Looking for somewhere 'just right' to go this Valentine's Day? Here is our list of the best restaurants, bars, and getaways for you to visit with that special someone...
1. Balbirnie House Hotel, Fife
For the ultimate combination of world-class food and beautiful surroundings on the 14th of February, we recommend Balbirnie House.
Book a table for two to try the 'SEVEN' tasting menu for a fantastic dining experience in their Orangery restaurant -- starting at just £35pp. Rooms are also available for those looking to spend a bit longer soaking up the atmosphere of this spectacular Georgian mansion. Visit here for more information or read our review here.
2. Glaschu, Glasgow
Visit Glaschu for a modern Scottish modern dining experience unlike any other. In the words of head chef Dion Scott: "This menu has Glasgow at its very heart. Like the building we stand within, its roots are in Scottish history, traditional cuisine and cooking..."
Glaschu is the Gaelic name for Scotland's biggest city, and translates to 'dear green place'. Why not enjoy that special place with someone close to your heart this Valentine's?
3. The Duke's Umbrella, Glasgow
After a few cocktails to celebrate the day in style? If so, you will want to ensure you get yourself a table at the Duke's Umbrella this Monday.
With an excellent range of gin and whisky cocktails on offer, plus an eclectic wine list, you'll have plenty of options at to pair with your Valentine's meal.
The Duke's Umbrella prides itself on doing pub food right, so expect familiar favourites bursting with flavour.
4. Lalique at the Glenturrett Distillery, Crieff
The Glenturret Lalique restaurant, adjoined to Scotland's oldest working whisky distillery, offers a delectable menu created by Head Chef Mark Donald and Pastry Chef of the Year winner Kayleigh Turner. Their modern Scottish take on the classic afternoon tea is served in the restaurant's elegant salon and dining room. Alternatively, a dynamic lunch menu, featuring a selection of eclectic small dishes, can be enjoyed in The Lalique Bar.
Additionally, visitors to the Lalique glassware boutique before the 13th of February will be offered a complimentary glass of champagne to drink whilst they shop. Here's more info on what you can expect.
5. Bonnie & Wild, Edinburgh
Would you prefer to just decide what kind of food you feel like eating on the night?
For a spontaneous romantic evening out, the Bonnie & Wild Scottish Marketplace in Edinburgh's new St James' Quarter has got you covered. With a dozen bars and restaurants to choose from (and no bookings required!), you are free to go with the flow.
Expect high-quality local produce and a variety mouth-watering food from restaurants including The Gannet East, the plant-based Erpingham House, and Gary Maclean's Creel and Caught -- in addition to some of Edinburgh's best pizza and burgers from East Pizzas, El Perro Negro and Chix.
If you're after an extraordinary experience, take a look at Chef's Table hosted by Taste Magazine Columnist and National Chef of Scotland Gary Maclean himself. Further info here.
Then, stop by the Broken Clock Café during the day to pick up some picture-worthy cake or patisserie!
6. Suissi Vegan Kitchen, Glasgow
Our pick of the bunch for a 100% vegan-friendly Valentine's celebration has to be the family-run Suissi Vegan Kitchen in Partick. Offering up delicious cocktails and plant-based Asian dishes in a welcoming, family-run setting, Suissi is perfect for non-carnivorous couples who want to have a broad range of veggie and vegan options to choose from.
8. Six by Nico, Edinburgh and Glasgow
A six-dish tasting menu that rotates every six weeks, and doesn't break the bank. If you haven't heard of Six by Nico yet, then you must not have been listening!
The current menu (in which each dish was voted for by customers) is called 'Once Upon a Time...' and takes inspiration from some of your favourite children's stories -- from Mathilda to Oliver Twist. Make sure to book a table soon to ensure you don't miss out on your very own fairy-tale evening.
9. Cameron House Hotel, Loch Lomond (West Dunbartonshire)
A luxurious hotel, spa, golf course, and much more, set in breath-taking surroundings on the banks of Loch Lomond. Cameron House is the perfect place to get away to this Valentine's Day for those couples seeking some romantic rest and relaxation time.
And for anyone looking to ask that big question over the coming days, Cameron House have recently released a number of proposal packages. Whether you want to propose on a private, secluded island on the loch, or soaring above it in a seaplane, or on the beautiful front lawn of the resort itself, Cameron House have got you covered. Just get in touch for more information.
10. The Bridge Inn, Edinburgh
The Bridge Inn in Ratho is offering a fantastic menu for couples to enjoy on the 13th and 14th of February. Nestled on the banks nestled of the Union Canal, The Bridge Inn is the perfect city escape for a cosy Valentine’s Day. The menu is priced at £80 per couple (excluding drinks).
Why not make the night of it and stay in one of The Bridge Inn’s individually designed bedrooms that offer picturesque views of the Union Canal? Prices start from £100 per night.
11. 111 by Modou, Glasgow
111 by Modou is offering an expanded tasting menu for couples who want to sample a broad range of locally sourced and expertly crafted dishes this Valentine's.
In 2014, Modou Diagne started off working as a kitchen porter at what was then Nico Simeone's 111 by Nico. 7 years later, he was made Head Chef -- and has been delivering fantastic food at 111 by Modou ever since.
The Valentine's day menu will feature Beef Tartare, Lobster Ravioli, Glazed Ox Cheek, Shetland Cod and Ayrshire Pork Belly -- and is available on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th of February.
12. The Ship Inn, Elie
With stunning views over Elie Bay in Fife, The Ship Inn is one of Scotland’s most beautiful settings for a peaceful and refreshing break away with that special someone. The restaurant will be hosting an exclusive menu to guests using Scottish ingredients to complement the season including an impressive charcuterie board starter and a special Chateaubriand steak to share.
13. The Crusoe, Lower Largo
The Crusoe, perched on the edge of Lower Largo beach is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the delights of Scottish seafood. With breath-taking views of the sea, this pub and B&B is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. The menu has been designed by Head Chef Ross Trail to impress guests with culinary delights from local suppliers including seafood and seasonal produce. For the occasion, it will be offering an exclusive rate including dinner to enjoy with a loved one. Dinner, bed and breakfast for £110 per couple. Booking is advised, which can be done via their website.
14. Maryculter House, Aberdeenshire
Immerse yourself in the abundance of natural landscapes and adventurous activities whilst staying at the luxurious four-star Maryculter House situated on the banks of the Royal Deeside. One of Scotland’s most historic hotels dating back to the 13th century, the stunning property has retained many of its original features including its ancient Great Hall central to the legends of the Knights Templar.
Enjoy champagne and roses on arrival, plus dinner at Poacher’s Brasserie, which offers stunning views of the River Dee and dishes using seasonal, local ingredients. This package is priced at £245 for two people.
15. The Dipping Lugger, Ullapool
A unique restaurant with rooms overlooking the shores of Loch Broom in Ullapool on Scotland’s West Highland Coast is perfect for an extra special Valentine’s Day. Stay in one of the stylish guest rooms designed by interior designer Eve Cullen-Cornes and indulge in a seven-course dinner menu created by head chef, David Smith whose menus showcase the fantastic produce the Highlands are famous for, including Ullapool’s incredible seafood.
Book ‘The Tasting Room’; an intimate two table dining room that doubles as a gin sampling room, where guests can enjoy a dram of Seven Crofts gin. Dinner, bed and breakfast for two people starts at £410 per room per night.