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Accessible Experiences: Food & Drink

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  • 23 September 2022

A taste revolution is well on its way in the UK. From the boom of TV cooking shows to DIY restaurant kits, the UK’s food scene is exploding.

Food has always brought people together and is a fantastic way to socialise. From festivals to supper clubs, food has never been as exciting as it is right now. 

Reduced mobility won't stop you from enjoying the UK’s thriving food scene. Whether you're a budding chef, or simply love to dine, there’s an accessible gourmet experience for everyone. 

Learn, taste and delight in the best bits of food from the comfort of your mobility scooter. Enjoy a fun day out or a cosy night in with our favourite foodie experiences below. 

Tuck into….

1.    Markets  

Norwich Market, Norwich 

Enjoy a day out at one of the UK’s biggest and most iconic outdoor markets, Norwich Market.

Located in the city centre, the market is located on Gentlemen’s Walk. If you're taking a car boot scooter and need to park up, there are many Blue Badge spaces for your car.

Colourfully striped stalls line the charming mediaeval market. Vendors sell the best of British produce and rustle up tasty international dishes. 

All 189 stalls are ground level and run along a smooth stone pathway. There is an accessible toilet towards the back of the market.

Something to celebrate? Get a friendly recommendation on wine from the experts, or pop into the market’s licensed bar for a cold one. 

The market is open Monday to Saturday, from 8am to 5pm. See here for more information. 

2.    Food Halls 

Seven Dials Market, London 

If you're a foodie you'll know all about the street food institution that is Kerb. For years Kerb has been the go-to pop-up for exciting, delicious street food in London. 

Last year Kerb took up a permanent indoor residency in Covent Garden and is now housed within Seven Dials Market. 

Discover mouth-watering burgers, delicious dumplings, curries that pack a punch and even a cheese conveyor belt. Do your tastebuds need any more convincing!

The market is fully accessible with step-free access, lifts throughout and accessible toilets. 

Covent Garden is the nearest tube station and has step free access if you're arriving on your scooter. For more information on travelling with your mobility scooter see here. 

See here for more information about Seven Dials Market. 

3.    Tasting Tours 

High House Farm Brewery, Northumberland 

Fancy yourself a beer connoisseur? Top up your knowledge at this brilliantly accessible brewery in Northern England. 

High House Farm brewery offers a guided testing tour. Here you'll learn about the fascinating brewing process, before enjoying three of the most popular ales. 

Even better, the tour includes a takeaway giftbox of three bottles of ale, so you can enjoy High House at home. 

Ramps and lifts have been implemented to make it easier for those with mobility scooters to access the venue. 

The farm also has five glamping tents with ground level access on site if you’d prefer to extend your visit. 

See here for more information.

Neal’s Yard Dairy, Online Tastings

If your mobility is heavily restricted, you don't need to leave the house to enjoy a slice of the action. 

London-based cheesemongers, Neal’s Yard Dairy, host virtual tasting sessions for everyone to enjoy.

Regular tasting sessions are held online with expert cheesemongers from the dairy. So you can take it CHEESY and enjoy a cheese education from the comfort of your mobility scooter. 

Before the tasting you'll be sent a selection of seasonal and exclusive cheeses, direct to your front door. From then on expect an interactive session, as the expert takes you on a guided tasting tour.

Invite the family over to share the spread - we think they'll have GRATE fun! See here for more information.

4.    Cookery Classes

Learning with Experts, Online 

Learn from gourmet maestros, including Michel Roux Jr and Paul A Young, from the comfort of your mobility scooter.  

Learn From Experts is an online platform specialising in interactive learning from world-renowned professionals. With a virtual class you can take your time and learn at your own pace.

The website’s extensive food and drink section has something for everyone. There are tasty offerings for all levels, including Indian cooking, chocolate mastery and breadmaking. 

Courses include on-demand videos, lesson notes and interactive assignments. You can even get direct feedback on your creations from the head chef’s themselves if you upgrade to ‘Expert Level’.

Online learning is a fantastic option for those who use their mobility scooter around the home. This is also a great idea for those who would prefer to learn in the safety and familiarity of their own kitchen. 

See here for more information.

5.    Festivals 

The Great British Food Festival, Various Locations 

Great food and family fun collide at The Great British Food Festival. At locations across the UK you can enjoy pop-ups from passionate producers, delicious hot food tents and plenty of bars. 

The festival is normally hosted on an estate, across a house/hall and a main field. The outdoor nature of the festival is ideal if you have an all-terrain mobility scooter.

Using a 4mph mobility scooter should be ok, but if you have a car-boot scooter it may be harder to navigate the festival field. Car boot scooters are not as efficient at crossing muddy, uneven terrain. 

Plan ahead if you're unsure whether your mobility scooter will be appropriate for the festival. Accessibility features at each venue will vary across the different calendar dates. 

We always recommend calling ahead to check in with the event organisers. They’ll be happy to advise on the weather conditions at the event, as well as the layout of the festival itself.  

All venues at The Great British Food Festival include the following accessible features:

-    A complimentary ticket for carers or personal assistants
-    Blue Badge parking 
-    Accessible toilets 

Catch the final dates for 2022 or get ahead of the game and plan your visit for 2023 now. Read more here.