Love is well and truly in the air around Manchester, but with so many fantastic restaurants to choose from it can be difficult to decide where you’ll be treating that special someone (or yourself) this Valentine’s Day. We’ve donned our napkins and scouted out 10 intriguing venues featuring beautiful décor and delicious food to make you fall in love with Valentine’s Day all over again. Enjoy!
Croma – found next to Albert Square in the heart of Manchester – offers diners a chic art deco environment and gourmet pizzas fit for swooning over. Don’t let the thought of a casual pizza make you underestimate what’s on offer here: a fashionable dining experience that’s easily accessible and sensibly priced. Croma’s Valentine’s specials are bound to whet your appetite too.
2. Home Sweet Home
Whilst this staple of Manchester’s trendy Northern Quarter isn’t offering a Valentine’s day menu like others on this list, Home Sweet Home is still the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth on the sweetest day of the year. Cosy on up with friends, your other half, or even a first date and share one of their famous shakes or even more renowned (and spectacular) cakes.
3. Mercato Italiano
Valentine’s Day isn’t just about what’s on the plate, and when you’re serving up romantic Italian food all year round, it becomes difficult to create a unique experience for this one day. That’s not a problem for Mercato Italiano, however. The stylish Italian restaurant has created two exclusive cocktails made for lovers – a his and her’s variant drawing on a hundred years of Italian culture, and featuring luxurious ingredients.
4. The Lead Station
Who says you have to be in the city centre to have all the fun? Get ready to be loved up in the Chorlton institute that is The Lead Station. Occupying a former police station, The Lead Station is a unique and striking location that upholds an informal and welcoming atmosphere – perfect for a relaxed romantic meal.
Another Northern Quarter staple, Rosylee takes residency on Stevenson Square, among the creative heart of the NQ. Inside, diners are greeted by lush hanging plants and a striking black and white open interior. For Valentine’s Day, Rosylee are offering an intriguing menu, which includes a range of mouth-watering desserts, ensuring the meal ends on a passionate note.
6. Pier Eight
If you really want to push the boat out this Valentine’s Day, venture down to Salford Quay’s Pier Eight for fine dining overlooking the Quays. Situated at The Lowry, it’s the perfect destination for luxurious cuisine either before or after catching a cultural show.
7. The French at the Midland
Decadence is an adjective reserved for The French. With a beautiful nine course tasting menu from head chef Adam Reid and luxurious surroundings, a visit to The French is an extravagant gesture in itself.
8. Crazy Pedro’s
Of course, these days romance extends to dating apps – and the staff at Crazy Pedro’s noticed that many of their Tuesday clientele were comprised of people on Tinder dates. If you’re looking for a more casual venue for a laid-back Valentine’s, you’re in luck: Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday this year, and Crazy Pedro’s tasty menu and whacky décor are a perfect choice.
9. Retreat Restaurant
Another solution for those not in the city centre, Retreat is a small piece of paradise hidden away in Bolton. Offering a Valentine’s menu that’s sure to get the heart racing, Retreat is a great choice for couples or friends looking for al fresco dining in a location away from the hustle and bustle of Manchester.
10. The Metropolitan
Last, but by no means least, The Metropolitan in Didsbury is offering a tantalising Valentine’s menu, complete with homemade chocolate truffles to finish up. Decorated with timelessly classic reds and purples inside a former Victorian railway hotel, The Metropolitan gives off traditional warmth and class.
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