Pubs With Play Areas – Epsom and Ewell and Surrounds.

Posted by Samantha Hicks on 14 Mar 2018

With the sun shining our thoughts are turning to the good old British past time of enjoying a tipple or two in a local beer garden. Those of us that are lucky enough to be able to have an undisturbed child-free afternoon can kick back, relax and enjoy the feel of the sun on their backs. But what about the rest of us who have a constant small shadow, or two, or three, or….you get the idea! What you want is the holy grail, the elusive pub-with-a play-area where the kids can let off some steam and you can grab 5 minutes of grown-up time.


Horton Park Golf Club on the Hook Road has a wooden structure out back which is perfect for little monkeys to frolic on while you can relax and enjoy a glass of something chilled. The Beefeater at Tattenham Corner has fantastic views across the downs and is another establishment which offers a play area in front of the pub for your energetic offspring. The Star on the Leatherhead Road has a delightful wooden train and natural play area to keep the little ones quiet while you can relax in the sheltered garden.

Worcester Park:

The Brook on Central Road just opposite the station has a large, leafy garden with a sturdy plastic climbing frame and a couple of slides. Although we’ve never seen it in action they also have an outside gazebo which promises Al fresco summer food. At the other end of the high street the North End Tavern has a sandpit out the back and a great value kids menu. The H G Wells on Cheam Common Road boasts a bouncy castle most weekends in the summer months, along with an outside bar and regular BBQ’s. If however the British Summer has let you down and the sun isn’t shining then Broncos, Central Road may be a good spot, with an indoor soft play it is extremely kid-friendly and offers and all in one soft play and food package in the afternoon.


The Woodman in Woodmansterne street has a wonderful village-feel and houses a large garden with sandpit, bouncy garden and a good amount of green space for running around. The Kingswood Arms on Waterhouse Lane (on the Banstead / Kingswood border) also has a play area and and bouncy castle and is described as ‘ideal for kids’


The Chequers, situated on Chequers Lane is a gastropub in a picturesque setting with a large, comfortable garden, sun patio and a mini play park area

If you don’t mind travelling a bit further afield then Wildwood – The Old Bear, Riverhill, Cobham is an absolute joy for kids, with an extensive menu with lots of choice and a play area. The complimentary kids activity packs are also a welcome touch. Air Balloon in Brighton Road, Horley is a carvery with a difference as outside there is a play area for kids, whilst inside promises a sizeable Wacky Warehouse soft play. Rialto Lounge in South Street, Dorking is sure to please with an authentic Italian ice cream parlour and separate secure soft play. The Bell in East Molesey has an playground and area in the garden dedicated to families which is just perfect for lazy afternoons.

We hope you manage to enjoy visiting some of these pubs with play areas, after all it’s a fact that if the kids are happy then it makes the day a lot more enjoyable all round and if there is are any pubs that you think we should visit please let us know.

Sam xx


Samantha Hicks
Samantha Hicks is an Epsom based writer and mum of two who has contributed to a number of online publications and also managed several social media pages for local information Facebook pages. She can be found at various soft plays and toddler groups in the area and is constantly on the lookout for new activities to keep her small people entertained!

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