ANOTHER access review, this time Digbeth Dining Club on Lower Trinity Street in Birmingham!
(Disclaimer: I’m aware “accessibility” means different things to different people, as I said before, these are MY views on my experience of accessibility at this venue as an electric wheelchair user, I obviously can’t speak for others experiences but feel free to add your experiences in the comments!)
In terms of tickets, it’s simply a pay on entry (rather than prebooking) and pay for what you buy inside kind of deal. I did have my entry fee returned to me when I tried to pay which makes me wonder if entry is free for disabled people? I’m not sure on that but it may be worth an enquiry if you’re visiting.
In terms of travel, it’s quite a simple 20 ish minute walk from my room on Aston University Campus. One word of caution is that the Digbeth area is, even in the short time I’ve lived in Birmingham, becoming notorious in my mind for having few/poor drop kerbs, so if drop kerbs are necessary for access for you as they are for me, I’d prepare for a bit of an interesting journey.
Experience & Seating
Once in, we had a walk around the front section to check out the stalls there and then were let through a barrier and a closed section of Lower Trinity Street to see the rest of the stalls. I ended up sending my friend back to one of the front stalls with my card to get the food I wanted as it seemed easier than going through the whole process to get back to the stalls at the front again. Obviously it’s my decision to do it that way but it is concerning when access is so laborious that letting someone else collect your food seems the easier option. When it came to sitting down to eat, I parked my chair at the end of the long picnic bench type table, again I’m used to this but would prefer it if there was an option where I didn’t end up on the end of the table. I also had to use my chair riser to raise up to the bar to pay as there was no cable extension for the card reader, again, I’m lucky that my chair has a riser so I can rise up in situations like that but I’m aware that’s not a possibility for even every wheelchair user.
Overall, while the food and beers at Digbeth Dining Club were fabulous and the atmosphere very cool, I think there are still steps that could be taken to improve the access and make it a more independent experience for disabled patrons.
Em (Invincible Woman On Wheels)