Who doesn’t enjoy a roast dinner in a cosy pub on a Sunday or lunch in a lovely beer garden in the sunshine? That said, it can be a bit more of a challenge when you have little ones to entertain. Here are our top picks of close-by pubs with play areas in East Dorset and West Hampshire to keep the whole family happy.
1. St Peter’s Finger, Lychett Minster
A little closer to Poole with a relaxed welcoming atmopshere, St Peter’s Finger has a medium-sized garden and climbing frame close to some picnic benches where can parents sit and supervise.
The unusual name derives from the fish with a gold coin in its mouth that St Peter caught.
2. The New Queen, Sopley, Christchurch
Recently reopened, The New Queen is located on the beautiful banks of the River Avon and from the large peaceful garden you can watch your children play in the play area at the end.
3. The Alice Lisle, Ringwood
A large, popular pub on the edge of the New Forest which is often visited by ponies. The big outdoors section has lots of seating and a good play area with tyres and cargo net.
4. The Halfway Inn, Wareham
Traditional feeling pub with helpful staff, delicious food and a medium-sized outdoor area with tables and separate swings and a slide where children can play. Found about halfway between Wareham and Corfe Castle (hence the name).
5. The Avon Causeway, Hurn, Christchurch
Packed with character, this hotel was actually Hurn railway station from 1862 to 1935, and still has the platform with a train residing in it. Out back there is a large outdoor area with a jungle gym for the children to play in.
6. The Angel Inn, Longham, Ferndown
Easy to get to, with bigger than you’d expect gardens and a good children’s play area to boot, The Angel Inn is an all-round crowd-pleaser.
7. The Scott Arms, Kingston, Wareham
Whilst this pub does not have a specific play area, it has a substantial garden for kiddies to play in and a marvellous view towards Corfe Castle.
Best of the rest…
Here are a few more pubs with play areas to try:
- The World’s End, Almer
- The Horns Inn, Colehill
- The Langton Arms near Blandford Forum
- The Sandford, Sandford
- The Yachtsman, Hamworthy
And when it rains…
Also, if you are interested in local pubs in general, you may find our article on best pubs and bars in Poole Town, Ashley Cross and Poole Harbour and Bay useful.
That’s the end of our list, thank you for reading. Do you know of any pubs with play areas we have missed or information we could add? Feel free to get in touch and let us know.