Whilst the lodge offered more than adequate self catering facilitates, as a family we wanted to experience the whole of Bluestone and therefore decided to try each of the restaurants on site. I have composed a quick round up of each of the places we ate at.
Woody wilds dinner show (wild wood cafe) and breakfast
We booked in advance to have breakfast at Woody Wood Cafe and to have dinner at Woody Wild interactive dinner show. The breakfast was a buffet and had everything from full English Hot breakfast, to cereals, toast and fresh fruit. There was plenty for us all to eat and after breakfast the girls got to meet one of the Woody woodland gang.
Woody Wilds dinner show followed an interactive show which the girls really loved. The magical tree had them mesmerised and it was a lovely family evening. The food was brought to your table and consisted of chips, sausage and chicken nuggets, accompanied with baked beans and corn. Not the healthiest of dinners but the kids really enjoyed it.
I have to admit to being very unimpressed with the farmhouse grill. The large ceilings gave the place an echoing noise as we ate. Myself and the girls felt cold and had to put our outdoor coats on. The food choice was grilled meats which was to be expected, but service was really slow. We had to remind our waiter at one point. I ordered a medium steak and it came extremely well done which just was unappetising. They had run out of sundaes for the kids and instead gave vanilla ice cream, yet we were charged as a sundae. We also had to ask for a spoon to eat the ice cream with. To add to our evening the card machine broke twice whilst trying to take our payment so we then had to go and visit a cash point. Not the greatest of evenings and I would not go back there. They do do takeaway which we did not try but perhaps this would be better.
This has to be my favourite spot at Bluestones. Set out in the woods it is a walk to get to it but in my opinion well worth it. The food might not be stylish to look at but it tasted fantastic. The traditional camp food. Your order is called by your name with the bang of a pan which certainly adds to the atmosphere. You can choose to eat inside or out. After dinner there is a flame pit allowing you to toast marshmallows which is a real treat.
Oak tree restaurant
The oak tree restaurant opened whilst we were there. It takes local Welsh product and adds an Italian twist. This is a sit down formal affair but children are made to feel welcome. The food here was amazing, really beautiful and full of flavour. Certainly one of my favourite places to eat in terms of taste. There was a good choice on the menu and the deserts were heavenly.
The Knights Tafarn
There is a lovely atmosphere in the Knights Tafarn. It is a child/family friendly pub which has a real medical theme and feel to it. The portion sizes were quite large so worth the money. Menu is what you would typically expect from a pub menu, fish and chips, pasta, burgers etc. We enjoyed our time at the Knights Tafarn the atmosphere made it very welcoming.
The Fish Shack at Blue lagoon
The Fish Shack is located poolside at Blue Lagoon. We sat and ate here in our swimming costumes with towels around us and we were not cold. The choice of food here is your usual fast food, burgers, fish fingers and chips. There are kids meals available, which are smaller meals to the adult portion. It cost us £19 to feed the four of us including soft drinks. Our food was hot and there was minimal wait.