We recently rounded up the UK’s 10 most romantic cities to offer some inspiring ideas for Valentine’s Day getaways. Now, we’re serving up the most romantic restaurants in each destination. We also asked our readers to vote for their favorite, and you can see the results in the poll at the bottom of this post. Congratulations to all these romantic UK restaurants!
From traditional French fare to spicy Spanish dishes, you’ll be in food heaven before you can say “bon appétit”! And when it comes to choosing somewhere to stay, you’ll be spoilt for choice: whether it’s a cosy cottage or spacious penthouse, you’re sure to find a rental on Holiday Lettings with all the right ingredients for a romantic break. See the sights in Winchester or take a stroll past Oxford’s dreaming spires before settling down for a meal for two at one of these romantic restaurants.
Locally-sourced produce, great food and live music make the Green Park Brasserie one of Bath’s favourite restaurants. The Brasserie is popular with both residents and visitors to Bath, and has been independently owned and run for 25 years. Music fills the historic former railway-station booking hall four nights a week, showcasing some of Bath’s finest acoustic, jazz, soul and funk musicians. So why not book a weekend in Bath this year to enjoy the lively atmosphere and award-winning food at Green Park Brasserie before relaxing at a private rental?
Be transported to the Mediterranean at La Tasca in Durham where you’ll be able to enjoy the vibrancy of Spanish cuisine. Situated on Saddler Street, on the doorstep of Durham Cathedral, the venue boasts a cosy, low-ceilinged dining room, authentic wood panelling and decorative Mediterranean-style tiling for the ultimate Spanish dining experience. Sink your teeth into authentic tapas, paella and desserts accompanied by a delicious Spanish wine. Cocktails are on the menu too, so it’s a great way to end an evening when you’re enjoying a holiday in Durham.
Established in December 2013, The Oxford Kitchen offers relaxed fine dining with a cosy and comfortable atmosphere in the heart of Summertown. Take your pick from their À la carte, Seasonal Tasting and Chef’s Tasting menus, which all change throughout the year. The new Chef’s Tasting Menu includes two dishes created by Executive Chef Paul Welburn, from The Great British Menu. You’ll also discover a comprehensive wine and cocktail menu, with regular specials created by their resident barman.
Romance and food go hand-in-hand at this elegant French restaurant on Jewry Street in Winchester. Split over two floors, this light and airy brasserie has sun-trap balconies, a secret alfresco courtyard and a fantastic bar area. The seasonal à la carte menu is filled with classic and contemporary French dishes, freshly prepared by skilled chefs. You’ll find a warm welcome and delicious food at Brasserie Blanc and, as Winchester is one of the most romantic cities in the UK, love is sure to be in the air.
French is known as the language of love and when it comes to cuisine, rich flavours, fresh ingredients and commitment to excellence is Côte Brasserie’s passion. Côte is inspired by the brasseries of Paris, welcoming guests from breakfast right through to dinner. The brasserie takes on a contemporary twist and offers a comprehensive menu of classic French dishes, freshly made using high-quality ingredients. They pride themselves on exceeding expectations, making it an experience to remember. And if you’re thinking about your next visit before you’ve even finished your dessert, why not book a rental in Salisbury so you can go more than once? This medieval city won’t fail to get you in the mood for love.
Housed in a listed building in the heart of historic Norwich, this restaurant is cosy and comfortable, with romantic tables for two tucked into hidden corners, plush leather banquettes, and original artworks on the walls. Roger Hickman’s Restaurant is Norwich’s fine dining destination, holding a prestigious 3 Rosette Award and a ‘Notable Wine List’ award, both from the AA. It has also won The Good Food Guide’s Best Restaurant in East Anglia, and the Eastern Daily Press Food Award for Best Restaurant two years on the trot.
The Lincoln Taphouse and Kitchen, nestled in a quiet spot between Lincoln’s castle and cathedral, enjoys some of the finest views in the historic quarter. Take in your surroundings on the rooftop with an exclusive cocktail range, or choose from over 16 craft beers. For a special occasion, why not hire their private outdoor domes and dine under the stars? It’s the perfect excuse to cosy up whilst enjoying a seasonal à la carte menu. With so much to see and do in Lincoln, you can make a holiday of it… and there are plenty of romantic breaks to choose from!
The View Restaurant in Dundee sources fresh ingredients from local artisan suppliers, creating mouth-watering dishes for its seasonally changing menus. The team of award winning chefs lovingly produce a range of Scottish dishes which are not over complicated, letting the flavours speak for themselves. The friendly, relaxed and informal atmosphere is complemented by the the contemporary décor. The restaurant gets its name from the beautiful views of the River Tay: on a summer’s day, it’s clear, sparkling and bright and in winter, it’s dramatic, striking and romantic. Whatever the weather, a romantic meal at The View is well worth going on holiday for.
The Mustard Seed is an independently-owned restaurant in the heart of Inverness, offering a warm welcome and friendly service. Open since 1995, the simple cooking and relaxed atmosphere has made The Mustard Seed one of Inverness’s favourite places to eat out. Located on the banks of the River Ness in a converted church building, the unique surroundings make dining here a very special experience. Features include the double-height ceiling, magnificent open log fire and a mix of natural and modern finishes. The addition of the terrace on the top floor means you can tuck into a romantic meal for two, while enjoying uninterrupted views of the river.
This independent restaurant located at the foot of Magdalene Bridge overlooks St John’s and Magdalene colleges, so you’ll be able to see some of the famous sights as you settle down to a romantic lunch. Expect a modern fusion menu and a comprehensive wine list that’ll tantalise the taste buds and have you coming back for more. Known as a Cambridge institution, this award-winning restaurant is a firm favourite amongst both town and gown and a must-visit in the historic city. Why not book a romantic getaway and make a holiday of it? Your significant other will thank you.
Congratulations to Lincoln Taphouse and Kitchen for winning our reader poll for most romantic UK restaurant!