Valentine’s day is approaching fast, just as our pockets are recovering from the chaotic festivities of Christmas and New Year’s Eve. It’s no time for panic however, because February is about the celebration of love whether that be with someone, or just loving the fact that you are happily single and it’s no secret that there is a lot of fun to be had in Manchester, particularly when it comes to being a little romantic, even if it is just for one night only. From stunning panoramic views and alfresco dining on rooftops, to creative cocktails and romantic strolls, Manchester is a city that promises the perfect Valentine’s day plans that everyone can enjoy.
A Churro Breakfast for Two
If you’re a morning person, then you really can’t get any more romantic than sharing a naughty but nice breakfast treat of churros coated in crunchy cinnamon sugar, dipped into a thick, creamy hot chocolate pot. Iberica located in Spinningfields is uses a traditional family recipe dating back to the 17th century for their chocolate which makes the perfect dipping sauce for the churro, and drinking sauce for yourself when there are no churros left to dip. To avoid any Valentine’s day squabbles, it may be a safer option ordering two portions if sharing food isn’t your thing.
Wine n’ Dine
Shakespeare wasn’t wrong when he declared music as being the food of love, however more often than not, food is actually the food of love. Whether you are looking for a sophisticated restaurant to sweep your partner off their feet, or something a little more quirky and relaxed, Manchester is full of delicious ways to say ‘I love you’.
Treat your loved one with a dining experience under the iconic pink blossom tree whilst enjoying the oriental tastes of high-end Chinese cuisine. Tattu fuses traditional Chinese flavours with modern methods and outstanding presentation and decor that embodies tranquility and romance, perfect for Valentines day. A menu of beautifully crafted cocktails is also available so you if you wish to transform your romantic meal into a Valentine’s night out to remember.
Rosso’s is amongst the City’s favourites delivering fresh Italian food and a prestige service for a dining experience you will not forget. Non-diners are also welcomed and catered for, thanks to its extensive bar area with a decadent interior perfect for a romantic date night.
Pen & Pencil
This unique and funky bar offers an extensive cocktail list and a varied choice of day and night menus to suit the taste of all. Situated in the Northern Quarter, Pen & Pencil is a great place to eat and drink as well as enjoy the entertainment of live music and weekly quizzes.
Table with a View
Escape from the hustle and the bustle of the City centre and rise above the chaos by trying one of Manchester’s iconic rooftop bars. Nothing says romance like cuddling up to your date whilst enjoying the picturesque skyline of the City and sipping on the Champagne or tasting some of the finest cocktails Manchester has to offer.
For a super romantic setting that is perfect for Valentine’s Day, arrive early evening to 20 stories where you can watch the sunset over the City and it be brought to life by the night. The alluring rooftop garden provides a heated seating area that is sheltered by a canopy of trees for a comfortable and cozy experience, as well as being provided with a flow of contemporary cocktails made with the finest of ingredients.
Situated on the 23rd floor of the Hilton, this romantic restaurant has taken dining to a whole new level with it’s beautiful restaurant that is accompanied by the breathtaking views of Manchester.
An unconventional yet great idea for those who want to do something fun and relaxed this Valentine’s Day. This is the perfect place to go on a first date as it keeps the conversation flowing and avoids the risk of running into any awkward silences. The best thing about this place is the crazy cocktails that are served in red party cups with an array of sour sweets and edible decorations on top. Party food such as hot dogs and nachos are also served if you are feeling peckish.
Why Not Visit the Theatre?
No matter who you are spending your valentine’s day with, there is always a show or a film on that will suit everybody, particularly if low-key and chilled is your dating style. Manchester is home to a selection of beautiful 19th century theatres where you can sing along to your favourite musicals or watch your favourite films in action. This is a fantastic and affordable way to enjoy your Valentine’s Day evening as well as being able to settle down with a substantially sized bag of popcorn and your favourite sweets to enjoy the show.
Take A Romantic Stroll
Although it may not be an obvious first choice, Manchester is actually full of romantic picturesque places, perfect for a Valentine’s Day stroll. Of course, keep your expectations of glorious weather low as it is February, so be sure to wrap up warm. Heaton Park is renowned for being the biggest park in Manchester, with 600 acres of beautiful ornamental gardens and woodlands to explore. The park also has a boating lake you can walk along making it the perfect setting for you and your loved one to enjoy this Valentine’s Day.