New pop up from Dans Le Noir at Swinfen Hall, Staffordshire

Since it’s opening in 2006, the Dans Le Noir? collection has expanded across the UK, Europe and now the world. It offers the opportunity to taste gourmet, creative and seasonal cuisine in complete darkness, accompanied and served by unexpected guides. The concept of dinner or lunch in pitch darkness is an original experience that allows us to re-evaluate our perception of taste and touch, while reclaiming and reinvigorating our senses.

Perfect for those visiting the area on a staycation and in search of a unique dining experience, or simply a day trip from the city, be it London, Birmingham or Manchester, Dans le Noir ? breaks down the boundaries of traditional dining and presents diners with a sensory experience that ensures to indulge all your senses.

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The experience of dining in the dark has many surprises in store! First of all the delicious surprise menus created by the chefs will surprise and delight, using the finest, seasonal organic fruit and vegetables, free range and outdoor reared meats, accompanied by a refined and specially curated wine menu. Diners will be exposed to flavours, aromas, textures and temperatures, which is guaranteed to fully awaken and excite the senses.

On arrival, guests will be asked to place any shiny objects they are wearing into a safe for the duration of the experience. Diners are then met by the blind guide and escorted to a table where an introduction to the experience will be made and the service begins. The most exciting part is you won’t know what’s on the menu until the end, which allows you to truly taste every flavour and absorb your surroundings. It really is a feast for the senses!

  • To Book:
  • Period: 1st March to 31st March 2022
  • Price – £95pp – incl. 4 course meal and wine
  • Times:
    • Wednesday to Saturday – first seating 6pm, last seating 9.45pm
    • Sunday – 12 noon to 15.45pm
  • Dietary requirements to be provided ahead of booking
  • No photography allowed


Currently undoing a complete refurbishment, ahead of its re-opening in 2023, Swinfen Hall is a beautiful, 250 year old country mansion set in a 100-acre Estate with landscaped gardens and a private deer park located in the Staffordshire countryside, with 18 beautifully appointed bedrooms.

During its renovation, the hotel will be maximising its reputation for some of the area’s finest cuisine, under the instruction of head Chef Ed Dutton, by hosting a delectable Food Events Calendar in 2022, with a number of pop ups, themed dinners and chefs tables.

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