AD – We were given our meal free for the purpose of this review.
We had an amazing weekend at Alton Towers recenctly, with 2 days in the theme park and 1 in the water park. The kids had an amazing time, our eldest particularly loved the Runaway Mine Train and all the flumes at the water park, whereas littlest was all about CBeebies Land!
After all the fun in the park and riding rollercoasters we were very excited to visit the Alton Towers Rollercoaster Restaurant, located at the far end of the park near Nemesis and Galactica. When we first walked into the building we were amazed by all the twisting and twirling rails all around the restaurant. The kids watched in awe as various dishes and drinks raced down the tracks to different tables.
We were shown to our table, which excitingly was one of the loop-the-loop tables. That’s right, our food would actually loop-the-loop on it’s own little rollercoaster track!
Ordering The Food
Each table is set below a spiral of tracks with several other tables. Each person at the table has their own number with the name of a rollercoaster that was once (or still is!) at Alton Towers. You are given a tablet as a menu and after a quick demonstration of how to use it we were let loose!
You can choose from a children’s menu, starters, mains, drinks and desserts. There is also a birthday package, which we didn’t actually explore, however we did see this arrive at someone else’s table. They even had a special teddy delivered by the rails!
After you have chosen your meals and drinks you can wait for them to be delivered. The beer my husband ordered didn’t come round the loop-the-loop for obvious reasons, neither did the kids orange juices which were delivered in glasses by a waiter.
Everything else, all the food and my lemonade came flying down the rails towards us. There’s no worry about things spilling out as the food are in metal containers, strapped down, as you can see in the picture below.
Each dish also comes with the person’s table setting number, so you won’t get confused by who’s dish has arrived. The dishes all arrive at different times, for us it was my husbands and kids first and mine 15 minutes or so later. Perhaps salmon takes longer than burgers and sausages?
The food itself was hot and tasty, although none of it was particularly photo worthy after being spun round the rails! The aesthetic quality of the food is not really the point of the restaurant though, instead you empty the food onto a plate and eat whilst watching other people’s food come racing down their tracks!
My husband particularly enjoyed the specially made Rollercoaster ale, made locally by Peak Stones brewery. There are various different types of ales to try and as soon as you’ve finished your drink, simply use the tablet to order another and it arrives minutes later! It’s actually quite nice not needing to get he staffs attention every time you need something else, or for when you’re ready to order dessert.
The restaurant was great and the kids particularly enjoyed the experience and watching all the rails, spotting their food coming down to their table. They ate the majority of food on their plates, even though the children’s portions were pretty large.
The main reason for booking at the Rollercoaster Restaurant is so you can experience the restaurant’s quirky table service. It fits in perfectly with all the rollercosaters nearby and you can easily walk into the restaurant, even when the park is closed, via the entrance/exit nearest the Alton Towers hotels. Booking is essential as it’s a very busy place!