News Ticker

Valentine’s Day 2019 – most romantic restaurants, breaks and more

Valentine’s Day Menu at City Social

Gaze upon the stunning London skyline and enjoy Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred City Social for their special Valentine’s Day menu. Created by Chef Paul Walsh to celebrate the evening in style, the Valentine’s menu will offer diners an elegant and romantic experience from start to finish. Greeted with a glass of rose champagne on arrival, the five-course tasting menu will include dishes such as Orkney scallops, celeriac, pickled pear, shimeji mushrooms, and Rabbit and truffle tortellini, horseradish velouté, sorrel while the indulgent Hazelnut Plaisir sucré, chocolate syrup, biscuit, milk ice cream, is the perfect sweet finish. This limited-edition menu is available for £125 per person and the best way to treat someone special.

A Romantic Evening at Baptist Grill

The Baptist Grill at the spectacular L’Oscar hotel in Holborn is celebrating Valentine’s Day this year with a bespoke menu. Priced at £110 per person, the 4 course menu will commence with Lamb croquettes with dates and rose alongside a glass of bubbles from the Champagne trolley. Choices of starter include the famed aphrodisiac of a Dozen Lindisfarne oysters, six natural and six with chorizo, to be shared between two, whilst main courses feature Cornish cod, soft dill crust, warm tartare sauce. Indulgent desserts to finish include the Chocolate Tasting Selection of dark chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream, white chocolate and raspberry mousse with rose, milk chocolate and passion fruit mille-feuille.

Michelin-starred Valentine’s at Angler

Renowned seafood restaurant Angler is serving a Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu full of seafood treats. Priced at £110 per person, the menu starts with a glass of rosé champagne alongside Aged Beaufort and truffle gougeres, followed by delicious plates including Squid ink cracker, taramasalata, Esplette pepper and Dorset crab, avocado, wasabi, nashi pear. The star dish features Roast Cornish turbot, parsley root, smoked bacon, Scottish langoustines, whilst the final course includes a suitably pink Yorkshire rhubarb, Sable Breton, stem ginger, Greek basil.

Bryn Williams at Somerset House

Few London landmarks could provide as an ideal setting for Valentine’s Day romance, and this year Bryn Williams at Somerset House will be offering a five course menu with glass of bubbles for £79.50 a head. Dishes will highlight premium, seasonal ingredients and feature the likes of Burratina, pickled beetroot and Lamb rump, confit lamb potato, butternut squash. To finish, guests can enjoy a suitably indulgent Chocolate bavarois with roses to share.

Romantic cocktails and Live Jazz at Anthracite martini lounge

Newly launched martini lounge, Anthracite, at the stunning Great Northern Hotel in King’s Cross is celebrating Valentine’s Day with special Valentine’s Day cocktails, a selection of luxurious sweet and savoury canapes and live jazz. The romantic concoctions created by bar manager Balazs Nagy will be complemented by indulgent canape sharing plates which will be priced at £25 for two people and will include Mottra sustainable Oscietra served with blinis and crème fraiche, as well as Duck bon bons with Korean BBQ sauce and delicious salted caramel truffles for dessert. With fabulous lighting, cosy banquettes and live jazz, this is surely the most romantic new bar in town.

– Valentine’s cocktails: £12 each

– Valentine’s canape sharing plate for two: £25 

– Valentine’s canape sharing plate for two, plus a Valentine’s cocktail each: £45

– Valentine’s canape sharing plate for two, plus a bottle of Billecart Salmon Champagne: £90

Parisian Romance at Blanchette Brick Lane

Blanchette Brick Lane has built up a reputation for being one of London’s most romantic restaurants. Owned by three Parisian brothers who named the restaurant after their mother, Blanche, the Shabby-chic bistro offers North African–influenced modern French plates alongside dangerously moreish cocktails. The décor is inspired by the Parisian Belle Époque era, and the restaurant decorated throughout with romantic murals and furnished with antiques sourced from Parisian vintage markets. A Valentine’s special of Champagne poached rhubarb with vanilla parfait will be served alongside their house made Vin D’orange.

Valentine’s Day at Frenchie Covent Garden

Celebrate Valentine’s Day Parisian style at Greg Marchand’s elegant and intimate modern French brasserie. Greg’s stunning five-course tasting menu (£90) created for the evening lends itself perfectly to the romance of the day, providing the perfect background for a night a deux. The menu consists of Scottish diver scallops and Huntsham Court Farm sirloin with a vegetarian tasting menu (£80) also an option for the evening. For a sweet finish Greg has created a special baked Alaska using Guittard chocolate as an indulgent Valentine’s Day treat.

All Star Lanes Candy Kiss Valentine’s Day

All Star Lanes brings the Candy Kiss cocktail with love this Valentine’s Day, this gorgeous concoction is a combination of Prosecco, Pinkster gin, Lillet Blanc liqueur, lemon juice and sugar syrup, topped with candy floss and raspberry. Available at £8.50 from the 6th to 28th of February. This Valentine’s delight is coupled with the All Star Lanes drink, dine, bowl package across all sites from £30pp, available from the 9th – 17th February. With a game of bowling, a two-course meal and a Valentine’s Candy Kiss, All Star Lanes is the perfect Valentine’s treat.

