So you’ve secured a date for Valentine’s day, but where do you go for that all-important romantic meal with your partner? Whether you are prepared to splurge your student loan on a fancy meal or want something cheap but still romantic, here’s the definitive list of the top fancy and cheap and cheerful places to get those sparks flying.
The Alchemist Trinity
(Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free options)
The Alchemist is well known for its theatrical cocktails, with a range named “Chemistry and Theatre“, and cocktail prices ranging from £8-£21, this is definitely a splurge. The food is of a good variety to suit everyone, from burgers and steak to salads, as well as a nice range of options for those veggies or vegans. With starters averaging around £6, mains £12 and desserts £7, the food prices are reasonable so just watch out for those pricey cocktails!
(Vegetarian and Vegan options)
With a menu that changes every day, Kendells is a French bistro that prides itself on serving high-quality food in an informal environment. Unfortunately, the prices do not reflect their relaxed atmosphere, with two courses costing £23.95 and three courses with half a bottle of wine costing £31.95 each. It remains that the ambience is what makes Kendells stand out, with intimate candles and free bread – how can you go wrong!
Tattu Restaurant and Bar
(Vegetarian and Vegan options)
Tattu is a beautiful restaurant in Leeds which offers a modern Chinese experience. Located around the corner from the Beckett Bank Wetherspoons, the flowers strung from the ceiling of the restaurant are perfect to set the scene of a romantic date. Small plates range from £8-£15 and large plates vary from £12 to a staggering £80 (albeit justified for Wagyu Ribeye). There are also set menus which are priced at either £45 per person or £55. This restaurant would certainly impress and would be an (expensive) experience.
Caracas Grill – La Taberna
(Vegetarian and Gluten-Free options)
Serving traditional Latin food and Spanish tapas in Leeds, Caracas Grill – La Taberna is a family business who are passionate about good food. This is a perfect location for a Valentine’s date for those who love sharing and trying everything on the menu! The tapas are reasonably priced at around £5-7 per plate, with a good range of vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Dough Boys (Belgrave)
For an ultra-casual Valentine’s date, or even to grab a slice after eating somewhere pricey, Dough Boys in Belgrave is reliable for fresh, delicious pizza. Their slices range from £3 – £3.60, meaning that you can eat to your heart’s content, trying out all the toppings. With half-price slices until 5 pm on Friday and Saturday, you better get down there quick this Friday to save some extra cash!
Patty Smiths (Belgrave)
Another Belgrave gem, Patty Smiths pride themselves in using local meat and ingredients, making their burgers even more delicious. Despite having only one vegetarian option, the burgers are reasonably priced, between £5.95 – £7.95. Again, this location for a Valentine’s date is for those who are looking for a more economical way to celebrate this special day without compromising on good food and an amazing atmosphere!