10 Accessible restaurants in the UK

In the UK you’re never too far from a restaurant whether you go, but how accessible are they? Global stairlift manufacturer, Acorn Stairlifts is on hand to list their top 10 most accessible restaurants in the UK. Check out what venues made the cut, which are listed in no particular order.

Mazala Zone
Throughout London there are seven Masala Zone Restaurants to choose from, to tuck into delicious and genuine Indian cuisine served by fantastic staff within exciting interiors. All the key spices used in the dishes at this restaurant are picked from the best spice farms following India’s spice harvest and then shipped to the UK.

Since the first Masala Zone restaurant opened its doors in 2001, they have received so much praise. The Daily Telegraph has rated it among London’s best restaurants, the Evening Standard sees it as one of London’s six best Indian restaurants, and the Zagat London Restaurants Survey saw it voted as London’s Most Popular Restaurant Group.

Types of cuisine
Indian

Accessibility
All the Masala Zone restaurants apart for Masala Zone Soho restaurant, provide wheelchair access and accessible toilets.

Locations
Masale Zone can be found in seven locations in and around London:

Masala Zone Bayswater

Address: 75 Bishops Bridge Road, London, W2 6BG

Opening times:

Monday to Friday: 12:30pm – 3:00pm, 5:30pm – 11:00pm

Saturday: 12:30pm – 11:00pm

Sunday: 12:30pm – 10:30pm

Phone number: 02072 210 055

Masala Zone Camden Town

Address: 25 Parkway, London, NW1 7PG

Opening times:

Monday to Friday: 12:30pm – 3:00pm, 5:30pm – 11:00pm

Saturday: 12:30pm – 11:00pm

Sunday: 12:30pm – 10:30pm

Phone number: 02072 674 422

Masala Zone Covent Garden

Address: 48 Floral Street, London, WC2E 9DA

Opening times:

Monday to Friday: 12:00pm – 11:00pm

Saturday: 12:30pm – 11:00pm

Sunday: 12:30pm – 10:30pm

Phone number: 02073 790 101

Masala Zone Earls Court

Address: 147 Earls Court Road, London, SW5 9RQ

Opening times:

Monday to Friday: 12:30pm – 3:00pm, 5:30pm – 11:00pm

Saturday: 12:30pm – 11:00pm

Sunday: 12:30pm – 10:30pm

Phone number: 02073 730 220

Masala Zone Islington

Address: 80 Upper Street, London, N1 0NU

Opening times:

Monday to Friday: 12:30pm – 3:00pm, 5:30pm – 11:00pm

Saturday: 12:30pm – 11:00pm

Sunday: 12:30pm – 10:30pm

Phone number: 02073 593 399

Masala Zone Selfridges

Address: Garden Cafe 4th Floor, Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London, W1U 1AT

Opening times:

Monday to Saturday: 9:30am – 9:00pm

Sunday: 11:30pm – 4:00pm

Phone number: Not available, though restaurant can be emailed via selfridges@masalazone.com

Masala Zone Soho

Address: 9 Marshall Street, London, W1F 7ER

Opening times:

Monday to Friday: 12:00pm – 11:00pm

Saturday: 12:30pm – 11:00pm

Sunday: 12:30pm – 10:30pm

Phone number: 02072 879 966

Official website

http://www.masalazone.com/

Corse Lawn House
Once you visit Corse Lawn House, you will quickly notice that the entire hotel resolves around various dining rooms situated within the site. The Kitchen is the place to head to when you’re after a delicious dish, with talented chef Martin Kinahan running the proceedings and producing wonderful food each day.

Everything from the bread to the canapes and the petit fours are made in the kitchen of Corse Lawn House, while local and sustainable produce is used with the help of the hotel’s loyal suppliers. As well as the food menu, be sure to check out the restaurant’s extensive wine list — it’s received awards from both the AA restaurant guide and the Good Food Guide!

Type of Cuisine
Variety

Accessibility
The ground floor of the Corse Lawn hotel is where you will find the restaurant, bistro and toilets. There are no steps to enter building or anywhere on the ground floor either.

Location

Address: Corse Lawn, Gloucestershire, GL19 4LZ

Opening times:

Monday to Saturday: 7:00pm – 9.30pm

Sunday: 12:00pm – 2:00pm, 7:00pm – 9.30pm

Phone number: 01452 780 771

Official website

http://www.corselawn.com/dining

L’Ortolan
At the L’Ortolan, you’ll be able to enjoy a fine meal at the only Michelin Star Restaurant in Reading. Situated within an eye-catching Grade II listed building in the quiet village of Shinfield, you’ll enter the restaurant through a set of grand Gothic front doors and then be able to eat and drink within a luxurious and timeless setting.

