I hadn’t been to Core Cider House for some time so when I saw they had added a small nature play area to the garden and had a bouncy castle for the summer holidays it was time for another visit.
We arrived as it opened at 10am so had the pick of the grass garden area and chose a nice shady tree with a couple of chairs close by. We had a view of the playground, the nature area and bouncy castle. The grassed area is scattered with shady fruit trees and scattering of garden style furniture. You can always bring along a picnic rug too.
The kids headed straight to play on the tractor. The tractor and playground aren’t under shade and both get quite hot on sunny days.
The new nature play area has a couple of big logs, smaller stepping logs and balancing logs and a concrete tunnel through the middle. This was a hit with the kids and they had fun playing here.
They then spotted the bouncy castle and headed across the grass to this. It is a Scooby Doo themed one with a basketball hoop and slide inside. The jumping area was a decent size and it does take adults too. It did get quite busy later so best to closely supervise smaller children.
When it was time for a snack I ordered an iced coffee and my friend had an apple spritzer. We enjoyed these on the grass under the shade of our tree. We set the kids up with their snack on a wooden bench and they were happy until they decided to try to climb the tree.
There is plenty around the garden area to keep the children entertained. Our three spent more time exploring the trees and gardens than they did in the play areas. While they were exploring the gardens we found an area to play bocce, balls were available from staff and a sand pit that was a bit hidden.
We decided to order some food for the kids. The kids menu included cheese pizza, fish and chips, grilled chicken, mash and greens, mini pork slider with cheese and chips and pasta with homemade tomato sauce.
There is a Garden Menu which includes a Farmer board, loaded fries, a salad and a choice of pizzas.
The food looked and smelled wonderful. Miss almost 4 ordered her standard fish and chips and her friends had loaded fries which were covered with pulled pork and cheese. You order at the counter and are given buzzer which will buzz when your food is ready to be collected. I found the food was ready quite quickly and then just had to get my daughter away from the climbing trees to eat. The food was fresh and fresh. The drinks come in plastic cups and the food in cardboard boxes, the staff will come around and collect rubbish or there are a few rubbish bins at the edge of the grass area.
There is a more formal restaurant upstairs with a different menu but the garden is set up to be self-contained. Food and drinks are ordered from the outside pizza bar area and there are also toilets in this area. There are a few tables and chair under shade sails which are part of the garden seating if you’d prefer to be off the grass.
We had a great morning and really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. It was great being able to let the kids explore while watching from a distance. None of the play equipment is undercover though so plenty of sunscreen and hats are needed and make sure the equipment isn’t too hot for little hands and feet if it’s a sunny day. The Core Cider House can get very popular on weekends but we were lucky when we visited that it wasn’t too busy. It would make a great spot to catch up with a group of friends or family.
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