Yeah like posted above the park's whole appeal was quite different at that time, the gardens and Towers were a much bigger part of the day trip, but even then not that busy seemingly. To me it seemed like a strange concept even for the 80s, a formal restaurant in the middle of the gardens (it is quite isolated to be honest), in the middle of a theme park. Does anyone who was there remember visiting the Swiss Cottage for themselves? If they brought the gardens back into Alton Towers' identity and appeal, then maybe something could be done. More of a cafe than a formal restaurant probably, mix it with an exhibition of the gardens maybe! But then there's the flipside that if the gardens became more visited today, would it suffer more vandalism ? This is one reason the Towers aren't open as much anymore.