The head chef Is currently Tom Clarke, who has been recognized by the Good Food Guide 2016 which they reviewed that “Clarke has brought some welcome freshness, invention and ‘focused flavours’ to proceedings’ and The Fine Dining Guide’s editor Simon Carter stating that “Tom’s cooking is impressive, showing technical adventure and accomplishment”.

Types of cuisine
Variety

Accessibility
The staff at L’Ortalan do everything they can to accommodate everybody’s needs, with wheelchair access to the restaurant dining room. However, the staff are bound by various constraints within the Grade II listed building due to its historic construction and status. For instance, standard wheelchair access is unfortunately unavailable to the restaurant’s bathroom facilities.

Location

Address: Church Lane, Shinfield, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 9BY

Opening times:

Tuesday to Saturday: 12:00pm – 2pm (last orders), 7:00pm – 9:00pm (last orders)

Phone number: 01189 888 500

Official website

https://www.lortolan.com/

Laurent At Royal
London’s Hotel Café Royal had recently installed a new grill and sushi bar called Laurent at Café Royal. It’s run by the internationally renowned chef Laurent Tourondel, who has already set up successful restaurants in Miami, Florida; Charlotte, North Carolina; and New York.

The restaurant can be found on the first floor of Hotel Café Royal and offers diners the opportunity to sample the finest cuts of steak which are sourced from the British Isles, Japan, Australia, and the US. Fish, seafood, and obviously sushi are all on the menu too.

Type of cuisine

Variety

Accessibility

Wheelchair access is available through the Laurent at Café Royal, and the Hotel Café Royal itself offers accessible rooms.

Location

Address: 68 Regent Street, London, W1B 4DY

Opening times:

Monday to Sunday: 7:00am – 10:30pm

Phone number: 02074 063 310

Official website

https://www.hotelcaferoyal.com/dining

Tharavadu
Tharavadu takes pride on being home to Kerala Cuisine, offering guests the choice of a wide selection of vegetarian and non-vegatarian dishes that are prepared using fish, poultry, and read meat. What’s more, the chefs at Tharavadu were born and raised in Kerala — adding to the authenticity.

The restaurant is based in Leeds and has been named the Best Indian Restaurant at the Oliver awards three years in a row. It has also been recommended in the Michelin Restaurant Guide two years running and had positive feedback from The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln saying that he “fell in love with this place” after dining there.

Type of cuisine
Indian

Accessibility
Tharavadu is accessible to those in wheelchairs

Location

Address: 7-8 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS 15DQ

Opening times:

Monday to Thursday: 12:00pm – 2:00pm, 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Friday and Saturday: 12:00pm – 2:00pm, 5:00pm – 10:30pm

Phone number: 01132 440 500

Official website

http://www.tharavadurestaurants.com/

Michael Wan’s Mandarin
Michael Wan’s Mandarin has been going for 55 years and counting, and it is a highly recommended restaurant,  when looking for the best Chinese food in Lancashire and even across the entire North West of England.

The restaurant was managed by Micheal Wan for more than 40 years but is now looked after by Michael’s god-daughter Pauline Lai who is an aspiring chef and restauranteur. It has earned high praise over the years, including being voted the UK’s Number 3 Chinese restaurant by TripAdvisor in 2014/15 and the Best Chinese Restaurant, North West at the 2017 LUX Tourism Awards.

Type of Cuisine
Chinese

Accessibility
The main restaurant of Michael Wan’s Mandarin is found on the ground floor and a dining room is upstairs which is used throughout the weekend and during busy periods. Guests who have a disability are advised to mention a ground floor seating preference when they book a table.

The restaurant is accessible to wheelchair users, thanks to two wheelchair-friendly, low-rising steps featuring a landing area between them and a widened door. However, there is no ground floor or disabled toilet due to the size of the eatery.

Location

Address: 27 Clifton Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1JD

Opening times:

Sunday to Wednesday: 5:30pm – 10:45pm

Thursday: 12:00pm – 1:45pm, 5:30pm – 10:45pm

Friday and Saturday: 12:00pm – 1:45pm, 5:30pm – 11:45pm

Phone number: 01253 622 687

Official website

http://www.michaelwansmandarin.co.uk/

Boonnak Thai
For an authentic Thai restaurant experience, you want to set your sights on Boonnak Thai if you ever visit Blackpool, where they serve anything from pad Thai to a superb selection of curries and Thai national dish som tum can be served.

