Dining experiences with a difference

From sky-high eating to sensory meals in the dark, Britain’s foodie scene is filled with unique culinary experiences. Get a taste for Alpine-inspired cuisine in the West Midlands, or discover a host of city-based eateries that bring themed events, fabulous brunches and international influences to the table.

Up, up and away

Group of people enjoying drinks at London in the Sky, suspended above the O2

Taking alfresco dining to new levels, London in the Sky suspends you 100ft in the air as you dine at a table with a view. Says cheers with a themed cocktail, from a whisky blend named the ‘Dare Devil’ to a gin and ginger mix called ‘Shakey Feet’, as London’s iconic skyline provides the backdrop. Or for a truly unforgettable moment, discover the Sunset Dinner – a three-course meal enjoyed as the sun goes down.

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London in the Sky

Dive into darkness

Tap into your senses at London’s Dans Le Noir?, where you’re plunged into darkness on a unique culinary adventure. Say goodbye to your phone and any instagrammable food shots as you step into a world of darkness and delectable food. Join the conga line to your table and let the partially sighted or blind waitstaff guide you around the restaurant. Rethink your perceptions of taste by dipping into unknown dishes that are sure to spark a sensory discovery of flavour, texture and temperature. For an alcohol-infused immersive experience, try a blind wine tasting workshop to test your sommelier skills.

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Dans Le Noir?

Find your competitive side

At Chance & Counters, a roll of the dice may leave you revelling as the boardgames champion, or holding your head in defeat – but one thing’s for certain, you’ll be diving into tasty grub as you battle it out over the board. With more than 850 games to choose from, this Bristol-based cafe is a board gamers’ paradise. From vegan nosh and loaded fries to local beers and ciders, tuck into a feast as you play. Join alone, or bring your friends to see who will reign supreme.

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Chance & Counters

A brunch fit for a queen

If bottomless bubbles, fierce performances and endless entertainment sounds like your thing, then look no further than Manchester’s Bougie Drag Brunch. Landing in the city’s The Bread Shed venue each month, expect four hours of dramatic dance-offs, strutting catwalks and glamourous looks, accompanied by a live DJ set and pizza or burger brunch menus. From London’s queens to Manchester’s very own acts, you’ll spend the afternoon in company with drag royalty – this is one brunch party not to be missed.

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Bougie Drag Brunch

Latin American spirit

For a Latin American extravaganza, Liverpool’s Alma de Cuba brings the fiesta. From a Samba themed afternoon tea, to an evening of comedy gold, the jam-packed events calendar will leave you dancing from dusk until dawn. Adding a splash of grandeur to the party, its dramatic location in the former St Peters Catholic Church provides a unique environment to tuck into a menu packed with different cuisines. Expect bright lights, carnival-inspired celebrations and an eclectic fusion of Cuban, Hispanic and Latin American influences.

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Alma de Cuba

Learn the tricks of the trade

For a meal that’s cooked by local students, try Cardiff’s The Classroom. Mentored in the capable hands of chefs from previous Michelin Star and AA Rosette awarded restaurants, the city’s future culinary stars serve up an everchanging seasonal menu of high-quality dishes. Tuck into a feast of Welsh delicacies against the backdrop of Cardiff Bay, as you dine on the top floor of Cardiff and Vale College’s City Centre Campus. If the meal has left you inspired, the restaurant also runs one-off masterclasses for a deep dive into culinary skills led by one of the team’s expert chefs or visiting professionals.

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The Classroom

An alpine adventure

Performers at Albert's Schloss in Birmingham

Inspired by a trip to the slopes and some of Europe’s best-loved resorts, Birmingham’s Albert’s Schloss reimagines the mountainous alpine areas in the heart of the West Midlands. Feast your eyes on traditional schnitzel, pretzels and strudel as you immerse yourself in pure apres-ski vibes. With a week-long events calendar, every day brings the party – from cabaret performances to a Sunday service full of roast dinners and live entertainment. Or welcome in the weekend with a Friday night of live music from Albert’s Haus Band and bouncing DJ sets.

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Albert's Schloss
26 Jul 2022(last updated)

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