Eating out with kids can sometimes be something of a challenge (understatement of the year!) There are plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants in the Doncaster area which really do welcome children and families so I’ve compiled a list of them here.
These places are not all ‘exclusively’ for families or children but they have all shown thoughtful touches or great facilities (things like pushchair access, changing facilities, highchairs and so on)
At Doncaster Mumbler we are always looking to ‘spread the word’ if we find out about any little gems, so if you know of a pub, restaurant or café that should be included in this listing then please contact us here.
Join the crew of HMS Beagle for an epically immersive dining adventure. Experience one of two themed areas where the lost Jurassic island meets the fantasy world of caves and mythical Dragons! Keep an eye out as you never know what might happen in these undiscovered lands.
Located next to Uproar! Play Barn at the Yorkshire Hive. Use sat-nav postcode DN9 3HQ.
The Yorkshire Hive is a free to enter destination adjacent to Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
For opening times, and to book your adventure visit – dineevolution.com
Dine and unwind in the curiously quirky and welcoming surroundings of Wilds Café-Bistro. Enjoy delicious breakfasts, lazy lunches and exquisite evening meals when you visit the Yorkshire Hive or Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
Offering inspirational signature dishes as well as tasty snacks, you can even tuck into an indulgent afternoon tea at this casual dining venue, or sip cocktails til dawn on the tropical outdoor terrace or the cosy indoor bar.
Open from 7am until late, every day. Food is served until 9pm and last orders at the bar is 10:30pm.
Located at the Yorkshire Hive, next to the Hex Wildlife Hotel, use sat-nav postcode DN9 3HQ.
The Yorkshire Hive is a free to park and enter shopping, dining and entertainment destination adjacent to Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
Book now wildsbistro.com
A list of everywhere that you can get a great Afternoon Tea is herePlaces to go for Afternoon Tea in Doncaster
A list of Dessert bars, Ice Cream, Cakes, Waffles, Crepes and more available for takeaway is here
Enjoy a walk around the lakes followed by coffee and cake at Annabel’s. They now have a pizza oven too!
Parking available in Loversall, DN119DD
(Please note no parking at Dominion).
Bake Battle & Roll is Doncaster’s first board game cafe located close to the town centre on Wood Street.
Open 5 days a week Wednesday to Sunday.
Loads of board games to suit any age, from Orchard Toys to Dungeons & Dragons.
Great for anyone home educating as open during the week.
Set inside the Bullcroft Memorial Centre (DN6 8AP), run by learners and staff from The Ridge Employability College. Open Monday – Thursday 10am-2pm and Friday 10am-1pm.
“The environment and atmosphere for children are fantastic. An amazing children’s menu and also children afternoon teas. They are always supporting the local community, especially in these difficult times” – Mumbler Awards nomination 2020
Afternoon Tea available.
Situated next to the VUE cinema, there is a large indoor soft play area attached to the pub. You can eat in the pub or the play area.
Doncaster Leisure Park
01302 533 000
COSMO Doncaster is handily located right in the middle of the Frenchgate shopping centre. It allows you to eat your way around Singapore, Mexico, Italy, India and more with an all you can eat buffet menu.
“Cosmo is great, especially when not everyone likes the same food” LJT, Doncaster Mumbler Chat Group, Facebook Feb 2020
“They also provided a table in a quiet area at our request so that I could breastfeed with no problems” ED, Doncaster Mumbler Chat Group, Facebook Feb 2020
Cosmo, Frenchgate Centre, Doncaster, DN1
We are an independent cafe serving fresh food updated with a little twist, handmade by those who care. Everything is carefully and locally sourced so as well as being delicious, it’s supporting small, independent businesses in Yorkshire just like us!
Open Monday- Saturday 9am- 4pm
3 Priory House, Priory Walk, Doncaster, DN1 1TS
A family friendly, traditional village pub & restaurant in the Auckley area which serves cask ales and homemade food. It has a large beer garden and enclosed play area with climbing equipment, slides and swings plus plenty of space to run around. There’s lots of outdoor seating in the play area too so it’s the perfect place to sit in the sunshine while the children are entertained.
