LONDON EATERIES – Good things come in threes, Queens Skate Dine Bowl

The clue is in the name when it comes to this hip, multi-talented venue in London’s Queensway. Go for a spin around the ice-rink, dine at Meat Liquor and bowl until your heart’s content in the allies.

The newly opened site is ideal for a family day out, a fun get-together with friends or an action-packed date. The electric atmosphere is buzzing as you walk into to a whirl of neon lights, music and laughter, while friendly staff are on hand to greet you and the door and direct you to whichever activity you fancy first.

Despite having branches all over London I was yet to try the famous Meat Liquor menu, which has garnered cult-like status among burger enthusiasts.
I wasn’t put off by the fact that I’m a pescatarian and was still able to choose from a range of meat-free dishes, along with a scrumptious selection of sides. Warning: If you’re on a diet, this probably isn’t the place for you.

I enjoyed a Halloumi Mushroom Burger for my main, which was packed full of pickles, mushrooms and red onions squeezed into a succulent brioche bun and happily went to town with the varied selection of sides. Humungous, fluffy onion rings, fried pickles with a blue cheese dip, Southern style slaw, deep-fried Mac ‘n’ Cheese sticks, and, my favourite, spicy hash browns with jalapeños and buffalo sauce. We washed down our feast with Meat Liquor’s famous cocktails, including the Donkey Crunch, which fuses Absinthe, lime, vodka and ginger, and Bristol Fizz, bubbles poured over vodka, pear and strawberry.

If you can manage to leave enough room for dessert, and I strongly recommend you do so, the aptly-named Filth Pie should satiate your sweet tooth, a chocolate pie made with oreos, marshmallows and coconut, served over vanilla ice-cream.

The service is warm, but efficient, and ultimately this has a fast-food feel about it, which frees up your time to get stuck into the games.
I visited on a Saturday night and, thanks to its central location, it was heaving with people, so make sure you book a lane and skates to avoid disappointment.
There are 12 brand new bowling lanes, with new state-of-the-art technology to ensure safe ball returns, so there shouldn’t be any squashed fingers. There is a retro feel with vintage posters and signs, and plenty of music to buoy your confidence.
Satisfy your inner Torvill and Dean on the 12,000 foot ice-rink, which is punctuated by disco music. The less confident skaters can lean on a plastic penguin to guide them around the ice – not to be undertaken after too many cocktails. If it really takes your fancy you can come back for lessons and it even has ice-hockey and curling tournaments.
If you still have energy left visit the arcade, packed full of with vintage games, from Pacman to air hockey.
You’re guaranteed to sleep well after an evening here.
For details visit www.queens.london
Hannah, Heart London Magazine
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