Oakfield Place, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2BJ

Roses are red and violets are blue, but the blue of the violets in your bouquet won’t be able to match the vivid and luminous blue of Bristol Lido’s Victorian swimming pool this Valentine’s Day. Nestled in the heart of the leafy and affluent suburb of Clifton, take a seat on the upper mezzanine overlooking the tranquil waters of the pool and fall head over heels for the Lido’s indulgent three-course feast, designed just for this romantic occasion.

Starters of wood-roast scallops with sweet herb butter and lemon, and a Sicilian citrus salad of blood orange, grilled trevise, pistachios, olives and chilli set the scene for a memorable meal you’ll fall madly in love with. After salivating over the likes of stracciatella, often referred to as Italian egg drop soup, with Italian black winter tomatoes and charred bread, or cured Rubia Gallega beef, with kohlrabi, celeriac, and Peidmontese hazelnuts, move on to delicious and hearty mains such as chargrilled lamb leg with tabbouleh, harissa, and tzatziki, charcoal-grilled mackerel with braised chard and spiced rice, and pine nut tarator, or provençale-style braised artichokes, with white beans, tomatoes, charred sourdough, and aioli. If the spirit of the day has well and truly seeped into your bloodstream, you might instead opt for the main designed for couples, a wood-roast Cotswold white chicken to share stuffed with Persian rice, saffron, pine nuts, and raisins.

Finish by splitting a basque-style burnt cheesecake with poached rhubarb, and chocolate mousse with crème fraiche and honeycomb, and follow this with a romantic stroll around Clifton’s charming and historic streets, visiting the area’s popular landmarks and soaking up views of the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, and you’ll wish this night would never end.

View the Valentine’s Night menu here – https://www.lidobristol.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Valentines-Night.pdf

One of this bustling city’s most romantic and idyllic dining spots, in the spring of 2019, the team at the Lido changed up the way they ran their poolside bar service, choosing to take a more wholesome approach with the food offering, with a focus on a more seasonal, vegetable-led menu made using produce provided by a small selection of farmers and growers in the local area, and the positive changes just keep coming this year. Continuing to look forward and evolve while holding on to and improving upon the restaurant and spa’s exceptionally high standards, to mark the start of a new decade in operation, the restaurant plans to lean towards a more Mediterranean/ Californian feel with its menu, with simple, clean, ingredient-led cooking the focus.

Making use of the restaurant’s wood oven and charcoal grill, enjoy dishes on the new menu like starters of wood-roast scallops with garlic butter and sweet herbs, mains which include the likes of charcoal-grilled mackerel with pine nut and raisin pilaf, spinach, and sweet herb yoghurt, and wood-roast Duroc pork belly with olive oil mashed potatoes, ‘sand’ carrots, and quince aioli, and sides such as wood-roast January King cabbage, with Iberian lardo and Peidmontese hazelnuts.

See the restaurant’s sample menu here: https://www.lidobristol.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/ALC-07-01-20.pdf

To help you take things easy and recharge after the excess of the festive period, the bar team have put together a new dedicated ‘no and low’ section of drinks. Particularly of interest to those taking part in Dry January this year, the bar team have sourced a range of low alcohol and alcohol-free drinks including Hop & Hemp’s CBD-infused ‘Easy Times IPA’, Wiper & True’s delicious small beer, and some of the excellent sparkling wine alternative kombuchas from Real Kombucha.

For more on Bristol Lido, visit their website or look out for our review in our recently released Bristol Food & Drink Guide 2019. Pick up your FREE copy of the guide here or read a digital version of the guide here.

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