Lovers of Cardiff, get in your partner’s good books by treating your beloved to a lush Valentine’s outing this February. Here are my top 5 picks from for our lovely city on a range of places where you can go to get your romance on. Hot diggigty dog! [Husband take note]
Fine Dining Valentine’s
Foodies should seriously consider visiting Cardiff and Vale College’s critically acclaimed training restaurant The Classroom. Serving a sumptuous selection of seasonal dishes, using Welsh produce where possible, you can enjoy offerings such as Pant-ys Gawn goats’ cheese terrine, filet of seabass, pancetta and leek fricassee and blood orange panna cotta all created from scratch by talented students. You also might enjoy gazing across at your beloved whist taking in the views across Cardiff courtesy of their floor to ceiling glass dining room, situated on the top floor of the campus building.
Seeking some serious pampering this Valentines? Head to 4 star, central Cardiff hotel, Park Plaza to enjoy a variety of indulgence, including spa sessions, dining or perhaps an afternoon tea for two. I have been extremely fortunate to have sampled their afternoon tea and imagine if you will a tower of sugary loveliness, featuring finger sandwiches, lush scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, welsh cakes and miniature pastries. Should you be able to move following such a feast you can follow up your tea with a trip to the Laguna spa to unwind, or enjoy several of the treatments on offer, or perhaps candle-lit dinner in the contemporary Laguna restaurant perfect for some serious gazing at your beloved.
Why not wrap up against the elements and head to one of Cardiff’s most beautiful and most extensive outdoor spaces, Bute Park. Situated behind Cardiff Castle, the park boasts a range of features including urban woodland, sports pitches, arboretum, horticultural features and river corridor. Wander hand in hand through self-led trails, spotting both squirrels and sculptures. Why not warm up with a brew in one of the many café’s in and around the park. Why not visit the amazing Pettigrew tea rooms to indulge in some tea and cake. Proudly independent, Pettigrew employs a full time baker making delicious classic cakes such as Lemon drizzle, carrot cake and Bara Brith.
Have an active Valentines and head down Cardiff bay to walk, bike or boat your way around the waterfront. There’s a plethora of sporting options in and around the bay area including cycle paths, a skate park, the international swimming pool and the white water centre. Feeling peckish after your activities? Head to Pure Kitchen for some fresh and healthy food. Serving up feel good fodder including breakfasts ranging from vanilla protein pancakes to whole wheat muffins, lunches that include paleo fuel salads, wraps and Paninis and mains ranging from meatballs, pizza and bean burgers.
Liquor lovers are spoilt for choice in Cardiff this Valentines with a vast array of bars offering cocktails, wines bottled and craft beers. Why not set yourselves up in and around the Mill Lane area, perfect for outdoor seating till sundown before moving inside for a few cheeky ones. Locke and Remedy is perfect for classic cocktails, burgers and wood-fired pizzas, there’s also a great selection of bubbles for those looking to indulge. Having a late one? Bring the after party to Ten Mill lane and cosy up with your other half in a plush booth, sipping cocktails whilst a DJ spins tunes till daylight.