You would even find a special menu dedicated to Thai Street food, where you can sample the sort of food you’d expect to find sold on the sidewalks of Thailand. Think Thai noodle soup, Thai sausages, and deep-fried whole sea bass topped with a spicy salad and herb dressing.

Type of cuisine
Thai

Accessibility
Boonnak Thai is wheelchair accessible.

Location

Address: 60 Topping Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 3AQ

Opening times:

Tuesday to Thursday: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Friday and Saturday: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 11:00pm

Sunday: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Phone number: 01253 290 647

Official website

FRESS
FRESS Café, Restaurant & Bar stands out in the bustling city of Manchester as it’s the only one of a few places to make everything fresh and in-house. What’s more, the establishment is proud of the fact the ingredients are locally sourced.

Known as the best brunch across Manchester in 2017, a friendly and unpretentious service is guaranteed when you dine at this stylish restaurant – a look that’s so eye-catching you’ll be surprised to hear that one of the venues was once a newsagent!

Types of Cuisine

Variety

Accessibility

Both FRESS restaurants can be accessed by people in wheelchairs.

Locations

FRESS can be found in two locations in and around Manchester:

FRESS Northern Quarter

Address: 62 Oldham Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1LE

Opening times:

Monday to Saturday: 8:00am – 10:00pm

Sunday: 08:30am – 9:00pm

Phone number: 01612 360 856

FRESS Didsbury

Address: 762 Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 2DR

Opening times:

Monday to Saturday: 8:00am – 10:00pm

Sunday: 08:30am – 9:00pm

Phone number: 01616 136 620

Official website

Albatross & Arnold
The Albatross & Arnold is located perfectly so that you can sit back and watch the hustle and bustle of the Manchester District of Spinningfields, it also offers guests a fine dining menu with dishes which are inspired by the British Isles. That means carefully sourced seasonal game, fish, meat, and vegetables — all cooked in a kitchen that’s overseen by Michelin-trained Head Chef Jonathan Green.

Not to mention, the bar and lounge’s incredible interior design. Luxurious velvet furniture certainly draws plenty of attention, as does a suspended light installation that’s made up of more than 1,000 magnificently lit golf balls and the venue’s 13-foot polished concrete, oak and brass bar.

Type of cuisine

British

Accessibility

The Albatross & Arnold bar and lounge can be accessed by wheelchair.

Location

Address: First floor of The Range, Leftbank, Spinningfields, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3AN

Opening times:

Monday to Thursday: 11:00am – 11:00pm

Friday and Saturday: 11:00am – 12:00am

Phone number: 01613 254 444

Official website

Simla
Sat amongst the picturesque Quayside area of Newcastle, Simla serves up modern Indian Cuisine which stands by the long-established and fresh ways of preparing dishes without any gimmicks or pretense.

The venue has recently been renovated, with a refreshed look and updated menu, and those working at Simla will provide all guests with a dining experience that’s always relaxed and refined.

Type of cuisine

Indian

Accessibility
Wheel access is offered in Simla. This point has been underlined by food blogger Georgina Layton, who wrote: “Beyond the amazing food, the whole restaurant was very accessible, so I would absolutely recommend a visit if you’re a wheelchair user or have mobility problems.”

Georgine also added: “The aisle between the tables was wide enough for a wheelchair to pass through easily without disturbing other diners to move them out of their chairs. The tables were also spaced out enough to give each table a comfortable space surrounding them and also make sitting at each table achievable with a wheelchair.”

Regarding the toilet situation with the restaurant, Ms Layton acknowledged: “The disabled toilet was within an easy push of the tables and was large and very clean. I liked that they had included minimal decorations within it since that made it much easier to get a full turning circle with my wheelchair. The hand rails were placed nicely and there was even a long horizontal hand rail across the door so those with dexterity problems would have found it easier to open rather than fiddling with a smaller handle.”

Location

Address: 39 Side, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 3JE

Opening times:

Tuesday to Friday: 5:30pm – 11:00pm

Saturday: 12:30pm – 11:30pm

Sunday: 5:30pm – 11:00pm

Phone numbers: 01912 618 800 or 07917 391 319

Official website

http://simlarestaurant.net/