Romantic eats in Warks & the West Mids for Valentine’s Day
Even if you're a romance skeptic, it never hurts to be wined and dined. Nab a table at one of these romantic spots and prepare to go all doe-eyed...
Pretty much all bases are covered here in the elegant, glass-ceilinged Garden Room Restaurant which serves a la carte meals, casual lunches and a stonking Afternoon Tea (obvs you’re going to order the one with champers). There’s a Valentine’s staycation complete with dinner, breakfast and heaps of other treats too, if you fancy going all out.
This place, with stunning views over Hatton Locks, recently underwent a refurb and is looking more romantic than ever. Think lots of cosy soft furnishings, low lighting and real wood fires. There’s also a fully covered terrace with loads of blankets if you’re feeling like braving the great outdoors.
RSC Rooftop Restaurant, Stratford-upon-Avon
Are these the best views in the centre of Stratford? Enjoy a glass of wine overlooking the river, plus, there’s an impressive three course pre-theatre menu which works out good value for money at £29. Why not continue date night by going to see Much Ado About Nothing at the RSC which is just downstairs? (pssst…if you really want to go all out check out our recommendation below)
We love The Arden (check out our Muddy review here). It’s a peachy spot for dinner or a night away. There’s currently some great packages including a Valentine’s Getaway – think afternoon tea, four-course dinner, rose petals on the bed, hamper and breakfast in bed. Don’t mind if we do!
Muddy covers the West Mids now – did you know? And we’ve got to shout about this place! Food is great, ambiance is spot on and drinks are even better. There’s a lovely dining area but also some snug areas to chill out with your better half over a bottle (or two).
If you’re looking for somewhere cool where you can hangout after a meal, this is the place for you. It’s got an industrial vibe but with lots of hanging foliage, which softens the look. It definitely impressed Muddy on a recent visit. There’s a Valentine’s menu including lobster and crayfish linguine or surf & turf, and don’t forget to try one of the infamous espresso martinis. When you’ve finished dinner there’s games tables including foosball, ping pong and pool to have a play on.
Can you get more romantic than sitting next to the fire in a chocolate-box, 400-year-old Cotswold-stone inn on the village green? I think not. This pub, just outside Shipston-on-Stour has delicious menus with locally sourced food and home-baked bread. There’s rooms available too if you decide to make a night of it.
Want somewhere with the ‘wow’ factor for dinner? This is it. From three AA rosette-winning The Dining Room expect food from the hotel’s own gardens and a seasonal menu. If you fancy a break there’s a Valentine’s Package including access to the Muddy Award-winning Elan Spa, treatment, afternoon tea, wine, breakfast and more.
A quirky country pub and restaurant in a 15th century castle, with 4 AA rosettes no less. It’s a super-friendly, relaxed and cosy historic inn. Snuggle up in the panelled library with its roaring fire, have a drink in the bar with its characterful nooks and crannies and dine in the restaurant or glasshouse which has floor-to-ceiling panoramic views over the famous Civil War battlefield. Here’s our review.