Happy Valentine’s Day! Bath is surely one of the UK’s most romantic cities – elegant, classical, filled with beautiful parks and dreamy views. And whether you choose to make a big fuss of V Day, you’re an old romantic all year round, or you’re just in it for the food, Bath is also the perfect place to go out for date night. All the restaurants in this top five offer seriously good food – that’s a given – but I’ve also carefully chosen them for their gorgeous romantic ambiance, whether you’re looking for traditional roses and candlelight or somewhere a little cosier and more relaxed.
I’m starting with this lovely little French restaurant on Argyle St because Chez Dominique is genuinely the place my husband and I most often go on date night (although we have a baby now, so ‘often’ is a relative term). I absolutely love the menu, which is classic, unfussy and absolutely full of delicious flavours, and the restaurant itself is has that understated, effortless beauty which the French are so good at – wooden floors, fresh flowers, plenty of light. For a seriously special date night, treat yourselves to the chateaubriand for two to share, and ask maitre d’ Julien for his expert wine recommendations.
Sweet Little Things
Of all the fabulous foodie places in Bath, this is surely where Cupid would feel most at home – decorated with hundreds and hundreds of silk roses, this teashop is as pretty as one of their own delicately frosted cupcakes. Think ditzy-patterned china, plump pink velvet armchairs, and candy-striped wallpaper (as well as the famous flower walls, one of Bath’s most instagrammed locations). Sweet Little Things isn’t open in the evenings, so this is the place to treat your beloved to brunch, lunch or perhaps one of their incredible afternoon teas, with a glass or two of champagne.
The Tivoli Cinema
This might seem like a curveball, but trust me, the food at Bath’s luxury cinema is a serious upgrade on the usual popcorn and hotdogs. The menu is simple but the dishes are really good – delicious small plates for sharing, and I highly recommend their pizzas – and you can either eat in their elegant lounge bar, or have your food delivered directly to the screening, where you and your sweetheart can snuggle up on a sofa for two. To complete the picture, order one of their swoonworthy sundaes with two spoons.
Noya’s is one of my favourite Bath restaurants for gorgeous comfort food with a twist, and it’s a beautiful, bright little place with a great atmosphere, so if you’re looking for something a bit more relaxed, this is a great choice for a date. They’re open for lunch Tuesday-Saturday, and run speciality nights on Wednesday and Thursday (I highly recommend their Wednesday pho nights for a bowl of deliciously aromatic Vietnamese soup), or if you’re sufficiently committed you can join the waiting list for one of Noya’s legendary supper clubs, which are well worth it.
The Beckford Bottle Shop
The Beckford Bottle Shop is always one of the first places I think of when people ask me for date night ideas – the ambiance is just perfect, all deep moody colours, polished brass and soft candlelight. The menu stars a regularly-changing selection of small but perfectly formed dishes that are just right for sharing, and as you might expect, their wine list is nothing short of spectacular. Look out for their regular events too, with everything from irresistible food and wine pairings to live music.
Fancy something a little different? Special mentions to Circo, which I think is possibly Bath’s most beautiful cocktail bar, tucked away in the vaults with lots of intimate nooks and corners, and Corkage, another of my favourite places for a romantic candlelit dinner. And just because sometimes there’s nothing you fancy more than a night in, shout out also to The Oyster Shell, one of Bath’s newest and best takeaways – pick up some seriously good fish and chips, grab a frosty bottle of prosecco on the way home, and you’ve got all the ingredients you need for date night on the sofa.
Have I missed anywhere? What’s your favourite place in Bath to take your favourite person? Leave me a comment and let me know!