If COVID-19 has taught me anything it’s that eating out is one of the things I took for granted the most, and with it being almost 4 months since I sat in a restaurant and had the luxury of pretending to look at the menu even though I decided the night before what I would be eating, I am welcoming the news of restaurants reopening along with many other people across the country.
To make things even more exciting, the government have announced a ‘eat out to help out’ scheme, where diners can get up to £10 off per head if they eat out from Monday to Wednesday in August. A recent study from YouGov shows that 18-24-year-olds are the most likely group to use this offer so in preparation here are some restaurants up and down the UK that may be worth a visit. Can you eat out 3 days a week for the month of August? – Asking for a friend.
* It’s worth noting that the restaurants below may not have the offer so make sure you get in touch to check.
Supper on the Tube
If you’ve missed taking the tube around London as much as you have missed eating out, you can literally combine the two. The Grub Club’s Underground Supperclub takes social dining to the next level. You can enjoy fusion cuisine on a disused 1960s Victoria Line train. The best part is, you don’t even need a travelcard!
Coffee, Cake and Cats?
Have you ever wanted to go to a café with over 100 different speciality teas, coffees and home-baked goods whilst sitting in a room full of cats? Yes? Then The Kitty Café is where you need to be. Based in Nottingham, this cat lovers dream isn’t just a Café, it’s also a re-homing and care facility rescuing stays and cats with medical conditions.
Dinner in the treetops
The Treehouse Restaurant based at The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland will give you a truly unique dining experience. The treehouse combines wooden walkways, rope bridges, log fires and fairy lights giving you the most intimate and adorable setting to tuck into the great food they offer, including locally sourced fish, seafood and meats. Due to COVID-19, The Treehouse Restaurant hasn’t started taking bookings yet, but keep an eye on their website for updates of when they’ll be back up and running.
Take a trip to the rainforest
Missing holidays as much as eating out? Me too. And whilst a trip abroad may not be on the cards for a little while, a trip to the Rainforest Café definitely is. Located in the west of Piccadilly Circus, The Rainforest Café is designed as an exotic jungle that recreates the sights and sounds of the American rainforest. Book a table, and you’ll be in the rainforest tucking into an extensive menu of American and International cuisine!
Dining in a bank vault
Based in former underground bank vaults, The Potted Pig in Cardiff serves a varied and constantly changing menu of modern British food with Welsh, French and New-York grill inspired influences. Their main concept is that they love cooking and eating, so they serve food that excites them. Honestly, I’m drooling!
Taking a trip to any of these restaurants? Don’t forget – you’ll likely need to book a table before going to ensure you get a seat at your restaurant of choice. Also, be sure you’re prepped for the journey if it’s quite far away with these tips! If none of these restaurants takes your fancy, you can always head out to one of your local favourites for that much needed dining out experience, but the above are just some options in case you want a mix up from Weatherspoon’s Curry Club Thursdays.
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