Alton Towers boasts a wide selection of dining outlets, most of which offer up fast food of one variety or another. Given the choice on offer, and the time pressure on guests trying to pack in as many rides as possible, which are the best?
Last year, we launched our extensive theme park guides. Since then, dozens of readers have rated and reviewed restaurants at Alton Towers, providing a unique glimpse into which are the most highly-regarded among fans of the park. As we're focusing on Alton Towers as our "Park of the Month" for June, in this article we run-down the top 5 restaurants at the park, as rated by Theme Park Tourist readers.
5. Eastern Express
Eastern Express serves jacket potates with a variety of spicy fillings, along with kebabs, sandwiches and ice creams. A small number of tables are housed indoors.
Similar to kebab shops all over the country, Eastern Express’ food is greasy but filling. Those looking for a baked potato for lunch should take note that plainer options are available elsewhere in the park.
Full details: Eastern Express guide
4. Burger Kitchen
In 2013, Alton Towers owner Merlin kicked Burger King out of the park, opting to replace the well-known chain with its own brand: Burger Kitchen. The menu remains similar, though - a variety of burgers, fries and drinks are on offer. The Cloud Cuckoo Land outlet close to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Ride offers more indoor seating than most of Alton Towers' other dining locations.
The big plus of this restaurant is the indoor seating, although it’s still best to avoid eating here during peak times (between 11.30 and 1.30) as long waits are the norm.
Full details: Burger Kitchen guide
3. Courtyard Tavern BBQ & Bar
Tucked away inside Mutiny Bay's courtyard, the Courtyard Tavern BBQ & Bar includes both an indoor bar and an outdoor barbecue counter. There's a large amount of outdoor covered seating, and a more limited number of tables in the bar area. The barbecue serves burgers, Nando's-style piri piri chicken burgers, vegetable burgers and pork ribs among other dishes, along with lattice fries, baked potatoes, corn on the cob and onion rings. Hot and cold drinks, as well and beer and wine, are also available.
The Courtyard Tavern BBQ & Bar is a little on the pricey side, but is still one of the most pleasant places to eat at Alton Towers. The food is a cut above Burger Kitchen, and there's also the chance to time your meal to coincide with the Pirates of Mutiny Bay show. This is a particularly good option during the Scarefest Halloween events, when the darkened courtyard is atmospheric (if a bit chilly).
Full details: Courtyard Tavern BBQ & Bar guide
2. Wobble World Café
Hidden away in Cloud Cuckoo Land, the Wobble World Café offers a range of hot and cold drinks, cakes, sandwiches and paninis. A limited amount of indoor seating is available.
Wobble World Café is a great place to grab a drink while kids bounce around in Wobble World itself. The cakes are tempting and not outrageously priced by theme park standards (though they’re certainly not cheap), but the toasted sandwiches and paninis are bit disappointing. Paying £3-4 for what amounts to little more than a couple of rounds of bread and slice or two of ham is likely to make most guests feel a little ripped off - but our readers still rate the café highly.
Full details: Wobble World Café guide
1. Explorers Pizza Pasta Buffet
Like Burger King, Pizza Hut was kicked out of Merlin's UK theme parks (with the exception of Thorpe Park) several years ago, to be replaced by Pizza Pasta Buffets. Alton Towers’ version features a large amount of indoor seating, and is very popular with families. It offers an all-you-can-eat buffet menu that includes pizzas, pastas, salads and drinks.
The food at Explorers Pizza Pasta Buffet is clearly inspired by that of Pizza Hut, and is similar but of slightly lower quality. If you want a filling family meal, the buffet offers surprisingly good value for a theme park.
Full details: Explorers Pizza Pasta Buffet guide
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