New ‘dining in the dark’ concept comes to Leeds city centre restaurant

A 'dining in the dark' experience is being held at Wagamama in Leeds. Pictures: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
A 'dining in the dark' experience is being held at Wagamama in Leeds. Pictures: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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DINERS in Leeds will be left in the dark as they tuck into a new challenge at a city centre restaurant.

Customers will get some food for thought at the ‘Dining in the Dark’ experience – where they will be blindfolded for the duration of the meal.

Sue Dorrington and Chris Senior with guide dog Yasmin.

Sue Dorrington and Chris Senior with guide dog Yasmin.

The unusual event will see diners being blindfolded before they enjoy a three-course meal to test out the brand new menu at Wagamama.

The Dining in the Dark event is in aid of Guide Dogs and aims to be a multi-sensory experience with different tastes, touches and sounds to give people the chance to understand what it is like for people with sight loss.

Guide Dogs Leeds volunteer Margaret Backhouse said: “It’s going to be a bit messy, but it will be fun!

“I think people will find it more difficult than they expect – especially with chopsticks and noodles!

“It will be surprising for people to realise how much we take simple things for granted, like going to a restaurant.

“For people with visual impairments, even eating a meal can be hard.”

Jo Stevens, community fundraiser for Guide Dogs Leeds, said: “It’s a brilliant way to get people thinking a little differently and to raise awareness for the work of Guide Dogs.”

The fundraiser will be held at Wagamama on Park Row on Monday, May 16, from 6.30pm until 9pm.

There will also be a guest speaker and a raffle, with all of the proceeds going to the Guide Dogs charity.

Tickets for the event cost £10 for children and £20 for adults.

To book, call the Leeds Guide Dogs Office on 0845 372 7418.

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