The Laughin Barrel - aka The Laughing Barrel

Published by: Buggybuddys - Lorraine on 30th Sep 2012 | View all blogs by Buggybuddys - Lorraine

247 Haddrill Rd, Baskerville

The Laughin' Barrel on Urbanspoon

Swan Valley
Wed - Thu:10:00-17:00
Fri:10:00-22:30
Sat - Sun:10:00-17:00

Summary

  • Fenced, no shade, playground based in sand, 2 swings, slide, climbing wall, tree house style platform and frame, toddler climbing frame with slide, basket ball hoop and ball, baby and toddler toys set out on a picnic blanket in the shade
  • Kids meals from $9.50
  • Kids colouring sheets and pencils
  • 5 kids meal options
  • Kids make their own pizza (whilst you eat yours)
  • Kids can run around the vineyards
  • High chairs available, must be booked
  • Family meal $80+
  • No air-conditioning, fans inside the dining area
  • Booking essential if you want to dine outside
A beautiful and scenic drive into the Swan Valley brings you to this fantastic family friendly restaurant, suitable for families with kids of all ages.    
Ensure you book a table and a high chair (if needed) to secure an outside table. 


Inside The Laughin' Barrel restaurant is airy with the doors opening out onto the vineyard we visited in September and the fans were on as well. I suspect it would get very hot inside during the height of summer. 


The outdoor playground is fenced and sand based with 2 swings and had 1 broken swing when we visited in sept 2012.

 

The middle swing was broken when we were there in September 2012 but Blake still managed to hang upside down from it.
 

It's simple but what a great idea!!  Chuck a blanket down under a tree in the shade and a few baskets of toys..what more could your kids want to keep them entertained ;-)
 
It has only 8 outside tables, 4 of which are shaded by the trees and they did have a few sun umbrellas for the bench tables but not for all.  They played some chill out music outside and inside which was a delightful change from listening to the wiggles!


Fantastic veranda area great for large parties and to watch the kids run around the vineyard.


Kids meals offer a great variety and some healthy choices at a good price.  Portion size was good and adequate for an under 12 year old.  The fish was divine, light and fluffy.  Kids can make their own pizza as part of the experience great for a good 15minutes respite to enjoy your own meal.


We chose from the special's menu but there was plenty of choice on offer on the main menu. Service was extremely efficient, although the restaurant was fairly empty.



The kids had fish and chips each and ate the whole plate so a good portion size for a 4year old and 2year old.


The BBQ Ribs and chips were on special and my husband failed to eat them so we asked for a carry out and they were more than accomadating and fed the kids for dinner that evening.

I had a prawn and avocado salad and it was delicious!  A good size salad and lovely dressing. 

We ened up spending a few hours just chilling out and letting the kids run around and play.  We could have easily opened a few bottles of vino but had to drive back for an afternoon of DIY ;-)


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