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Swiss Chalet, Glen Helen

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The Swiss Chalet has recently reopened under new management (March 2019) and, after seeing their menu on Facebook, Millie and I were really looking forward to visiting for lunch. 

Access into Swiss Chalet is easy but there are a couple of very small steps to get inside. The side door (big enough for a double pram) might be a little easier to use as there are two sets of doors via the front entrance. There is space between the tables meaning you can bring in your pram and find a little space to park it up too. From the moment we walked in, we were made to feel very welcome and all the staff are really friendly. 

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I can highly recommend the cakes – especially the Victoria Sponge!

Both the brunch and evening menu are filled with fantastic food using local produce at really reasonable prices. The brunch menu consists of meals such as breakfast baps (£4.50), soup (£5.50), chicken and bacon cheese melt (£7.50) and the incredible steak and onion baguette (£8.50). The children’s menu is filled with great choices (between £4.50 and £6.50) such as sausages and chips, fish fingers and chips, pasta and sandwiches. The children’s food is served on ‘normal’ plates and the juice is served in a glass but they are given small metal cutlery. The evening menu has a variety of burgers (£11-£14), fish and chips (£11), lasagne (£9), curry (£12), sirloin steak (£18) and many other dishes which all sound equally amazing. I haven’t been for an evening meal yet but will definitely be booking a table soon.

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Not only is there a children’s menu but Swiss Chalet offer the children colouring books to keep them entertained. In addition, there is an enclosed playground a short walk away so you can have some food, enjoy a walk in the beautiful glen and play in the park too (hence my rating below of ‘amazing’ for children’s activities). The park can be accessed via ramps (one of which is very bumpy as it’s covered with loose stone) and it is possible to take the pram through the glen (on the path that’s the same side as Swiss Chalet) but it can get muddy and is quite bumpy, as you’d expect, with stones, roots and twigs.

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Swiss Chalet currently have four wooden highchairs with straps and two highchairs with trays and I think there may be even more on the way! I’ve been twice and have booked in advance to reserve a highchair as I can imagine it is very popular with families already. As of yet, there is no baby changing facilities but I have been told that a drop-down changing table has been ordered. 

We actually ended up coming for lunch twice in one week and I honestly cannot wait to go back. I think this will become one of our regular spots.

Ratings:

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We love it here; the food is amazing, the staff are attentive and the playground on-site is brilliant. The only thing missing at the moment is a changing table.

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Monday: 9:30-3pm

Tuesday: closed 
Wednesday: 9:30-3pm
Thursday: 9:30-3pm
Friday: 9:30-3pm and 6-10pm

Saturday 9:30-10pm
Sunday 10-5pm
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Unfortunately, the Swiss Chalet has closed its doors whilst repairs are taking place following a fire in June 2020. 

In the meantime however, the cafe moved into the Glen Helen Glamping building which sits in the site of the former Glen Helen Inn. The beautiful glen and play area are still fully open. 

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