Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the globe on February the 14th. Named after a third-century Roman priest, Valentine’s greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages; although the celebrations were nowhere near as lavish as they are today. Nowadays, romantics flock to the shops for cards, flowers and gifts to make their loved ones feel special, but it also provides the perfect excuse for a fantastic meal out and some quality time together.
Here at Food & Drink Guides, the way to our collective heart is through our taste buds, so we’ve put together a list of the some of our favourite venues in and around Bristol and Bath for romantic meals and attractive deals this Valentine’s Day.
Cosy Club in Bristol is housed within a stunning Grade II listed building that has had many functions over the years including past lives as a church and a banking hall. The interior doesn’t disappoint, with its marble flooring, incredible stone work and impressive domed ceiling.
Once you’ve taken the time to marvel at the decor, the menu will leave you feeling equally stunned. With an array of delicious options, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice. Focusing on comfort food and classic dishes from around the world, the food offering is beautifully complemented by the ambience, allowing you to really make yourselves at home.
For Valentine’s Day Cosy Club offers a three course set menu for only £26.50 per person. Available after 5pm, between the 11th and 14th of February, this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss.
The beautiful building that now houses Browns in Bristol is modelled on the Doge’s Palace in Venice and was once part of the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. It was restored to its former glory in 1992 and is now the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal or an exclusive cocktail. Their menu offers classic, unchanging dishes and a selection of dishes that change along with the seasons to allow for the best possible produce that is fresh and flavoursome.
Situated in a fantastic location at the top of Park Street, Browns is the perfect place to stop off at after a visit to the ss Great Britain or a look around the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. Browns are offering a delectable three course set menu for £29.95 per person between the 9th and the 14th of February, which includes an aperitif on arrival. Tuck in to their duck liver parfait, get excited about their herb-crusted rack of lamb and be sure to leave room for their trio of chocolate. The same fantastic deal is available at Browns Brasserie & Bar in Bath.
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The Glassboat is situated on Welsh Back in Bristol’s historic harbour. On the top deck tables look out to the water through large wooden windows, with views of the harbourside. On the lower deck the original portholes provide a unique nautical atmosphere, perfect for private dining.
The restaurant opened 30 years ago after the boat was pulled out of the muddy river Severn and restored in the early 1980s. It is now extremely popular, offering classic French food in a beautiful location.
Why not push the boat out this Valentine’s Day and book a table aboard the Glassboat? Enjoy a sensational three course set menu and a glass of fizz for £50 per person whilst looking out across the river – the perfect romantic setting.
If you fancy something a bit different this Valentine’s Day, then why not treat yourself and your loved one to afternoon tea at Cox & Baloney. At first glance Cox & Baloney looks like a charming café, where you can sit down for a lovely pot of tea and some homemade cake after a day spent shopping on Gloucester Road. When you step inside, it’s just that and so much more. Cox & Baloney prides itself on being Bristol’s finest tearoom and bar – a perfect combination.
The team offers fantastic afternoon teas with local produce, homemade treats and a bountiful selection of tea. There is also a fantastic selection of gin and a whole host of delicious cocktails which can be enjoyed alongside one of their satisfying platters. Your Valentine’s selection will include a warming cup of chocolate and coconut tea or strawberry and white chocolate tea, with a selection of chocolate cakes, treats and chocolate chip scones; all this for just £18.50 or £22.50 with a glass of bubbly.
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Visit the Duke of Cumberland in Holcombe for a relaxed and informal Valentine’s Day meal in this beautiful countryside retreat. This friendly and tranquil pub is ideally located for a romantic stroll along the river, after which you may warm up by the open fire.
The Duke of Cumberland is cosy, quirky and oozes traditional character. For those planning their Valentine’s Day meal in advance, The Duke offers two complimentary glasses of Prosecco with every booking. This offer is exclusively available on the 14th, so be sure to book your table now.
Upon arrival at Steak of the Art, it’s clear that this is no ordinary restaurant. You can grab a drink and peruse the gallery space, which showcases an eclectic range of original artwork, before enjoying some delicious food.
Once you have enjoyed the fantastic artwork and the stunning and quirky interior you can sit down and enjoy a meal that has been responsibly sourced from local, West Country suppliers. The atmosphere at Steak of the Art is fantastic and the staff are friendly and welcoming.
Steak of the Art’s menu offers plenty of choice and veers away from the special set menu option, making Valentine’s Day an informal, but romantic affair nonetheless.
The Lido is an award-winning restaurant, situated on the old viewing gallery of Clifton’s outdoor swimming pool – one of the UK’s oldest surviving lidos, which dates back to 1849. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide great views over the pool and you can see your beautiful fresh food being cooked in the wood-fired oven.
The restaurant and pool bar offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you’d prefer something light you can choose a few small plates from their ever-changing tapas menu, with an extensive range of dishes to sample and share. Assured of their delightful menu, the Lido is sticking to its guns and offering its regular selection of fantastic dishes on Valentine’s Day. The pretty glow of the pool’s lights make for a relaxed and romantic atmosphere.
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Home to Walter’s Bar & Grill Restaurant, Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel is located on college green in the heart of Bristol. In the 1860s, Walter William Hughes had a vision to build luxury hotel. At the time it was a roaring success and this beautiful building still stands testament to Hughes’ dream.
Walter’s Bar & Grill Restaurant is warmly lit, with a romantic ambience. It’s a soothing and peaceful setting that will transport you far away from the minutiae of everyday life, so that your full attention can be given to your Valentine.
Walter’s invites you to treat your loved one to a fabulous four-course set menu, including a glass of Champagne and a red rose on arrival. Just £69 for two, this offer is available on Friday the 10th, Saturday the 11th and Valentine’s Day itself, Tuesday the 14th of February 2017. For those wishing to extend their evening and stay in one of Bristol Marriott Royal’s luxurious bedrooms, packages start at £197 for two, which includes the four-course dinner and breakfast on top.
Situated within Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, Terrace Grill Restaurant serves delicious cuisine, created from the very best of seasonal, locally sourced produce. This elegant venue is bright and airy during the day, perfect for a lunchtime meal. The relaxed and friendly feel, makes The Terrace a lovely place to spend the evening and make the most of the fabulous three-course menu.
The Terrace Grill Restaurant doesn’t offer a special Valentine’s Day menu, but we’re sure you’ll be suitably enthralled by their delightful à la carte and fantastic service. Try the delightful mackerel fishcakes accompanied by celeriac remoulade, followed by the sumac and lime sea bass, with coriander and fennel salad from the fantastic grill menu. For dessert, perhaps you’ll opt for the chocolate pave, with vanilla sauce and honeycomb.
Right by the water’s edge and across from Bristol’s leafy Queen Square, Three Brothers Burgers is a real hotspot for delicious burgers in Bristol. The laid-back venue offers an impressive beer menu and friendly table service, making this a great venue for budding romances and easy-going couples alike. If you’re not really into Valentine’s Day and just fancy dinner with friends, you can book tables for groups of six or more. If you fancy a meal with your significant other, but haven’t managed to book anything Three Brothers Burgers is a great place to just pop in for a quick bite before a few drinks on King Street.
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