After welcoming over 10,000 visitors since its opening on 11th March, Hockerhill Adventure Playbarn, in Brewood, in Staffordshire, is hoping to hear from potential team members as the new family attraction continues to sell out its popular tickets. 

Inspired by local history, Hockerhill Adventure Playbarn, owned by the Chillington Hall Estate, welcomes visitors eager to play inside the attraction’s giant mock oak tree centrepiece, tackle the climbing frames, bridges and slides, as well as work up an appetite on the pedal go-karts. Running the attraction takes a team of fun, dedicated and family orientated individuals and Hockerhill is always interested in hearing from talented people seeking hospitality and catering roles.  

Under the stewardship of Hockerhill’s general manager, Sophie Galantini, who has more than 15 years' experience in hospitality, the team is off to a good start having already hired 24 members who live locally. Sophie said: “I love the buzz of a busy restaurant, nothing is more important than making sure our customers are enjoying themselves, and we think it’s important our visitors enjoy a meal that is tasty and nutritious.” 

After exploring, pedalling and playing, youngsters (and grown-ups) can satisfy their appetites with the very best local and British food and drink made fresh on-site. Hockerhill Adventure Playbarn’s food and drink menu prides itself on healthy and fresh options, using locally sourced ingredients.  

For breakfast, families can choose from Tessa’s Homemade Granola, shakshuka or mixed berry pancakes, with a tasty poke or falafel bowl, crispy thai beef salad or Chillington beef burger for lunch. Sandwich options range from the honey glazed ham ciabatta to the Reuben Panini and the Caprese Panini. 

The ‘Little Acorns’ menu for children offers mini breakfasts as well as hearty mains to fuel them for their big day out. Options include lightly dusted cod, grilled chicken or sausage served with classic sides, several pasta dishes, plus toasted sandwiches, mini pizzas and sandwich boxes where youngsters can choose five items for themselves.   

Or if the group is in a sharing mood, they can head outside to the hut which in warm weather serves stone baked pizzas with toppings to keep everyone happy, from Prosciutto Funghi to Roast Vegetables, Feta, Rocket & Pesto. And come the warmer months, who can resist a delicious ice cream from Snugburys in Cheshire?   

Tired parents can rest assured that Hockerhill has prioritised excellent coffee with Shropshire Coffee supplying the goods and training the team to serve speciality flat whites, lattes and more. Tessa Giffard, custodian of Chillington Hall and Estate and also owner of Hockerhill, said: “Creating a menu that is wholesome, healthy, enjoyed by children and affordable, is absolutely crucial to the team here at Hockerhill.

“We source locally as much as possible, with a significant amount of fresh produce and beef coming directly from Chillington Estate itself.”