The Red Barn, Geronimo Pubs Family Day Out

The Red Barn Inn, part of the Geronimo chain of restaurants, invited us to their family fun day to capture the final moments of warmth before the winter sets in and drives us all indoors. Under the leadership of new manager Alan McTeir, the family fun day is just the first in a series of events planned for this family friendly venue.

First impressions certainly count for a lot and the Red Barn does not disappoint. The barn, fireplace and attached private function venue, the Pantry are a perfect background to the pond and grassy out door area which is safely cordoned off from the ample parking lot.

The Pantry is quaint and has the charm of a favourite grandmother’s kitchen, complete with Aga for Sunday morning breakfasts cooked in front of guests. The room is available for private hire for weddings, christenings or parties at no cost and with a minimum spend of £300 – easy to achieve with the 20-odd guest limit.

The main barn is ornately decorated with rich dark oak beams backed with a ceiling-high bookshelf. Catering for a mixture of locals and visitors, this room is remarkably cozy and intimate, despite its large size and high ceilings.

In the winter months, the pub has entertainment for young and old in the form of darts, cards, board and other games available and on sunny days the garden is open.

Before we announced ourselves as guest reviewers, we found the staff to be friendly and helpful, which they continued to be throughout the visit. The manager, Mr. McTeir, showed us around and I was impressed with his knowledge of the history of the Inn, down to little details such as when the 17th century fireplace was added.

The food menu offers a good variety, and although we did not try anything from the a la carte menu, there is no shortage of appetising choices. It is on the pricey side for pub food, but we are told it is all fresh produce prepared on site. The bbq menu, which we tried, offered such family favourites as burgers, sausages and a hog roast with a choice of six or seven salads.

Our lunch of hog roast, and our choices of the tomato, couscous and beetroot salads was tasty and enjoyable, but the £12 price tag let it down somewhat. Pub fare in that price range needs to be exceptional, and this particular meal didn’t live up to that for us, or for other patrons we overheard commenting on the prices – especially since there wasn’t a children’s menu option offered.

Although we had a windy and rainy day, the grassy area with it’s view of the pond just provided such a relaxing environment for the adults in our party to chat while the children were able to run around and play on the natural installations of logs and tree trunks and teepees. As it was a family fun day they also had jenga blocks, face painting and other activities for the youngsters. The staff were all very approachable and handled even my 11 month old daughter with the comfort level of people who are accustomed to having children around.

Regulars (here and at the 21 other London based pubs) are invited to join the Geronimo club through which you will receive exclusive offers to events like the family fun day, whisky tasting evenings and so on. McTeir even hinted at a winter family fun day in the snow!

McTeir says he knew the Red Barn was the right place for him to be working the moment he saw it, and his enthusiasm is evident in the little touches he has brought to an already visit-worthy establishment. If you’re looking for a varied pub menu in an upmarket venue with private and public dining options that caters for young and not so young alike, in a beautiful setting, the Red Barn is definitely the place to go.