Eating Out: Tenpin, Grantham

Tenpin, Grantham.
Tenpin, Grantham.
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As the next fortnight is the schools’ Easter holidays, we thought it might be useful to take a slightly different route with our Eating Out review this week.

As the next fortnight is the schools’ Easter holidays, we thought it might be useful to take a slightly different route with our Eating Out review this week.

Enjoying family time is important, and what better way than through the rivalry of ten-pin bowling!

Tenpin in Grantham offers a great night out for the kids. As well as the bowling lanes, there are pool tables and numerous arcade games.

So my partner and I decided to take along his sons, aged 11 and 13 - and we had a great night.

Booking online, we opted for the ‘Eat & Play’ deal, which includes two games and a burger meal each, at £12.99 per adult and £9.99 per junior. Juniors can choose from beef burger, cheese burger or veggie fingers, while adults have their pick of beef, cheese, chicken or bean burgers. These are all served with fries and a side of ketchup.

Opting for the ‘Eat & Play’ added £10.98 on to our bill compared with standard bowling, so cost-wise it was a pretty good deal. We added on vanilla ice cream tubs at 60p each.

When we arrived, the kids, of course, made a bee-line for the arcade games while I went to the reception desk. The chap behind it was friendly, chatty and very, very helpful. He asked when we would like our food and said he would leave our shoes by our choice of lane. And after he had kindly keyed in our names for us, we grabbed the kids and the competition began!

Part-way into the first game the food arrived. By the way the boys and Gary wolfed down their burgers I know they were happy, and I enjoyed my chicken burger. No, it’s not five-star cuisine but you don’t expect it to be. It was tasty, the chips were nice and the chicken in the batter was breast and not mashed up bits of all sorts.

Another nice touch was that when we ordered drinks, they were brought over to us so there was no halt in the game - which at this point was getting very competitive indeed...although we had moved from aiming for high scores to who could get the fastest mph reading!

It was these nice touches that really added to our evening. “Just give us a wave when you’re ready for your ice cream,” another staff member told us. We did and it quickly arrived. Although largely melted, and thus unpopular with the boys, it was tasty.

We had a lovely night - if I hadn’t come last in both games it would have been even better! I was very impressed by the great service - nothing was too much trouble. The kid said they had an “awesome” time and were in their element after bowling when we played pool and went on to the arcade, which itself is varied and lots of fun.

So if you’re looking for something to do this Easter, I’d certainly recommend heading over to Tenpin.

Food: *** (out of five)

Service and fun-factor: ***** (out of five)