REVIEW: ALL STAR LANES, WESTFIELD STRATFORD CITY
All Star Lanes is not the crusty bowling alley you may remember from your youth.
They have gone down the vintage route with cute retro references (think 50s inspired), a sparklingly clean venue and an Americana style menu.
There are four All Star Lanes in London and one in Manchester and we visited the branch in Westfield, Stratford City.
The place is very popular for a Tuesday at 11 am – there were families, couples on dates and a boisterous birthday party in attendance when we were there.
Each game is ten frames and lasts around 45 minutes. If you’re young (or new to the game) there’s the option to have the guardrails put up to prevent the bowling ball from sliding off the lane.
Use this, especially if the kids are playing. Failing to do will result in nil points and quite possibly tears.
All Star Lanes is very family-friendly; a member of staff can offer bowling tips if you need, there’s a dedicated kids’ menu and baby-changing facilities. You can eat in the on-site restaurant or have the food brought over to your table near your bowling lane.
The food is classic American fare – think burgers, fries, pulled pork and a couple of options for the vegetarians and vegans. There is also an allergens menu if required.
The adults among us will no doubt enjoy the option of bottomless brunch and the new gin and tonic menu which includes flavours like strawberry and black peppercorn speckled tonic spiked with Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength Gin, and orange peel and cardamom with elderflower tonic mixed with Rock Rose gin.
Let the (older) kids enjoy their frames on the lane while you sit back with a sparkling G&T or cocktail.
All Star Lanes works as a destination in its own right and as a fab way to appease the kids after a mammoth shopping session at Westfield Stratford City.
Bolwing prices start at £5.95 for kids age 12 and under and £6.95 (off peak) for adults. There are various deals on offer including Burger + Bowl for £15.95.
Find out more at allstarlanes.co.uk.