10 of the best kid friendly pubs in greater Manchester
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Looking for a decent family pub in Greater Manchester as the sun is starting to show its face?

From opportunities for plane-spotting to proper pub grub in the city centre – and plenty of sunny beer gardens and play areas – here’s our pick of 10 kid-friendly pubs for all the family.

The Airport

Junior aviation enthusiasts can watch planes taking off and landing from this pub’s large beer garden overlooking Manchester Airport’s runway from just 50 feet away – the closest you can get in the UK without boarding. There’s a Little Aviator menu with make-your-own wraps, burgers and hotdogs for £4.75, plus activity packs.

Ringway Road, Heald Green, M22 5WH – robinsonsbrewery.com

Eagle & Child

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You’ll find locally sourced and seasonal Pennine foods at this award-wining Lancashire pub, with a vast outdoor area boasting a kitchen with hog roast/BBQ and pizza oven, shed with living roof, mini orchard with chickens, giant games chequerboard and children’s area. The children’s menu offers small versions of their classic dishes.

3 Whalley Rd, Ramsbottom BL0 0DL – eagle-and-child.com

Horse & Jockey

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This family-friendly pub and restaurant overlooking Chorlton’s leafy Green serves real ales and hearty food in a picturesque Tudor building with a large sun-trap of a beer garden. Children’s meals are just £3.95, and a programme of free events throughout the year includes lots for all the family to enjoy.

9 Green Chorlton, M21 9HS – horseandjockeychorlton.com

Jackson’s Boat

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This traditional pub on the banks of the Mersey is nestled in a woodland setting, and boasts a large beer garden and kids play area. A children’s menu is £5.95 including a drink and ice cream, whilst big kids can build their own burger. Dogs are welcome, too.

Rifle Rd, Sale, M33 2LX – jacksonsboatsale.co.uk

Beef & Pudding

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You’ll find fine quality, fresh, locally sourced food at this city centre bar and restaurant, from pub classics to Manchester-inspired dishes. A well thought-out Little Peoples Menu for £5.95 includes a sausage lolly with proper chips and ketchup, pure chicken breast nuggets, and a mini house-made burger with English beef.

37 Booth St, M2 4AA – beefandpudding.co.uk

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Saracens Head

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This independent family-run country pub and restaurant in Warburton has extensive gardens as well as indoor and outdoor play areas. The Playbarn – a hidden gem of an indoor play area – is also available for children’s parties, and an extensive children’s menu includes tortillas, burgers and a Sunday roast from £3.79.

Paddock Ln, Warburton, Lymm, WA13 9TH – saracensheadwarburton.co.uk

The Woodhouse Gardens

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Located in a beautiful semi-rural location near Daisy Nook Country Park, The Woodhouse Gardens boasts a spacious beer garden as well as fresh food using produce from nearby Saddleworth and New Smithfield Market. A kids menu offers two courses for £5.95, including a roast dinner and a mini Eton Mess.

48 Medlock Road, Woodhouses Village, M35 9WN – woodhousegardens.co.uk

The Snipe

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This community pub in Audenshaw offers bar snacks and pub classics alongside a range of Robinsons cask ales, and boasts a large beer garden complete with a children’s play area. Simple children’s dishes – fish fingers, sausage, pizza or chicken nuggets with chips – are all £2.95.

387 Manchester Rd, Audenshaw, M34 5RP – robinsonsbrewery.com

The Metropolitan

This grand Victorian railway hotel is now an upmarket bar and restaurant, with an outside Stable Bar to enjoy the sunshine. A children’s menu is served in the Conservatory restaurant all day and bar area until 5pm, with mains at £6.95 – and they do a smaller-sized roast on a Sunday.

2 Lapwing Lane, West Didsbury, M20 2WS – the-metropolitan.co.uk

The Red Lion

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You can feed the whole family for little over a tenner at this Bolton pub, with two mains and two children’s meals for £12 during the week. They also have a Wacky Warehouse – the UK’s award-winning soft play and activity centre – so there’s plenty to keep younger children entertained.

1 – 3 Salford Rd, Over Hulton, Bolton, BL5 1BJ – fayre-square.com


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