If you’re thinking of popping the question (or hinting to someone special) these romantic stories will give you food for thought….

FI-romantic retreats

Our Hannah is currently in the midst of planning of a wedding, so often our talk turns to weddings and engagements and general girliness. While Hannah was proposed to on a beach in the Philippines (a proposal most of us can only dream of) we have shared a few engagement stories in the office. Shockingly, they often contain an emphasis on food! So, I’ve dished up some of the best places to pop the question we’ve discovered from our snooping. Starting with a gorgeous proposal story from one of the Fed Up & Drunk team.

This engagement story has elements that every Bristolian will love. There’s a game, a boat and even some cider involved.

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“It was a Friday night and my boyfriend uttered those marvellous words: “I’m taking you out.” Cue glad rags and high heels and off we headed into Bristol centre. We started at The Apple, one of our favourite places on the harbourside in summer. As we got there, he said close your eyes and hold out your hand. Duly I did and found he had put a couple of pound coins in my hand – enough to buy some of their cider. (A Bristol summer hasn’t begun until you’ve supped a cider at The Apple.) Following this first scenario, began a rather bizarre game, which got better, each time. We headed on board Bristol’s Glassboat, a gorgeous floating restaurant I had always wanted to try and before we ordered he said once again, hold out your hand and close your eyes. When I opened them there were two tickets to see the show Legally Blonde in them – I was really enjoying this game. Well, then I was mildly distracted by gorgeous food. The Glassboat is renowned in Bristol for its exceptionally well-put together menu and romantic location. I remember having one of the most delicious steaks I have ever eaten and some sumptuous wine. After dessert we headed out into a balmy evening on the deck. I had an important phone call to take and turned around to take it. When I faced back in, my boyfriend was already on one knee with a ring in his hand. I can’t think of a more romantic setting – under the stars, on a beautiful boat on the river.”

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Well this story put us in mind of a few other places that would be just perfect to host a proposal. Another team member organised a seamless, surprise proposal helped along by the staff at Celtic Manor Resort in Newport. This luxury hotel and spa is home to AA rosette adorned, fine-dining Restaurant Terry M. Exquisite food, a spa, private lodges – this really is a sublime place to spend a romantic weekend and propose to your beloved. In fact, hotels and spas are great places to pop the question as they have all you need to hand for a romantic weekend and just the people to help you keep it a surprise. This colleague remembers the staff at Celtic Manor working around even the smallest detail to help maintain the element of surprise.

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The Randolph Macdonald Hotel in Oxfordshire is another romantic hot spot and ticks every box for a retreat to remember. Think extensive, beautifully kept grounds to wander through, luxury five-star accommodation and a three AA-rosette restaurant. If your future spouse is a fan of Inspector Morse, they’ll love this location. It has been used as a set throughout the series and even has its own Morse Bar, home to an extensive cocktail list. The Restaurant serves only the finest, freshest food. I challenge any food connoisseur not to be swept off their feet by the menu here. If you’re looking for something a little special but more laid back, afternoon tea in the drawing room is a sophisticated affair. That’s Morse fans, sorted. If your damsel is more of a Pride and Prejudice kind of girl, then you need the dramatic, rolling hills of Yorkshire.

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If it’s an historical romance and a superb setting you’re looking for, then a 17th Century stately home fits the bill rather nicely. If you are planning to pop the question outside then there are few places more romantic than the twelve acres of award-winning, historical landscaped grounds at Goldsborough Hall. A summer venue for sure, the gardens at Goldsborough landed this venue in the The Times’ top ten places to stay with great gardens.

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If you’re not one for the classic romantic weekend and really want a show stopper of a proposal, London’s The Shard has the wow factor. For a memorable evening that’s as much about the location as it is the food, Oblix at The Shard offers immense views over the capital, cocktails to die for and a menu to distract. The pressure of a proposal will fade away as you tuck into wagyu beef sirloin straight from the josper oven or freshly grilled Dover sole with parsley and brown butter. Not one if you have a fear of heights though.

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For a something more personal and low key choose somewhere intimate and cosy like Haselbury Mill, on the water’s edge in Somerset. A pretty location with luxury touches, it’s unsurprising that this is a popular place for hosting weddings. However its gorgeous location, fantastic restaurant and excellent service make it just as suitable for popping the question.

Let us know your perfect wedding proposal destination, or if you have any of your own romantic stories we’d love to hear them – especially if you dined somewhere delectable!

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Emma Cullen

Emma Cullen

Emma is an ex-Fed Up & Drunker that has been released into the wild

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