Love is in the air this February in Bristol, and everywhere you look around, you’re guaranteed to find tons of restaurants, hotels, bars, cafes and pubs trying to get you and your partner through the door with special menus, flavoursome themed cocktails, and tempting deals. But you don’t want to be foolish this year – let us help you be wise with our picks of the best places to eat and drink this Valentine’s Day.

Browse through our recommendations below and for an even more comprehensive guide to the best places to eat and drink in Bristol this year, be sure to pick up a FREE copy of our recently released Bristol Food & Drink Guide 2019 here or read a digital copy of the guide here.

The Bear & Swan

Forget Beauty and the Beast, The Bear & Swan is the only odd pairing you need to care about this Valentine’s Day. Just minutes from Bristol in the green and picturesque village of Chew Magna, The Bear & Swan is a welcoming 18th-century pub with four boutique rooms and abundant character. This traditional country retreat is perfect for those en-route to Bristol Airport, as well as those visiting the area on business or enjoying a relaxed break to explore Bristol, Bath, and the surrounding countryside.

This Valentine’s Day, join The Bear & Swan for a fantastic six-course tasting menu you won’t want to miss out on. For £55 per person, start proceedings with flavoursome canapés of cantaloupe melon and chilli, feulle de brick pastry with horseradish and puffed rice, and beef carpaccio with fennel and lemon, then dig into dishes of beetroot cannelloni, poached lobster, venison loin, textures of chocolate, and blood orange fruit pastel.

All ingredients at The Bear & Swan are sourced locally where possible, guaranteeing that every dish is of a consistently high standard and tastes as fresh as can be.

View the Valentine’s Day menu here: https://www.facebook.com/TheBearAndSwanChewMagna/

Glassboat Brasserie

With your partner’s hand in yours, take a romantic stroll down the charmingly quaint, cobbled Welsh Back and prepare to get swept away by the Glassboat Brasserie, a boat-turned-restaurant just bursting in appeal and character, and there’s perhaps no better time of the year to check out this Bristol landmark than on Valentine’s Day. Sit within the cosy dining area and look out onto stunning views of the Floating Harbour, lit up by the attractive and warming lights of the Glassboat Brasserie, before diving into a delicious four-course Valentine’s Day menu.

For £50 per person, begin with a champagne cocktail and a dish comprised of beetroot, rhubarb, goats curd, pomegranate and rye before enjoying starters liked grilled scallop with chorizo relish and tarragon or cured mackerel with radicchio, pickled pear, capers and raisins. Delicious mains of pan-roasted duck breast with endive, burnt orange, dates and hazlenuts and chalk stream trout with Jerusalem artichoke and heritage kale await you next, followed by dreamy ricotta doughnuts with spiced pear jam and dark chocolate sauce.

Read the Valentine’s Day menu here – https://www.glassboat.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Valentines-Menu-2020-1.pdf

Lido

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 this, 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.

Read more here: https://www.foodanddrinkguides.co.uk/blog/2020/01/fall-in-love-with-bristol-lido-this-valentines-day/

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

Caribbean Croft

This Valentine’s Day, bring a dash of Caribbean flair to proceedings at this Bristol staple known for its extensive selection of colourful dishes just bursting with flavour. Promising an evening of rum, reggae and romance you’ll always remember, bold dishes cooked from the soul paired with creative and exciting cocktails, like their signature cocktail the Caribbean Croft – a mix of Wray & Nephew white rum, Appleton’s rum, Appleton white rum, vodka, grapefruit, orange, cranberry, fresh lime, and grenadine – are guaranteed to liven things up this Valentine’s evening.

When we visited Caribbean Croft last year, we felt instantly welcomed as soon as we arrived and were impressed with how friendly and attentive everyone was throughout our visit. We began our three-course feast with a sharing platter – perfect for feeling close to your date this Valentine’s Day –  featuring jerk king prawns, red mullet trini, and saltfish fritters. Every dish was bursting with flavour and the red mullet and saltfish fritters had a proper kick of Scotch bonnet chilli. For mains, we had to try the jerk chicken leg served in homemade gravy accompanied by fried plantain, and rice and peas. The chicken was so tender it fell off the bone and the rich gravy was beautifully spiced with the chef’s special jerk seasoning.  To round off our spectacular meal, the delicious plantain, rum and coconut chimichanga was the perfect finish, bringing a smile to our faces and making us eager for our future visits.

