After a morning in the cinema, lunch at the very average Cattle Grid, we planned to spend the afternoon playing a couple of games of bowling. Having tried to visit on a Saturday afternoon previously but not being able to as it was too busy, I booked in advance. On arrival, it was half empty so booking wasn't necessary although perhaps it gets busier in the summer months? We checked in and provided our names so they were automatically entered for the scoring which was handy. We then went round to get our bowling shoes and proceeded to our lane. Having kids with us also meant that we required the bumpers down the gutter to help with their bowling. This has changed since I worked at a bowling alley and is now done automatically, and they raise and lower depending whose turn it is to bowl. Not a lot can be said about the actual bowling as it's really down to you to have fun, which we did.
There are a number of other things to do to help keep the kids entertained, like air hockey, table tennis, pool and various arcade machines. There is also a fast food restaurant and a bar, although we didn't use these so can't comment on the price or quality.
The bowling alley is in ok condition, although most of the balls are extremely scratched and chipped. It doesn't make a big difference to the fun of the game, but they don't look great. The centre was fairly clean but there were a few scatterings of used fast food rubbish about, but appeared to be cleaned up after a while. The service was ok, polite but a little slow.
I think we paid about £50 for 2 games for 5 people which was fine as far as I was concerned. A little cheaper than Lloyds Lanes in Raynes Park, but perhaps the price is in relation to the quality of what you get at both locations.
Ultimately, our trip was for a fun afternoon and to entertain the kids, and we succeeded in both of those. We'd probably go back again.
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