Its been a busy few months for The Twisted Oak pub, which can be found in Ide, just by Exeter. It was closed down by its previous owner, due to “high running costs”, then the building had squatters move in. After the squatters left, the new owners tidied up The Twisted Oak with the intention of building up a family friendly pub.
As you walk in, you are greeted with a choice. Do you want to choose the Family Dining Area / Play Area, or are you going to the Bar / Dining Room? As we had a toddler with us, the choice was obvious. As we wandered into the family area, my eyes were distracted by the “Sweet Shop Bar”, while the little one made a beeline for the indoor play area. The play area is made up of a fairly cute climbing frame, with a couple of slides, stairs, and wheels to spin. Imagine an outside metal & plastic climbing frame, but inside! Around the climbing frame there are also ride ones, and boxes of toys. The carpet was a huge road mat!
What this place isn’t, is a soft play centre. But where I’ve found soft play centres to have fairly naff food, this place has a great menu, with great food being served from it. The adult menu was very varied, and there was a lovely childrens menu available too. There is quite a selection of booster seats for the younger children to use to attach to their chairs.
After the little one got bored eating, she went for a wander around the dining area. After taking a few moments sitting against the bar, and pretending to hide around the tables, she saw what was being shown on TV. Where most pubs might have the news channel playing, our little one looked up and saw Cbeebies being shown.
There is also an outside childrens climbing frame/play area, but other than a quick view of it through a hedge, we didn’t check this out, as the ground under foot was still quite soggy and it seemed more suited to older children. There is a nice outside wooden benched area, opposite the front entrance though, which would be nice to sit in during warmer weather. Apparently there is also an outside seated area near to the outside play area, but we didn’t view that.
Now as I had to go to work in the afternoon, I didn’t think anyone would be impressed if I checked out the beer selection at The Twisted Oak. If its anything like their sister pub, “Farmers Union”, I imagine its worth checking out.
The tuck shop idea is genius, and of course we had to test it out!! A takeaway coffee cup full of sweets for £2.50, not bad. Yum yum yum!
Is The Twisted Oak a family friendly pub? From the looks of our trip there yesterday, I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a nice pub to bring the family to.
I just need to find the nearest bus route there (to allow the good lady wife to be able to drink as well)…