Find out more about Valentine’s Day at Caribbean Croft here – https://www.facebook.com/caribbeancroft/

Italian Kitchen

Known for serving up some of the finest Italian dishes in the region, The Italian Kitchen brings authentic Italian cooking to this little corner of the South West. There’s no need to splash out on pricey plane tickets to Venice for your partner this Valentine’s Day when The Italian Kitchen’s Valentine’s Day menu will make you feel like you’re on a gondola floating down the Grand Canal.

For a steal at just £29.95 per person, start with the likes of heart-shaped mozzarella coated in breadcrumbs and deep-fried, served with a Napoli dip, or devilled deep-fried calamari and whitebait with a tartar sauce, before moving on to lip-smackingly good mains like crab-filled ravioli cooked in white wine, garlic, chilli, and freshly squeezed lime, lamb shank served on a bed of garlic and parmesan mash with a rich Montepulciano sauce with vegetables, or any pizza or pasta dish from their main menu. Finish with homemade chocolate brownie served with ice cream, homemade tiramisu, or vanilla ice cream topped with a shot of espresso, and fall in love all over again.

With two sites – one in Hanham, and one within the Alveston House Hotel, just outside Thornbury – both sites showcase the best pasta imported direct from Italy, and use only the finest ingredients in their delectable dishes.

View the Valentine’s Day menu here: https://www.facebook.com/The-Italian-Kitchen-Hanham-1275015129239308/

The Jetty – Bristol Harbour Hotel

Join The Jetty, Bristol Harbour Hotel’s elegant and stylish hotel, on the 14th and 15th of February for a heavenly feast of chefs specials paired with tasty bespoke cocktails.

Dine from their delicious a la carte menu or from their Valentine’s set menu and spoil your partner with authentic, locally sourced dishes and creatively mixed drinks.

On the Valentine’s Day sharing menu this year, enjoy starters like Tunworth cheese baked in a rosemary breaded crust with roasted grapes and figs and steamed prawn dumplings with fragrant seaweed broth and togarashi, and mains including sole meunière, lemon sole, and caper and parsley beurre noisette served with new potatoes, cockles, and sea vegetables, and Chateaubriand with roasted baby vegetables, wild mushrooms and smoked bone marrow butter. To finish, choose from either baked Alaska flambé or a selection of 5 local cheeses, fig chutney, and oat crackers.

View the Valentine’s Day menu here – https://www.harbourhotels.co.uk/media/8280/00609-city-jetty-valentines-a5-menu-011.pdf

The Love Inn

Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without love, and a list of Valentine’s Day venues in Bristol wouldn’t be the same without mentioning The Love Inn.

One of Bristol’s best-loved establishments, The Love Inn brings great drinks, music and food to the city every night of the week. Situated right in the heart of Stokes Croft, The Love Inn’s fantastic DJs and chilled-out vibe draw a crowd. Add the excellent drinks offering and food from their resident pop-up, Pasta Slut, and you’ve got a real winner. Pasta Slut has been serving their renowned Sicilian cooking at The Love Inn since September 2018, and has only added to the legion of fans that flock here night after night. The menu changes but the quality stays the same – you’re guaranteed a pasta dish to make nonna proud. Look forward to freshly made pasta in sauces like broccoli pesto blended with chilli, garlic and pecorino cheese, or mushroom orzo in a garlic and Parmesan sauce.

In keeping with the Valentine’s Day theme, order their ‘It’s a Love Ting’ cocktail, made with a generous helping of Beefeater Gin, fresh lime juice, gomme, a dash of pineapple juice; all cut with Ting Grapefruit. Whether you’re planning on partying with all your single friends until the early hours or you’re looking for a more casual venue for good drinks, good food, and good music with your partner, The Love Inn is the place to be this Valentine’s Day.

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