6 of the Best Concept Dining Experiences in the UK

Dans Le Noir, London

You may recognise this concept restaurant from the tear-jerking film, About Time, as the place where Tim and Mary first meet…in the dark. Dans Le Noir is designed to heighten your senses—smell, taste, hearingand your perceptions. It aims to make you step out of your comfort zone and be a little adventurous. Don’t worry, it’s not a bushtucker trial. At Dans Le Noir guests are guided to their seats in a pitch-black restaurant by their visually-impaired waiters.

Unless you’re a large party you’re likely to be seated next to total strangers, so allow your limbs to get used to functioning without sight before you go feeling for your fork, or you could end up with a hand on the fork of someone’s trousers. Don’t expect to be served an M&S ready meal as a sneaky way of getting around fine-dining in the dark—the food here is exquisite, with bold flavours and delicious wine to pair with it! Navigate your way through three courses with a combination of cutlery, your hands and total blind luck!

For obvious reasons, the restaurant doesn’t have an Instagram account, so there can be no cheating pre-dining… or photos for this article!

Sketch, London

Possibly London’s most beautiful restaurant? Dining at sketch is not an everyday occurrence, it’s the place you go if you’re feeling extra boujee and looking for somewhere totally fabulous to make your Instagram grid an aspirational hotspot for your followers.

A restaurant-art gallery hybrid with different décor in every room, from a magical forest to an all-pink Wes Anderson-style high tea room where the chairs wear ballet pumps, the entire restaurant is a marvel of curiosity. Even the bathrooms, with toilet eggs standing under the lights of a coloured grid ceiling, are an Instagrammers dream.

The interiors aren’t just a gimmick to mask less-than-impressive food. Each room in the restaurant offers a different dining experience, from sumptuous Brunch dishes in The Glade to delectable Afternoon Tea bites in The Gallery, sketch offers all day dining and drinking for any occasion.

Six By Nico, Glasgow

Brainchild of Glasgow born Nico Simoene, owner of 111 by Nico and whose colourful career has included stints at Michelin-starred Number One at Balmoral, where he was awarded Young Scottish Seafood Chef of the Year [aged 20], and working as part of the brilliantly talented team at Brian Maule’s acclaimed Chardon d’Or. Six By Nico, with residencies in Glasgow and Edinburgh, is a different restaurant every six weeks. Sounds like a lot of hassle, right? Not to Nico and his creative team.

Every six weeks Six By Nico transforms its restaurant by offering an entirely different themed menu. Past menu themes have included ‘The Chippie’, ‘Route 66’, ‘New York’, ‘Best of 2017’ and ‘Childhood’. The theme takes the form of a six-course tasting menu, and each theme is based upon a different place or memory.

The only problem with this concept is that you’re likely to want to return every six weeks for fear of missing out on an epic theme!

The Table, Edinburgh

Ten seats, two chefs, one table.

The Table focuses on European cooking with some influence from further afield and an obvious Scottish leaning. In addition to introducing some original flavour combinations and textures, we use modern cooking techniques to elevate well known classic dishes.

At The Table, guests are served outstanding food without formality and fuss in a friendly atmosphere. With just one sitting per evening, guests are guaranteed to receive the highest quality service experience.  

Guests take their seat at The Table overlooking an open-plan kitchen, so they can watch each course being prepared and cooked to perfection. Guests are able to interact with the chefs and ask questions while each dish on the seven-course set menu is brought to life for their culinary delight.   

The unique and intimate experience brings dining back to its rootsa shared experience of delicious food with relatable souls.

Xiringuito, Margate and Liverpool

Xiringuito is a moveable restaurant established by childhood friends Conor Sheeran and chef Jackson Berg, offering the best in modern British cuisine. The restaurant incorporates a large triangular prism structure, designed by award-winning architect Asif Khan, which surrounds the dining area.

Xiringuito was first established in Margate for the summer of 2016. In keeping with Conor and Jackson’s idea of a moveable restaurant their next stop would be their hometown of Liverpool. They eventually chose to set up in the Northern Lights development on the iconic Cains Brewery site. The thriving Baltic Triangle was the perfect choice for the restaurant owners who wanted to establish themselves in a creative district filled with similarly adventurous businesses and individuals.

Finally, the restaurant offers a constantly evolving menu which is a unique quality of Xiringuito that keeps customers coming back for more. The dishes are prepared from the freshest ingredients and include a range of delicious seafood, such as their soft-shell crab, which has become incredibly popular with customers.

Tony Singh’s Supper Club, Edinburgh

Ever wondered what a celebrity chef’s own kitchen at home looks like? Now you can get up close and personal with one of the UK’s favourite TV chefs, Tony Singh, at his home in Edinburgh. Tony’s brand new dining concept will see diners join him for a multiple-course set menu supper and see him in action in his own habitat.

Welcome drinks are served over introductions in the lounge as Tony encourages diners to bring their dining experience back to basics; conversation, sharing and friendship. Tony cooks up a stunning array of dishes based on the best of the season’s ingredients from around the UK, pairing each dish with delicious wines from across the globe as diners shit side-by-side enjoying the experience together. Laughs between mouthfuls are guaranteed as the witty chef shares anecdotes from his colourful career. Tony’s Supper Club is a culinary experience not to be missed.

Caoilfhionn Rose

Caoilfhionn is a freelance travel writer who enjoys slow travel and avoiding landmarks in favour of diving into a destination's culture. Instagram: @CaoilfhionnRose

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