There's no doubt about it, staycation's can be expensive - especially when you have 5 mouths to feed. We like to eat out once or twice during a holiday but I begrudge paying a fortune. A bill for us can easily hit the £100 mark if we aren't careful. When staying in Ayr this October, I researched nearby restaurants and decided we would visit The Waterfront in the town centre. I was drawn towards the fact that it sat on the banks of the river Ayr and promised a home cooked lunch at the bargain price of 2 courses for £10. Parking was cheap (£1.20 for 2 hours) and located just to the rear of the restaurant.
First impressions were good with service with a smile and beautiful views across the river. I even spotted a crane on the river bank.
Children receive a warm welcome too and were given frozen colouring sheets and superhero puzzles to keep them entertained (it worked). Children's meals are priced at £6.95 for 2 courses including unlimited drinks. This was a very fair price as all of the children's food was of the same quality as the grown ups - chicken goujons that looked like they were made in house and homemade chips rather than frozen certainly get the thumbs up from us.
Children's chicken strips and chips
Children's roast chicken with mashed potato, boiled potato, carrots, green beans and gravy.
We were spoilt for choice with the 2 courses for £10 menu and took a while to decide on what to order. In the end Steve went for the Pan Fried Chicken Livers, Garlic toast, brandy and herb butter to start followed by the slow cooked pork and sage meatballs with tomato and basil spaghetti. Everything was succulent, well cooked and homemade. Such a bargain at 2 courses for £10.
I opted for the classic prawn cocktail with a paprika mayonnaise and tomato bread followed by the cajun chicken burger which was served with homemade chips and a jar of relish. All absolutely delicious and again, such good value.
Myself and Steve couldn't possibly squeeze in dessert but Heidi and Jack went for ice cream where as Harry was delighted that his favourite sticky toffee pudding was on the children's menu and promptly ordered a portion. I have to say I was rather jealous when it arrived and was a little bit put out that he wouldn't let me have a try!
If I lived closer, I would definitely visit The Waterfront again. Their steak nights and Sunday lunches (where kids eat free) caught my eye! It is a shame it was raining on the day of our visit as I would have loved to enjoy an after lunch coffee on the terrace too.