Romantic places to eat in Wales
Whether you're looking for somewhere to have a Valentine's meal, a spontaneous date night or a special dinner with your other half, there are many options for romantic places to dine across Wales. We've picked out ten restaurants from across the country that stand out on the romance scale – be it because of their menu, the surrounding scenery or the atmosphere. Bon appétit, cariad!
The Grove, Narberth
This three AA Rosette restaurant serving modern British food oozes sophistication. It is set in a warm and intimate dining room in a country house hotel, surrounded by beautiful Pembrokeshire hills. With nature all around them, they source vegetables and herbs from their garden and meat and fish from locals. The Chef's Signature Menu is a seven-course fancy affair that shows off the kitchen talent.
The Grove, Molleston, Narberth, Pembrokeshire SA67 8BX
The Grove, Narberth by The Grove
Llys Meddyg, Newport (Pembs)
Below the mountains of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park on the Nevern estuary is this charming restaurant with rooms. Book a table in the dining room, a luxurious room with rosewood lining the walls and a cosy atmosphere. The food is pure quality without pompousness. Most ingredients are sourced within a 50 mile radius, with fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs from Newquay, meat and fish from Cardigan and Newport and cheese from Llandysul.
Llys Meddyg, East Street, Newport, Pembrokeshire SA42 0SY
Llys Meddyg, Newport, Pembrokeshire by Llys Meddyg
Cafe at No 4, Carmarthen
The head chef at this popular fine dining eatery trained at the prestigious Claridges Hotel in London. His menus focus on modern British cuisine, including plenty of locally sourced options and European influences. The three course menu is very reasonably priced, but the low cost is no reflection on the quality. Bring a bottle of wine or bubbles (it's BYOB) and celebrate your relationship here.
4 Queen Street, Carmarthen SA31 1JR
Cafe at No 4, Carmarthen by Cafe at No.4
Signatures Restaurant, Conwy
This husband-and-wife led eatery in North Wales serves fine British cuisine in a relatively relaxed setting, making it ideal if you want to have a romantic meal without the stuffiness or formality often associated with fancy restaurants. The chefs have an open kitchen, so you can watch ingredients being transformed into your Michelin grade meal, knowing the food is fresh, expertly handled and bound to be delicious.
Signatures Restaurant, Aberconwy Resort & Spa, Aberconwy Park,Conwy, LL32 8GA
Signatures Restaurant, Conwy by Signatures Restaurant
Bodysgallen Hall, Llandudno
Surrounded by formal gardens and views of Snowdonia and Conwy, this country hotel is bursting with romantic character and charm. The restaurant has three AA rosettes for excellence, with special effort made to source top quality local food - from Welsh bass to vegetables picked from their own gardens. Make the trip extra special by booking in for an on-site spa treatment first.
Bodysgallen Hall and Spa, Llandudno LL30 1RS
Bodysgallen Hall, Llandudno by Bodysgallen Hall
Ynyshir Hall, Powys
On the southern edge of Snowdonia is Ynyshir Hall, a country house hotel with a Michelin restaurant. Diners can choose the standard menu (although it's anything but standard), which involves lots of small plates of innovative British cuisine with a touch of Asian influence. Or, for a truly intimate experience, you can sit at the Chef's Table for a special feast with the kitchen's stars.
Ynyshir Hall, Eglwysfach, Machynlleth, Powys SY20 8TA
Ynyshir Hall, Powys by Ynyshir Hall
Tempus at Tides, Cardiff Bay
The major selling point of this restaurant is the spectacular view. The restaurant looks out onto Cardiff Bay, and on a clear day you can see for miles and miles. While the à la carte menu offers decent fine dining, you may have more fun with one of their afternoon tea offerings. Each offers savoury nibbles and stacks of sweet treats with hot drinks or fizz on the side.
St David's Hotel and Spa, Havannah Street, Cardiff Bay CF10 5SD
Tempus at Tides Restaurant, Cardiff by St David's Hotel and Spa
Chez Francis, Cardiff
Given that Paris is a city of romance, it's not surprising that eating at Chez Francis in Cardiff is a wine-and-dine romantic experience. The menu offers an array of French classics. Think charcuterie boards, baked cheeses, oysters, snails and boeuf bourguignon to name a few. As for tipples, there are over 30 wines to choose from (and warm staff to help you pick).
185 Cowbridge Road East, Canton, Cardiff CF11 9AJ
Chez Francis, Cardiff by Ches Francis
The Hardwick, Abergavenny
This Monmouthshire restaurant with rooms is run by the internationally acclaimed chef Stephen Terry and his wife Joanna. It's a humble venue given the class and choice of the food. On the menu are plenty of delicately balanced classics and local fare. Examples include linguine with fresh white crab meat and brown shrimps and a butternut squash rotolo with local goats cheese and greens.
Old Raglan Road, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire NP7 9AA
The Hardwick Duck Hash, Abergavenny by The Hardwick
The Walnut Tree, Abergavenny
Originating from the 1960s, The Walnut Tree has a longstanding reputation for fine food in an informal setting. In fact, it was named Wales' best restaurant in the 2014 National Restaurant Awards. Their menu is eclectic and predominantly includes meat and fish cooked with finesse. Leave time to walk around the gardens and explore the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside.
Llanddewi Skirrid, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire NP7 8AW
The Walnut Tree, Abergavenny, Wye Valley and Vale of Usk