Exeter Arms, Barrowden

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Millie and I went for lunch with my parents during the summer holidays (2018) and we decided to try The Exeter Arms in Barrowden. They've got their own car park and entrance to the pub is easily accessible as there is a ramp you can use to enter the building. We booked in advance and the staff made an effort to position us somewhere where we would have enough space for the highchair and a pushchair as there isn't huge amounts of space. If you can, it'd be best to leave your pushchair/stroller in the car. The highchair we were given was padded with a tray but it was quite reclined (and I was unable to change the recline position) which could be quite tricky for babies who are only just starting to eat solids. They also have an Ikea highchair (my all-time favourite highchair!) so my advice would be to request this highchair if you can. For children who are still small but don't need to be strapped in, there's a Stokke Tripp Trapp; a chair that you can adjust the height of so children can sit at the table easily. 

The Exeter Arms have a changing unit with changing mat upstairs just outside of the B&B rooms - just ask someone at the bar and they'll show you where to go. It is a little awkward as it's up some stairs plus you're in someone else's house but it's amazing that the owners have made the effort to offer baby changing facilities. After I'd changed Millie, I couldn't see a bin nearby so I did have to take the nappy bag with me to dispose of in the bin in the ladies' toilets.

The menu has so much choice that it took me ages to decide what to have. The food was really good and I can highly recommend the white chocolate and raspberry cheescake. The price of the food was a little expensive for me as I am used to cafe prices but it seems pretty normal for a village pub (sandwiches between £6.50-£7.50, main meals around the £12 mark and puddings approximately £5). There is a lunchtime offer of two courses for £13.50 available Wednesday-Friday between 12 and 2pm on selected dishes. I was so pleased they had a children's menu with breaded fish goujons, sausages or breaded chicken goujons all served with chips and peas or beans for £5.95.  These meals are half price between 6-7pm on Fridays.

There are a lot of fun activities for children here including a large grassy area outside, miniature football goals, a pool table, table tennis and table football. Millie was offered paper, colouring pencils and a toy car as we sat down and these kept her entertained whilst we waited for our food to arrive. Across the road from the pub is a lovely duck pond which we visited after we'd eaten.

Millie was given a lot of attention from the staff and it's clear the owners want families to feel very welcome here. If you're after excellent food with a warm welcome in a rural, family-friendly pub then The Exeter Arms is somewhere you must make sure you visit.


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