Have no fear, Cupid is here. Valentine’s Day is three weeks and counting and we have recruited a host of generous and expert food bloggers to open their hearts on their first choice for top Valentines Day restaurant. Let the food bloggers’ romantic recommendations be your guide if you’re still undecided how best to celebrate the Day of Love.
Cheese and Biscuits reckons it’s ‘probably not a good idea to assume a glitzy, candle-lit dinner with views of Hyde Park will win every girl’s heart’ – gee, Chris, it would definitely work for us if the guy was right – before going on to name Galvin at Windows for its sumptuous décor, Michelin-starred food and sublime service. There are two menus on VDay here, a three-course early supper for £95 and a four course one that includes Baeri caviar and foie gras for £135.
The Galvin brothers may be feeling the erotic heat right now, because A Girl Has To Eat chose Galvin La Chapelle as her most romantic restaurant, ‘one of the most stunning
restaurants in London’. We mentioned in an earlier blogpost that Galvin La Chapelle is offering live music, champagne, a three-course supper and a goody bag to take away on the 14th for £95 per person.
Bitten and Written fancies l’Absinthe in Primrose Hill for its flickering candles, killer wine list with tiny mark-ups, genuinely warm service and classic bistro food. If anyone’s planning to romance The Greedy Diva, she chooses the elegant, intimate Waterside Inn at Bray. The Catty Life can’t say enough good things about The Ledbury, which recently received a pair of Michelin stars.
Malcolm John’s classically French bistro in Chiswick, Le Vacherin, suits Tamarind and Thyme who recommends sharing the chateaubriand for two. Actually, you could do the sharing thing throughout the meal, starting with baked Vacherin to start and the tarte tatin for two. This is a lovely restaurant with sublime food and service.
If your idea of ‘romantic’ is quite a bit more laid back, our bloggers have terrific recommendations there too. Gastroenophile adores Brunswick House Café at LASSCO architectural salvage in the middle of Vauxhall Cross. Once you step inside you’ll find yourself smitten with the architectural bits and the simple food of Jackson Boxer. Note that it’s open for supper Thursday through Saturday only. Essex Eating loves the moody lighting, anonymity-inducing busyness and excellent food of Great Queen Street Restaurant in London. Intoxicating Prose feels that eating with your hands is a sensuous experience, so goes for Wright Bros Oyster and Porter House in Borough Market and recommends sitting at the long snaking counter to tuck into succulent shellfish.
Tapas for Two
For tapas lovers, Helen Graves chooses the smallest of the Brindisa restaurants, Tierra Brindisa, for intimate sharing of plates of tapas under candlelight. Rocket and Squash flaps a bit before naming Fino because you can book, sit at the kitchen counter and accidentally bump knees and ‘work through the extensive sherry list to increase your confidence and lower her standards’.
Long-Runners and Not London
Pal At Table depends on Andrew Edmunds in Soho with its superb wine list, daily menu and candle light for reliably romantic surroundings.
Out of town, Daily Epicurian highly rates The Walnut Tree Inn at Abergavenny for its locally sourced ingredients and the fine food of Shaun Hill as well as for its bijou cottages. Not open on Valentine’s Day itself, The Walnut Tree is a good one to keep in your pocket for another romantic event.
The Little Red Courgette can’t say enough nice things about The Market Restaurant in Manchester. It’s decorated like your nan’s parlour of sixty years ago and it’s cosy with classic British cuisine and a ‘cracking’ wine list.
Gourmet Chick may have been frightened by Valentine’s Day when she was a child, because she doesn’t recommend restaurants on the day. However, she does make a very good case for a trip to Dans Le Noir?, the restaurant where you and your amour are served in total darkness, heightening your sensual appreciation and, with no distractions, possibly your appreciation for each other.
Still need a hand? Our dedicated Valentine’s Day team is here to help. Ring us on 020 7299 2949 and we’ll help you sort out a brilliant, romantic day or click here for our equally dedicated Valentine’s page.