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What: Rollercoaster Restaurant at Alton Towers theme park, Staffs. Where: Now open in the Forbidden Valley zone.

Performance: Gone is the need for waiters and waitresses, as you are given your own interactive tablet menu for sending your order to the kitchen. Your food and drinks arrive on the specially designed rollercoaster carts which do loop-the-loops on a track above your head and arrive at your table.

The food is high quality, with starters ranging from nachos to a ham terrine, while succulent steaks and juicy burgers are available for mains. If you have room for dessert, the 'ultimate ice cream' is definitely worth a try.

The food is on the pricey side, but you pay for the novelty which certainly does not wear off.

Ordering a drink from the touchscreen menu before watching it twirl down to the table 30 seconds later remained enjoyable throughout the meal.

It becomes a self-service system when your meals on wheels arrive as you have to unload the food pots off the rollercoaster and plate it up yourself. The meals are quite filling, so it's best to resist the temptation to immediately go on the adjacent Galactica and Nemesis rides after eating. Quibbles: As well as being slightly expensive (dinner starters [euro]8 to [euro]10, mains [euro]15 to [euro]38; the lunch range is a selection from the cheaper end of the dinner menu), it becomes a bit of a hassle when you're sat closest to the rollercoaster 'drop zone' as you have to pass everyone their food.

Plates don't always arrive at the same time because you process food orders individually. Verdict: Keeps the family entertained. Interesting concept which could be a big success when everything is fine-tuned. 7/10

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 21, 2016
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