If most of your recent Friday nights consist of a takeaway in front of the TV and falling asleep before 9pm, then what better excuse to hop up off the sofa than Valentine’s Day?
It’s often said that the true way to someone’s heart is through their stomach and fortunately for us, there are plenty of amazing restaurants in the region to put this to the test. From stunning rooftop views to cosy coastal cabins, here we list our top picks for where to head in the North East this February 14th…
For an indulgent treat >>
The Orangery, Rockliffe Hall
Treat someone special to the opulence of Rockliffe Hall’s Orangery this Valentine’s Day. The talented team will be cooking up a storm fit for couples with a love of culinary delights. The softly-lit restaurant invites loved up diners in for a sumptuous six-course tasting menu, as well as the restaurant’s luxurious a la carte menu, with a few Valentine’s specials thrown in for good measure. Complete the feast with an expert wine flight.
For a sky-high view >>
SIX at Baltic, Gateshead
Fancy a romantic dinner in the clouds? Set up in the sky above BALTIC, SIX offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city along with a creative cocktail menu worth making your way through with a loved one. Serving modern British cuisine from locally- sourced and sustainable ingredients, this chic restaurant is perfect for intimate dining with someone special. As you watch the lights of the city twinkle in your partner’s eyes and tuck into a selection of delicious dishes, you’ll wonder how you’ve never visited SIX for a Valentine’s Day treat before.
For sensational seafood >>
Riley’s Fish Shack, Tynemouth
Roses are red, violets are blue, if you’re a seafood lover, Riley’s Fish Shack is for you! This rustic eatery at King Edward’s Bay is undeniably a memorable Valentine’s Day spot. Listen to the ocean lulling back and forth as you dine on roasted cod or chilli fish empanadas, all cooked in Riley’s infamous wood fired oven. Did we mention that all of the fish on offer is fresh and local from that week’s fishing escapades? Dreamy.
For city-chic vibes >>
The Ivy, Harrogate
Stylish, sophisticated and sweet in so many ways. Venture into North Yorkshire for a slick, city-inspired dining experience at The Ivy, Harrogate. Sitting in a smart spot on Parliament Street, this restaurant has something for everyone, with a food menu that features modern British classics and a drinks menu as long as your arm. With pops of colour, stunning wall art and indoor plants that rival the best garden centres around, The Ivy’s decor is sure to be a suitable backdrop to impress your date this Friday night.
For a cosy but fancy feel >>
The Impeccable Pig, Sedgefield
With its wood-beamed ceilings, extensive wine list and friendly, laid-back atmosphere, The Impeccable Pig is a warm country pub, with an elegant twist. It’s the ideal spot for a romantic dinner – complete with flowers hanging over head and golden mood lighting adorning each and every room. Choose between steak or fish ‘From the Josper’, or bistro classics such as pasta, burgers and pizza. Break into your piggy bank for this one and you won’t regret it. Top tip: we recommend getting the cheese souffle to start, it’s absolutely to-die-for. If ever there’s a time to be cheesy, it’s on Valentine’s Day, right?
For classic romance >>
The Cellar Door, Durham
Found tucked away down a set of narrow, cobbled steps, Durham’s The Cellar Door exudes historic character and traditional romance. This unique underground 13th century cellar is offering a bespoke Valentine’s Day menu this year, which for £38 per head, you can’t go wrong. Running from 4.30pm to 10pm this Friday, enjoy everything from a pre-starter of avocado mousse, to a post-dessert petit fours. This elegant eatery is a city centre must this February and offers fine dining at a fair price.
For unique fine-dining >>
Le Cochon Aveugle, York
Spoil your special someone this weekend with a quaint fine-dining experience at Le Cochon Aveugle. Set in the heart of York and offering a contemporary European menu that is rooted in classic French techniques, this small, stripped back restaurant lets the food do all the talking. Dine at a time of either 6pm or 7.30pm and be treated to a ‘blind’ 8-course tasting menu of pure heaven, for £85pp. And if you really feel like making this Valentine’s Day one to remember, for an extra £60pp you can treat your loved one to wine pairings, too. We’ll cheers to that.
For a little adventure >>
Lost Property, Yarm
Nestled at the end of Yarm high street, you’ll have to find this restaurant first. Lost Property boasts a speakeasy interior that is dark, candle-lit and has no evidence of an outside world – a picture-perfect date night spot. Let cupid work his magic as you (quite literally) share a meal with your dinner date – expect sharing starters, sharing boards and sharing steaks. This restaurant is fit for a couple of food-lovers. If sharing food isn’t for you, there’s no need to panic… there is, of course, solo meals available and a mouthwatering drinks list to check out. You may just emerge ‘drunk and in love’ after a trip to this little hidden gem.