Bowling and Birthday Celebrations at Lane 7, Newcastle

The problem with living near a city where there is just SO much going on is that we often don't get to re-visit places where we've had a fantastic time. We have visited Lane 7 on two previous occasions - once for the North East Blogger Awards and another during restaurant week. We were impressed on both trips and vowed to visit again with the kids.

This weekend was my eldest's 9th birthday and he asked to go bowling - I knew a trip to Lane 7 would be perfect so I booked a table and lane online for Sunday afternoon.

Children's menu and family dining at Lane 7

The food at Lane 7 is a far cry from other bowling alleys in our area. The menu has been well thought out and features burgers, ribs and chicken. We have always enjoyed the food when dining and I love that they aren't shy to add a bit of spice to their food either! 

Children can dine before 7pm (after which time they have to leave the premises due to licensing laws) and have their own special children's menu which is reasonably priced at £5 for one course or £7 for two. Our kids decided on hot dogs all round and the quality was a lot better than those I cook at home!

Kids hot dog - £5

Pulled Pork Bun with Green Chillis, Pickle, Dirty Sauce and two sides - £13

Restaurant interior

Lane 7 chocolate milkshake

Oreo cheesecake dessert - £4

Our family birthday lunch was only £60 including drinks for two courses each. Considering there were 5 of us and we didn't choose the cheapest things on the menu I thought this was excellent value. 

Bar area and drinks

After lunch we had 15 minutes to spare whilst we waited for our lane. We decided to finish our drinks in the bar area and have fun in the Lane 7 photo booth. If we didn't have the kids with us I definitely would have taken advantage of some £5.95 cocktails!

Bowling with kids at Lane 7

Bowling at Lane 7 is HASSLE FREE! I loved that the staff set all of the computer up for you and can even programme the lanes to have barriers up for the kids that automatically go down for the grown ups. Perfect! We were ready to start bowling straight away. As we visited on a Sunday afternoon the prices were off peak - £6 for grown ups and £4.50 for kids. £25.50 in total for the 5 of us including shoe hire for one game (10 x 2 turns each) was again, incredible value. I was expecting to pay around £35.

Checking the scores

Every lane has it's own table and bar stools - perfect for drinks

Every lane has a selection of ball sizes ranging from 6 to 12. There are also bowling ramps available to help the kids out.

We spent 3.5 hours at Lane 7 and only spent £85 including lunch, drinks and bowling. It has been our best experience of bowling BAR NONE and we will definitely head here in future for our bowling fix. 

You will find Lane 7 on St James Boulevard next to Grosvenor Casino and not far from Life. It is a few minutes walk from Central station. We parked at Times Square Car Park which is just around the corner.

In case you wondered - I was crowned winner :-)



  1. I never get to win cos Simon's like a professional bowler, he's crazy good! I've only had food in Lane 7 once, I really should go back to try it again!

  2. Aww! Fab photos! It looks like everyone had a great time!
    The food looks amazing and what great prices x

  3. I have heard such great things about here but have never visited myself . It looks like Harry had a great birthday xx


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