Top romantic restaurants
We’ve teamed up with The Good Food Guide to bring you their restaurant recommendations for a romantic evening out
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to revive the romance that’s been dormant through January’s ice and snow. As the date falls on a Thursday, there’s the choice of celebrating with dinner or making a weekend of it – four of our recommendations come with cosseting bedrooms.
The drama of the decor (complete with twinkling lights and a fire in the stove) and the broadly French perspective of the food create a great romantic atmosphere in Covent Garden.
, Gittisham, Devon
The mile-long drive winds through a 3,500 acre estate – an impressive curtain raiser to this creeper-covered Elizabethan mansion. Inside it’s all cushioned comfort, lovely views, and an intimate dining room serving accomplished cooking.
, Braithwaite, Cumbria
With such a fabulous location, deep in England’s only mountain forest, this unassuming restaurant-with-rooms has high culinary ambitions and jaw-dropping vistas.
, Horsham, West Sussex
Tucked away on the first floor of a sixteenth-century building, the pitched roof and beams of the dining room make for a strikingly intimate ambience, but smart table settings and contemporary touches pave the way for modern culinary delights.
, Edinburgh, Scotland
It’s not exactly a castle, but this extravagantly modernised baroque pile certainly doesn’t lack splendour. Magnificenty fashioned interiors make their own design statement, but the cooking really turns heads.
One of the leading luxury hotels in Wales, this off-the-beaten-track manor house is set on 14 gorgeous acres. With elegant, modern food and exemplary service, there isn’t much more you could want in such a romantic retreat.
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