Family Friendly Pubs with Play Areas

Just because we started a family doesn’t mean we don’t still enjoy eating out! When the sun is out, there’s nothing we love more than heading to a pub with a nice outside space and play area too. Here are some local ones I’ve uncovered…

Just because we started a family doesn’t mean we don’t still enjoy eating out!

When the sun is out, there’s nothing we love more than heading to a pub with a nice outside space and play area too. Here are some local ones I’ve uncovered…


The Angels, Hitchin

the angels hitchin outdoor

Large family friendly pub in Hitchin. Indoor soft play area suitable for younger children and an outdoor play area with seating. Children’s menu available.

[fac_icon icon=”map-pin”] Bedford Rd, Hitchin SG5 2NG

[fac_icon icon=”mobile”] 01462 450219

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The Three Moorhens, Hitchin


Traditional pub in Hitchin with outdoor play area and seating. Children’s menu available.

[fac_icon icon=”map-pin”] Hitchin Hill, Hitchin SG4 9AJ

[fac_icon icon=”mobile”] 01462 459039

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The Orange Tree, Baldock


A 330 year old traditional pub with 4 Local Ciders and 8 top quality real ales at all times, with 13 Thursday to Sunday. Home-made, locally sourced food available every lunchtime and evening, plus Bob Chapman’s Sausage Emporium(!) Dog, child and muddy boot friendly with children’s play area and large beer garden.

[fac_icon icon=”map-pin”] Norton Road, Baldock SG7 5AW

[fac_icon icon=”mobile”] 01462 450219

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The George IV, Baldock


Traditional pub just outside the centre of Baldock. This family friendly pub has a  large beer garden with outdoor children’s play area.

[fac_icon icon=”map-pin”]  London Road, Baldock SG7 6LZ

[fac_icon icon=”mobile”] 01462 892367

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The Rose and Crown, AshwellA9399214-1B62-46E9-9F11-8DDF9950C3B8-452-0000002D425F2E9C

Oldest pub in the village of Ashwell. This traditional family run pub welcomes children and dogs and has a large garden with children’s play area.

[fac_icon icon=”map-pin”] 69 High Street, Ashwell SG7 5NP

[fac_icon icon=”mobile”] 01462 742420

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Bushel and Strike, AshwellIMG_6303

Country pub and eating house in the lovely village of Ashwell, near Baldock. Great outside space with children’s play area. Children’s menu also available.

[fac_icon icon=”map-pin”] 15 Mill Street, Ashwell SG7 5LY

[fac_icon icon=”mobile”] 01462 742 394

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The Raven, Hexton

The Raven, Hexton

Traditional family friendly pub-restaurant just outside Hitchin with garden and outside play area. Perfect to combine with a local walk around Barton or Pegsdon Hills!

[fac_icon icon=”map-pin”] Village Street, Hexton, Hitchin, SG5 3JB

[fac_icon icon=”mobile”] 01582 881 209

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The Bull, Watton at Stone

the bull watton

15th Century country pub, refurbished in 2012. South facing garden, enclosed children’s play area, patio and heated terrace. Children’s menu available.

[fac_icon icon=”map-pin”] 113 High Street, Watton at Stone, SG14 3SB

[fac_icon icon=”mobile”] 01920 831032

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The Chequers, Stotfold


Traditional family run pub in Stotfold serving food in both the pub and restaurant. Large garden with outdoor play area.

[fac_icon icon=”map-pin”] 33 Queen Street, Stotfold, SG5 4NX

[fac_icon icon=”mobile”] 01462 735 465

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The Cricketers, Weston

the cricketers weston

Climbing frame in the garden. Fab Sunday lunch, wood fired pizzas and children’s menu available too.

[fac_icon icon=”map-pin”] Damask Green Road, Weston, Hitchin SG4 7DA

[fac_icon icon=”mobile”] 01462 790 273

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The Crown, Aston End



the crown aston

The Crown has been recently refurbished and looks stunning from the pictures! This pub/restaurant just outside Stevenage offers food (including children’s menu) and a beautiful garden backing onto horse fields, children’s play area and patio seating for over 50 people. There is also a table tennis table.

[fac_icon icon=”map-pin”] 56 Long Ln, Aston End, Stevenage SG2 7HD

[fac_icon icon=”mobile”] 01438 880060

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The Chequers Inn, Woolmer Green, Knebworth

Benicks at The chequers

Not a play area, but a small zoo at The Chequers in Woolmer Green (not Winter). Large secure gardens with a variety of birds and animals from rabbits and guinea pigs to Pygmy goats and Marmoset monkeys.

[fac_icon icon=”map-pin”] 16 London Road, Woolmer Garden, Knebworth SG3 6JP

[fac_icon icon=”mobile”] 01438 813216

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The Red Lion, Woolmer Green, Knebworth



Family friendly pub with an extensive menu plus a kids menu, two outdoor play areas and an outdoors table tennis table In the summer.

[fac_icon icon=”map-pin”] 26 London Rd, Woolmer Green, Knebworth SG3 6JP

[fac_icon icon=”mobile”] 01438 811678

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Market Cross, Dunstable


Perfectly located family friendly pub for after a visit to Whipsnade Zoo or the Dunstable Downs! Small toddler play area and lovely outdoor play area and outdoor seating including covered area. Fab children’s menu and epic looking puddings too!

[fac_icon icon=”map-pin”] 14 Luton Road, Dunstable LU5 4JN

[fac_icon icon=”mobile”] 01582 674 381

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