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I had dinner inside a bubble and it was truly, unexpectedly magical

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Original article from Kent Live

I have to admit that my expectations weren’t particularly high for this experience.

Don’t get me wrong – I was looking forward to having dinner at Marco Pierre White's Folkestone Steakhouse massively.

It was my wife and I’s first evening away from our 10-month-old baby since she was born.

Plus it's a steak dinner – a personal favourite.

It was the dome part that I wasn’t unusually excited about.

I hadn’t considered it in much depth, but my first thought was why anyone would want to sit outside – even if you are enclosed all around – when after almost six months of the latest pandemic restrictions people are finally allowed to eat inside.

Then I got inside the bubble, and everything changed.

The al fresco domes are heated

It is an enchanting place, a different atmosphere from what you get inside a restaurant or outside in a beer garden.

Firstly they are heated, so no problem with the cold.

It also happened to be one of the many wet and windy days we’ve had recently, which, thanks to the evidently sturdy Perspex frames only served to enhance and intensify the cosy atmosphere inside.

Reporter Jamie Rose tries out the al fresco dome dining experience at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse in Folkestone

Meanwhile the 360-degree views, with the clouds and stars above, made it feel like the outside.

You get the best of both and it’s quite a magical feeling – much more profound than I had expected beforehand.

There are also some nice touches you get with the experience too.

White lights flicker around the edges of the Perspex hexagons that form the structure, twinkling against the night sky.

The waiters brought out a Bluetooth speaker, so you can connect your phone and play your own music.

The only downside was the twinge of guilt you felt for the waiting staff, who especially in the wet and windy weather had to struggle as they zipped and unzipped the door open and clambered inside carrying a tray of wine.

Bluetooth speakers are provided so you can play your own music

Other than that, the whole thing was superb.

And that was before we even got to the steak.

I’ve been to the Marco Pierre White restaurant before and while it’s definitely on the expensive side, the steaks are usually excellent – tender, well-seasoned, well-cooked, and served up with tasty sides.

Trying out the al fresco dome dining experience at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse in Folkestone

This time I also had a scotch egg from the starter menu, and it was genuinely one of the best things I have ever tasted.

A big, meaty, bread-crumbed thing with a soft egg yolk inside and a creamy “Colonel Mustard sauce”.

A final word on the practical side though.

The scotch egg was one of the best things I have ever tasted

The domes cost £45 to hire for dinner, covering a period of two hours and 15 minutes.

That sounds like a lot – and it is when you think that you’ve not paid for a single bit of food on your plate yet.

It’s why I’d think twice before going there again for a meal for two.

However if you went as a table of six, as was the case in the dome opposite ours, it would work out at less than £8 per person.

That atmosphere really did feel special – and suddenly £8 sounds quite reasonable in that context.

The whole thing was different from the usual dining experience and only in positive ways – not just the lights and the views and the music but the extra privacy too.

We’ll definitely be looking to return with friends for another night in one of these soon.

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