24 Main Street, Auckley, Doncaster, DN9 3HS
Estabulo Rodizio Bar & Grill honour the Brazilian Gaúcho’s traditional method of cooking. This involves taking the most delicious and flavoursome cuts of meat, which are then skewered and cooked slowly on open flames.
We have been a couple of times and loved it! The kids loved getting up to help themselves to the salad bar and the novelty of having meat carved at your table. The food is delicious as is the decor. We had a large family meal there for a birthday celebration.
Children up to 4 years old eat FREE
Estabulo, Unit 5, Herten Triangle, Herten Way, Doncaster, DN4 7FW
Our approach to food is simple, ranging from pub favourites to a traditional daily carvery offering a fantastic choice of succulent roasted meat joints.
We are a family friendly pub with an indoor play area suitable for smaller children.
Bullrush Grove, Doncaster, DN4 8SJ
Bawtry’s favourite place to brunch! Open for breakfast, lunch, coffee & cake or why not take your Feast away?
Everything produced fresh in-house by our chefs Dave, Donna and Asa, using locally sourced produce.
20 Station Road, Doncaster, DN10 6PT
Hatfields NEW favourite place to brunch! Open for breakfast, lunch, coffee & cake and tapas in the evenings.
Everything produced fresh in-house by our chefs, using locally sourced produce.
Open Wednesday to Sunday
Wednesday/Thursday 9am to 2.30pm 6pm till late
Friday – Sunday 9am till late
7 High Street, Hatfield, Doncaster DN7 6RS
Our award winning fully licenced family restaurant serves great food at great prices. We have a varied menu and a child-friendly environment.
Serving award winning Great British Fish and Chips. We are Doncaster’s Number 1 takeaway with FREE private car parking and an extensive menu of choices.
61 Carr House Road, Doncaster, DN1 2BY
Fuzzy Ed’s is an action packed kids soft play area in Doncaster for children aged 0-12 years.
Children must be under 4ft 10″ and supervised at all times. We have a baby area which caters for children 0-4 years and the older section for children aged 5-12 years. The Fun House is attached to a fantastic family dining pub.
Fuzzy Ed and Co are over the moon to offer something for all the family. Mums and Dads can meet friends to catch up whilst enjoying coffee and cake knowing their children are in a supervised, clean and fun environment.
Great North Road, Woodlands, Doncaster, DN6 7HU
01302 723 559
Great for breakfast/brunch on a weekend. The kids love to see the planes taking off on the airfield.
There is a small indoor softplay area for under 5’s and a larger outdoor play area.
Happy Cafe, Sandtoft Airfield, Belton, DN9 1PN
01427 875 670
We are a pub restaurant offering good food and great company.
Hayfield Lane, Doncaster, DN9 3NP
“Food is real home cooked…staff very friendly very accomodating. Lovely little place”. JH FB Dec 2018
“Went yesterday for their well known carvery, was absolutely gorgeous”. Child-friendly” GW FB Dec 2018
The Garden Grille restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Hilton Garden Inn. The restaurant has views directly onto the racecourse, outdoor seating, a private dining area called ‘The Trophy Room’ and a main restaurant with an open plan live kitchen. Family friendly.
Hilton Garden Inn – Doncaster Racecourse, Leger Way, Doncaster, DN2 6BB
The House Martin is perfect for families with an indoor toddler activity area and a small outdoor play area for little ones.
Wheatley Hall Road, D0ncaster, DN2 4NB
A warm welcome awaits our guests as they come to dine with us in our 60-seat bespoke designed Argentine-inspired Steakhouse — located in the heart of Doncaster.
La Boca is a family run restaurant — established in May 2019 — who strive to create an ambience that elevates any dining experience; to lift the spirit, delivering consistently high quality food and service across our menus.
Open 7 days a week.
