Typically, most people wouldn’t consider a theme park somewhere to go to chow down on some tasty food. The odd burger stand and other fast food joints are what you’d expect, and whilst this may have been the case a decade ago, nowadays theme parks double up as holiday resorts and fine dining establishments.
The good news is this has all added to the theme park experience. Your average resort provides a whole host of fun-filled opportunities for all ages, with many of them accessible all year round (yes, even in the rainy months). So if you’re in need of a few dining ideas this autumn, here are a few theme parks to try out to create some happy, and tasty, memories – you can visit Theme Parks Guide to get an extensive lowdown on your available options and prices.
- Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Something of a national institute which has been open since 1896, this seaside resort has been the jewel in the UK’s theme park crown for over 100 years.
These days it doubles up as numerous things in one. Whilst it’s a theme park first and foremost, offering rides such as the Big One, it’s also an entertainment venue, holiday resort, and restaurant all-in-one.
Indeed, the Beach Grill, Coasters Diner, Oyster Bar, Champagne and Coffee Lounge, Donut Dream, Alpine Fast Food, the Plaice, and White Tower Restaurant are but a few of the places you can visit for fast (or fine) dining. Altogether, with its wonderful setting in the North West of England, it’s fantastic for families, days out for couples, and fantastic times for all ages.
- Alton Towers
Based in Staffordshire, Alton Towers offers a theme park, water park, numerous hotels, and plenty of restaurants. In other words, it’s a modern resort with lots to see and do, with famous rides such as Nemesis, Oblivion, and the Smiler wowing millions of visitors each year.
When it comes to dining opportunities, it’s not lacking in choices. There’s the themed Rollercoaster Restaurant (the latest new dining experience at the park), the family-friendly Crooked Spoon, the Secret Garden Restaurant, Flambo’s Exotic Feast (which offers delicacies from across the world), and many other bars and cafés, making is one resort which delivers on its promises.
- Thorpe Park
Based in Surrey, this park boasts some 27 rides, with 7 of these being rollercoasters. The major attractions include Tidal Wave, Colossus, Nemesis Inferno, and Stealth, but it’s also another big resort where there’s much more to offer than simply screaming hysterically on rides.
The theme park specialises in fast foods (not all of them completely unhealthy!) with the likes of hot dogs, Amity kebabs, traditional fish & chips, the Pulled Meat Co., and Fin’s Bar and Grill. There are more exotic options as well, such as Mexican Cantina, and Bush BBQ. Whatever your choice, you certainly won’t be left hungry. There’s a review on Total Thorpe Park for all of its offerings, if you’d like to see further details.
A massive hit the moment it opened, LEGOLAND (which is based in Windsor) features all of the LEGO based antics you’d expect. It’s a fantastic place to visit for any family, as seemingly everyone has used these inspirational toys as a child.
The restaurants don’t serve you LEGO blocks, however, as the resorts pulls out all of the stops for great dining opportunities. Bricks Family restaurant is probably the best place to head to as it’s designed to be children friendly and is open 7 days a week.
The Skyline Lounge offers a more advanced experience and is LEGOLAND’s “formal” restaurant. Here you’ll find a bar and an opportunity for snacks all day long. This handy Windsor Borough government guide about the resort will provide you with all the details you need, if you’re travelling from a distance.
- Drayton Manor
This is a theme park in Staffordshire, but it’s also a zoo if your family would like to take in a few exotic animals as well as riding on attractions such as the Shockwave (if you’re a thrill seeker).
Once you’re hungry, the Drayton Manor hotel offers the Parklands Restaurant and Bar, which is a sophisticated place to dine. This is definitely the classiest option on the list as the theme park goes all out for a Grill Inn, Carousel Bar, and Brasserie for your lunch breaks. So, if you want to go a bit upmarket, this is the one for you!