Here in Bristol we may not have the opportunity to experience the very first Greggs sit down meal (now wouldn’t THAT be romantic?!), but, we have plenty of other choices of special venues to choose from when you are looking or something to remember.
So whether you’ve plucked a date from tinder this Valentines, or you’re still in the ‘honeymoon stage’, smug and loved up or ‘it’s complicated’, you’ve already slogged through the murky dating waters, so here is a guide to give you a hand with navigating the Bristol restaurant scene and take your pick for date night.
Address: 43 Corn Street, Bristol BS1
When you have good chat and comfortable funds but your face doesn’t perform that well under natural light (it happens!) The Ox on Corn Street, hidden in a basement below The Commercial Rooms is the place for you. They’re offering a three course set sharing menu with a glass of fizz at £55 per person. The decadent and elegant surroundings are bound to make things feel a bit special and you can also indulge in a few signature cocktails afterwards.
The Glass Boat
Address: Welsh Back, Bristol BS1
If you’re taking your date aboard this romantic boat, you better be seriously considering giving them the key to your flat. The panoramic windows and tables that overlook the water with unique views of the harbour side have to be one of the most impressive in the city. The menu changes regularly but is always delicious and really pushes the boat out (we had too).
The Kensington Arms
Address: 35-37 Stanley Road, Bristol BS6
The lush cosy put near Redland provides a warm and cosy atmosphere whilst still keeping things relaxed. If you prefer more of an activity date, but the only activity you’re really into is drinking, then this one is for you! For just £35pp you can learn how to be the wine snob you’ve always pretended to be with their prosecco and sparkling wine tasting evening.
Under the Stars
Address: Harbourside, Bristol BS1
Moored opposite the Water Shed, Under the Stars has recently undergone a shiny transformation. Below deck lies an intimate set up, with a solid tapas offering that’s ideal for sharing in a dreamy, romantic setting. The cocktails are also wonderful as well.
Address: 44 Corn Street, Bristol BS1
With the highly swanky interior, blue lit ceiling, mirrored walls and marble tables (also perfect for an Instagram-able food pic) this restaurant will excite anyone who is into ‘nice stuff’. If your date is into pop culture, spotting all the celebrity photos as to who has graced the restaurant is a strong talking point too if you struggle for conversation! They are offering a Valentine’s Day menu.
The Mint Room
Address: 12-16 Clifton Road, Bristol BS8
If you want to have a classy curry this Valentine’s Day that is more special than your regular take away head to The Mint room in Clifton. This restaurant is raved about amongst the Bristol scene and delivers Indian dishes in a totally new way. They have a special Valentine’s Day menu to choose from as well.
Address: 208 Cheltenham Road, Bristol BS6
We heart The Library. The simplistic décor and low lighting with candles everywhere creates the perfect romantic atmosphere. Their selection of wines is sure to be appreciated by any wine connoisseur (or wine wannabe) and owner Louise is wonderful, making you feel right at home. Choose a cosy corner and get to know each other a bit better over some vino.
Sholay Indian Kitchen
Address: Cargo 2, Wapping Wharf
Another one for you curry lovers is Sholay Indian Kitchen in the quirky, foodie *’one of the best places to eat in the country’* cargos at Wapping Wharf. If your date is cooler than you, and they haven’t ventured to Wapping Wharf yet, this is sure to impress! They are running a special Valentine’s menu which includes their Samosa Chaat – which really is a game changer.
The Old Market Assembly
Address: 25 West Street, Old Market BS2
The Old Market Assembly offer a range of delicious food and the restaurant is full of character! The place itself encompasses a restaurant, bar, café, theatre and also doubles up as a live music venue. For the special day they are hosting a gourmet experience with locally sourced produce for their Surf and Turf Tasting Menu accompanied by wines from Billings and Briggs.
West Street Kitchen
Address: 55 West Street, Bristol BS2
Branching out from their usual casual cafe style, West Street Kitchen have announced a supper club for Valentine’s Day. A 4 course menu of seasonal dishes will be on offer in this relaxed space, and promises to be a bit of a dark horse for something special.
The Ivy Clifton Brasserie
Address: 42-44 Caledonia Place, Bristol BS8
Whilst they may not have a special menu for Valentine’s Day, The Ivy in Clifton is one of Bristol’s plushest restaurants and couldn’t go missed from this list. The main dining room has a double-height ceiling and a huge central column and impressive artwork of the Clifton suspension bridge above the bar. Serving up food almost as beautiful as the décor, it is really is a place to see and be seen. Also, you get to eat the chocolate bomb dessert.