9 of the most unusual places to eat out in the UK

From real-life prisons to total darkness, have a quirky meal out at one of these weird and wonderful British restaurants.

From boats to skate parks and even jails, here are nine of the wackiest restaurants in Britain.

1. The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland

Get back to nature at The Alnwick Garden, a folksy treehouse restaurant complete with rope bridges and branches growing up through the floor.

2. Dans Le Noir, London

Go on a sensory journey where, guided and served by blind people, you will eat in total darkness, picking from four surprise menus.

3. No Man’s Fort, Portsmouth

Settle down to a three-course lunch on the first Saturday of every month at the historic sea fort – it’s one of three island fortresses off the south coast. You can even stay the night if you fancy it!

4. The Attendant, London

This café is in what used to be an underground Victorian toilet – now it’s the place to go for espresso! The original porcelain urinals (polished up and very clean, don’t worry) are still intact to boot.

5. DC-6 Diner, Coventry

You don’t have to go to Wuhan to eat on a grounded plane; the DC-6 Diner in Coventry is based on an airfield in a vintage aircraft that featured in Bond film, Casino Royale.

6. The Wall, London

Skateboard enthusiasts rejoice, The Wall – found at The House of Vans in South London – serves food and drink alongside skate and BMX shows, films, music and exhibitions.

7. The Albatros, Wells-next-the-Sea


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If fish and chips don’t take your fancy, jump aboard former Dutch cargo ship and North Sea clipper, The Albatros, for crepes and real ale in Norfolk. Sit on deck or huddle in the cargo hold below.

8. The Clink Charity, London, Cardiff, High Down (Surrey) and Styal (Wimslow)

The Clink restaurants make it possible to have dinner in real-life, operational UK jails, where you’ll be cooked for and served by trained prisoners who are working towards rehabilitation.

9. Duck and Waffle, London


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On the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, the Duck and Waffle is the highest restaurant in the UK and offers high-rise dining 24 hours a day with amazing views out over the capital. We recommend you order the crispy duck leg with fried duck egg and waffles, obviously. 

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