Dating in the Dark – All your questions answered

Why dating in the dark? 

It is an inimitable experience, giving you the opportunity to enjoy fabulous food in a completely unique environment, whilst chatting to other single professionals. Dating in the Dark is something you have to experience at least once in your life. It is an evening where whilst appreciating fine food, you will come to appreciate the value of all your senses.

How dark is it in the restaurant? 

You can’t see your hand in front of your face, it is completely pitch black!

How will I feel when in a pitch black room? 

To be honest, it’s a little unnerving, yet it’s also very intriguing. It’s a unique experience and while you may enjoy the buzz of the unknown, you will also relax fairly quickly.

How do I enter the restaurant? 

Your designated guide will lead you into the restaurant. Bearing in mind it is going to be pitch black in there, just before entering your guide will ask you to stand in a line putting your right hand on the right shoulder of the person in front and then you will carefully walk in.

Will it be claustrophobic in there? 

The restaurant is, although you won’t be able to see it, very spacious, with extra wide walkways to enable the staff to move around safely.

How do I attract the waiters attention? 

You will have a designated blind waiter who will look after you throughout the night. Just call out their name and they will come to help you.

What if I need to go to the toilet? 

There is a toilet in the restaurant but as it is pitch black, it’s probably best that you go before or after the meal, in one of the lit toilets next to the bar and lounge.

Do I have to turn my phone off? 

Prior to going into the restaurant, you will be given a key to your personal locker (much like at a top gym) where you will put in anything that could create light inside the restaurant, such as a camera, a watch, a lighter and your mobile phone, which will not be allowed into the restaurant.

What will I be eating? 

This is all part of the surprise of the evening. You will not know exactly what you are eating, you will have to trust your senses, including your taste buds! This is award winning Modern European Cuisine with all food prepared and cooked using fresh and tasty ingredients to an extremely high standard. Don’t worry about eating frogs legs and snails though – they taste better than they look! Only kidding, but suffice to say you could be eating food you never thought you would like, or like the look of!

What is the food like? 

Magnifique. The range of sensory experiences it provides is probably the biggest surprise of the night. Expect creative and exciting dishes. We don’t want to give too much away but there is a reason why the French have such a magnificent culinary reputation.

Are the chefs blind? 

No, the chefs are not blind. The kitchen is lit as the Chef and his team must be able to use each of their senses to deliver great cuisine.

How do I order drinks?

During the meal, simply call out your waiter’s name ready for him to take your order. After the meal there will be plenty of time to grab a drink or two whilst talking about your experience.

How can I eat in complete darkness? Will I get food all over my clothes? 

Once deprived of our main sense, our sight, we have to rely more on our other senses; our hearing, touch, smell and of course taste. The type of food served takes into account the surroundings, but don’t worry, you won’t be getting spaghetti.

Is it expensive? 

As we have taken a large block booking, we have been able to negotiate a substantial discount on the normal price. We feel the evening represents fabulous value at just £45 per person to include the magnificent food, the professional hosting and the matching afterwards. This is a true one off intriguing evening and we think you’ll agree it will be worth every penny.

How long will the meal last? 

Approximately one and a half hours. This will give you plenty of time to enjoy your meal and indulge in some interesting conversations.

Why are the waiters blind? 

Blind people are more competent in the darkness and are the best people capable of doing the job in such a context. As you will not able to see for at least one and a half hours, you must be able to trust your waiter. It is a true “transfer of trust” which will help raise your awareness about blind disability and disability in general.

How do I move around? 

Visitors are not allowed to wander around in the restaurant, go to the restrooms or leave by themselves as it could put other customers and the waiters at risk (remember the guides are blind and need clear walkways to work around the tables). If you wish to do so on any occasion, make sure your waiter is informed and thus able to assist you.

What if I feel unsafe while in the dark? 

You don’t need to worry – everything is in place to make sure your safety is put first. The establishment meets all relevant safety standards and has plenty of emergency exits. The venue has continually monitored infra red cameras that will be recording and if it’s good enough for royalty…

What do you mean royalty? 

We don’t wish to drop names but apparently Prince William is a regular diner there. As are a number of well known celebrities, who know they are not going to be photographed or hassled whilst inside.

So I may bump into someone famous? 

You never know. Meantime, the guides will make sure you don’t bump into anything that may injure you!

Is this a night just for singles? 

Yes. If you are in a relationship, this night is not for you. It is Dating in the Dark meets Dinner in the Dark, hey we could even brand it as Blind Dating. You literally will not see the people sitting opposite and next to you. It’s the ultimate blind date. It is an evening where people will arrive as strangers and hopefully leave as friends.

How can I get in touch with someone I like from the event? 

As with a usual Slow Dating event, there will be an easy and simple matching process after the event and if you receive a match you will be alerted via email and/or text.

Dating in the Dark – On the night

On arrival at one of our Dating in the Dark evenings, you will be greeted by our hosts, who will welcome you and check you in. To build up the anticipation of the evening, they will escort the girls to a fully lit lounge and the guys to a separate fully lit bar. In both you can relax with a drink, from a truly incredible collection of cocktails and fine wines and some exotic beers for the boys. You will be given a key to your personal locker (much like at a top gym) where you will put in anything that could create light inside the restaurant, such as a camera, a watch and your mobile phone, which are not allowed into the restaurant. The hosts will double check any food allergies and special requests you may have, and you will be given a quick run through of what to expect during the evening.

At 7pm, the girls will be escorted in and five minutes later once they are seated, the guys will be led in. Once you have got comfortable in the pitch black environment, you will be treated to some truly excellent food – this is French cuisine at its best, with a twist or two.
We will arrange the seating boy,girl,boy,girl so you will have people of the opposite sex next to you and opposite you. We will do our best to seat you with compatible people to ensure you get the most out of the evening. No pressure, though as you will get a chance to meet and chat with everyone after the meal. Talking of which, after everyone has eaten, you will be taken up to the lounge, and you can collect your possessions on the way. In the lounge, there will be a relaxed atmosphere as you share experiences with one another – and prepare to be pleasantly surprised as you discover what you have just eaten.

The Next Day

As a bonus, you are able to match with people via our matching system. The morning after the Dating in the Dark evening, you will receive an email to let you know that the online matching system has been unlocked. You can then visit our web site and tick who you would like to see again. Remember to upload your photo to let people know what you look like with the lights on!

Our sophisticated online matching engine will automatically send you contact details (name, email address and/or mobile number) of your matches. You are then free to contact your matches as you wish. Who knows, you may have found someone who will light up your life.