Hampshire’s most romantic restaurants 2022

2:42 PM January 20, 2022

09:16 21 January 2022

The way to the heart is through the stomach – and our county is full of beautiful places to dine. Here’s where to book a table for two in Hampshire…

Winchester Romantic Dining Restaurants

The black rat
This Michelin-starred beauty serves up a variety of delicacies and cuisines, so no matter what you fancy (besides who you’re dating), you can be satisfied. A sampling of the kind of treats to expect include wild garlic agnotti, monkfish with potato and sea herb curry and Woolley Park duck with hazelnut dukka. Accompanied by a dessert, such as miso caramel madeleines, and you’re in for a truly exquisite evening. Wine is sold in halves and bottles, so you have no choice but to finish a few glasses. What a shame, huh?

Chesil Presbytery
Wrap yourself in a warm, historic atmosphere in this Grade II listed house. Brimming with charm and character, you can relax in one of its plush armchairs and soak up its chic touches. Owned by royalty in the past, you can still expect luxury food. Each dish is a twist on a classic, so you can indulge in exciting flavor combinations without worrying about stepping too far out of your comfort zone. Sea bass with Burgundy sauce, pork rib steak with beetroot fricassee and salted butter caramel tart with balsamic reduction. It is also suitable for vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free diets, which makes it even easier to enjoy. chesilrectory.co.uk

Rick Stein
Seafood King has coastal charm and succulent seafood in spades, with its fresh fish dishes cooked in the heart of Winchester. The airy, contemporary space makes it an intimate place to feast, and its convenient location means you can catch a show or grab an extra drink before and after a meal. Enjoy French-style seafood, perfect for two to enjoy and share, shellfish ragout, sole with hazelnut butter, all washed down with a good glass of white wine. For those who fancy cooking an intimate meal at home, it also sells cans of fresh fish, with produce ready to sing on the plate. rickstein.com

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After a meal at The Jetty, head to HarBAR on 6 – which is also located at the Harbor Hotel in Southampton – for a drink
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Romantic Restaurants for Dinner in Southampton

Porters Wine and Charcuterie
Hands touch to pick up the last piece of cheese. A bottle of rioja. For those who like a dining experience where you can dive in and share, Porters has a nice contemporary offering. Taste British meats such as Sussex mangalitza ham and wild Highland venison, and cheeses such as Isle of Wight blue and Cornish Yarg. Choose your own produce and build a board based on your hunger, all accompanied by fresh bread, chutney and crackers. porterssouthampton.co.uk

The pier
Southampton is home to some stunning scenes from the water, making for a romantic sight on a plate of sumptuous seafood. Chef patron Alex Aitken’s menu is full of locally sourced treasures, such as amuse-bouche (oysters are an aphrodisiac) and quail with shallot marmalade. If you want a bespoke experience, you can choose the private dining option where you can enjoy a tasting menu, “bring me food” platter style dishes, or even have Alex create your own menu for you. a unique experience. harbourhotels.co.uk/southampton/eat-and-drink/the-jetty

Sink your teeth into sumptuous steaks at Carnicero, which offers cuts of all types sourced from Hampshire herds. Sirloins, chateaubriands and rump tails are on the menu and can be accompanied by decadent accompaniments such as roasted bone marrow, Iberian pork ribs and steak tartare. Garnish your steak with a red wine or garlic butter sauce, then top your glass with Dom Pérignon or a delicious Riserva. If you have room for dessert, the Chocolate Brownie with Salted Caramel Glaze will satisfy your sweet tooth. carnicero.co.uk

Do like Lady and the Tramp and dip into Italian pasta over a candlelit dinner, which you can do at this gorgeous bistro. Start with the gamberone – white wine and garlic tiger prawns on a crostini – and a classic combination of olive oil and balsamic vinegar with ciabatta. Then choose from the restaurant’s range of pasta dishes, from penne Barcelona to linguini mare. Alternatively, try one of the fresh fish specialities, which change daily and can include lobster, sea bream and sole. soleto.co.uk

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Savor French flavors at Restaurant 27 in Portsmouth

Savor French flavors at Restaurant 27 in Portsmouth
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Romantic Restaurants for Dinner in Portsmouth

Catering 27
Dotted with Portsmouth’s only double rosettes, Restaurant 27 blends French flavors with world cuisines, for a modern yet stylish experience. It changes its menu daily to accommodate fresh ingredients, but the multi-course structure on the menu means you can show up and let the magic happen. Wine is also carefully selected according to seasons and trends, and you can even match a flight of wine to accompany your meal. restaurant27.com

You can’t go wrong with British classics, especially when spiced up with Hampshire ingredients. Favorites include the Sage and Apricot Stuffed Chicken, Smoked Salmon Fishcakes and Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard – delicious and filling to fill your stomach while filling your heart. If you’re looking for a more casual date, it also offers a two-course weekend brunch menu, with unlimited prosecco or pornstar martinis to help keep the conversation going and the fun going. montyssouthsea.co.uk

Minnie’s kitchen
This family run restaurant is renowned for its warm and friendly service paired with a fun menu. Fluffy pillows of gnocchi, vegetable fondues, tender and chewy beef cheeks are some of your tasty choices. For sweets, sample modern nostalgic bites, with snickers, rhubarb and custard soufflé and gooey orange pudding. Each wine on the menu has been hand selected by Yvonne, one half of the husband-wife duo who run the restaurant. From your glass to your plate, you can be assured that the contents have been given love and thought. minnieskitchen.co.uk

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