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The top accessible UK restaurants with a view

24th August 2018

The UK is home to some of the most impressive views; the rural countryside has an abundance of lush, rolling hills and quiet, bubbling rivers, whereas the cities have impressive, imposing skylines that tower above everyone. Plus, with stretches of golden sands lined by the glistening sea, it is important to make the most of the wonderful views that the UK provides. The country is additionally lucky that it is home to some of the best eateries out there, with many offering the best of both worlds.                                                           

With a never-ending list of places that combine the best of the views with some culinary delights, deciding where to eat can often be an impossible feat. Fortunately, a large selection of these places are also accessible for all, so read on to discover some of the best picks.

The Waterfront, Plymouth


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The Waterfront, which can be found overlooking the sea in Plymouth, has been lovingly restored after the devastating storms that took place in 2014. In the four years since, the establishment has reopened, creating a great space to visit when looking for an accessible eating spot in Plymouth. The Grade II listed building has also taken into consideration any restraints that those who may typically use stairlifts have, with ramps taking visitors down into the dining area.

Not only is The Waterfront a great choice thanks to its accessibility measures, but also because of its delicious menu and enviable views. The food on offer here is unpretentious, and also locally-sourced wherever possible and for those with dietary requirements, there is also plenty on offer, with a dedicated and clearly marked menu. The Waterfront also provides some of the most beautiful views of Plymouth, so on a sunny afternoon, choose to sit out on the large decking overlooking the still water.

Accessible facilities:

When it comes to accessibility at The Waterfront, there is a host of features such as:

  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair-friendly lifts
  • Floor level signage
  • Lift access to the dining area
  • Blue badge parking

The Guardhouse Café, Brixham

Nestled on the breathtaking headland at Berry Head, The Guardhouse Café offers unrivalled views over the English Channel. The coastal location offers visitors the chance to witness some stunning, uninterrupted views, whilst the tantalising selection of food on offer inside the café has something on offer to cater towards every dietary requirement. The freshly-prepared menu includes a list of local’s favourites, as well as a number of specials that change with the seasons. Additionally, the café has been awarded a series of accolades over recent years, including the recent gold ‘Taste of the West 2018’ award.

Accessible facilities

If planning on travelling to the café via car, a car park is situated 400m down the road, with a tarmacked road paving the way to the front door. Along this road, visitors will be able to see the magnificent views of the sea as they make their way towards the building. Fortunately, The Guardhouse Café offers accessible toilets inside, in addition to The Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust providing two mobility scooters for visitors to use. However, this must be prearranged by calling 01803882619.

  • Fully accessible toilets
  • Mobility scooters available from the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust

The Salt Room, Brighton

Brighton seafront has myriad different eateries waiting to be explored, and The Salt Room is no exception. Plus, with friendly staff who will strive to help you, this is an accessible location not to be missed! The Salt Room was the 2017 winner of the ‘Seafish Restaurant of the Year’ award, and the carefully curated menus make it easy to see why. With a variety of menus, including a pre-theatre option and afternoon tea, finding something to eat shouldn’t be too difficult.

Accessible facilities

Not only is The Salt Room accessible, but it also offers panoramic views across the beach, from the pier along to the i360. Plus, after visiting this fantastic restaurant for something to eat, enjoy the beach on one of the all-terrain beach wheelchairs on offer at the Brighton and Hove seafront office.

  • All-terrain beach wheelchairs available
  • Well-spaced, accessible seating
  • Dedicated accessible toilets

Coast, Saundersfoot

Situated on the shore of Coppet Hall, Coast in Saundersfoot has some of the best-unspoilt views of coastal Wales. Coast is a Michelin-star restaurant that uses locally-sourced ingredients to create fresh dishes that have been skillfully prepared. Dishes range in price and complexity, and the intimate environment means that you’ll have the service to match. The curved building that hosts the restaurant was purpose-built, with the slight semi-circle shape of the structure following the natural curve of the landscape, and the floor to wall ceilings allow you to cast your sights out over the world outside.

Accessible facilities

The relaxed environment at Coast is perfect if visitors are looking for somewhere that is accessible, as a wheelchair-friendly lift transports them down to the main restaurant and the toilets, which can be accessed from the beach centre.

  • Accessible toilets
  • A lift granting access which can be found in the beach centre
  • Spacious seating areas

Pipe and Glass, Beverley


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Another Michelin-star feature, Pipe and Glass has held this prestigious marking since 2010, four years after the restaurant was taken over by James and Kate Mackenzie. Since 2006, the establishment has become a favourite among many thanks to its friendly staff and beautiful setting. Pipe and Glass has so much to offer; from a friendly pub environment to a restaurant equipped with a sophisticated menu, it also has a number of ground floor garden rooms available to book as well as a purposefully-built 'Lovage' room with a wet room, if you’re looking for somewhere to stay on your next visit to East Yorkshire.

The interior of the restaurant has been carefully hand-picked. However, the true beauty is in the manicured gardens that surround the building.  Centred around a table, the landscaping has been thoughtfully designed around this element. Additionally, each of the plants that visitors can find growing on the grounds are edible, so during the warmer months, opt for the informal outdoor seating area to enjoy the space.

Accessible features

Pipe and Glass has been created with accessibility in mind. Not only is there plenty of space for those with mobility issues to move around, but each of the bedrooms are accessible, with one purposefully-built bedroom complete with a large wet room, all with an abundance of space which makes for easy use.        

  • Bedrooms in the hotel have been decorated with accessibility in mind
  • Accessible toilets in the pub

Panoramic 34, Liverpool

The attentive staff at Panoramic 34 make this a fantastic option for visitors to Liverpool in need of an accessible restaurant with a view. Despite towering 34 floors above the city centre, the spacious lift will soon rush upwards to the restaurant, where visitors are welcomed with wonderful cityscape views. Panoramic 34 also has a number of blue badge spaces available to the front of the building, although it is best to arrive early to secure one of these.

Inside the building, there is both the main restaurant, as well as a slightly more glamorous cocktail lounge. Visiting during the evening allows magnificent views of the glistening lights from a height, but during the daylight hours, there are indescribable scenes of the bustling city beneath, as well as views of the River Mersey.

Accessible facilities

Panoramic 34 is a terrific option if visitors are looking for an accessible eating spot in Liverpool thanks to the:

  • Blue badge parking spaces
  • Accessible toilets
  • Spacious lifts

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