What makes a restaurant romantic? Depends on who you are asking, but in our experience, candlelight and cosy alcoves are always a good start, while some decadent surroundings, discrete yet impeccable service, maybe a touch of live music, all add to the effect. Whether you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day by exchanging cards, sending flowers or treating your beloved to a champagne breakfast in bed, the most important thing of course is to spend some quality time together. Luckily for us, Bath is spoilt for choice when it comes to quality restaurants. Here are some of our top picks for the most romantic restaurants in Bath this Valentine’s Day:
Sotto Sotto This award-winning Italian in Bath offers the full romantic package. Flickering candlelight; 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 you to a night you won’t forget in a hurry. Be sure to book in advance though to avoid disappointment.
The Ivy Bath Brasserie Housed in the former NatWest building at the top of Milsom Street, The Ivy Bath Brasserie’s is now one of the premiere restaurants in town. It’s stylish yet unstuffy, lively but not too rowdy, and arguably serves the best Margarita in town. Start perched on a bar stool alongside the fabulous ivy-decked bar, before decamping to one of the many cosy tables and club chairs dotted throughout the restaurant. The irresistible menu is the perfect combination of classic brasserie dishes and great British classics – try The Ivy hamburger or their famous shepherd’s pie (topped with Wookey Hole Cheddar potato mash). More exotic options include blackened cod fillet in a banana leaf and a whole grilled lobster served with garlic and parsley butter, watercress and thick-cut chips.
The Olive Tree For sheer elegance, you can’t go wrong with The Olive Tree at Bath’s Queensbury Hotel. Beautifully presented food served in sophisticated surroundings, it’s also the only Michelin restaurant in Bath. This Valentine’s Day, treat your loved one to a special 7-course tasting menu that includes raw Orkney scallops, Woolley Park Farm duck and a divine-sounding dessert made using dark chocolate, honeycomb and coffee. The ultimate food heaven.
The George at Woolley Just a short distance from Bath in the stunning market town of Bradford-on-Avon, The George at Woolley is headed up by chef and owner, Alexander Venables, former head chef at Lucknam Park Hotel and former owner 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 George’s homemade steak burger, 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, provides a winning mix of fabulous fine dining and value for money at his award-winning restaurant on Bear Flat. His innate creativity is reflected in the restaurant’s surprise tasting menu, all decided in advance by the man himself; no decisions to make, just sit back and enjoy the experience. With only 10 tables, covers are limited, so you need to book in advance, but we can guarantee you will want to linger over dessert…
La Perla One of Bath’s premier tapas restaurant, La Perla has a beautifully romantic atmosphere with its modern cellar décor and ambient lighting. Ideal for couples 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.
Raphael Restaurant Tucked away on Upper Borough Walls and just a stone’s throw from the Theatre Royal, Raphael Restaurant occupies the much-coveted title as the number 1 French restaurant in Bath on TripAdvisor. Family owned and run by attentive and enthusiastic staff (the front of house manager really knows his wines), the menu is mostly modern European, with treats such as honey-glazed wild boar loin with pumpkin purée and apple cider gravy, and pecan & rosemary crusted lamb rump served with honey-glazed roast parsnips. It’s a superb menu and a great choice for an evening filled with amour.
Jars Meze If you’re looking for the authentic Greek experience, then Jars Meze is the one for you. Small, cosy and with a genuine family-run feel, the meze-style food is perfect for sharing. Try the suggested meze platters if it all seems a bit overwhelming, before moving on to authentic Greek specialities such as Stifado and Kleftiko, washed down with some superb Greek wine. All that’s missing is that balmy Mediterranean weather, but who cares, tonight love is all you need….
There is so much choice when it comes to romantic restaurants in Bath: which one will you book for 14th February? Perhaps your favourite is missing from our list? Share it with us on Facebook or Twitter – we’d love to add to our repertoire!