10 Valentine’s Day Restaurants for the Sober Curious

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10 Valentine’s Day Restaurants for the Sober Curious

Valentine’s Day – a time of romance, celebration and being there in the moment with someone you feel kinda special about. An ideal “sober curious” moment, too: keeping a clear head to enjoy the date… and whatever might follow.

Not that we’re here to preach, of course. You do you, as they say. Celebrate in the way that best suits your relationship. We’ll be here for anyone looking for a great non-alc sparkling wine, whether you’re sober, sober curious or simply in the mood for something alternative.

With that in mind, we thought we’d give you our very own Valentine’s Day List for the Sober Curious. Below, you’ll find 10 restaurants where you can guarantee a sense of celebration and romance, and a non-alcoholic option to suit the occasion.

Having a romantic night in? You can order the perfect non-alcoholic alternative to a sparkling wine by clicking here

Want more? Check out our article on Sober Dating, and our interview with Anna Walsh of The Virgin Mary in Dublin, in which she discusses the wonders of Tinder Night… Sober.

Valentine’s Day in London

The Frog


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Lovebirds of East London know The Frog well. Last year’s Valentine’s Day tasting menu involved three shared desserts and a “love potion”. They’re also big fans of Real’s Royal Flush – a love potion in a class of its own. Click here for reservations.

Le Gavroche


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Classic, “unapologetically old-school”, and the very essence of “pushing the boat out”. Michel Roux Jr’s 2-Michelin starred restaurant in Mayfair was made for celebrations to remember. If it’s not already fully booked up, grab yourself a romantic table for two by clicking here.

Ember Yard


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Valentine’s Night falls on a Friday this year, which makes Ember Yard the perfect urban spot for a light meal. Perfect if you’re in the mood for a slick nightspot in Central London, with laidback beats spun live by in-house DJs. One of the best tapas spots in the UK. Reserve your spot here.



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Look at those tulips! Angler’s attention to detail means that a night out on dining on their springtime terrace will be an occasion to remember. They’re known for their cocktails, but you’ll get an exquisite glass of Royal Flush here, too. Click here to book.

The Wright Bros
Across London


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You know what they say about oysters and romance, right? Wright! Kings of the London seafoodie scene; so keen are they for you to tuck into their platters this Valentine’s Day, they’ll even have them shipped to your front door. Check them out by clicking here.

Valentine’s Day outside London

The Fat Duck


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OK, so if you’re reading this article now and still hoping to get a table at Heston’s flagship, the romance of it all may have gone to your head. But it’s worth a try, isn’t it? A try for next year, we mean. Or perhaps the year after. Click here to get your 2031 bookings in early…

The Swan


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Oysters, quail, truffle honey… there’s romance in the air out in Suffolk. The Swan is a gem of a retreat, too, so if you’re looking for somewhere to make a long weekend of it, you might want to give them a call and see if they’ve got a spare snug for you and your beau to get cosy in. Check in here.

The Swan


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It’s not that we’ve got a thing for Swans, but there’s one on the other side of the country that’s just as special. The Swan at Wedmore benefits from the culinary wizardry of Tom Blake, formerly at River Cottage. Great food, lovely location. Book now.



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Valentine’s Day mean full-on romance, sure, but who says it can’t be fun? Liverpool’s LEAF, who have been serving our non-alcoholic deliciousness since the dawn of (our) time, are hosting a five-course pudding club. Insert your own Valentine’s joke about being sweet enough already here. If there are any tables left, you’ll find them on this website.

Winteringham Fields


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A beautiful getaway destination featuring an outcrop of romantic boltholes for you to stay in, this wonderful restaurant has been serving our premium non-alcoholic drinks for some time now. Colin McGurran’s rustic delight, passionate about serving up the best seasonal produce, has a Michelin star and 4 AA Rosettes to its name, so you can be sure you’re in the very best of hands. Reservations can be made here.