (Titchfield) from the website: “We are a family oriented pub with a new children’s play area, perfect for the kids to enjoy while you enjoy a refreshing drink or a relaxing meal.”
Spread Eagle (Liss) From the website: “Located at the peak of the South Downs National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty.”
This photo of The Spread Eagle is courtesy of TripAdvisor
The Bold Forester (Sarisbury Green) From their website “In the summer months, enjoy eating or drinking al-fresco in our large beer garden with patio and barbecue area, while the kiddies play on the children adventure playground.”
This photo of Bold Forester is courtesy of TripAdvisor
The Blacksmith Arms (Donnington) From the website: “a large garden area with outdoor seating, fire pits and our own herb and salad garden. Children will also love visiting the chickens, which supply all our eggs.”
The Clarence (Portsmouth) From the website: “We’re the best value pub restaurant around – & family friendly too play area for kids!” (my husband asked me to mention the free coffee refills they do here…)
The Farmhouse (Portsmouth) From the website: “Great for families, The Farmhouse is roomy, friendly and fun.” I believe there is a soft play area in this pub.
The Half Moon (Petersfield) From the website: “We are proud to have Petersfield’s biggest pub garden! Pop-in, grab a drink, a bite to eat and watch the world drive by”
This photo of The Half Moon is courtesy of TripAdvisor
The Hampshire Hog (Clanfield) From the website: “The Hampshire Hog showcases what’s great about the countryside. Dine or drink in our garden on a summers day, it’s blissful.”
The Heron (Havant) – lovely looking little play area, however, the location of this pub isn’t exactly country so do check the website thoroughly to check this is what you were looking for before heading there.
This photo of The Heron – Hungry Horse is courtesy of TripAdvisor
The Kings Head (Wickham) If you really look you can see a great play area at the bottom of the garden below.
The Netley Grange (Southampton)
The Sailmaker (Gosport) From the website: “An indoor and outdoor children’s play area, plenty of free car parking and free Wifi make “The Sailmaker” the perfect family destination.”
The Sovereigns (Portsmouth) Another Wacky Warehouse style pub.
The Thomas Lord (West Meon)
The Walnut Tree (Runcton) from the website: “There is a large garden with ample parking.”
This photo of The Thomas Lord is courtesy of TripAdvisor
The Whistle Stop (Liss) from the website: “There are plenty of outside tables for sunny days and a free fanatstic traditional pub skittle alley which is great entertainment for the kids, out of the skittle alley is a fenced off secure garden with toys for younger kids to safely play.”
The White Hart (Denmead) This pub has a nice large garden, though no play equipment, plus I’ve heard it has a play area and bouncy castle too – I couldn’t find any mention of this on their website however!
The Woodman (Purbrook) From the website: “A great family pub, with a roaring log fire & heated smoking area there’s always a warm welcome for all the family. A great kids’ menu & baby changing facilities make us the perfect place to bring the family”
Travellers Joy (Southbourne) from the website “A charming, pet-friendly garden makes The Traveller’s Joy the best place in Southbourne for whiling away a lazy summer’s day. Savour a refreshing alfresco pint while you soak up the sun.”
Woolpack Inn (Fishbourne)
and that’s all folks!