How suitable is The Cow and Co Restaurant and Bar for young children?
During our 1 night stay on the Isle of Wight, to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary, we visited twice with our young children. We visited in the evening of our Anniversary for dinner, and again the very next day for lunch.
Spoiler alert: we ordered the same food!
I’d say the fact we visited twice in such a short time speaks for itself. We LOVED both of our experiences here.
The wooden swiss barn is beautiful and striking against the stunning scenery. Upon entering it was open and airy, colourful and cosy.
The waitress saw us to our table, immediately brought over children’s colouring activities and a jug of water with cups for us all. This was without us having to say a word.
They have an extensive menu which primarily consists of meat and dairy. This is no surprise considering the family history of dairy farming. However, there are also a few vegetarian options which I was actually tempted by despite not actually being a vegetarian. They use their own produce where possible and are proud to source local ingredients where possible. The adult’s main menu consists of mainly burgers and steaks but includes a good selection of others like: risotto, salads and side dishes and nibbles (I greatly regret not choosing the baked camembert). The children’s menu is not dissimilar with a similar variety of options:
My husband and I both chose ‘The Big Smoke Burger’. After seeing somebody else’s coleslaw, I also had to order it:
Bug chose ‘The Mini Burger’. This was great for our son because as the menu states it comes plain. There is the option for the children to have the burger with all the usual ‘trimmings’. However, for our son who is not a fan of sauce, this was perfect!
The size of portions for all of the food was very generous. But not overwhelmingly so. They were big enough to allow Mimi a plentiful meal simply by sharing from our plates.
They had a very extensive drinks menu. I was very pleased to see Prosecco and a separate cocktail menu (you may need to ask to see this). It was our Wedding Anniversary after all, so I fancied a treat! The children’s drinks come served in a cute mini milk bottle which our son loved!
A very special treat from the pudding menu is the ice cream! This is made from local fresh milk and thick double cream and comes in a variety of flavours. The children had this in a huge ice cream cone and despite finishing all of their dinner, they ate the lot. There are also a few other pudding options. For example, I had the Sticky Toffee Pudding which was delicious. However, I also secretly wanted the children’s ice cream too. Therefore, when we visited Tapnell Farm Park the next day and saw they too sold this ice cream, I made sure I had one!
While you’re waiting…
As previously mentioned, the children are supllied with activity sheets and colouring pencils to keep them occupied. However, when waiting between courses and to ‘let of some steam’, they couldn’t resist running around in the open fields and playing among the many coloured cows. I must admit, I quite enjoyed watching them through the window as they chased (a very full) Daddy and I sipped my prosecco!
So how do we rate The Cow and Co Restaurant and Bar’s suitability for young children?
The staff were very attentive and accommodating for the children. The children’s colouring activities, highchairs, the varied children’s menu (including ‘plain’ options), as well as the huge ice cream and cute drinks served in mini milk bottles meant this place was very deserving of the gold award.
Like I said, we loved it so much we visited again the next day and we would definitely return in the future. Next time I will be ordering the baked camembert!
To view their menu and see further details, including how to book a table, visit their official website: The Cow and Co Restaurant and Bar.