TO me a great restaurant must encompass location, ambience, as well as great food, wines and service. Top fine dining restaurants must have the element of romance in order to achieve the ambience to match everything else.”
BRAS, LAGUIOLE, FRANCE
“A stunning restaurant set high in the mountains of Laguiole in the southern Auvergne. The food is some of the best in the world and the setting completely unique. It is also a boutique hotel so you can have a great romantic weekend as well as dinner.” www.michel-bras.com, tel: +33 05 65 44 00 07.
MUGARITZ, SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN
“Mugaritz is located up a long, winding driveway and is surrounded by beautiful grounds. The food is very earthy and has a lot of emotion associated with it. The staff are wonderful, as is the whole experience.” www.mugaritz.com, tel: +34 943 522 455.
“A cosy little restaurant with rustic, delicious, traditional Italian cuisine. Undeniably romantic.” www.bicemilano.it, tel: +39 02 7600 2572.
J SHEEKEY, LONDON
“Dim lighting, great oysters and feels as if it has been there forever. Also it doesn't feel as if you are in the middle of London’s West End.” www.j-sheekey.co.uk, tel: 020
EL CELLER DE CAN ROCA, GIRONA, SPAIN.
“Three brothers run it and the restaurant is a triangular shape (pictured left) with an enclosed tree garden in the centre – definitely off the beaten track and a beautiful restaurant.” www.cellercanroca.com, tel: +34 972 22 21 57.
Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley is open over Valentine’s Day weekend for lunch and dinner on the 13th and for lunch on the 14th. www.the-berkeley.co.uk