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Best Family Pub in Newquay
The Fort (Newquay)
Member Name: wazza115
The Fort (Newquay)
Date: 28/01/12, updated on 01/07/12 (39 review reads)
Advantages: Views, play areas, live football, menu
Disadvantages: can get too busy
I have been visiting Newquay for the last 10 years with my partner however the first time we went with my daughter (she was nearly 3 at the time), I had absolutely no idea of where to go for a family meal and drink however the lady at my hotel recommended The Fort which is based on Fore Street.
The Fort is located on Fore Street, which is quite a quiet road in Newquay. Depending on which side of Newquay you are staying, it can be a bit of a walk (especially if you have little ones that aren't in buggies anymore). The Fort overlooks the harbour and at the time we first visited, we were staying near Porth so it did take about 25 minutes to get there on foot.
Whilst I don't consider myself a 'prude' I didn't really like walking through the town centre on a busy Saturday night as there was definitely some 'sights' I did not want my 2 year old to witness! So we found a little detour for the remaining visits.
The prices of the drinks are quite reasonable for Newquay (not as reasonable as back home but we expect to pay more 'down south') and J20 and two bottles of Magners would cost around £7.50.
I would compare the pub to a Brewers Fare or Greene King, the menu is quite large and they also have a large specials board which contains a lot of fresh seafood. The Fort boasts where possible, the try and use locally grown or sourced ingredients. When it comes to food, I am not too extravagant, on the three times I visited; I had scampi, lasagne and chicken topped with bacon and cheese. All were priced from £6 to £8.
Whilst the children's menu had all the normal products on like sausage and chips, chicken nuggets etc, you could also pick most of the main meals for a child and pay around £5.
The food was served promptly every time we visited, even on the Saturday when there wasn't a spare seat in the pub, it arrived within 25 minutes. It was always well cooked, and there was plenty of it. The adult plates were large and oval and the children's plate were as big as my dinner plates at home.
The pub can seat around 300 people so you can image it is quite big, there are a variety of different tables, some high with stools, some with tub chairs or comfy settees and then standard tables and chairs. The bar quite long and despite there always being people waiting, we never had to wait a long time to be served. Because of the size, there was a really good bustling atmosphere.
Food is available daily from 12pm until 9pm, it has a varied menu and in the price range of Newquay (i.e. not cheap but about the same as everywhere in Newquay).
The Fort was recommended to us by our hotelier because it was family orientated. At one end of the pub there is a small unsupervised soft play area. This consisted of a small climbing frame with different obstacles on and a small slide; there was also a foosball table. I think the soft play was designed for over 3's but under 8's, my daughter first started going in when she was two and a half years old and was able to manoeuvre around easily. The is a cushioned seat inside so you can sit with your child and watch them play, we were quite lucky that every time we went, we were able to get a table right next to the play area so we had a good view or Lauren and she was happy to play inside while we sat at the table.
Outside there are quite a few benches and food is also served outside. The owners have put some wire high up to try and deter the seagulls and this seemed to work as I never saw any swoop down. There is also a climbing frame in the shape of a boat which has a slide on.
One of the best things about The Fort are the stunning views or the Harbour and Towan Beach, but you can also see right round to Lusty Glaze, I must say, one of the most beautiful views that you will see. It was lovely to sit outside at night just looking out to sea.
We first went on a Saturday night, the pub was very busy yet we still managed to find a spare table, there were plenty of highchairs available and despite it being busy, it was quite clean; there was someone coming around all the time collecting glasses and dirty plates.
Another reason why we visited The Fort was they have Sky Sports, as a big football fan, both me and my partner wanted to watch the games and we were able to do so while Lauren played happily! I think because there are a lot of pubs more centrally located which have show football, even when it was on, the pub was still very much for families and there were no 'rowdy' groups in.
Overall, I would recommend anyone visiting Newquay to visit The Fort Inn.
Thanks for reading.
Summary: Great family place to ear