Best for French fizz
You don’t need to travel all the way to the city of love this Valentine’s Day. Instead, enjoy a taste of Paris closer to home in Café Rouge. Look out for the good-value three-course Valentine’s menu, which includes a glass of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, for under £25. Or if you’re celebrating on a Friday evening, make the most of the restaurant’s new Free-Flowing Fridays — unlimited prosecco or beer with a two-course set dinner.
For locations, menus and reservations: www.caferouge.com
Best for elegant dining
Couples will have a truly scrumptious Valentine’s Day at Browns Brasserie & Bar, found throughout London, as well as in Bath, Birmingham, Cambridge, Glasgow and Newcastle and other UK locations. Browns has all the ingredients in place to make your dinner a memorable occasion — chefs are creating special two- and three-course menus, while head bartenders are crafting a limited-edition cocktail to help you raise a toast.
For locations, menus and reservations: www.browns-restaurants.co.uk
Best for a pub lunch
Planning a romantic walk this Valentine’s Day? Then make sure you head to a cosy pub afterwards, preferably one with a roaring real log fire, such as the Rose Revived on the banks of the River Thames. If you’ve feeling peckish, the traditional dishes found here —and at other Greene King pubs across the country — will surely satisfy your hunger. Many locals also have special Valentine’s Day offers.
For locations, menus and reservations: www.greeneking.co.uk/
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Best for smitten sharers
When you spend Valentine’s Day enjoying authentic Italian cuisine in the company of a special someone — that’s amore! And this can easily be realised in one of Carluccio’s many restaurants in cities and towns around the UK. With Antipasto to share as a starter, then a sharing Chocolate Board for dessert (or perhaps a Passionfruit Panna Cotta), it sounds like a heavenly place to be on the 14th.
For locations, menus and reservations: www.carluccios.com
Best for dinner, bed and breakfast
At Chez Mal restaurants, the contemporary brasseries found in Malmaison hotels, chefs have concocted a sizzling menu with the intention to turn up the heat. Couples can look lovingly across the table while savouring a three-course meal and a cocktail for £99. And if the food sets passions alight — and each course has a sharing option — you can always get a room. Luxury Valentine’s packages are available.
For locations, menus and reservations: www.malmaison.com
Best for seafood lovers
You know a good catch when you see one, so plan a Valentine’s date at Loch Fyne Seafood & Grill. Oysters, Scottish salmon and roasted monkfish are all on a special four-course set menu. Alternatively start off Valentine’s Day in a romantic way with a Champagne breakfast, where you can enjoy a hot meal, toast, fruit juice, a hot drink and a glass of Joseph Perrier Champagne. Cheers!
For locations, menus and reservations: www.lochfyneseafoodandgrill.co.uk
Best for old-fashioned romance
The sophisticated and romantic atmosphere of a Parisian bistro is recreated at Côte Brasserie all-year round. And this Valentine’s Day, chefs have pulled out all the stops for their three-course Saint-Valentin menu, featuring a selection of delicious starters and mains, and an exclusive French-inspired sharing dessert, for £56 per couple. With 94 restaurants located in towns and cities throughout the UK, there’s sure to be one near you.
For locations, menus and reservations: www.cote.co.uk
Best for courting vegans
Hoping to spice up your life? Then make your way to Dishoom, a small chain of Indian restaurants that serve up Bombay dishes with love. As well as five London locations, Dishoom is now in Edinburgh and Manchester, and is fast becoming one of the best places to eat authentic Indian food. Vegetarians, vegans and dairy-free diets are all well catered for, and the morning bacon naan roll comes highly recommended.
For locations, menus and reservations: www.dishoom.com
Best for love gods (and goddesses)
The Real Greek
If there’s an Aphrodite or Eros in your life, then there’s only one place to spend Valentine’s Day, and that’s The Real Greek. With restaurants in Bournemouth, Bristol, Reading and Southampton, as well as in various London locations, the mezes on the menu are perfect for sharing, and there’s an extensive choice for vegans too. The Athenian Early Dinner Menu — four dishes for under £10 — is excellent value for money.
For locations, menus and reservations: www.therealgreek.com/
Best for couples on a budget
If you smile while watching the spaghetti kiss scene in The Lady and the Tramp, then you’re going to love the Valentine’s menu at Bella Italia. The Formaggi Fonduta to Share starter is served with heart-shaped dough balls, and you’ll find heart-shaped pasta in the Ravioli Amore main. Whether it’s your first date or your fortieth, celebrate with three courses and fizz for under £20 per person.
For locations, menus and reservations: www.bellaitalia.co.uk/
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