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The best family pubs in Washington and what makes them so great


Once upon a time, a family pub meant mum and dad had to compromise on food and drink, while a traditional hotel or bar was boring for the kids.

Today, Perth has never had so many options for parents with children in tow, from long-standing family favorites to a veritable buffet of recent openings designed to keep everyone happy.

With the school holidays just around the corner, here’s a user’s guide to the top 10.



Peter Hughes Drive, Fremantle

Australia’s biggest ASX-listed brewery didn’t do things by halves when it spent (at least) $10 million transforming Victoria Quay’s old A Shed into one of the biggest and most impressive brewpubs on earth.

​​​​​​While it has craft beer on tap, friendly service and good (sometimes sloppy) food, the real draw for kids at Gage Roads Freo is the playground with an old cray boat and 4WD stuck in the sandbox .

Camera iconPlayground at Gage Roads Freo. credit: Delivered/Valentine Girardot

There’s also pizza and a $12 meal for four, including a fish finger burger and grilled chicken salad. Plus there is ice cream.

Gage Roads Freo is open daily from 11am and doesn’t take bookings, so on a sunny day be prepared to hunt for a table like a seagull on a chip.


1301 Wildwood Road, Yallingup

At Wild Hop, no one has to compromise. The food is great, the craft beer is always fresh and different from your last visit, and the playground is awesome. Also a great view of the dam.

Wild Hop describes itself as “kid, dog and beer dummies friendly.”

Playground at Wild Hop in Yallingup
Camera iconPlayground at Wild Hop in Yallingup credit: Delivered

As with the beer taps, the menu is constantly changing, and while they don’t do pizza, burgers or fish and chips, their generous plates usually have plenty of options for young and old alike.

Open seven days from 10.45am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 6pm on weekends. Reservations are optional but highly recommended.


796 King Road, Oldbury

Ever since they started making cider at their Peel region site in 2008, the King Road has been neglected.

Recently, craft beer fans have taken notice of their excellent beers (especially the Strata-hopped IPA), while families flock to their large brewery 40 minutes outside of the city.


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