Family Friendly Pubs with Play Areas – The Vale of Glamorgan

Who doesn’t love spending a lazy summers day catching up with friends over a few cold ones in a sunny beer garden?  If you have kids, these pubs with play areas in the Vale of Glamorgan are perfect as they all have the added bonus of a childrens play area.  The result adults happy, kids happy, win-win!  Here’s our list of family friendly pubs with play areas in the Vale of Glamorgan.  If we’ve missed any, let us know in the comments below.

Most of the pubs listed also have the added bonus of being dog friendly too.

Pubs with Play Areas – The Vale of Glamorgan:

The Golden Mile, Corntown – Great food, great setting

Following its recent refurbishment, the Golden Mile now has a fantastic outside seating area with views across the golf club towards Bridgend.  There is also a nice play area and a small grass verge which kids can use too.  The food is delicious too.  So pre-booking is definitely advised if you would like to eat there.

Pubs with Play areas vale of glamorgan

Address: Corntown, Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan, CF35 5BA


Cottrell Park Golf Club, St. Nicholos – Has a fantastic play area

Ok, so not a pub exactly.  But Golf clubs are often overlooked when it comes to thinking of where to head for a bite to eat, despite all to often serving up good meals at reasonable prices.

Cottrell Park has a pretty extensive menu from lighter bites (including sandwiches and jacket potatoes) to the usual curries and pies.  It  also has a childrens menu.  We sampled the jacket potatoes, omelette and the chicken curry which were all pretty decent.

The outside patio area offers lovely views over the golf course and the outside play area is one of the best I’ve seen for a restaurant.  It has a floor level trampoline, a sand pit area and the usual climbing frames.

Well behaved dogs on leads are also allowed in the restaurant as well as the outside area.

Address: St. Nicholas, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, CF5 6SJ


The Watermill, Ogmore by Sea – Has amazing countryside views

On the way back from the beaches of Ogmore or Dunraven, this pub has the perfect spot and the most wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.  It has a pretty large sunny outside seating area with an enclosed play area, which is more suited for those 8 and under.

Food is the usual pub fare, but it also offers pizzas and sharing platters along with a full childrens menu.  If I’m honest we’ve found the food a bit hit and miss and on a sunny day the service can be slow.  But if all you’re after is some decent enough pub classics, a bowl of chips, or just a drink, it’s a nice place to stop off while the kids have a play.

It’s been a regular stop for us over the years with all three little ones in their various stages and ages. The outside area and small bar area inside are also dog friendly.

Address: Ogmore-by-Sea, Ogmore Road, Bridgend, CF32 0QP


The Red Fox Inn, Penllyn – Serves up delicious home cooked food

This pub is a really traditional country pub, serving up home cooked pub classics and offering a very warm welcome.  Awarded CAMRA pub of the year in 2014 it serves up a really good selection of beers and ales and wine.

Red Fox Inn

We called in recently for lunch and sampled the chicken and chorizo skewers, onion soup and the lasagne.  All of which were very yummy and all home cooked.  The childrens meals were excellent with homemade chicken nuggets and boiled ham.

The outside play area isn’t in the same league as the others listed, but there is plenty of outside space, a small slide and some football posts which kept our little ones entertained for ages.

Dogs on leads are welcome in the bar area, the garden area, but not the restaurant.

Address: Penllyn, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, CF71 7RQ

The Sportsman Rest, Peterston-Super-Ely – Lovely traditional pub

A lovely country inn set in a beautiful setting.  The outside area has a nice beer garden with a small play area.  I haven’t been for a while but I am informed that the food there is good.  It has traditional pub fare and serves up childrens meals too.

Address: Peterston-Super-Ely, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, CF5 6LH


The Three Horse Shoes, Moulton – Has both an outdoor and an indoor play area for rainy days

For us, this is more of a spot to stop off at for a drink on the way back from a day out rather than eating there.  I’ve eaten there once and the scampi and chips was ok, but nothing to write home about.

What is great is the play area, which has a really large garden area and a huge fort for the kids to play in. It’s a handy spot on the way back from Cardiff or at Barry.  There is even an indoor soft play area which is useful for rainy days which you have to pay a little extra for.

Address: Moulton, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 3AB


I’ll add to this list as we find more.  If  you have any to recommend, please leave a comment below or send me an email.  I’d love to hear from you.



  1. Margaret Robinson
    July 13, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    How about The Blue Anchor, Aberthaw; The Red Lion, Bonvilston, The Bush, St Hilary, The Fox & Hounds, Llancarfan, to name but a few.

    • July 16, 2017 / 4:19 pm

      I love the Blue Anchor and The Bush, also favourites of ours. They are fantastic pubs with delicious food. I know the Bush has a beer garden, but there’s no play area as such. I should perhaps do a round up of good pubs with beer gardens also ­čÖé

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