Andy Lynes

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You have to be careful when selecting a restaurant for a romantic occasion like Valentine's Day. Yes, the food has to be great, but the surroundings, style of service, location and clientele attain even more importance than usual. You want to ensure that everything is just to make the meal memorable. So you don't want to be surrounded by suited and booted businessmen or deafened by a techno soundtrack from a busy bar area. So here's our selection of beautiful, comfortable restaurants some in rural locations, some in city centres, but all that offering the perfect environment for an evening to make your heart skip a beat.
The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa

A candlelit dining room complete with ingelnook fireplace in a 15th cenutry inn; how could you possibly go wrong? The food hits the mark too with indulgent dishes such as salmon and lobster raviolo with fresh summer herbs and lobster bisque and grilled fillet of stone bass, broad beans, globe artichokes, lemon, tomato and rosemary velouté.

Hambleton Hall

What could be more romantic than eating luxurious dishes like poached tails of Scottish langoustine with asparagus and tomato essence in an opulent dining room, lit by silver candelarbera and overlooking the beautifully maintained grounds of one of country's finest country house hotels?

HRiSHi Michelin Restaurant & Gilpin Spice Restaurant at Gilpin Hotel

The series of delightful, intimate dining rooms at this luxurious Lake District country house hotel all have view of the gorgeous gardens. The playful dishes here might include roast crown and braised leg of quail with burnt orange, pain d'épice and foie gras ‘Cornetto'.

The West House Restaurant

This former 15th Century oak-beamed weaver's cottage is the very definition of rural romance. The accomplished cooking features local ingredients given intriguing twists such as Huntsham farm suckling pig, with verjus caramel and walnut butter.


This converted 17th Century rectory set in its own grounds makes for a romantic setting in which to enjoy award winning chef Alan Murchison's individual take on haute cuisine. The carefully sculpted dishes might include terrine of foie gras with smoked apple, grapes and sweet wine jelly.

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