It’s the biggest stickler of the year when it comes to dining out: where to eat on Valentine’s Day. Striking the balance between last-minute-booker nonchalance and red-rose-brandishing-barber-shop-quartet cheese-fest can be quite a task, but never fear, as we’ve got restaurants for romance covered this year. Discover a range of lunch menus, afternoon teas and dinner deals in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh. From the cheap and cheerful to something special, check out our top picks for dining out on Valentine’s across the UK.
Valentine’s Restaurants in London
Palm Court at The Langham Book The Langham
Offering an exclusive 3-course experience accompanied by a glass of rosé champagne, Palm Court at The Langham’s sublime Valentine’s menu features a mix of British and international cuisine from famous chefs Albert Roux OBE and Michel Roux Jr. Feel like royalty while dining in the romantic and glamorous 5-star hotel setting with a pianist tinkering in the background.
Petrichor at The Cavendish London Book Petrichor at The Cavendish London
Spend a sumptuous Valentine’s dinner within an 1836-established hotel’s dining room. Petrichor at The Cavendish London offers guests a luxurious 3-course meal and a glass of bubbly, followed by petits fours and coffee or tea. Love it up while overlooking the exclusive boutiques and galleries of Jermyn Street.
Céleste at The Lanesborough Book Céleste at The Lanesborough
This exceptional Michelin-starred and 3 AA Rosettes-awarded dining establishment boasts an exquisite Venetian-style dining room featuring chandeliers a-plenty, domed glass ceiling and ornate carvings on the walls. At Céleste at The Lanesborough, splash out on a sharing menu packed with the finest ingredients and deluxe dishes including truffled beef wellington.
St Pancras Brasserie & Champagne Bar by Searcys Book St Pancras Brasserie & Champagne Bar by Searcys
Within the architecturally splendid St Pancras International Station in King’s Cross, dine overlooking the station’s bustle while taking in the 1920’s features at the St Pancras Brasserie & Champagne Bar by Searcys. The 2-course Valentine’s menu with chocolates and a glass of champagne is a tasteful offering of British dishes, including guinea fowl and Loch Duart salmon, while coming in under £40.
Café Rouge – Greenwich Book Café Rouge – Greenwich
Keep Valentine’s Day cheap and cheerful, but nothing short of excellent at Café Rouge. This high street favourite is offering diners 3 courses with bubbles for £25.95 per person and guests can choose to enjoy their meal at the various restaurants across the capital. Try chicken liver pâté or moules mariniéres before moving onto a rhubarb and ginger crumble.
Roux at The Landau Book Roux at The Landau
The Michelin Plate-awarded restaurant at an illustrious hotel, Roux at The Landau is offering guests a 5-course menu this Valentine’s Day. Chef Nicolas Pasquier, under Michel Roux Jr’s guidance, carefully crafts the romantic French menu, by starting with canapés before scallop carpaccio and native lobster. The real treat involves choosing your love language dessert, from the citrus iced parfait “acts of service” to raspberry’s “receiving gifts” and chocolate’s “physical touch”.
The Library at County Hall Book The Library at County Hall
While looking out over The Thames, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben’s bright face, enjoy an elegant 7-course tasting menu and a cocktail at The Library at County Hall. Within the Marriott County Hall Hotel, intimately dine surrounded by ancient novels and busts of iconic literary figures in the 1920s setting.
Heddon Street Kitchen – Gordon Ramsay Restaurants Book Heddon Street Kitchen – Gordon Ramsay Restaurants
The Gordon Ramsay Restaurant Group is offering a range of Valentine’s menus at their sites across the city. From Lucky Cat‘s Asian-inspired menu to 5 indulgent courses at Michelin-starred Pétrus in Knightsbridge and the delightful 3-course menu with canapés and cocktails at Michelin Plate-awarded Heddon Street Kitchen for £75.
Valentine’s Afternoon Tea in London
sketch – Gallery Book sketch – Gallery Afternoon Tea
One cannot simply have an afternoon tea experience without considering the picturesque, pretty in pink dining room at sketch – Gallery. This opulent sketch afternoon tea set within the eclectic Gallery’s dining room, is possibly the most Instagrammable teatime treat with its pastel pink interior providing a romantic backdrop. At £85 per person, diners can expect supreme culinary expertise found in the innovative dainty finger sandwiches, macarons and more.
Dominique Ansel Bakery Book Dominique Ansel Bakery
A must-visit London bakery serving a range of Valentine’s afternoon tea treats featuring coronation turkey or salmon, dill and yuzu crème fraîche sandwiches alongside lavender meringues, milk chocolate mousse and warm scones with the works. At the Dominique Ansel Bakery, guests can choose between the traditional-style signature tea, splendid tea featuring black truffle grilled cheese or sparkling afternoon tea with bubbles.
Winter Garden Restaurant Book Winter Garden Restaurant Afternoon Tea
Within the lush inner-city garden, dine upon a sumptuous afternoon tea with a glass of rosé champagne. Under the towering palm trees at the Winter Garden Restaurant at the historic Landmark London Hotel, enjoy a high-end tea while listening to live entertainment in the magnificent 8-storey glass atrium roofed space.
Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough Book Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough
A double feature on this list, but within reason, Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough serves guests a highly acclaimed teatime experience within Céleste‘s gorgeous Venetian dining room or in the “Withdrawing Room”. Choose your tea to go with finger bites with the help of the tea sommelier while enjoying the pianist in the background. This multi-award-winning, quintessentially British, classic afternoon tea has had a romantic twist for Valentine’s Day and is topped off with a glass of the finest rosé champagne for £70 per diner.
Melody at St Paul’s Book Melody at St Paul’s Afternoon Tea
Within an historic Hammersmith building dine on the Melody at St Paul’s Valentine’s afternoon tea menu. For £59, savour unique and British-style dainty finger foods like yuzu-marinated tuna loin or guinea fowl with rabbit boudin and strawberry parfait with mascarpone alongside chilled champagne and petits fours.
Valentine’s Restaurants in Manchester
Adam Reid at The French Book Adam Reid at The French
Manchester City Centre
At this superb Michelin Plate-awarded restaurant, choose a sumptuous Valentine’s Day package in the centre of Manchester for £250 per couple. Adam Reid at The French offers sublime modern British food that brings together old and new techniques into exceptional dishes that are served within an ornate dining room.
Brasserie Abode – Manchester Book Brasserie Abode – Manchester
Manchester City Centre
For a lovely mid-range Valentine’s Day treat within a Grade II-listed former textile factory, choose Brasserie Abode – Manchester, with its 6-course romantic dinner and prosecco for £90 per couple. The menu features aged Hereford beef fillet, a soft goat’s cheese Waldorf salad, coffee and truffles, and 3 other courses, all dished up in the exclusive Brasserie Abode Manchester hotel. Find Brasserie Abode’s sister-restaurants in Chester and Glasgow.
Indique Book Indique
Opt for a unique Valentine’s Day dinner at Indique, with an Indian-inspired menu offering new takes on traditional delicacies. For £39.95, this 4-course meal from the à la carte boasts bold flavours and spices.
Peter Street Kitchen Book Peter Street Kitchen
The luxurious Peter Street Kitchen in Deansgate is serving up a selection of contemporary Japanese and Mexican small plates to choose from, including tuna sashimi flat tacos, tiger prawn tempura and 28-day-aged rib-eye beef with yuzu kosho. Adding extra flair to the experience is a glass of Möet & Chandon Rosé to perfectly round off the 4-plate date at £85.
Valentine’s Restaurants in Edinburgh
Forth Floor Restaurant, Harvey Nichols Edinburgh Book Forth Floor Restaurant, Harvey Nichols Edinburgh
Edinburgh New Town
At Edinburgh’s Harvey Nichols Forth Floor Restaurant, enjoy a European-style 4-course Valentine’s menu while taking in views across the city, featuring the iconic Edinburgh Castle and the Firth of Forth. Housed in the New Town, sample pan-fried North Sea mackerel fillet, sous vide loin and slow-roasted belly of Scottish pork before ending on rhubarb and blood orange souffle for £55 per person.
The Melville Inn Book The Melville Inn
The cosy Melville Inn in Lasswade, is a stunning countryside Valentine’s destination. Curl up in front of the hearth and dine on a 3-course traditional British menu for £21.95 while taking in the quaint classic brick and oak interior.
Bistro du Vin at Hotel du Vin Edinburgh Book Bistro du Vin at Hotel du Vin Edinburgh
Edinburgh Old Town
Within the lush Bistro du Vin at Hotel du Vin Edinburgh, dine on a 3-course Valentine’s “Love Tastes Good” menu for £49.50. From the locally sourced menu, savour cod and mussel dauphinoise or a unique duck shepherd’s pie before choosing a dessert to finish.
The Café at the Palace, Palace of Holyroodhouse Book The Café at the Palace, Palace of Holyroodhouse
Edinburgh City Centre
Found at the end of the famous Royal Mile in Edinburgh, The Café at the Palace, Palace of Holyroodhouse offers a truly luxurious afternoon tea. Brave the outdoor terrace for views over Arthur’s Seat or dine indoors on specially commissioned chinaware while sipping on loose leaf tea. Served with a gin cocktail, this quintessential afternoon tea goes for £30 per person.
Valentine’s Restaurants in Birmingham
1900 Steakhouse Bar and Grill Book 1900 Steakhouse Bar and Grill
This one-of-a-kind Birmingham restaurant is named after the year its Grade II-listed Garth House location was built. Serving a choice of Valentine’s afternoon tea or Valentine’s dinner, dine in this iconic 1900 Steakhouse Bar and Grill from just £16.95 for tea or £27.50 with a glass of prosecco for a meal.
Purnell’s Restaurant Book Purnell’s Restaurant
Birmingham City Centre
The stunning Michelin-starred Purnell’s Restaurant in the Birmingham City Centre offers a striking Victorian redbrick exterior while the dining room displays stylish modern accents and bright Victorian arched windows letting in the light. Choose from the Valentine’s Brummie Tapas package or the tasting menu for a lavish fine dining experience.
Lasan Book Lasan
In the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham, find the chic Lasan serving Indian classics with a modern twist. Enjoy a high-end Valentine’s menu for £49 and taste authentic regional flavours in the bright and quirky designed split-level setting.
Opus Restaurant Book Opus Restaurant
Birmingham City Centre
Sample expertly crafted British dishes packed with market-fresh ingredients from around the UK. For a theatrical culinary experience, catch a glimpse of the chefs at work at The Kitchen Table. Michelin-awarded Opus Restaurant offers a special 5-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu for £50 per person.