On a sunny day The Bull Inn in Henfield is every parents’ (and dog owners’) dream.
The Garden & Play Area
There’s a huge pub garden. It’s really beautiful and enclosed, best of all, there’s lots and lots of brilliant play equipment for children. The play area is more like an adventure playground: things to climb on, things to balance on and things to slide on. There’s so much to keep little ones with ants in their pants happy. Our girls, 3 and 5, happily entertained themselves for a couple of hours; bigger kids were having fun alongside them too.
Children playing happily away from the bulk of the tables, but still in plain sight, is perfect. The kids have their own space and independence, none of those pesky grown-ups cramping their style; the grown-ups get the chance to relax and chat, which is golden. In fact, this is a fab spot to catch up with mates without running the risk of being interrupted every other minute. And when it’s time to eat, everyone can sit together. Bellisimo!
The Kids’ Food
The Bull Inn describe themselves as a Pizza Pub. Our kids, like most, adore pizza. So another win for The Bull right there. There’s a small children’s margherita on the kids’ menu for £3.95; they can choose to add toppings from the grown-ups pizza menu for a little bit extra. Our eldest went for extra pepperoni and mushrooms; the little one stuck with a margherita. There are loads of other kids options too if yours don’t like pizza: lasagne, bolognaise, carbonara, beef burgers, sausage and chips, chicken nuggets and chips or a salad bowl. There’s a choice of kids puddings: a bowl of ice cream, mini sticky toffee pudding, brownie or lolly. Our plumped for ice cream and were massively impressed by the little glass coupes of two scoops, complete with wafers and sprinkles.
The Grown-Ups’ Menu
There’s loads of choice for grown-ups. We were given two menus. A pizza menu and a lunch menu (there’s also a dessert menu). The pizza menu is vast. They have all the flavour combos on there. Lots of choice on the lunch menu too. I went for a vegan butternut squash and bean chilli, which was served with tortilla chips and rice; the Husband had a medium mediterranean pizza with no cheese and extra anchovies. There were quite a few veggie options, a couple of vegan options and lots of gluten-free options, including gluten-free pizzas. They have specials on the board and on Saturday lunchtime, it was a local salmon dish.
Drinks wise they have a gin menu including local Brighton Gin, Harvey’s and guest ales on tap, gluten-free beers, an extensive wine list and all of the usuals you’d expect to find in a typical local pub. Lots of drinks for kids: juices, fruit shoots, fizzy drinks, babycinos etc. Coffees, teas and hot chocolates are also available.
Everyone was really friendly and efficient. We didn’t have to wait too long to order food or for food to arrive. There was a little bit of wait to pay our tab at the end but nothing that caused us any problems. The service was solid.
We had a really pleasant afternoon at The Bull. The children loved having lots of space to run around in. The play area is really amazing – not just a decrepit swing and damp slide – but really impressive climbing equipment, balancing beams and tyres. Our kids entertained themselves for a decent chunk of time whilst we had a drink and waited for lunch (happy days!). We enjoyed our lunch. The food is good, honest pub grub. The stone baked pizzas were crisp, fresh and super tasty with lashings of toppings. The garden and settings are beautiful. This is the perfect place to while away a couple of hours with friends and family at the weekend. There’s no question in my mind that we’ll be back on another sunny day.
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