In case you haven’t seen them here’s a summary of he latest places we like and their accessibility:

 

Widely regarded as the best restaurant in Lisbon Belcanto

is located in the historic centre, this can only mean there’s a Portuguese Pavement – mosaic marble pebbles found throughout Lisbon; a trip hazard for anyone!

They have two Michelin Stars (the first in Lisbon) and are currently #42 on “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List”. In the Michelin Guide it says it has ‘wheelchair access’ but as we know this is insufficient information (see our article on this subject). We’ve asked for clarification, especially regarding a disabled toilet and once we have this we will award our Audited BBS Ticks. Provisionally they get 2 BBS Ticks for style & access.

The Harwood Arms

Head Chef Sally Abé, received The Pub and Bar Award at the Cateys 2020 (we also sponsored the Accessibility Award through our sister company Blue Badge Access Awards). She’s also been highly rated on The BBC Great British Menu. The Harwood Arms is a one Michelin-starred (and the only London-based Michelin-starred) gastropub, which is based in Fulham. They have a ramp to access the steps at the entrance (assume it’s a portable one) but there is still no disabled toilet. Great seasonal food and atmosphere on the Fulham Road, see the full review here. they have 2 BBS Ticks. 

The Wigmore at The Langham Hotel

is open (Tues-Sat) along with the Artesian Bar (see previous review here), both at The Langham. They have excellent access – The Wigmore is at street level and the Artesian & Landau are accessed through the hotel via a street level wheelchair lift. They have disabled toilets throughout (the best is just off the Artesian Bar on the way to The Landau). You can see their COVID statement here and very thorough it is. Both have great food and use recipes from the Landau overeen/inspired by Michel Roux Jr., even if he’s not cooking. Vanity Fair says of the Wigmore,

‘ a quintessential British tavern, refined with a touch of five-star polish (Martin Brudnizki is responsible for the lovely interiors).’

Delicious food, especially the Cheese Toastie, a great favourite of mine – not cheap so very much a treat after ‘lockdown’. Make sure you book a table especially if you’re in a wheelchair as they were very popular – maybe not so now with distancing measures in place. They are part of Eat Out to Help Out and all three venues get 3 BBS Ticks.

A spectacular treehouse called the Sky Den in The Kielder Forest Northumberland

Channel 4 TV presenter George Clarke has created a beautiful multifunctional space from which to enjoy the outdoors of Kielder Forest. It’s also accessible in parts, as space is limited but it does seem a wheelchair user can cope with areas having flat access and a walk-in wheelchair shower. You can read the accessibility details here.

This is a venue from Condé Nast’s ‘Accessible UK Holidays’ written by our friend Sophie Morgan. Take a look at the other places she mentions.

The Den in Kielder Forest is a Somewhat Accessible Treehouse
The Den in Kielder Forest is a Somewhat Accessible Treehouse

Really fun and stylish venue and because parts are not accessible we can only give, an unaudited, 2 BBS Ticks.

EIPIC, Belfast

I’ve always wanted to eat here since The BBC Great British Menu favours chefs from this restaurant group, starting with Michael Deane. He owns Deanes MeatlockerDeanes Love Fish, Deanes at Queens in the Queens University area and Deane and Decano on the Lisburn Road, both in the South of the city. Deanes EIPIC is very much at the ‘high end’ of the group, located on the ground floor of the Howard Street building and they’ve told us that it is

‘fully accessible for wheelchair users. The restaurant is all on the ground floor with generous spacing around the tables and we have a dedicated disabled toilet on the ground floor also.’

The 2020 Great British Menu included the Michelin Starred chef Alex Greene, from EIPIC, winning 2 courses at the banquet celebrating 150 years of children’s literature. Greene created both the starter and dessert course. The starter was potatoes 5 ways, inspired by C.S. Lewis’ Narnia and served in a wardrobe with pickled onions, onion jelly and a four cheese custard. Can’t find this on his current menus (which range from £24 for 2 courses to £70 for 12) however, the dessert of an ‘Edible Picture Book’ is available. Made of coconut parfait, coconut tuile, printed rice paper, chocolate ganache, yuzu gel and coffee jelly, this has to be tried at an extra £20, hopefully with 50% off as they are part of the government’s scheme. They get an unaudited 2.5 BBS Ticks.

The Ethicurean.

I went here at Xmas when staying at Sunset House in Portishead near Bristol. The house was wheelchair accessible although not advertised as such, with great views of the Severn estuary. It had an internal lift to all floors and there was plenty of space for me and my chair but no bars in the shower or around the toilet so very much an ambulant accessible home from home. Just a bit of thought and this would appeal to a wider community!!

But I digress, The Ethicurean was exceptional, it’s in an orchard/Victorian walled garden, in the foothills of The Mendips and has fresh seasonal food in a rural setting.

Access is flat with a few minor obstacles including an uneven path. It has disabled parking but not a disabled toilet. As of now (Aug 2020) they’re only open for picnics from Friday to Sunday. If they include the Artichoke ice-cream they are well worth the £30/person. They’re not part of the Eat Out scheme as this only runs Monday to Wednesday but I just had to put them on the list. They get 2 BBS Ticks which is the most they can achieve without a disabled toilet – the ambience and food make up for this omission.

Others that Also get a mention are Wood in Manchester, Gwel An Mor Resort Cornwall, Chiswick House & Gardens & Three Chimneys Isle of Skye.

 

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