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.
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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.
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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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
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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