Whether you've been together for years or are into someone new, the restaurant choice can make or break a date night. From intimate ambiances to indulgent cuisine and wine, Veggie Option picks out some of London’s most romantic restaurants for a vegetarian friendly Valentine’s Day.
Clos Maggiore has been voted the World's Most Romantic restaurant for a number of years. The restaurant is an oasis of calm in the heart of Covent Garden. Influenced by the stylish country inns of Provence and Tuscany, the unique interiors create an unparalleled warmth and intimacy. Their plant room, which is a conservatory filled with cherry blossoms, is breathtaking and a great place to take someone for a special meal. The a la carte menu has a few vegetarian options, such as the roasted pumpkin & pine nut soup as a starter, and the oven baked goat’s cheese as a main. There is also a full vegetarian tasting menu, which costs £65 for 5 courses.
The French menu is a culinary work of art, beautiful plates of food that blends contemporary flavours with just the right amount of indulgence.
Address: 33 King Street, Covent Garden, WC2
Telephone: 020 7379 9696
Frenchie is the right place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. You’ll find yourself in Paris for the night with Frenchie’s simple and generous dishes, combined with an extremely stylish interior. Frenchie’s elegant and intimate setting, lends itself perfectly to the romance of Valentine’s Day! They offer both vegetarian and vegan menus (comes 5-course tasting or as a la carte), and the team is very knowledgeable about dietary requirements. A 5-course vegetarian menu is inspired by the day’s freshest, most exciting seasonal produce. The signature plant-based dishes are Keen's Cheddar Agnolotti, Heirloom Tomatoes, Tomato Consommé & Basil.
Frenchie tries to keep waste as minimal as possible at all of their restaurants, using the most of each ingredient they use. They also work with Carbon Free Dining initiative and support their charity work.
Address: Frenchie, 16 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8QH
Telephone: +44 20 7836 4422
With large arched windows, high stone ceilings and elegant interiors, the Michelin starred Galvin La Chapelle was voted the most romantic restaurants in London many times, and it is the ideal setting to spend Valentine’s Day. Michelin-starred chef patron Jeff Galvin has designed an exquisite Menu Gourmand, a 7 course vegan tasting menu, that comes with a reasonable price tag of £55 (for our readers outside London, this is considered competitive compared to other fine dining options in London). If you do not want to spend as much or don’t have the time for the full 3-hour experience, you can order individual dishes from the a la carte menu. You get star treatment and top quality food without paying more than an average Soho restaurant price.
Address: Galvin, La Chapelle, 35 Spital Square, E1 6DY
Telephone: +44 20 7299 0400
A Michelin starred restaurant that took vegetables seriously even before the word flexitarian was invented. Dimly-lit, opulent but cosy, Gauthier strikes just the right note for a romantic dinner. For serious vegan gourmets, this is a must.
Address: 21 Romilly Street, W1D 5AF
Phone: 0207 494 3111
Simple yet stand-out, Restaurant Ours brings the outside in, to create an unexpected space hidden in the heart of Knightsbridge. Unpretentious, effortless and elegant with a nod to retro chic. An internationally inspired sharing menu that focuses on seasonal, fresh ingredients and flavour accompanied by eclectic cocktails and a range of carefully selected wines.
Address: 264 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW3 2AS
Phone: 0207 100 2200
Everything about Minnow is just lovely; pastel colours, Parisian-style café tables and plenty of flowers. Minnow is a laid-back independent neighbourhood restaurant overlooking Clapham Common. The menu is focused on modern, seasonal dishes using the freshest ingredients and local produce. Book the cosy table in the former wine cellar downstairs, and follow your meal with a stroll through the park.
Address: 21 The Pavement, Clapham Common, London, SW4 0HY
Phone: 020 7720 4105
A charmingly casual yet sophisticated restaurant, set within a glasshouse. Brimming with bougainvillea and fragrant jasmine, draped with Indian blinds and decorated with antique furniture, mirrors and paintings. Respecting the Slow Food philosophy, Petersham Nurseries Cafe serves seasonal, Italian inspired food.
Address: Church Lane, Off Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7AB
Phone: 020 8940 5230
Within walking distance of Notting Hill, Portobello Market, Marble Arch and located just off Hyde Park, Café Forty One at La Suite West Hotel is London’s first plant-based hotel restaurant. If you and your loved one is both vegetarian or vegan you can’t go wrong here.
Address: 41-51 Inverness Terrace, Hyde Park W2 3JN
Phone: 020 7313 8484
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings is a multi-faceted clubhouse in Clerkenwell, just off Exmouth Market, featuring a restaurant, greenhouse, cocktail bar, cookery school and late-night underground drinking and dancing den. Think of it as the communal hall at the centre of a very special village. This village hall serves delicious food, beautiful drinks and is an oasis of informal charm. The botany-stuffed townhouse is a plant lover's paradise, complete with a menu of seasonal British dishes.
Address: 42 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0HU
Phone: 0203 1741156