Ten of the best restaurants for Valentine's Day in North East Lincolnshire
With a growing reputation for eating out, Grimsby and the North East Lincolnshire area has a diverse selection of venues to visit this Valentine’s Day.
From the area’s famous fish and chips, to innovative modern British cooking and incredible curries, you are sure to find something to impress even the most discerning of dinner dates.
And in these gloomy economic times, Councillor Mick Burnett, cabinet member for health, wellbeing, tourism and culture at North East Lincolnshire Council says it is more important than ever for people to go out and celebrate on February 14.
He said: “It is difficult times at the moment and we need to make sure we make the most of occasions like Valentine’s Day.
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“A lot of the restaurants are offering special menus and offers, which is great and hopefully it will encourage people to go out and visitors to come to the area.”
And with Lincolnshire’s natural larder of great produce to choose from, eating out in the Grimsby and Cleethorpes area has never been so good. With a range of a la carte restaurants and traditional pubs to rival anywhere else in the county, diners will not be disappointed.
Cllr Burnett (Lab, Croft Baker) said: “We have a growing number of restaurants offering excellent, good value food. From curries to fish and chips we have a great diversity of restaurants. There are lots of great places for families and I am sure quite a few will be offering a more romantic feel for Valentine’s Day.”
So to help you choose the perfect place for you and your partner this February 14, here are 10 of the best Valentine’s restaurants in and around Grimsby and Cleethorpes.
1. Stallingborough Grange, Riby Road, Grimsby, DN41 8BU, 01469 561302.
Style: Traditional British.
Food Served: Daily from 12pm.
Valentine’s Day: Main menu, meals from £7.95.
Try: Individual steamed steak and kidney pudding with a roasted winter vegetable jus, served with chips or new potatoes.
Set in beautiful gardens on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, this 18th Century thatched country house hotel provides a peaceful and romantic Valentine’s destination.
Whether you are coming for an overnight stay or just for dinner you will find a friendly welcome and great service.
The menu offers an affordable and authentic taste of the county with favourites like Lincolnshire sausages, smoked Lincolnshire poacher tart and haddock and chips.
2. The White Hart, 1 Bethlehem Street, DN31 1JN, Grimsby, 01472 361469.
Style: Traditional British
Food Served: Monday to Saturday 12pm-9pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm.
Valentine’s Day: Three course menu £24.95 per person.
Try: Prime fillet steak with grilled tomato, mushrooms, onion rings and hand-cut chips.
Combining a tastefully refurbished dining area with first-class traditional food, the White Hart has built up a reputation as one of Grimsby’s most popular pubs.
The Valentine’s menu showcases chef Shaun Raby’s passion for local produce and doing the simple things well.
Starters like crab cakes and tomato soup lead on to a choice of hearty mains such as fillet steak and chicken supreme.
But it is the desserts that will really get you into the Valentine’s mood with luxurious offerings including Baileys cheesecake with crème Chantilly and strawberry and champagne torte with sauce Anglaise.
3. The Mill House, Main Road, Covenham Saint Bartholomew, Louth, LN11 0PB, 01507 363652.
Style: Modern British.
Food Served: Lunch: Tuesday to Saturday 12pm-2.30pm and Sunday 12pm-3pm. Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday from 5.30pm until late and Sunday 5.30pm-8.30pm.
Valentine’s Day: Three course menu £32.50 per person.
Try: Pan fried sea bass with langoustines, dill and roasted red onion, crushed potatoes and tomato oil.
Housed inside a 16th Century Grade II Listed building, The Mill House offers a Valentine’s venue full of style and character.
And with inventive re-workings of classic dishes made from locally sourced produce, it also has the food to match.
For February 14 the restaurant has created a special three course menu combining fine dining with more traditional fayre. From the starter of smoked salmon terrine with pickled cucumber and crab salad to mains including sea bass and pork cutlets you are sure to find plenty to tickle the tastebuds.
Desserts include Eton mess and crème brulee.
4. Miller's, 55 Brigsley Road, Waltham, Grimsby, DN37 0JZ, 01472 823 030.
Food Served: Monday to Friday 5.30pm-11pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-11pm.
Valentine’s Day: Normal menu, mains from £5.95.
Try: Bangala chicken - a fresh aromatic dish with a subtle yet warming garlic heat, on a bed of onion rice.
The Telegraph’s joint Indian and overall winner in the 2011 Restaurant of the Year Awards, Miller's offers a picturesque setting and fantastic food.
Located in Waltham Windmill this is the perfect place to spice up your Valentine’s evening.
The wide-ranging menu features an enticing mix of popular curries, fusion dishes and food influenced by the different regions of India.
A favourite destination on the Grimsby dining scene, Miller's offers an experience like no other.
5. The Cricketers, Littlefield Lane, Grimsby, DN34 4PS, 01472 343016.
Style: Pub grub.
Open: Monday to Saturday 11am-11pm and Sunday 12pm-10.30pm.
Valentine’s Day: Three course menu.
Try: Pork chops with Tewkesbury mustard and Herefordshire cider sauce, served with dauphinoise potatoes, fine beans and carrots.
If you are struggling for a babysitter this February 14 then The Cricketers could be the answer.
