Top 10 Romantic Places to Eat This Valentine's

Want to treat the one you love to the most romantic and delicious meal for Valentine’s Day on the Isle of Wight? Then check out our top ten dining destinations to treat your loved one this Valentine’s.

1. Smoking Lobster

Right in the middle of Ventor seafront, overlooking the sea, the Smoking Lobster specialises in seafood and steaks, with a fusion flavour. Watch the chefs preparing your Teriyaki steak burger or the catch of the day with shiso salsa in the open kitchen. For a truly romantic dish opt for the sharing seafood platter with seared scallops, whole ginger baked sea bass, crab, tempura squid, king prawn skewers, caviar maki rolls and ceviche – it’s divine.

The Smoking Lobster, Esplanade, Ventnor PO38 1JT Tel: 01983 855938

2. Heima

The focus is on fine dining and foraging with a hygge feel at Heima in Brading High Street. Heima means ‘At Home’ in Icelandic and Max and Tamara Rosenburg give everyone a warm welcome. The menu is based around great local Island produce with foraged ingredients and influences from around the world, and they have a special five course Valentine tasting menu with welcome drink on arrival for £35. Ask about the foraged items in your food.

Heima, 46-48 High St, Brading, Sandown PO36 0DQ Tel: 01983 404090

3. North House

Start off with a platter of oysters on ice at North House in Cowes, for the prelude to a sensual Valentine feast.  With flagstone floor and tongue and groove walls, there’s a comfortable relaxed vibe to the restaurant that specialises in fish and seafood. Overlooking the pretty terrace, you could snuggle up out there under their blankets and watch the night sky around the wood burner after dinner.

North House, 30, 32 Sun Hill, Cowes Tel: 01983 209453

4. The George

From the moment you enter the historic 17th century George Hotel it is as if you’ve stepped into a romantic period drama, with its worn flagstone floor and wood panelled walls. Dine by candle light with the one you love in the airy conservatory overlooking the Solent. You could even make a night of it as they are offering Romantic Valentine’s Escapes that include chilled pink Champagne on arrival, Valentine’s dinner, full English breakfast and a choice of rooms – some of which have four poster beds.

The George Hotel, Quay St, Yarmouth PO41 0PE Tel: 01983 760331

5. Thompsons

For something truly special, which is bound to impress, book Thompson’s in Newport where they have a St Valentine’s Tasting Menu with matching wine flight (£79, £124). Arguably the best restaurant on the Island with former Michelin star holder Robert Thompson at its helm, the most romantic tables are probably those beneath the rafters of this lovingly restored building, although downstairs you can watch your meal being prepared in the open kitchen.

Robert Thompson, 11 Town Ln, Newport PO30 1JU Tel: 01983 526118

6. Three Buoys

On the first floor and looking out over the Solent to the lights of the mainland in the distance, Three Buoys on Appley seafront champion local produce. With fish and seafood from the day boats working along the South Coast and further produce from the local farms and producers of the Isle of Wight, this restaurant with a view has a reputation for quality dining – and by candlelight in the winter months.

Three Buoys, Appley Ln, Ryde PO33 1ND Tel 01983 811212

7. Dan's Kitchen

It might be in a quaint location, on the village green at St Helen’s, but the food is up to the minute as owner Dan Maskell has previously worked in Michelin starred kitchens. With a contemporary cosy interior, this restaurant is ideal for a romantic meal for two. Best sellers are battered fish with triple-cooked chips, and locally smoked haddock with spinach and quails’ egg risotto.

Dan’s Kitchen, Lower Green Rd, St Helens, St. Helens PO33 Tel: 01983 872303

8. Lockslane Bistro

In the heart of Bembridge and with only 20 covers, Lockslane Bistro is a cosy Valentine choice with best quality products presented simply but beautifully at a reasonable price. Bembridge has its own fishmongers, Captain Stan’s and traditional butchers Woodfords and this is where ingredients are sourced along with the Farm Shop in Bembridge and the delightfully named Delysia Farm in St Helen’s. 

Lockslane Bistro, 9 Foreland Rd, Bembridge PO35 5AF Tel: 01983 875233

9. The Royal

Always reassuringly refined and delightfully sophisticated, a Valentine meal at the Royal will not fail to impress from the sweep of the drive through the beautiful garden and in via the grand entrance, and on to your table in the airy conservatory or grand dining room. From February 14th to 16th they have a live performance by the melodic pianist, Alan Young each evening, a deliciously romantic 4 course dinner and a complimentary fresh rose for each couple. Or you could opt to dine and stay from £195.

The Royal Hotel, Belgrave Rd, Ventnor PO38 1JJ Tel: 01983 852186

10. myIsleofWight Wildcard - The OTTO Club

You need to be a member to book a table at the newly opened Otto Club (Oblivious to the Obvious) in Ryde’s Union Street but the chef is Jack Blumenthal, son of Heston. Membership is from £100 per person and you are entitled to attend their exclusive events. The sexy sumptuous interior lends itself to romantic trysts, with dark teal walls, gold framed pictures and candlelight. They are doubtlessly offering something special for Valentine’s Day, but you’ll need to be a member to find out!

Otto Club, Union Street, Ryde. Tel – members only

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28 January 2019

By Jo Macaulay in Articles