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Forget popping round the corner to the local branch of a convenient chain restaurant. These dining establishments offer you a whole different experience. While the food is certainly of importance, it is the location which sets them apart, quite literally.
Visiting these restaurants is a chance to combine a passion for travel with a love of food. It gives you an excuse to make a journey you otherwise would not make, and view sights you would not otherwise view.
• Nordasti Hagi, Faroe Islands. This mysterious little restaurant is on the Island of Sandoy, a sparsely populated island between Iceland and Norway. To get to Nordasti Hagi you will first have to make your way to this remote and obscure island, and then finding the restaurant itself is something of a challenge. There are very few landmarks on this sparse island, and it’s best to ask at the local tourist office if you wish to try and find it. If you do you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view and slightly surreal experience.
• Faviken, Sweden. This is becoming something of a hot destination for food lovers, with head chef Magnus Nilsson being lauded as one of the industry’s greats. It takes hours to drive out to this restaurant, and during the Nordic winter months it can be a treacherous journey, but Nillson’s unusual, local and foraged food and the stunning scenery makes it worthwhile.
• The Old Forge, Scotland. Take a boat trip to the most remote pub on mainland Britain (or if you can face it, hike for 26km). The Old Forge in Knoydart is a cosy inn which serves fresh seasonal dishes, including local seafood. You can spend a lovely weekend up in the more remote parts of Scotland taking walks, admiring the amazing scenery and escaping from the hustle and bustle of city life.
• Christian’s Cafe, Pitcairn. Pitcairn is very, very remote. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, about midway between South America and Australasia, this little island has fewer than 100 residents. The residents do, however, have a restaurant. They also get to enjoy a tropical climate and a really special landscape of crystal clear scenes and volcanic terrain. Getting there is no easy task, however. There is a passenger boat from Mangareva (accessible via Tahiti) then it’s just a 36 hour boat ride to the island. You will also need a visitor pass from the governor.
• Furneaux Lodge, New Zealand. At the north of New Zealand’s South Island you can find the Marlborough Sounds. Formed by subsidence and rising sea levels, these drowned valleys are a beautiful yet remote destination. Take a trip up to this part of the island and you’ll be rewarded with clear blue waters, lush greenery and the Furneaux Lodge. Stay in one of their lovely waterfront rooms and enjoy the fresh, locally sourced cuisine.