Family friendly, with an indoor play area, the pub is offering a special three course meal this Valentine’s Day.
And from seafood starter for two, through to the ‘share the love sundae’ dessert, the menu has been designed with romance in mind.
The sundae, in particular, will send hearts racing with a chocoholics dream of Cadbury’s Crunchie rocks, Galaxy Minstrels, Nestle Kit Kat and pieces of warmed double chocolate fudge cake, served with vanilla and chocolate chip dairy ice creams, topped with cream and sticky toffee sauce.
6. The Dovedale Hotel, 18 Albert Road, Cleethorpes, DN35 8LX, 01472 692988.
Food Served: 12pm-9.30pm daily.
Valentine’s Day: Five course menu £39 per person.
Try: Pan fried loin of venison from the Balmoral Estate with sweet potato mash and red wine jus.
Crowned as the Telegraph’s Hotel Restaurant of the Year for the past five years, the Dovedale is a great place to take your Valentine.
Praised for its relaxed yet refined atmosphere, it also offers some of the best food around.
The menu for February 14 is a hearty five course affair including a range of dishes from the hotel’s famous grill.
Special St Valentine’s treats include the sophisticated duck and champagne pate with cherry compote and toasted ciabatta, and the tempting main course of pan fried scallops with crispy black pudding and creamed leeks.
And with a choice of irresistible desserts including Belgian waffles and bread and butter pudding, you are sure end your date with that warm fuzzy feeling inside.
7. The Wheatsheaf, Bargate, Grimsby, DN34 5AD, 01472 246 821.
Style: Gastro pub.
Food Served: 11.30am-10pm daily.
Valentine’s Day: Two course menu and a bottle of prosecco £25 per person. Main menu also available
Try: Cod loin wrapped in Severn and Wye Valley oak smoked salmon.
One of North Lincs most popular pubs, the Wheatsheaf offers freshly cooked food, real ales and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
With two courses and a bottle of prosecco per couple for £25 each it is also offering one of the area’s more affordable Valentine’s options. Diners can choose off the main menu or off a list of specials which includes a slow cooked 14oz lamb which is perfect for sharing.
Other options include Wiltshire ham and brie stuffed chicken breast and an array of gastro pub favourites.
Stylish and contemporary without the fussiness and pretension of some restaurants, the Wheatsheaf is an ideal location for a fun and informal Valentine’s evening.
8. Abby’s, 12 Abbeygate, Grimsby, DN31 1JY, 01472 362 944.
Style: Bistro and wine bar.
Food Served: Monday 10.30pm-3.30pm, Tuesday 10am-8.30pm, Wednesday and Thursday 10.30am-8pm, Friday and Saturday 9.30am-9.30pm.
Valentine’s Day: Normal menus, mains from £12.95.
Try: A selection of tapas, including albondigas –spicy meat balls in a tomato salsa and gambas – king prawns with garlic and paprika.
Offering fine wines and food inspired by the four corners of the globe, Abby’s offers a sophisticated dining experience.
Located in the heart of Grimsby it is a haven of calm among the hustle and bustle of the town, perfect for a peaceful Valentine’s evening.
Although there is no special Valentine’s menu, the food at Abby’s is already designed to bring a bit of romance to your evening. From tasty tapas, ideal for sharing with a loved one, through to exotic dishes like lamb and apricot tagine and Thai fish ragout, this is food to fall in love over.
9. The Swallow Inn, Caistor Road, Market Rasen, LN7 6DL, 01472 371250.
Style: Gastro pub.
Food Served: Monday to Saturday 12pm-9pm, Sunday 12pm-8pm.
Valentine’s Day: Three course menu £27.50 per person.
Try: Pan fried breast of chicken smothered in a champagne cream sauce on a bed of wilted kale.
Since being taken over by new owners last summer the Swallow Inn has been given a new lease of life.
Redecorated and reinvigorated it now offers a bright, vibrant interior and excellent home cooked food, combining pub classics with modern dishes.
For Valentine’s Day the Swallow is cooking up a five course meal, created with romance in mind.
The starters include sharing plates of sliced meats and warm breads while the mains feature sumptuous dishes like chicken breast in a champagne cream sauce and duck breast in a redcurrant reduction.
And those with a sweet tooth will not be disappointed. Couples can choose to share a bowl of profiteroles or opt for their own dessert, choosing between an array of delectable dishes like raspberry pavlova and chocolate fondant.
10. The Beach Restaurant, Cleethorpes Pier, The Promenade, Cleethorpes, DN35 8SF, 01472 602477.
Food Served: Daily 9am-4pm and from 7.30pm.
Valentine’s Day: Two course menu £13.95 per person or three course menu £16.95.
Try: Chargrilled halibut with prawn and tarragon sauce.
With its award-winning art deco building, great food and unrivalled sea views, the Beach Restaurant has all the ingredients for a Valentine’s evening to remember.
And with a three course meal for just £16.95 it is also one of the best value venues around.
The special February 14 menu features fantastic dishes sourced from both sea and land including a king prawn starter and a main of roast beef sirloin.
Desserts include chocolate and marshmallow cheesecake and a strawberry and cream tart.
The Beach was named best European restaurant at the Telegraph’s Restaurant of the Year Awards 2011.