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Spring in the city – family recommended restaurants in Birmingham and beyond

I am looking forward to the lighter nights and spring florals. When the weather starts to warm up we like to explore outdoors and often lose track of time. When it’s still a little bit too cold and damp for a picnic there’s nothing better than finding a place to pause for a good meal. When you have little ones however it’s a challenge trying to find an inclusive and affordable menu. We have had our fair share of bad experiences so I wanted to share some of our favourite places which might help you plan some fun days out in Birmingham and beyond.

It starts close to home.

The Peacock Inn, on Icknield street – B38 0EH

This is a charming country pub on the outskirts of Birmingham. So if you’re visiting the city, perhaps to experience a day out at Cadbury World or you’re exploring the local canal and enjoying a countryside walk then this is the perfect place to pause before a journey home. It’s part of the chef and brewer chain, with daily specials and a reasonably priced childrens menu. You can expect a warm and friendly atmosphere, in a traditional pub setting. This is one of Birmingham’s hidden treasures.

The Plough – Harbourne – B17 9NT

This place is one of my favourites for Monday evenings – they have an awesome 2 for 1 pizza offer which simply must be experienced. The decor is beautiful, a contemporary setting with an outdoor area which is just as wonderful. This is ideally located for visitors to the Botanical Gardens or Winterbourne House, and of course there’s the high street to explore too for a spot of shopping. Check out other weekday offers and the specials too.

The Sun – Halesowen – B62 0LA

This place has one of my favourite gardens, with a lovely climbing frame and and beer garden so there’s something for everyone. The menu boasts traditional pub classics and all main meals are 241. This is the place to rest after exploring the Clent Hills and surrounding areas.

The Horns – Cannock Chase – WS15 2UW

Cannock Chase is one of our favourite places with its gruffalo trail and a huge range of cycling routes it’s a wonderful outdoor environment, and makes for an exhausting day out. The Horns is child friendly and dog friendly too – just a five minute walk from the go ape car park. Under new management this promises to be an exciting update for the local area. Look out for their fish and chips – I highly recommend!

Brindley Place – B1

This isn’t one restaurant but the thriving home to some awesome eateries in the City. From recognisable chains such as Wagamamas and Las Iguanas to some local independents such as Lulu Wild. If you’re visiting the local Attractions such as the Sealife and the Lego Discovery Centres then this is the perfect spot for lunch. There’s over twenty restaurants in this zone and truly is something to suit all budgets and tastes. If you’re planning ahead or looking to spend some Restaurant gift vouchers then this is the ideal spot to use them.

The Mailbox – B1

In another corner of the city is this thriving community of exclusive eateries. You might be convinced that there wouldn’t be something for families here but you would be wrong. Arlo’s favourite place to visit for a special treat is Zizzi – he loves the childrens or “Bambini” menu with its fresh pasta and the views overlooking the canal from the window seating. I’m a huge Nando’s fan myself and there’s another twenty eateries to discover here at the Mailbox too.

Heading further afield?

I love reading other bloggers recommendations and Molly from lovely local indie has shared her Top twenty restaurants in Derby. If you’re planning a trip to the Peak District this year then I suggest having a browse to organise some fab days out.

This year we have trips to Wales, Cornwall, Blackpool and Somerset planned in so keep your eyes open for more food and adventure related reviews.

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