1 Nether Hall Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN1 2PH
Take your time to savour our extensive menu of appetising tapas, satisfying main meals and heavenly desserts — including vegetarian, gluten free and children’s options.
We also offer a take-away collection & delivery service for your convenience.
45 Doncaster Road, Armthorpe, DN3 2BU
A family friendly restaurant with a great children’s menu (more details below):
Pick a starter, build your own main course and then add a pudding for £5.99 or enjoy two courses for £5.49.
South Entry Drive, White Rose Way, Doncaster, DN4 5PJ
Restaurant with plenty of outdoor space to park your bike if you’re cycling around Sprotbrough.
A child friendly place which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks.
Otto Bar & Kitchen, 8 Main Street, Doncaster
Pastures Lodge has a lovely soft play area attached to it which opens from 12pm daily. It has an extensive children’s menu and an ice cream factory too.
We had a lovely Sunday lunch here which we could eat in the play area so the children were extra happy! It has a nice outdoor play area too. A great place to eat out with children.
Pastures Road, Mexborough, S64 0JJ
Pizza Express is a family friendly restaurant with a good children’s menu and colouring packs provided for the kids.
“My son loves feeling grown up at Pizza Express” RS, Doncaster Mumbler Chat Group, Facebook Feb 2020
The Dome, Doncaster, DN4 7NW
Freshly made pizzas and pasta, self service buffet, salad bar and ice cream factory.
White Rose Way, Doncaster, DN2 5PH
If you have a little one who is Pokemon mad then this place in Rotherham will be worth a visit!
The shop is full of Pokemon merchandise and the cakes and milkshakes look lovely too. They also organise card swap events.
Open Wednesday- Saturday 10am- 4pm and Sundays from 11am- 4pm.
Based in Doncaster, we are a contemporary bar & grill combining fantastic food and drinks with top quality service.
At Relish we welcome families of all shapes and sizes! Don’t worry, we have a great menu just for the little ones!
19 East Laith Gate, Doncaster, DN1 1JG
The Ship Inn is about 8 miles from Doncaster and takes about 20 minutes to drive there. It offers a range of traditional, home cooked pub dishes and a carvery seven days a week. It has a large beer garden and play area at the front of the pub with climbing equipment, tunnels, different kinds of swings and various sized slides. There’s even a real tractor for the kids to climb on and off.
We’ve eaten here a few times and the food has been really good. The staff are very accommodating too and usually offer to shout us when our food is ready so that we can make the most of the play area while we’re waiting.
Newington Road, Newington, Doncaster, DN10 6DJ
A former coaching house, the Sun Inn has the charm and character of a traditional country pub with an elegant, contemporary interior.
It has a lovely outdoor area for sunny days and a very small play area for little ones.
Gainsborough Road, Evertyon, DN10 5BW
Our Fridays restaurant in Doncaster is the best place to eat great food and get that Fridays feeling! Come and enjoy our Fridays burgers, signature grills, 28-day aged steaks, delicious desserts and our iconic cocktails handmade by our talented bartenders.
Tables can be booked in the indoor or outdoor dining area. Click and Collect is available and delivery via deliveroo or JUST EAT.
“We enjoy TGI’s with the kids, decent menu choice at reasonable price and they stay entertained with colouring packs. It’s lovely and quiet on weekdays with the toddlers.” JA Doncaster Mumbler Chat Group, Facebook Feb 2019
TGI Fridays, Herten Triangle, Doncaster, DN4 7BD
0344 264 3649
The Angel Inn at Blyth is located just off the A1, about 20 minutes drive from Doncaster. It’s a family run pub and B&B which prides itself on it’s top quality, home cooked food. The outside space here is huge! It has a lovely beer garden and play area with lots of outdoor seating. It has an outdoor gin garden too!
Bawtry Road, Blyth, S81 8HG
The Boat Inn is a 17th Century pub on the grassy banks of the River Don, next to Sprotborough Lock. Perfect for a meal after a family boat trip along the river.
