If there's one thing I like its a good pub, and the other thing is a place where I can see my little boys' faces lighting up as they play in safe surroundings. So, imagine my delight at having found The Bucket and Spade situated just off the M5 towards Weston-super-Mare!
This pub not only has a two-for-one offer on its very tasty and well-presented adult meals, but one unique feature sure to put a smile on your face - The Fun House children's indoor play area.
[Open: Term-times: Monday - Friday 11am - 9pm.
Saturday & Sunday 9.30am - 9pm.
School Holidays: 9.30am - 9pm.
Last admissions 1 hour before closing]
This soft play zone caters for all ages up to teens, and has enough variety and adventure built in to keep your kids happy for the hours play that your £2.50 buys them. The funhouse also caters for kid's parties at very reasonable rates, and has special mother and toddler times set aside for quieter fun play for the younger ones.
Drinks are served for kiddies and grown-ups in the funhouse itself, but with a pub next door your next port of call is inevitably going to be the restaurant. And, so it should be! The grubs here is lovely and good value for money. They even accomodated my eldest's picky tastes by swapping items on the menu to suit him personally.
Full disabled and children's changing facilities are available, and even another outdoor play area with seating, patio heaters and sun-shades for better weather.
Carlsberg don't make rural pubs - but if they did they'd make this one!
I'm sat in the Bucket & Spade writing this review right now. I have got issues with my internet connection at the moment (I use a dongle), and this is the closest place to where I'm staying at the moment.
The Bucket & Spade is not the kind of place that I would naturally gravitate towards, and as I came here on a recommendation, I really had no idea what to expect. Obviously the name gave me a fair idea that it might be family friendly.... and that it most certainly is! The place was rammed with dining families when I got here, and yes, some of the kids were running around enjoying their sugar hits like there was no tomorrow, but, strangely, I didn't mind.... I really like the place! This is mainly due to the fact that the staff are amazingly friendly and professional, and have helped me get connected to the internet when it was clear that i was experiencing difficulty, and they have also allowed me to Skype my friend in Sweden without complaining. That's stellar service for you!
They have a great indoor play area with all the trappings... climbing frames and ball pits etc etc... There's room enough for 150 children in there, and so it's pretty darned big.
The Deputy Manager is called Steve... give him a shout out when you come here!
Very cheap food deals always available so good if you need to feed a crowd of people. Food not always very good though, focus seems to be on quantity rather than quality. The attached play area is ok for slightly older children although I'd be reluctant to let my under 5s loose there as cleanliness and and supervision seems to be poor. They also do childrens parties and have parties for occassions like halloween although I don't think their organisational skills are particularly good and these events can often be very chaotic.
this is a lovly place to go for a cooked dinner there is a play area for kids inside and out side the family pub. It is great for familys and get togethers. The food is delicious. i really would recomend this place to go to it is very freindly staff and great service.
Its cheap and cheerful, a bit like wetherspoons food but a good place to go with family and children as its quite informal and the kids can run around. No the food isnt brilliant but its 2 for £10 and for the price it is standard tasty food. Not much character but I didnt really want a top knotch food with a nooks and crannies shabby chic restaurant when eating out with grandparents and a two year old.
I have recently visited the bucket and spade and found it be good value, good food and a happy smiley team. The drinks are a bit steep but all in all a good experience. I believe there has been a change in management since the last reviews.
We serve great food that's great value with smiles on our faces.
Established in 1995.
Purpose built restaurant and children's play area.
Enjoys his job immensely. He is a passionate, driven leader who always believes in brilliant service.
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