I think that it is so important for us all to start the day with a good breakfast – a message I want my children to take with them when they leave home. So when there was an opportunity to go along to Bill’s to review their new and improved children’s menu in all restaurants I just knew that breakfast after Saturday’s Parkrun was the ideal time. We visited the Bill’s Branch at Gloucester Quays as it is perfect to tie-in with a bit of shopping and a trip to the cinema (which we enjoyed both after our breakfast).
Children at Bill’s Restaurant
Children are well catered for at Bill’s with an engaging activity pack featuring four different illustrations to colour in, varying in complexity according to age range.* During the review we were seated at a table which had plenty of space; meaning that even when all our food and drinks had arrived (including extra water for us all) the children could still carry on their colouring.
Children’s Menu at Bill’s Restaurant
The children’s menu at Bill’s is aimed at those ages 2 and over and even provide child-sized cutlery for those smaller hands. The menu is full of fresh and seasonal fare and it is sophisticated enough to make older children feel more grown up (both in the look of the menu and the options available). The special children’s breakfast menu is served until midday during the week and 1pm at weekends. Not only did Bill’s have a good range of dishes on the children’s menu at reasonable prices but they were also willing to accommodate children’s fussiness tastes (such as omitting the blueberries).
The difference between the Bill’s Breakfast on the adult (£8.95) and children’s (£4.95) menus is that it omitted the eggs and bacon on the children’s menu. As on the adult’s menu there was a choice of optional extras I am sure if we had of asked this would have been the case with the children’s. As it happened our ten year old opted for yoghurt with strawberries, bananas and honey (£1.95) and buttermilk pancakes with strawberries, blueberries and bananas with Bill’s pancake syrup (£3.50). Also available was either eggs on toast (£2.20), beans on toast (£1.95) or a bacon or sausage sandwich (£2.95).
Whilst the majority of the Bill’s Children’s breakfast menu were vegetarian options I note that there were no vegan options at all, nor were there any for the lunch and dinner menus- which also had only one starter and one main vegetarian option. Lunches and dinners cost £6.95 from the children’s menu and covers 3 courses and a drink of either apple or orange juice. The children’s breakfast menu does not cover children’s drinks but they are able to have an apple or orange juice also.
Children’s Verdict: The boys loved their breakfasts from Bill’s Children’s menu:
I am not sure how many times The Sensory Seeker said delicious when giving me a quote for the review. He thought that they (the options) all looked delicious on the menu. and that it tasted really delicious and nice.
Although they were shocked to see sugar on it (icing sugar for decoration) as they have been brought up to not add sugar unnecessarily.
Bill’s at Gloucester Quays in General
Overall our experience at Bill’s was fantastic. We noted that there is a 10% service charge added on to the bill but as we always tip at least 10% this was not a problem, and we ensured that we still tipped as we were unsure whether this would be covered under the review and want to show how appreciative we were of such great service. Everywhere was clean, nothing was too much trouble, and the staff were friendly and efficient – with food being delivered in great time and tasted amazing. I like the range of options at Bill’s from the healthy juices at breakfast to a Banoffee Milkshake or something alcoholic. I think the prices were great and the servings were perfectly-sized.
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* We were only offered a choice of 2 pictures and some crayons during our visit but I am unsure if this is because we visited at breakfast time, if this has yet to be implemented or whether this is what they are referring to. Either way our children were very happy and didn’t have much time waiting to do anything else anyway. Well apart from my tweenager who wanted a brown crayon!
We visited Bill’s Gloucester Quays for purpose of review, but honestly all words are my own and we will most definitely be returning.