The best date nights in South Wales
Valentines day is shortly upon us and what better to celebrate than a romantic meal.
I remember date nights before children. You would spend the morning finding the perfect outfit and the afternoon doing your hair and makeup. Fast forward to children and you are cooking tea, bathing and getting a little one ready for bed before a quite jump in the shower and end up applying your makeup in car. But, once you have children you treasure your date nights, they are rare if you find it difficult to locate an available babysitter so when they happen you really make the most of it. That is why when my husband and I do have a date night we like to go to our favourite places. So I have summed up my five all time favourite date night places!
Bully’s is my number one. A quirky restaurant in the heart of Pontcanna, Cardiff run by Russell Bullimore and his wife Vicky.We have gone there every year for the past five years. The decor is beautiful. The images on the wall are so interesting and the atmosphere makes for a romantic evening. The food I have to say is exquisite. They change their menu regularly but every time they whip up a menu that knocks you off your feet. Their combination of flavours is truly extrodinary. The first time I tried foie gras was here and since then I haven’t looked back. They are currently serving marinated garlic and rosemary lamb rump, fondant potato, hispi cabbage,
Wye valley asparagus, lamb sauce – you can’t tell me your mouth did water just reading that. I can honestly say it is even better in person. They also have a wonderful wine menu and the owner Russell always recommends the best wine to accompany your meal.
Now if you live in South Wales and you haven’t heart of The Two Anchors then you must have been hiding under a rock all year. Over the summer of 2018 Jon White was been serving up scallops, tacos and more at Ogmore Beach. These little bites of heaven while hearing the waves and watching the sun set is the ultimate date night. Now located at Sticky Street Food, in the Brewery Quarter you can dabble in the fresh fresh cooked up by Jon and Rosie alongside their delicious parmesan a garlic butter fries. Sticky Street Food has a variety of delicous treats for all appetites so its the perfect date night if like my husband and I you have different tastes. There is also a bar, making it the perfect relaxed date night. You can wear your trainers and expandable trousers - perfect!
Now this little gem can be found it Pontypridd. This restaurant opened just a few months ago but already has a host of raving reviews. If you are vegan then this is the date night place for you. There is also a variety of starters and mains to cater for everyone and the most scrummy cheese board. They have a wonderful menu full of nutritious meals that warm your belly and your heart. There is a cosy atmosphere that is perfect for a relaxing date night. The price is also exceptional value for money, you can indulge in a three course meal for no more than £25 per person.
Matt Waldron is a culinary genius and you just need to check out their gallery to see why. If you want to indulge in luxury then look no further. Often having an evening date night can mean you both end up falling asleep before dessert so I recommend afternoon tea at Park House. Their French afternoon tea will leave you feeling fuzzy inside. First you will be treated to canapés, followed by soup and then onto mouth-watering sandwiches. Now the best part of the desserts, lemon meringue pie that dazzles your taste buds. I can still taste it on my tongue as I type this.
There is nothing better than an Indian is there? Mango chutney and poppadum’s are the perfect combination. When I get a curry craving I always head to Mint and Mustard in the Heath. They honestly do the best korma in Cardiff. I know I know korma not the most adventurous but I like to stick to what I know. They also apparently do a great range of beers which is apparently a plus if you drink beer and like curry.
A walk through Cardiff Bay followed by a stop at the decadent Exchange Hotel is the perfect date night. Surround yourself in this historical building restored with care and consideration of its past. The food is exquisite, fresh and sourced from local welsh produce. There is a variety of meat and veggie dishes, and the desserts are a sweet tooth’s dream To accompany your meal there is a wonderful selection of wines and cocktails, I personally recommend the Prosecco Bellini.
Ok, ok, not a restaurant but honestly this place does the most amazing chips and curry sauce. Sometimes we like to drive up here grab a bag of chips and curry sauce and head to the beach. It’s perfect when it’s near pay day and your pockets are light.
Hope I have you some good insights into some independent businesses doing a fabulous job to serve us delicious treats.