Britain's weirdest and quirkiest restaurants

From shipping containers and sheds to wartime forts and portable diners...


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You are more likely to see a Michelin tyre than a Michelin star in some of the more unusually located restaurants in the UK.

From restaurants housed in reclaimed shipping containers to a woman who built a shed with a fire pit to feed eight people at a time there are all sorts of places to eat.

There is a restaurant in the back of a shop, one in a old wartime lookout hut and another on a fort in the middle of the Solent.

We've brought them together for the ultimate guide to the UK's most unusual restaurant locations.

1) The Cook House, Ouseburn, Newcastle

Close to the River Tyne this restaurant is run by former architect Anna Hedworth and is inside two shipping containers.

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Newcastle Chronicle

She serves modern British food and has cut thin windows into the metal containers to bring in natural light.

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Newcastle Journal

2) Gloucester Studio

Former MasterChef contestant Kathryn Minchew has turned her garden shed into an eight-seater restaurant where she cooks food over an open fire.

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Diners are seated on reindeer skin covered benches around a crackling fire.

Dishes include Mature Cheese Tart with Immature Chutney, Poached Haddock with Saffron Rice and Margarita Cake.

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A three course meal from the kitchen where everything down to the butter is freshly made costs £495 for eight people.

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3) Xiringuito, Margate and Liverpool

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Dishes at this unusual movable restaurant from friends Conor Sheehan and chef Jackson Berg include Curried soft shell crab burger and Mussels, nduja butter, garlic toast, cabbage.

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Desserts include buckwheat ginger cannoli, pear, spiced bourbon cream.

The restaurant spent the summer by the sea in Margate and is now spending winter as part of the new Northern Lights development in Liverpool's Baltic Triangle area.

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4) AG Henry, Hastings, Sussex

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AG Hendy

The restaurant is at the back of a quirky homeware store on the south coast.

Dishes include Skate Wing and Capers followed by chocolate, orange and Brazil nut slice.

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Food writer Alastair Hendy spent more than three years restoring the Georgian house in Hastings and adding a shop and restaurant.

5) Spitbank Fort

A former wartime fort it's now a luxury and exclusive venue with amazing seaviews.

Diners can try the Sunday Lunch Experience on Spitbank Fort is priced at £135 per person and includes a four course meal and champagne on arrival as well as boat transfers from the mainland.

6) Hidden Hut, Cornwall

A former coastal lookout hut used during World War Two the hut now serves a small menu of simple freshly-made refreshments.

By night, the hut opens on selected evenings to host open-air feast nights including dishes like 'Lobster & Chips', 'Slow-roasted spring Lamb', 'Wood-fired Seafood Paella', 'Mackerel Grill', and 'Sticky Ribs & Pulled Pork'.

7) Cahoots, London

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Soho-based Cahoots aims to transport guests back to the war period, with themed cocktails and authentic decor.

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Situated in a disused underground station the venue was used as a wartime bomb shelter.

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Drinks include a Judy Garland a citrusy mix of gin, Aperol, grapefruit and camomille tea served in a cup and saucer.

Food includes crisp sandwiches and crumpets with marmalade.

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8) Old Station, Spean

Dine on the Line' in the historic setting of a converted Victorian railway station on the West Highland Line.

Dishes include Jacobean chicken - chicken breast stuffed with haggis and served with a cracked peppercorn and cream sauce, or a Haggis wrap.

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