Whisking your love away for Valentine’s Day? Here are some of our favourite spots to stop along the way for intimate dinners and cosy coffees.

The Royal Oak

A friendly, well-presented village local near Loughborough with great food and a special Valentine’s set menu.

Askham Hall

An impossibly romantic setting, again in the Lakes, serving tea, cake and lunches in beautiful gardens. Book a room if you can’t drag yourself away from the idyll.

Black Swan

Roaring fires, excellent food and a guaranteed friendly welcome in the Howgill Fells.

The Applestore

A romantic Victorian greenhouse-turned-cafe serving generous homemade portions at breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.

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Finally been to the AppleStore Café in Scorton. First the elephant in the room: the weird name. Nothing to do with apples nor computers. It's a café, a wedding venue, a place where hikers, cake lovers and families hang out. The food area is a log burner heat conservatory split in three areas with lots of room, garden and forest paths leading to the lake and surrounded by the Wyresdale Park The café itself is decorated in a shabby chic "glamping" style, with a few bits that are more shabby than chic. Think mismatched wooden furniture, Cath Kidston print bunting and fairy lights. Food is in-cre-dible and portions are huge, with homemade scones the size of @jennaculsh's head. I can't wait to go there again and have cake! Sadly I was too stuffed after their small (read: huge) breakfast and pick from their mouthwatering selection of cakes Absolutely love the place but I think I prefer cosier and smaller "The Barn" also nestled in the cute village of Scorton #scorton #theapplestore

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The Vicarage

A snug pub with rooms in the Cheshire countryside and wholesome food to match the muddy boots welcome.

Culm Valley Inn

Tasty dishes and quirky decor in the Devonshire countryside, with lovely rambles right from the door.


Turtley Corn Mill

Refined, locally sourced food in an old mill amid the South Hams.

Jack in the Green

Devonshire gastropub just outside Exeter serving seasonal food and good vibes.

The Queens Arms

A Somerset pub with its own small holding – expect mouth-watering food to match the sourcing ethics, killer cocktails and the odd cinema evening.

Pythouse Kitchen Garden

A dreamy kitchen garden with luminous glasshouse restaurant – don’t miss the fire suppers where everything is cooked outside over flames.

Y Polyn

Delicious, unpretentious Welsh food, just outside Carmarthen.

Crab and Boar

A refined gastro-pub with fantastic rooms (and a great winter deal) surrounded by Berkshire fields.

The Rupert Brooke

Relaxed, brasserie-style dining in Cambridgeshire. Book ahead for the 5-course Valentine’s tasting menu.

The Olive Branch

A wonderfully rambling Leicestershire country pub with seasonal food and friendly welcome.

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A warm welcome every morning….

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A coaching inn in rural Suffolk with casual meals to impress. If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach…

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