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The 10 most romantic UK restaurants to book for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine's Day all sorted, is it? Yeah, we thought not. 

Okay, so we can't help with the box of chocolates, and we can't pick out her favourite flowers, but we definitely can help you out with where to take her for that special dinner on 14 Feb. Whittled down from more than 450,000 diner reviews, online restaurant booking site OpenTable has come up with a shortlist of the ten most romantic restaurants in the whole of the UK. It features luxurious interiors, flowery ceilings and petite canapes for her, and grilled steaks, spicy eats and beer menus for you. Yeah, you like the sound of Valentine's Day now, don't you?

So get scrolling through this list, and don't forget to pick up the flowers before 14 February (hint: we hear roses are usually a pretty safe bet).  

  • The 10 most romantic UK restaurants to book for Valentine's Day

    City Social, London

    Serial restaurateur and Michelin starred chef Jason Atherton’s City Social can be found on the 24th floor of Tower 42 near Liverpool Street, and boasts uninterrupted views of London landmarks such as 30 St Mary Axe (or The Gherkin to us normal-speaking folk) and The Leadenhall Building (aka The Cheesegrater). If your romancing skills don’t leave her speechless, the view will. 

    citysociallondon.com

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    Clos Maggiore, London

    An “oasis of calm in the heart of Covent Garden” according to OpenTable, the lady-pleasing floral canopy, the roaring fire, the French vibes in the food and the extensive wine list will have your other half crowning you The Undisputed Lord Of All Boyfriends Ever by the end of the evening. 

    closmaggiore.com

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    Hutchesons Bar and Brasserie, Glasgow

    If your missus got all soppy and teary at that final Downton Abbey episode last Christmas, make her feel like a modern-day Lady Mary Crawley and take her here – the triple-floored, incredibly restored, architectural icon on Glasgow’s Ingram Street. The service is without doubt up to Mr Carson’s standards, and we can pretty much guarantee there won’t be a stomach ulcer-laiden Earl of Grantham there to cough up blood over the two of you. 

    Hutchesonsglasgow.com

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    Twenty Princes Street, Edinburgh

    Set inside an old Victorian building with sweeping views of the Edinburgh cityscape, if there's a reason to whisk your other half up to the Scottish capital for a romantic break this 14 Feb, this is it.

    twentyprincesstreet.co.uk

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    The Grill Room at The Square, Glasgow

    Let's keep this simple - here, you're eating steak and chips. As a recent recipient of Restaurant Magazine's 'Best Steak and Chips in the UK' award, and boasting an award-winning new chef, your meat and potatoes here are going to be mighty fine. If she orders the same, you know she's a keeper. 

    29glasgow.co.uk

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    The Stockbridge, Edinburgh

    If the pressure of bettering her ex in the romance stakes is causing you a nervous breakdown, then a more relaxed, laid-back dinner plan should cool your jets. Enter The Stockbridge – a cozy, family-run restaurant with hand-picked wines and great cooking. Aaand relax.

    thestockbridgerestaurant.co.uk 

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    Velvet Restaurant, Manchester

    Ranked in the top three hotels in the whole of Manchester, Velvet’s eatery is offering a £70-per-couple Valentine’s menu this year with fizz, canapes, four courses and desserts all taken care of. If you’re so crammed with food by the end of the evening that you can’t move? Book yourself into one of their nineteen boutique rooms.  

    Velvetmanchester.com

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    Tattu, Manchester

    The oriental offerings at this sultry eatery "take inspiration from body art and its rich history, inviting guests on a sensory journey from East to West, delivering a unique experience unlike any other". A pretty good way to add a little 'spice' to your 14 February, then. 

    tattu.co.uk

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    Fleet Street Kitchen, Birmingham

    FSK champions the farm-to-table philosophy, which is why it's totally unsurprising that they've made such a great name for themselves in the realms of all things meaty. Their burgers are stacked high, and their steaks are cooked to perfection over an old Spanish 'charcoa' grill at an eyebrow-scorchingly hot 400 degrees. All this meat means you've got enough to keep yourself happy as your lady guest soaks up the pretty country-luxe interior. 

    fleetstreetkitchen.co.uk

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    Turners, Birmingham

    Happen to be in the Midlands this Valentine's? Tucking a napkin into your collar here is as good as it gets. Sure, the menu at this multi-award winning Michelin-starred restaurant is spectacular, but the beer menu is what we'd be pouring over, thanks to a partnership with the really really good Purity Brewery from Warwickshire. 

    turnersrestaurantbirmingham.co.uk

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Chris Sayer is a freelance journalist and editor based in London. Chris has interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment and travelled the world doing an all manner of adventures for lots of brilliant magazines. He writes for Shortlist about booze but would probably prefer we let him write about fishing instead. Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisSayer00

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