Valentine’s Day is just around the corner — time to plan how to celebrate the most romantic day of the year.
Cards with cupids and bunches of red roses are all very well, but there's really no nicer way to mark February 14 than with a delicious meal for two.
And if you’re stuck for inspiration, we’ve listed 10 restaurants in Swansea to get you in the mood.
Located in the beautiful maritime quarter, this luxurious boutique hotel and restaurant offers fine dining in a Grade II listed building which was previously home to the port authority.
Diners can celebrate this February 14 with a five course meal including amuse bouche, fillet beef, and white Belgian tart for £35 per person, with the deal extended to Saturday too.
Set in the beautiful Gower Peninsula, Fairyhill is a contemporary country house hotel with an award-winning restaurant. The peaceful setting is a welcome escape from city life and makes for a quality and romantic meal.
Fresh and modern, Mosaic is the perfect choice for a swanky evening out in a less than traditional setting.
The food is fresh, inventive and affordable, using local and exotic ingredients together to construct something a little bit different.
There are no ‘ starters’, ‘mains’ or ‘puds.’ Instead, you choose what you want to make up a bit of a spread in front of you.
If you’re a BYO bottle fan, this is the one for you. The larger venue with its high ceilings and
gilt-framed art appeals to those looking for a livelier atmosphere, but the smaller restaurant is equally popular as a more personal space. They offer a three course evening menu for £22 per person.
This French bistro and café is elegant and relaxing, boasting a spotlessly efficient yet low key service. The Southern France influenced food is top-notch, and the atmosphere is intimate and incredibly romantic.
As locations go, this one is hard to beat. The stylish restaurant overlooking the beautiful beach is a winner in any weather, where you can enjoy anything from drinks or daytime light bites to evening a la carte meals.
The shape of the Langland Brasserie echoes the beach’s landmark beach huts and the frontage is mostly glass, allowing wide sea views. Even if you visit after dark, the rhythmic swoosh of waves will remind you of the sea’s presence.
7. La Braserie, Wind Street
La Braseria has been one of Swansea’s best-loved restaurants for more than 18 years and counts Catherine Zeta Jones and her actor husband Michael Douglas among its diners. It serves up fresh locally sourced food and a large wine menu set in a rustic bodega environment
With a name like this, it could be a pretty spot-on choice for Valentine’s Day.
The cosy and comfortable restaurant is housed in one of the marina’s more interesting buildings, with classic Italian dishes such as spaghetti marinara and pollo cacciatore being served up.
9. The Coalhouse at Oxwich
The restaurant, situated in Gower, is comfortable and a bit funky (stripped brick, distressed weatherboarding, painted wood) without being clichéd. Service is friendly and informal.
Food is based on simplicity and high quality, largely local and homemade produce.
But it’s its positioning that is the stand-out feature of this place. For it is quite literally on the beach at Oxwich.
The menus concentrate on locally-sourced fish and seafood from the Gower coast, much of it landed within a stone’s throw of the restaurant. There is also other local produce such as Penrice Estate lamb and Welsh Black beef.
A cafe by day and bistro by night, the venue is located inside Llys Glas, perhaps better known as Swansea's Old Police Station.
The menu boasts some tasty dishes, made with locally-sourced food and Fairtrade goods where possible, like mussels steamed in Welsh cider or rib-eye steak with fondant potato finished with Merlyn liqueur creme brulee.