Pizzas, sharing boards and tapas
Open Thursday- Sunday
23 Nostell Place, Bessacarr, Doncaster, DN4 7JA
The Crown Inn has a large sports field, play area and beer garden to the rear of the pub so it’s perfect for those warm, sunny days! It’s worth keeping an eye on their facebook page as they host regular events such as family fun days, festivals and seasonal parties. They also show major sporting events. The Crown Inn is in Belton which is about 30 minutes drive from Doncaster.
Church Lane, Belton, DN9 1PA
A gastropub beautifully located in the village of West Butterwick and nestled on the River Trent. The play area is on the river bank and has climbing equipment, swings for toddlers and juniors and a slide. With such a lovely view, it looks like the perfect place to relax with a drink or two in the sunshine!
The Ferry Boat Bar and Kitchen, West Butterwick, DN17 3JT
We know good pub food brings people together. At The Gate Inn we’re all about serving the people of Swinton tasty dishes, freshly grilled at prices you’ll love. From our steaks topped with one of our incredible steak toppers, to our delicious super green salad, or build your own kids meals — there’s something for all the family.
Takeaway service also available.
Church Street, Swinton, Mexborough, S64 BDQ
01709 571 724
A wonderful town centre cafe that has a range of things available for children including boiled eggs, pancakes, teddy shaped pizzas, mini breakfasts, cakes and ice cream.
48-50 Printing Office Street, Doncaster, DN1 1TR
Fresh stone baked pizzas, salad cart, burger menu and carvery.
There is also an outdoor children’s play area.
Tudworth Road, Hatfield, DN7 6NL
A pub which offers a traditional food menu, real ales and a large selection of wines and spirits including 50+ gins.
It also has an outdoor children’s play area.
Doncaster Road, DN7 6AD
A lovely, family friendly cafe in Auckley serving children’s favourites such as pancake stacks and beans on toast. Baby changing facilities and highchairs available.
Recently opened next door to The Hub is Hubilicious, a dessert and ice cream cafe (they do doggy ice cream too!) We can’t wait to visit here, the photo’s on their facebook page look amazing! Pre-booked afternoon teas are also available here.
Phantom Court, Hayfield Lane, Doncaster, DN9 3EN
Located about 20 minutes from Doncaster, this is another great pub serving homemade food and a Sunday carvery. The play area was updated a couple of years ago; it’s a good size and is fully enclosed so a very safe place for children to play independently. There’s also a beer garden with outdoor seating. The pub serves food from 12pm- 9pm every day, with the exception of Sunday which is 12pm- 8:30pm.
The Manvers Arms, Harlington Road, Adwick Upon Dearne, Mexborough, S64 0NL
Children are always welcome in this family friendly pub in Doncaster which hosts charity fun days and seasonal events for families too. It has a fully enclosed outdoor play area as well as a children’s menu so they can mix and match all of their favourite foods. Children’s pizzas are available on the pizza menu too.
Woodfield Plantation, Balby, Doncaster, DN4 8RZ
The Newton Arms in Sprotbrough is a family friendly pub serving good quality, home cooked food at sensible prices. They offer a children’s menu, a Sunday carvery and a different dining deal every evening. The Newton also has Sky Sports and BT Sports and shows all the latest football matches on its various screens throughout the pub. There’s plenty of outdoor seating in the beer garden so it’s a nice place to relax if the weather is good.
355 Sprotbrough Road, Doncaster, DN5 8BP
The Old George Inn is a family run country pub serving locally sourced great quality pub meals and beverages.
At the rear of the pub there is a beer garden and a huge field with a recently renovated play area, perfect for the children to let off some steam in!
Broad Lane Sykehouse, Goole, DN14 9AU
The Old School Inn, Epworth is a Country Pub crammed with heritage and a sense of identity. A stones throw away from the main village the Old Victorian School has been recently converted into a pub and kitchen, with a large secure garden and stacks of style.
