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Great Minds: Eating out

Christmas is only 19 days away, and everyone is beginning to feel festive! Apart from the last minute shopping, organising get togethers and parties is one of the most stressful parts of the season – but it’s definitely worth it!

From work parties to new year’s eve spectaculars, this month we’re hoping to bring you a range of our favourite resources for planning problem free pre-drinks, intimate dinners or making a dazzling entrance to the best bars around.

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Bluebadgestyle.com @bluebadgestyle

Blue Badge Style is a ‘Michelin-like’ guide for less able people, their friends and their families. Establishments are rated on their style, accessibility and facilities, up to a maximum of 3 BBS Ticks.

Fiona Jarvis, who began BBS in 2007 explains: “In this way we hope that venues will aspire to achieve the maximum accreditation. Mobility, or the lack of it, doesn’t and shouldn’t mean you can’t have style! Blue Badge Style can help you to have a positive, cool, elegant experience.”

As well as the reviews, the site includes photos and videos of venues and their mobility aids. If you have somewhere in particular in mind, it is easier to search the site using the search bar and a the location, than to go back through the pages as locations jump up and down the country as well as through Europe and beyond! If you can’t find what you are looking for, BBS offers a concierge service which you can ask a question and if they don’t know they can find out for you!

Blue Badge Style also has a mobile app (for both iphone and android) recommended by the Guardian.

Accessibleliving.co.uk / @A_LivingLtd

Currently this site mainly provides information about hotels around the country, although there is some information about pubs in the Midlands and Wales and several restaurants within the London area.

Each venue has its own page, which includes detailed information about what it has to offer in terms of food, drinks, style and atmosphere; following on to accessibility particulars. You can also flick through photographs of the rooms and food.

Follow them on twitter for occasional offers and discounts at selected venues when booked through their website.

Still stuck for somewhere in your area?

Goodaccessguide.co.uk / @goodaccessguide

The Good Access Guide has contact details for many accessible restaurants, cafés, pubs, bars, theatres across the country; although does not give any specific information regarding accessibility or the venue itself. If you have particular needs and are worried about the venue's appropriateness, it is probably worth calling and asking beforehand.

The Good Access Guide also has a Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) Services section, which offers business owners a range of professional contacts which can help them to audit and better their premises in accordance with the DDA.

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