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February 7, 2012

Restaurant Reviewer & Uncover their Romantic Dining Recommendations

Want to know what’s top Scottish romantic dining destinations are this Valentine’s Day?

Jonathan Trew, respected restaurant writer and reviewer and main contributor to this blog, has dined in most of Scotland’s top restaurants but his most romantic dining experience steers away from the usual romantic dining formula:

“Given the right company, a greasy spoon could be romantic but probably isn’t the best bet for a pre-planned special occasion.”

“I have fond memories of eating a pint pot of squat lobster tails in the seafront garden of the Applecross Inn. Incredibly, it was a warm summer’s evening and the sun was setting over Skye and Raasay which gave everything a golden tinge.”

“Champagne, candles and fine food are all great but that simple meal in Wester Ross was in many ways more memorable.”

Amanda Masson, Sales Director, enthuses: “You can’t beat The Buttery in Glasgow for romantic dining with its secluded corners. The service is fantastic and they leave you alone to enjoy each other’s company.”

For an extra special treat,’s Ben Freeman loves Hotel Du Vin’s One Devonshire Gardens: “It’s wonderful for sumptuous elegance and an exclusive romantic experience to treat someone you want to impress.”

Of course, romance shouldn’t just be reserved for Valentine’s Day; for everyday romance, Jen Berg, Head of Creative says: “I like First Coast in Edinburgh, small, airy and great Scottish fayre. Ad-Lib in Glasgow with its cosy booths and relaxed environment is great for regular romance.”

CTO Alan Wallace isn’t revealing where he’s taking his wife this Valentine’s Day: “We’ve always had great romantic dining experiences for Valentine’s Day but it’s not been good news for the restaurants; every restaurant I’ve been to for a Valentine’s meal has shut down afterwards!”

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