The Old School Inn
10 Battle Green
01427 875 835
The Old School (opposite Arksey Church), High Street, Arksey, Doncaster, DN5 0SF
Our contemporary gastro pub is situated in the pretty village of Barnby Dun on the rural edge of Doncaster, close to the River Don and the historic Stainforth and Keadby canal with its unique lift bridge.
The Olive Bar & Grill offers a warm haven for weary travellers – or those of you who simply want to treat themselves to a night away. Whatever the reason for your visit, our cosy accommodation provides the perfect stopover in Doncaster and is just 10 minutes drive from the city centre and only 4 miles from Doncaster Race Course. There’s lots to do in the area, especially exploring the local waterways that grace the landscape.
The Olive, 1-3 Station Road, Doncaster, DN3 1HA
01302 891 403
The Pantry 8020 is a healthy eating restaurant in Misterton serving clean local fresh dishes including breakfasts, lunch, dinner, desserts, tea, coffee, fresh smoothies, ice cream, snacks, cakes and whole foods ingredients from our pantry shop. A nice atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy.
The Pantry 8020
27 Grovewood Close
We’ve eaten at The Reindeer Inn many times and it has never disappointed. It has a children’s menu, a great selection of beer and an impressive gin menu too. The beer garden and play area is relatively small but it’s enough to keep young children entertained for a while either before or after a meal. The pub is situated in Sandtoft and takes up to 30 minutes depending on where you are in Doncaster.
Thorne Road, Sandtoft, DN8 5SZ
The Ship at Bawtry has been a family run pub since 2007, always striving to provide honest, home-cooked food at reasonable prices. Food is served 7 days a week in a family and dog friendly traditional pub environment, where there is always someone here to welcome you with a smile!
Gainsborough Road, Doncaster, DN10 6HT
The Station Restaurant and Bar is a contemporary venue located in the village of Blaxton which is about 20 minutes from Doncaster. Whether you fancy stone baked pizza, a sharing board or a traditional Sunday roast the food is always fantastic here. They have an impressive gin menu too! The beer garden is large with lots of seating and the play area is fully enclosed so it’s a really great place to relax whilst the children play.
They have rooms available too for overnight stays which look lovely.
The Station Restaurant and Bar, Blaxton, Doncaster, DN9 3AA
01302 770 055
A wizard themed cafe which offers lots of additional activities for children eg Owl displays, wand making, potion making, scales & tales, dragon egg workshops, crafts, wizard school and magic shows. Great for Harry Potter fans!
Wizards teas and little wizards teas are also available here.
See our review here
3 Spooner Road, Broomhill, Sheffield, S10 5BL
The whole family can enjoy a meal and some family fun at The Wool Market!
Choose from Pizza, Indian, Peruvian, Burgers, Macaroni Cheese and more and finish off with Dessert. There is something for everyone and NEW in 2022 their leisure facilities are open:
The Wool Market also invites you to Mr Dan’s Sunday Funday on the first Sunday of every month from 1pm-3pm. It’s free entry and there is no booking required.
Family Friendly. Book a table to eat in or order food to take away.
Lyndale Avenue, Doncaster, DN3 2QT
01302 880 275
We have always enjoyed a nice carvery when we’ve been. Family atmosphere.
The Punches, Bawtry Road, Bessacarr, Doncaster, DN4 7BS
We’re renowned in Doncaster for our relaxed dining experience and delicious food, with belly dancers providing entertainment every Friday and Saturday night. We are family friendly and have high chairs available.
We offer a free main course meal for birthdays!
8B Nether Hall Road, Doncaster, DN1 2PW
We are a family run ‘Farm to Fork Eatery’ based in the small village of Wadworth, Doncaster.
We are family friendly and have high chairs available.
The Od Fire Station, Leicester Avenue, Doncaster, DN2 6DR
Always a lovely atmosphere and great food – Italian Restaurant. We’ve been lots of times with children and they’re always looked after.
1 Market Place, Bawtry, Doncaster, DN10 6JL