Whether you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day by exchanging cards, sending flowers or with a champagne breakfast in bed, there is no doubt that the most important thing on the most romantic day of the year is to ensure you spend a bit of quality time with your beloved.
Fortunately, living in Bath means that you are spoiled for choice when it comes to world-class restaurants with all the ingredients to ensure that romance remains firmly on the menu. Here are some of our top picks for wining and dining in Bath this Valentine’s Day:
Sotto Sotto Ranked the number one restaurant in Bath on Tripadvisor, this award-winning Italian in Bath offers the full romantic package. Flickering candle-light; rustic stone walls; a sophisticated menu based on simplicity and quality ingredients – the sumptuous flavours of Sotto Sotto’s contemporary Italian cuisine will seduce you in a heartbeat and treat to a night you won’t soon forget. Be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Allium The critics’ darling, Allium’s pedigree comes from Michelin-starred Executive Head Chef, Chris Staines, whose resume includes the title of Head Chef at London’s Mandarin Oriental and Chef de Cuisine at Marco Pierre White’s the Oak Room. Located at the Abbey Hotel in the heart of the city, Allium is a stylish yet unstuffy restaurant, decorated in tasteful modern furnishings with splashes of art on the walls. The irresistible menu provides the perfect combination of classic dishes given a creative twist but this February, it is the Valentine’s Tasting Menu – comprising of four courses with coffee and chocolates – that is the star of the show.
The Olive Tree For sheer elegance, you cannot go wrong with The Olive Tree at Bath’s Queensbury Hotel. With beautifully presented food served in sophisticated surroundings, The Olive Tree proudly boasts the UK’s Best Wine List and three AA rosettes. This Valentine’s Day treat your loved one to a special Tasting Menu of choice treats such as a delicate crab lasagne, succulent venison and Manjari chocolate mousse with caramelised white chocolate. This is food heaven to the highest degree.
The George at Woolley Just a short distance from Bath, in the stunning market town of Bradford-on-Avon, The George at Woolley reopened last summer after an extensive refurbishment by the previous owners of the award-winning Tollgate Inn in Holt. This charming pub offers a Valentine’s date for those that prefer the relaxed country life ambience of a polished community pub. Expect sophisticated pub classics such as homemade beef wellington and mushroom and cream cheese ravioli as well as a mouth-watering selection of desserts.
Menu Gordon Jones Super talented Gordon Jones, renowned for being the youngest chef of a five star Relais & Chateaux hotel with two rosettes to his name, provides a winning mix of fabulous fine dining and value for money at his award-winning restaurant. His innate creativity means the menus can change daily plus there is always the option of a surprise menu for the more adventurous foodie. More of an experience than a mere dinner, we can guarantee you will want to linger over dessert.
La Perla Bath’s premier tapas restaurant has a beautifully romantic atmosphere with its modern cellar décor and ambient lighting. Ideal for diners that have very different tastes and appetites or alternatively love to share, the fine selection of tapas on offer has made La Perla one of the most popular restaurants in Bath. Order as much as you want, sip your wine and make believe you have been swept away to the Mediterranean.
Tilleys Bistro Tilleys Bistro is a culinary gem beloved by locals and tucked away in a historic building which, once upon a time, served as the refectory for the monks of Bath Abbey. A favourite of the theatre-going crowd, the early dinner slot at this quirky little bistro promises to serve your meal promptly if you have a show to catch and the tempting menu serves a selection of French, British and Mediterranean tapas, mains and desserts, offering excellent value for money and the feeling that you have discovered a very special place indeed.
Casanis Casanis (pronounced “Ca-za-neece”) offers everything you could wish for when you envisage a classic French bistro: dim lighting, Provencal antiques, a born-and-bred French chef who earned his stripes at Michelin-starred eateries, and a front-of-house owner who honed her skills at the chic Provence restaurant in New York. Add to that a beautiful two-storey Georgian building in one of the prettiest lanes in Bath and a menu that oozes romance, and you have the recipe for an evening full of amour.
There is so much choice when it comes to romantic and sophisticated dining experiences, it is no mean feat choosing where to book for February 14th. Rest assured, there will be plenty of other occasions when you can treat your other half to some mouthwatering food in our beautiful city of Bath, and try all of the aforementioned eateries for yourself.