Written by Claire
Summer is coming and a lovely way to while away an afternoon is in a sunny beer garden. The following family pubs in Devon all have play areas, most in their beer gardens, although a couple have soft plays for those days when its just not garden weather! So enjoy lunch or a drink while your children play…
Chittlehampton, Devon, EX37 9QL
The Bell Inn at Chittlehampton in North Devon is a family friendly pub with a large garden and children’s play area featuring swings.
Graddon Cross, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 4LR
The Betty Cottles Inn in Okehampton has a child-friendly restaurant, and plenty of outside space with a children’s play area.
Hobbs Hill, Croyde, Devon, EX33 1LZ
Billy Budds in Croyde is a friendly pub with a beer garden and children’s play area.
2 Hobbs Hill, Croyde, Devon, EX33 1LZ
The Blue Groove in Croyde is a child friendly restaurant with kids menu and colouring, and a climbing tower with slide in the beer garden.
Beach Way, Dawlish Warren, Devon, EX7 0NF
Children are welcome at the Boathouse Tavern, a beach-side pub with a soft play area upstairs.
Challacombe, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4TT
The Black Venus Inn in the Exmoor National Park has a beer garden with a small children’s play area.
A3052, Bowd, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0ND
The Bowd Inn in Sidmouth is a welcoming family pub with a beer garden and outdoor play area featuring a multiplay unit with twirly slide.
Dousland, Yelverton, Plymouth, PL20 6NP
The Burrator Inn is a family-friendly pub with a children’s play area within the enclosed beer garden.
A3052, Clyst St Mary, Devon, EX5 1DP
The Cat and Fiddle Inn near Exeter is a family-friendly pub with a ball pool and activity play areas indoors, and a large grassed outdoor play area (although drinks are not allowed in the play area).
Maer Lane, Littleham, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 2RL
The Clinton Arms in Littleham near Exmouth has a children’s menu and a beer garden with small play area.
Mullacott Cross, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 8NY
The Cook Island Freehouse in Mullacott Cross near Ilfracombe is a family-friendly pub with a soft play area for the under 8’s.
174 Withycombe Village Road, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 3BA
The Country House Inn in Exmouth has a large beer garden with an enclosed children’s play area.
A386, Lydford, Devon, EX20 4HF
The Fox and Hounds Hotel is located in the Dartmoor National Park, and has a large beer garden and outdoor children’s play area.
14-16 Lower Town, Sampford Peverell, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 7BJ
The Globe Inn in Sampford Peverell has a beer garden with childrens playground featuring a large, enclosed, ground level trampoline, and a climbing frame with slide.
Torquay Road, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 5HH
The Hare and Hounds Kingskerswell offers outside dining, an outside play area, and a family room showing kids tv.
Putts Corner, Sidbury, Devon, EX10 0QQ
The Hare and Hounds, located between Sidmouth and Honiton, has a large beer garden with an exciting new children’s play area (June 2015), featuring wooden equipment including a play ship with slide, basket swing, flat swing and cradle swing.
34 Main Road, Pinhoe, Devon, EX4 8HS
The Heart of Oak in Pinhoe, Exeter is a family-friendly pub, with childrens menu and a new playpark for 2015!
Charmouth Road, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5SZ
Children are very welcome at The Hunters Lodge Inn near Axminster, and there is a play area to entertain them in the beer garden with play house, play frame and sand pit.
Tanners Road, Goodrington, Paignton, TQ4 6LP
The Inn on the Quay in Paignton is a Brewers Fayre pub right on the beach in Paignton, with a large beer garden and an indoor play area.
Old A38 Road, Plympton, Plymouth
The Lyneham Inn in Plympton has a beer garden with children’s play area.
39 St Mary’s Road, Croyde, Devon, EX33 1PG
The Manor House Inn in Croyde is a family friendly pub, with a children’s menu and large play area.
The Village, Yeoford, Devon, EX17 5JD
The Mare and Foal in Yeoford has an enclosed play area in it’s beer garden, featuring a multiplay tower unit for climbing and sliding – including a tunnel slide!
