“ Address: Manchester Road / Burnley / Lancashire / BB11 2EG / England „
I visited this pub at the end of January 2009 with about 7 mummy friends and 8 babies (mine included). It's in Burnley and so took me and hour and 20 minutes to get to, and so I didn't know what to expect.
When we arrived there was ample car spaces, considering it was a Saturday, and once inside there were plenty of places to choose from to sit down, even thought there were quite a lot of customers already in the pub.
We had booked in advance and so they had given us a large area with 3 long tables and had given us the 8 highchairs we had requested.
We didn't like the tables set up the way they were as we all couldn't talk to each other so we set them up in a big square so we could chat.
A member of staff came over while we were doing this and didn't say anything!
The choice of veggie food isn't great, but then most pubs aren't, either that or I am fussy! I ended up going for a usual cheese baguette and chips and some garlic mushrooms.
The pub has 2 for 1 on the meals, and because there were odd numbers of mummies we thought one would be left out, but it turned out some of us wanted something off the nibbles menu (not on 2 4 1) and so the rest paid half price for their meals.
I wouldn't rave about the food, not because it was horrible, but what can I say about a baguette and chips?
The other mums seemed impressed with their choices.
In the pub there was a changing room on its own away from the toilets which was good as you had the privacy of changing your baby, which in the end I needed as my daughter had been sick everywhere in her pushchair (thankfully I had change of clothes etc).
I was chatting so didn't pay too much attention, but they didn't bother us when we re-arranged the pub and they asked us if our food was okay.
Food also came reasonably quickly after ordering.
Afterwards we took the babies to the warehouse, now the babies ages ranged from 4/5 months to 11 months and we thought there was somewhere for babies, but it turned out to be an under 5's area, which was quiet to start with but ended up with a unsupervised girl of an age of 4 or 5 jumping around in the ball pit on top of her babies and there was only so much we could ask her to be careful.
The warehouse looked a bit dingy, needing a revamp and didn't have much of a seating area for parents. Luckily we could all sit with our babies in the ball pit.
There was an area (larger) for over 5's which most kids stuck to apart from this one girl who refused to leave the ball pit even though she was too big for it.
I wouldn't know the prices to get in as when we arrived no one was on the desk, but I believe under ones are free anyway.
I visited the Hollywood Star, Burnley with a large collection of friends and babies on Saturday 31st January. The restaurant had plenty of customers, but had a very large dining area so spce was certainly not cramped. We had booked in advance and through this had been able to reserve enough highchairs for the 8 babies in attendance, though I could see others in the restaurant so they clearly had plenty.
The staff were friendly and helpful. They turned a blind eye to our re-arranging of tables so we could see each other better and asked if our food etc was ok. I think they were very patient considering the mess and disruption we left in our wake! The food came quite quickly after ordering, which is done at the bar with a table number.
I chose to order from the nibbles menu as this provided something for my son and me to eat and suited my appetite for the day. I ordered a jacket potato with beans and a side order of a jacket potato for my son. I also ordered a starter of crispy mushrooms which I was able to order on the 2 for 1 offer that is available in the pub. My total costs came to £6.73 which seemed very reasonable. Others in the party who ordered main courses on the 2 for 1 promotion were similarly pleased with the value the pub offered.
My crispy mushroom starter came with a mixed salad garnish and a huge saucer of BBQ dip, all very well presented, but there were only approx 6 crispy mushrooms which I thought was inadequate, and certainly would have been if I'd paid the full price of £3.25 for the starter. They tasted lovely and were well prepared, but there simply wasn't enough of them (and certainly not enough to use all the dip provided!
The same size of saucer which had been used for the masses of dip that I'd got with my starter provided the beans on my jacket potato. This meant there really wasn't enough beans for the spud. Again, it came with a lovely salad garnish, but I didn't really see enough extra to the spud, over my son's jacket potato side order that justified it costing £1.30 more in price. I was pleased that they provide the butter for the potato in a packet, leaving it to the customer to decide whether to apply - great for vegans like me and also probably good for dieters. Overall, it was good value for a pub meal, but I just felt that there were parts which value relative to other parts of the meal meant they weren't good value in themselves.
After our meal we went to the Wacky Warehouse which is attached to the pub. We had been informed that the Wacky Warehouse had an area for under 1s. This wasn't the case, there was an under 5s area, with plenty available for under 1s, but at times I was worried about my 9 month old baby in a ball pool which could be jumped into by a 4 or 5 year old with a lot more mobility at any point. Also, under 1s need their parents with them and part of the area had very small holes in netting to crawl through to access, which though possible, is certainly not convenient for parents. Some of the toys to sit on looked a bit worn, and the supervision was scant meaning toys were being carried from one part to another. There isn't a charge for under 1s to enter the Wacky Warehouse, but if I'd had an under 2 who would have had to pay £2.50 for entry, I'd have been very disappointed. I was pleased that the over 5s area was on the other side of the room which meant that the larger, noisier children were further away from the younger children. The older children in the play area seemed to have plenty to amuse them.
My only complaint has to be the changing facilities. It was one of those pull down things in the disabled loos, which is fine in itself, though not the most convenient thing to change a wriggler on, but it had the safety strap missing, so I felt compelled to change my son on the floor, luckily I had my own travel change mat to use.