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5 romantic restaurants in the south east for Valentine’s Day

If you are stuck for ideas on how to treat the one you love this Valentine’s Day, then you can’t go wrong with some good food, fine wine and, most importantly, a very romantic setting. Whether you’re looking for a seriously fancy restaurant or casual but cosy dining, we’ve selected five romantic restaurants in the south east, that would make the perfect Valentine’s Day date.

Bocca Social, Beckenham

Bocca Social’s modern, quirky décor complete with dusty pink accents, neon lighting and a flower wall makes it look as if it was designed specifically with Valentine’s Day in mind. The food complements the romantic setting, with starters (or ‘cichetti’) designed for sharing and mains inspired by traditional Venetian cooking. For Valentine’s Bocca Social is putting on a three-course menu and a flute of ‘Lanique en Rose’ on arrival, which combines a tantalizing combination of prosecco and Lanique Rose.

Interior of Booca Social restaurant with wooden dining tables and central lime green bar with pink bar stools

Due Amici, Chislehurst

Due Amici has been serving up amazing Italian food on the Royal Parade in Chislehurst for 25 years. The name of the restaurant means ’two friends’ in Italian, which gives you an idea of the warm and friendly service you can expect inside. The cosy interior and mood lighting provide the perfect intimate setting for enjoying fine dining on the most romantic day of the year.

Close up on formally set restaurant table at Due Amici with plants on windowsill

Chapter One, Locksbottom

With a reputation as one of the best restaurants in the south east, Chapter One is known for its excellent food in a stylish setting. Inspired modern European cuisine created using fresh local ingredients is combined with a traditional dining experience channelling elegance and refinery. For Valentine’s the chefs have put together a delicious menu of four courses, including coffees and petit fours, so you can delight your date with an indulgent evening.

Interior of Chapter One restaurant, formal dining with white tablecloths and monochrome colour scheme

Thackeray’s, Tunbridge Wells

Upon entering Thackeray’s you’d be forgiven for believing you’d stepped into a fairytale cottage complete with the slanting roof and sloping floors. The striking building also has a fascinating history as it was home to the author William Makepeace Thackeray. Fine French cuisine served up on white tablecloths is as posh as you’d expect in the former home of the author of Vanity Fair.

Dining room at Thackerays' restaurant with patterned wallpaper and historic fireplace features

The Goods Shed, Canterbury

The Goods Shed in Canterbury is a totally unique location for a romantic Valentine’s Day meal. The rustic restaurant on the upper-level of the building makes use of light provided by the large Victorian-style windows and overlooks a busting farmer’s market on the floor below, which brings new meaning to the term ‘locally sourced’ ingredients. If you’re looking for a more casual Valentine’s Day date, their brunch comes highly recommended, and can be combined with a trip to the market afterwards to stock up on supplies for cooking up your own romantic meal another day.

Large VIctorian windows make a light dining area for the rustic wooden interiors at The Goods Shed

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