300 Plymouth Road, Crabtree, Plymouth, PL3 6RW
The Beefeeter Marsh Mills has a child-friendly menu and beer garden with play area.
Hemberdon Village, Plympton, Devon
The Miners Arms Hemerdon is located near Dartmoor National Park, with stunning views. There is ample parking, and a large beer garden with play park featuring an agility trail, climbing frame, play house and swings.
By A361, Aller Cross, South Molton, South Molton, Devon, EX36 3RG
The North Gate Inn in South Molton has a large enclosed play areas featuring a climbing/sliding unit, swings and agility trail.
Knighton Road, Wembury, Devon, PL9 0JD
The Odd Wheel Inn at Wembury is a character village Inn, situated in the South Hams area of Devon close to Wembury beach. There is a large carpark and new decking area outside, with a children’s play area featuring a wooden tower with slide.
86 Babbacombe Downs Road, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3LU
The Old Coach House in Babbacombe, Torquay has a small outdoor play area.
Ossaborough Lane, Woolacombe, Devon, EX34 7HJ
The Old Mill in Woolacombe has a large play area and outside seating.
Blackmoor Gate, Kentisbury, Devon, EX31 4NW
The Old Station House Inn in Kentisbury, Devon has an exciting outdoor play area in its beer garden, featuring two towers, a wobbly bridge and slides.
B3178, Colaton Raleigh, Devon, EX10 0LE
Children are very welcome at The Otter Inn in Colaton Raleigh, with an outdoor play area in the beer garden and a children’s menu.
High Street, Combe Martin, Devon, EX34 0ET
The Pack O Cards Inn in Combe Martin has a riverside garden with play area.
Pusehill Road, Westward Ho!, Devon, EX39 4AH
The Pig on the Hill in Westward Ho! is a family pub with large beer garden and play area.
Bolberry Down, nr Salcombe, Devon, TQ7 3DY
The Port Light, near Salcombe, has a family friendly restaurant and an adventure playground.
Wellbrook Street, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 5JW
The Racehorse in Tiverton is a family pub with a beer garden and children’s play area.
Exeter Road, Crediton, Devon, EX17 3PH
The Red Deer in Crediton is a Marston’s pub with indoor and outdoor play facilities and a Children’s menu.
Woodland, Nr Ashburton, Devon, TQ13 7JT
The Rising Sun is a family friendly countryside pub, with ample parking, large beer garden and children’s play area.
Esplanade Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 6BE
The Spinning Wheel has a children’s menu and fun play area in the seafront garden, and opposite is the large Geoplay Park Adventure Playground.
A3122, Hemborough Post, Blackawton, Devon, TQ9 7DE
The Sportsmans Arms is a family-friendly pub with large beer garden, play area and changing facilities.
Liverton, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 6EZ
The Star Inn at Liverton on the edge of Dartmoor welcomes families and has a large beer garden with play area.
2 Countess Wear Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 6LG
The Tally Ho in Exeter is a family friendly pub with a walled beer garden and children’s play area.
Exeter Road, Kingsteignton, Devon, TQ12 3NP
Families are welcome at the Ten Tors Inn in Kingsteignton , where there is a family dining room and large garden with play area.
Balls Farm Road, Ide, Exeter, EX2 9RG
The Twisted Oak in Ide near Exeter is a family-friendly pub with an indoor play area of toys, climbing frames and ride-ons, and an outdoor play area in the beer garden.
Zeal Monachorum, Crediton, Devon, EX17 6DF
The Waie Inn near Crediton is a family-friendly country pub, with a very large outdoor play area. There is also an indoor soft play and an indoor family swimming pool (admission fees apply for soft play and pool). Read our review of the Waie Inn here.
Waterside Lane, Westleigh, Bideford, Devon, EX39 4NL
The Westleigh Inn near Bideford has a large child-friendly garden, with a play area and views over the River Torridge.
Sidmouth Road, Woodbury Salterton, Devon, EX5 1EP
The White Horse Woodbury Salterton has a large beer garden with children’s play area featuring swings and slides.
If you are close to the borders with Cornwall or Dorset, check out these guides too:
If you know of any pubs with play areas that we’ve missed, would like to add your pub or add a photo to your listing, please get in touch.