Date night almost always has a never-failing way of turning into a complete fairy tale romance novel or an absolute nightmare that is frightening enough to make a Halloween night feature film. In the United Kingdom, however; there are several unique opportunities to have a pleasant restaurant date night without “breaking a leg” or breaking the bank.
When thinking of England, the classic “fish n’ chips” comes to mind right away, and why wouldn’t it? One of England’s most renowned signature dishes has always been fish and chips. In fact, fish n’ chips is a classic English pub food- but why stop at the pubs? Although a little more casual than the usual date night restaurant,The Mayfair Chippy is a higher-end British restaurant in historic Mayfair that specializes in fish dishes. Although their classic fish and chips is their number one specialty, they also serve several other fish options as well as traditional British dishes such as Shepherd’s Pie, Steak and Kidney Pudding or roast dishes.
In addition to offering traditional British food, specialty fish and being a great date night restaurant where you don’t have to sacrifice taste for atmosphere, The Mayfair Chippy also offers a large selection of wine from around the world as well as a take-away menu just in case you’d rather turn your date night out into a night at home. Although it isn’t a pub, The Mayfair Chippy restaurant has a bar to serve all of the needs of you and your date. Lastly, this restaurant of fun and fish also offers a private dining option for you and your date if you choose. The private dining option opens the door to turning this date night restaurant into a restaurant to bring clients or even host parties.
If you and your date are not in the mood for fish or chips, then Covent Garden, one of London’s most famous hotspots (and with good reason) is jam packed with several authentic British restaurants to cater to your needs and your date’s wishes. Rules, one of London’s oldest and most prized restaurants offers special cookery of game, oysters and British pies and puddings. Rules is a London restaurant known around the world that also offers a private dining option along with a worldwide wine list.
In addition to providing a historic building and upbeat atmosphere, Rules’ convenient location in Covent Garden is also the perfect place to visit other restaurants such as Simpson’s-in-the-Strand or The Ivy (to name a few). Being centrally located in Covent Garden also allows you and your date to have a night on the town, visit a show, shop, have dessert and keep the evening going after your cozy dinner.
Make it more than dinner
If you want more than a high-end yet casual date, and even more than a nice Covent Garden dinner with a night on the town then another fantastic date night spot that will give you even more than dinner awaits you at the National Portrait Gallery’s Portrait Restaurant. Located in the heights of the National Portrait Gallery, the Portrait Restaurant allows you to view the captivating city of London right from your seat. From the restaurant you and your date will be able to see Trafalgar Square, The London Eye, Big Ben and Parliament and many other breathtaking London sights.
The restaurant also offers a unique food and drinks menu along with a pre-theatre menu, if you decide to end your date with a theatre show in the area. Want to end the night here instead? No problem; on the third floor of the gallery you will find the Portrait Café- a great place to stop for just a sweet treat or a cup of tea!