‘Be my Valentine’ at The Goring

What could be more romantic than an overnight stay in the luxurious setting of five-star Belgravia hotel, The Goring. From £560 a night the special Valentine’s Day package includes chilled Champagne on arrival, chocolate dipped strawberries, a romantic turndown service and a full English or continental breakfast.  Furthermore, to ensure that the stay is as relaxing as possible guests are entitled to a complimentary late check out at 2pm. For those wanting to make the occasion extra spoiling, a special Valentine’s menu will also be available in the Michelin-starred Dining Room throughout February including a beautiful heart-shaped dessert.

Valentine’s Day at Bocconcino, Mayfair

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, Bocconcino in Mayfair has introduced the ultimate Italian comfort food to their menu – irresistible hand rolled pasta, spun in a giant hot Grana Padano wheel which can be enjoyed in chic and luxurious surroundings in the heart of Mayfair. The Grana Padano Cheese Wheel is available mid-January and costs £22 with an option to add black truffle shavings for an additional cost of £12.

Make doughnuts don’t date doughnuts with Bread Ahead

Brush up on your baking skills this Valentine’s Day at Bread Ahead Bakery. Perfect for either refining your skills to create baked goods for your loved ones, or alternatively as a gift for the culinary aficionado in your life, Bread Ahead Bakery half and full day courses are sure to be a hit with those who enjoy a bit of baking! Available to purchase online and from all retail outlets in Borough Market, Pavilion Road, Chelsea and the brand-new bakery and café in Beak Street, Soho.

Spend Valentine’s Day luxuriously at Northcote 

Located in the Lancashire’s Ribble Valley, surrounded by miles of unspoiled and glorious countryside, sits the treasured boutique hotel Northcote, an idyllic spot to spend Valentine’s Day. Guests can treat themselves to lunch or dinner together and for an extra special treat, they could spend the night in total luxury. The Michelin-starred restaurant, headed up by Lisa Goodwin-Allen, has created a variety of special menus for lunch and dinner. For lunch there is a choice between a 4 (£65.00pp) and 6 (£85.00pp) course menu and for dinner there is a fantastic 6 course tasting menu for £200 per couple, including a glass of Forget Brimont Brut Rose, 1er Cru Reims NV and gifts for the Valentine couple. To top it off Northcote are offering Bed & Breakfast for two (£150.00) with red roses for the room on request.

Restaurant James Sommerin surprise Valentine’s Day menu

Michelin-starred Restaurant James Sommerin will be offering a surprise 7 course tasting menu for Valentine’s day. Situated in Penarth, South Wales, the restaurant boasts stunning panoramic sea views creating the perfect romantic setting for an intimate dinner. From the menu – although a surprise – guests can expect to see dishes inspired by James’s love of classic French food with internationally-influenced flavours such as regular favourites of wood pigeon with black pudding, raspberry and beetroot, butter poached lobster, fennel and sweetcorn. The property also offers 9 beautiful rooms, each individually designed and most bosting wonderful views of the Severn Estuary providing guests the perfect excuse to sample their breakfast menu. Tickets for dinner are now on sale for the 14th of February and priced at £95 per person.

Valentine’s Day at Palé Hall, North Wales

Treat your loved one – and yourself – to a truly special break in the relaxing and romantic surroundings of Palé Hall, one of the finest country house hotels the UK. Visit this historic house for an experience that’s certain to impress. Set right on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, the special Valentine’s package includes an overnight stay in of the sumptuous guest rooms. As part of the stay, you will be greeted with a glass on fizz on arrival, welcome chocolates in the room and a 10-course Valentine’s tasting menu including fondue to share and salted caramel tart.

Stays from Saturday 9th – Saturday 16th February start from £395.  Non-resident tickets for the ten-course tasting menu cost £90. / 01678 530285

Riverside Romance at Lympstone Manor

There is nowhere more romantic in Devon than Lympstone Manor, making it the perfect location over the Valentines period. Guests can take advantage of the Riverside Romance offer from £695 for a one-night stay (Sunday – Wednesday) in the boutique hotel of their dreams. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with half a bottle of champagne (upgraded to a full bottle for a two-night stay) and are then invited to choose from any of the menus in the restaurant. Dishes include butter poached Brixham turbot and loin of Powderham venison. As a Valentine’s gift from Lympstone Manor, guests will have the pleasure of chocolates and red roses in the room.

Love in the Lakes at The Forest Side

There are few better places to celebrate Valentine’s Day than the home of Romantic poetry, the Lake District. Nestled in the heart of Grasmere vale, Forest Side is a fairy-tale gothic mansion that was voted the UK’s most romantic hotel by the Good Hotel Guide 2018. Guests can enjoy Michelin-starred cuisine from Head Chef Kevin Tickle, with the ten course Grand ‘un Menu served with a glass of pink champagne. Tickle’s menu is inspired by the landscape in which it sits, featuring hyper-local produce (most from the hotel’s kitchen garden) and foraged ingredients.