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British food hasn’t been boring for a long time now. But these places are especially interesting – dare we say eccentric? For example, a café that’s also a home for rescue cats, or an eatery that features over 100 varieties of breakfast cereal.

 

ENGLAND

Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium | London, England

A café that’s also a foster home for rescue cats – why didn’t someone think of this sooner? Petting is encouraged at tea time, or anytime. Chances are you can’t fit a feline friend on the flight home, but the restaurant’s website does show who’s available for adoption.

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Cereal Killers Café | London, England

Sugar up and let your inner child do cartwheels at a café that offers more than 100 different types of cereal from around the world. Choose from 30 different varieties of milk, including strawberry and pumpkin, plus 20 different fruits, candies and nuts to top off your bowl.

Dans Le Noir | London, England

What started as a gastro–experiment has become an integral part of the London food scene. A 60–person dining hall in the dark provides a sensory experience and a great place to socialize in the heart of London. Dinners in the restaurant are served by either blind or visually impaired staff, and a percentage of the profits go to charity. A unique and delicious experience with a cause? Yes, please!

The Library | Norwich, England

Strolling down Upper St. Giles Street towards the lanes, it’s easy to miss. But dining in the UK’s first public library might be a dream come true, complete with fresh, simple food cooked on–site, sourced locally.

Circus | London, England

A cabaret restaurant and cocktail bar located in the heart of London’s Covent Garden. It might be hard to focus on your meal as scantily clad, fire–eating ballerinas hang from suspended hoops. But the experience is well worth it.

Hoppers London | London, England

If feasting on mutton rolls and duck hearts sounds both intriguing and terrifying, then you’ll flip for this year–old Sri Lankan eatery located in the heart of Soho. Word to the wise: Hoppers doesn’t accept reservations, so be prepared to wait during peak hours.

 

SCOTLAND

The Dogs | Edinburgh, Scotland

Two stone canines perch by the door of this quirky gastropub. Puppy paintings dot the stairway, a massive mutt photograph hangs behind the bar, and there's a book of famous quotes about dogs on the way to the loo. There are no actual dogs in the pub – or on the menu, which features Scottish bar food favorites like whitefish, beef cheek, and pork belly.

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Bridgeview Station | Dundee, Scotland

The forest from which their ingredients are foraged is mentioned on the menu, along with the butcher, fishmonger and dairy farm. So, yeah, the food is fresh. The décor, however, is more seasoned and includes a restored 1870s railway carriage used for takeout orders.

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WALES

Y Polyn | Carmarthen, Wales

You won’t find foams, gels or even any matching tables at this countryside pub where servers wear jeans and customers pour their own wine. But you will find free–range meat, locally grown produce, and a business motto so cheeky it’s been emblazoned onto tee shirts: “Fat equals flavor. Live with it.”

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The Clink Restaurant | Her Majesty's Prison Cardiff, Wales

Yes, the address is right. At The Clink Restaurant, the mission is bigger than food. Prisoners interested in joining the hospitality industry following their release work in the kitchen or main dining area for 40 hours per week alongside regular staff. This location features a sleek dining room just outside the prison walls and won TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award in 2015.

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