I love a pub or restaurant where kids are encouraged to have a run around rather than sit still as parents struggle to contain them during lunch or dinner.
Clancy’s Fish Pub in Fremantle has an amazing outdoor space where the kids can kick a ball around or just generally run amok before or after a meal. Despite the fact that it’s a pub, it’s one of the most child-friendly venues south of Perth.
My husband and I took our little girl for lunch and despite arriving well before 12pm, the place was already heaving with families, which just shows how popular the place is.
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We sat outside in the courtyard, just next to the wide, open grassy space. Our little girl was already restless but a bit of wandering and exploring solved that while we waited for our meals.
I ordered the salt and pepper squid, while my husband went for the fish of the day, which was red emperor. The menu is mainly fish and seafood-based, but there are other options such as salads, burgers and steaks. There is also a kids’ menu, with all meals priced at $12, which includes a drink and icy pole. Our meals were served quickly, which I’m always grateful for when toddlers are in tow.
It’s not hard to mess up salt and pepper squid, and this one was pretty much perfect – crunchy on the outside but not chewy on the inside. It was served with chips and a lovely side salad.
My husband thoroughly enjoyed the red emperor, which was grilled perfectly and had a beautiful flavour to it. Unfortunately, since our daughter came along, long leisurely lunches are a thing of the past and it was time to hurry up and go after a quick play.