North of Oxford is the Market town of Bicester. Most famous for it's large outlet village which sees many coaches of Japanese tourists, Bicester also has a number of family friendly pub restaurants.
Bure Farm Pub and Restaurant is one of the largest and is popular with local families. It's recently had a bit of sprucing up done with some lovely features. I visited recently for the first time with a good friend and our babies. We chose a day when our toddlers were in nursery so we could finish a sentence and hopefully enjoy a pudding too. In actual fact, it would also be a stress free place to take little ones on the move too.
Inside you are greeted by warm red tones, a long wooden bar and the smell of chickens roasting in the rotisserie. Although large, the pub is well zoned with open seating, banquettes and plenty of space around tables so that you don't feel crammed in.
There's a kids area with oodles of high chairs and a small sectioned corner with a couple of large wooden toys, the type with beads on wires and things to turn. After a meal, this would be a good way to happily extend your stay if you have a toddler with itchy feet. The designer also had some imagination with framed pictures of Spider-Man, Merlin and Harry Potter hung facing down from the ceiling. This would offer distraction to a baby in a pram or a toddler on their back having a tantrum.
Two fillets of crispy chicken in this yummy burger
Bure Farm has plenty of pub favourite classics but it was the gourmet burgers that really tempted us. It's a three step process to customise the offer. They have a steak burger (£9.25), crispy chicken fillet burger (£8.25) and BBQ bean burger. We decided to go for the steak burger and chicken. Next you choose one of six toppings (or you can add extra for 75p) and finally an oat topped or cracked wheat bun. Both burgers looked great on arrival on their wooden platters with a bucket of chips, onion rings, coleslaw and dips. As two hungry mums we demolished them very quickly and they were just what we were looking for.
With just enough room left for dessert I decided to to plump for the giant profiterole and my friend the giant chocolate Belgian heaven. Both lived up to their giant description and the layered chocolate cake was very good. I was slightly disappointed with my profiterole as it was a little dry and a good dollop of chocolate sauce on top would have made it just right.
The service at Bure Farm was impeccable. All the waitresses were incredibly friendly and went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed, we were comfortable and to admire our babies. I'd definitely recommend coming here with children as you're made to feel like a valued customer rather than an inconvenience.
In terms of drinks, Bure Farm have a good range of cask ales from a variety of family brewers including Marstons, Jennings and Brakspear. The soft drink selection was less exciting but the standard choices are there (unfortunately no Coca-Cola) It's not all about the kids either and you could tuck yourself away by the open fire or join the pub quiz which is held on the last Sunday of the month at 8pm with only a £1 entry.
Outside, they have the most impressive seating area I've come across on my pub travels. A covered shelter with comfortable chairs and a wood burning stove wasn't what I was expecting. They also have a lovely beer garden with play area and slide for children which would be lovely when there's no snow on the ground.