Following the 2012 Olympics East London has had an overhaul of change. Arguably trying to find a local pub which caters for children and adults alike is something not to go by with the six weeks holidays already in full swing. Here are some of the best family orientated pubs in East London boasting a great atmosphere for adults to enjoy a drink and keep the kids occupied with games and greenery.
The Golden Fleece (Manor Park)
The Golden Fleece is a traditional old pub, situated in Manor Park, catering for customers of all ages. A beer garden with the use of a climbing apparatus and a great space of greenery opposite the pub, for long walks, with a guaranteed chance of seeing a game of football taking place. Offering a friendly and welcoming setting for those who want to relax, this pub is the perfect place to let the kids play, whilst everyone enjoys this hidden gem of Manor Park.
Cutty Sark Tavern (Greenwich)
The public house which is located alongside the river Thames, with stunning views of Canary Wharf and The 02, the Cutty Sark Tavern offers great British food for all of the family. The pub, which is set across three floors, allows customers the chance to sit back and relax while letting staff members take care of you in this scenic atmosphere –perfect for a summer’s day.
Queens Arms (Walthamstow)
Walhamstow’s Queens Arms is one of the higher priced pubs featured on the list. Nevertheless the menu speaks for itself –salt marsh rump of lamb and 32 day aged Galloway ribeye steak is enough to leave customers coming back for more; while the choice of sticky toffee pudding and chocolate, and Frangelico torte will leave anyone’s mouth-watering. Friendly staff, great table service and a beautiful beer garden, this pub is brilliant for a family get together in the east end.
The Lauriston (Hackney)
The Lauriston, which is located in up and coming Hackney, is a lively go-to pub for after work drinks. However, on the weekend this pub is host to plenty of entertainment and events for all ages and members of the family to enjoy, including -karaoke, music and the good old juke box caters. The Lauriston is also a favourite for children’s menus, with their delicious and freshly made choices.
The Dove (Hackney)
The old fashioned building found in Hackney is great for their extensive menu that will definitely keep the kids happy -with gourmet burgers and mac and cheese being a firm favourite. Adults will be stuck for choice with the extensive beer choices, including- fruit, wheat and world beers available on tap, while also having the chance to try to partake in Belgian beer tasting. The Dove offers plenty of table games to keep children and adults alike occupied, while the weekly pub quiz will need adults to brush up on their trivia knowledge with the tough questions asked.
The Prince Arthur (Hackney)
Another popular choice, in family friendly Hackney, is The Prince Arthur. Each weekend the public house is dedicated to all things family orientated. Saturday, according to The Prince Arthur, is the ‘perfect day’ to sit at the local with the family, while Sunday offers their delightful roast dinner. If Sunday dinners are not your thing, then homely Shepherd’s Pie and fish and chips are recommended and available to enjoy.
The Russet (Hackney)
The Russet is more of a café than a pub, but nevertheless still has the heart and warmth of a local pub. Live music, summer BBQ’s, and plenty of drink choices to keep the fun and friendly atmosphere alive. The Russet, which opened in 2011, has already gained a reputation for their connection and entertainment towards their customers with special events customised for families. Events including- cabaret and workshops keep the children busy while the adults can relax and enjoy the outdoors, with their stunning beer garden.
The Vanbrugh (Greenwich)
Located in SE10, The Vanbrugh is Greenwich’s best-kept secret, and is renowned for keeping everyone amused. In August, the pub will be hosting garden parties with crafts for the kids, great BBQ food and live entertainment. Don’t forget to check out this hidden gem for yourself.
The Drum (Leyton)
Being one of the first ever Wetherspoon pubs, The Drum in Leyton would normally be associated with students for cheap drinks. However, their cosy and warm décor, alongside their great choice of desserts, is something not to be missed for those who wish to enjoy a nice weekend without having to break the bank.
The Britannia (Hackney)
Finally The Britannia, otherwise known as the People’s Park Tavern, is situated not far from Victoria Park in Hackney. This child friendly stop has a considerable beer garden with plenty of green and games to play, including table tennis! Inside the pub features plenty of toys and train sets to keep the children busy, while adults enjoy the retro pinball machines and outdoor cocktails served in a slush puppy inspired machine (including favourites frozen margarita and tequila colada) to quench the thirst on the hot summer days.
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