With its elegant Georgian architecture, luxurious spas and leafy parks, Bath is a truly romantic city and the perfect setting for Valentine’s Day. Here are 16 ways to discover the city's romantic side…
Enjoy a Relaxing Retreat
First things first, if you’re making Bath your getaway destination of choice, you’ll need somewhere to stay. Combe Grove, an expansive manor house hotel on the southeastern fringes of the city, have a special Valentine’s offer when booking direct for 14th and 15th February, including a delicious three-course dinner and Prosecco and chocolates in your room, plus breakfast and full use of their spa facilities.
Cook Up Some Sweet Treats
If you’re in or around the picturesque Bradford-on-Avon on 13th February, make for award-winning hotel Woolley Grange. Teaming up with raw chocolate company Elements for Life, their workshop will be the ideal chance to cook up some sweet treats, from silky smooth love hearts to creamy fudge and decadent mousse. Dairy-free, so perfect for vegans and those who are lactose-intolerant, gift them to a loved one or keep for yourself!
Tuck into Dinner With a Side of Jazz
Be serenaded by live music whilst you enjoy a delicious meal at Green Park Brasserie. The restaurant’s talented team of chefs have created a special four-course menu to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, ranging from a perfect-to-share baked camembert starter to a delectable dark chocolate torte dessert. Along with the smooth sounds of The Lambeth Swing band playing throughout the evening, it’s set to be a memorable night.
Escape to the Country
Just a ten-minute drive from the centre of Bath, the pretty village of Newton St Loe is itself worth a visit for its honey-coloured cottages and country calm. Newton Farm Shop, a friendly, family-run business in the village, often run open days and events, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Their Parlour Café will be serving top-quality home-produced steaks, cooked to perfection, with chips, sides and sauce, plus a half bottle of Malbec per person on 14th February.
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Show Your Support
Prepare for a sparkling charity ball at the Apex City of Bath Hotel on 15th February, all in aid of The Bristol Heart Institute. Dress to the nines for The Big Hearted Valentine’s Ball and enjoy welcome drinks and a three-course meal before Pure Queen, the country’s premier Queen tribute band, and Gerri Waite, a Celine Dion tribute, take to the stage.
Cosy Up at the Cinema
Settle down and watch the classic romantic film Casablanca at The Little Theatre Cinema on 16th February. One of their Vintage Sundays screenings and still quotable to this day, lose yourself in the story of Humphrey Bogart’s reunion with his lost love and the triangle that follows. Make a date at Tivoli Cinema in SouthGate, too. Their four studios are intimate and cosy, (complete with foot-stooled-sofas), and food and drink can be served to your seat, making it a truly special cinematic experience.
Feast on Five Courses
Make for the peaceful Bowood Estate in Calne this Valentine’s Day. The hotel is hosting a spectacular five-course tasting menu, featuring a variety of mouthwatering dishes, in their Shelburne Restaurant. Why not stay over? You can expect a bottle of Prosecco and handmade chocolates in your room, plus full use of the spa facilities.
Celebrate with Valentine’s Vino
Be transported to sunnier Mediterranean climes at Le Vignoble on 14th February. The intimate wine bar in Milsom Place will be serving their large sharing platters – think authentic French cheeses, cured artisan saucisson, Corsican hams, quality pâté, marinated olives, fruits, nuts and fresh bread – alongside a whole bottle of Brut rosé. Cheers!
Toast with Some French Fizz
With French the language of love, there’s no better place in Bath to emulate our continental neighbours this Valentine’s Day than French restaurant Bistrot Pierre. They’re offering three courses and a glass of fizz for £29.95 from 14th to 15th February. There’s everything from scallops to duck leg confit and an indulgent dessert sharing plate (crème brûlée, tarte au citron and chocolate brownie with warm chocolate sauce and salted caramel ice cream) on the menu – bon appétit!
Check out Some Comedy
Share a few Valentine’s Day laughs with the people you love at Komedia Bath on 14th February. Their ever-popular Krater Comedy Club showcases the best in live comedy, featuring three top stand-ups and a top compère.
Hide Out at Henry’s
Tucked away at the top of town on Saville Row, Henry’s Restaurant is thoroughly modern and independent. Head Chef Henry Scott serves up classic dishes with an inventive twist, and there is a full vegan menu celebrating sustainable plant-based recipes and flavours. Book a table for Valentine’s Day and enjoy a delectable four-course meal with fizz for £65.
Head on a Foodie Treasure Hunt
Swap Valentine’s for Palentine’s this year and gather a group of friends to head out on a foodie trail around the city with a Savouring Bath food tour. You’ll uncover the gems of our food and drink scene with the help of an expert guide, plus get to sample lots of treats along the way. Book before 10th February with the code VB_Val_2020 at checkout for 15% off tours running from 13th to 15th February.
Indulge in Cheesecake and Cocktails
Bringing the blush pink tones to their new drinks and dessert in celebration of romance season, head to The Ivy Bath Brasserie to sip on a Rose Fizz Champagne cocktail or Rose Petal Martini and tuck into their white chocolate cheesecake topped with berries. The drinks are available from 10th to 16th February, and the dessert is on offer from 13th to 16th February.
Float Over Bath
For a truly special and unique experience, why not take to the skies? Book a Valentine’s Champagne Balloon Flight with Bailey Balloons for your own exclusive trip, gliding over the city and capturing one-of-a-kind shots and memories. Their Exclusive Flights start at £650 for two passengers, and their Shared Hot Air Balloon Ride vouchers start at £220 for two people.
Dine and Stay in a Manor House Hotel
Enjoy an indulgent Valentine’s weekend at Bailbrook House Hotel with their special Tasting Menu in the Cloisters Restaurant, a unique space with exposed stone vaulting and soft candlelight making for the perfect romantic setting. Book to stay overnight, on their dinner, bed and breakfast rate, and you’ll get £35 per person towards your meal.