London, 2 February 2016… New data from OpenTable, the world’s leading restaurant booking service, has revealed that Brits will need to get a move on this Valentine’s Day if they’re planning to win the heart of their loved one with a romantic meal. With restaurant bookings rising up to 119% on Valentine’s Day compared to an average day, and OpenTable’s earliest 2016 booking made a year in advance, those that aren’t quick off the mark may find themselves queueing in the cold.
With continuing strong demand for Valentine’s Day, Brits are sitting on a romantic time bomb when it comes to leaving their reservation to the last minute. And the stakes are high with two thirds of women in favour of a romantic meal over a bouquet of flowers on this special day.
Despite this fact, 1 in 4 men (26%) admit failing to book their Valentine’s Day restaurant due to leaving it too late. As a result, a growing number of dissatisfied ladies are taking care of the details with research showing more than 38% of women make the booking themselves. Although this modern approach still leaves most men footing the bill with only 1 in 10 women being happy to pick up the tab.
Londoners, the nation’s foodie capital, are drawing the shortest straw with the region being most likely to book more than two months in advance.
Further insight into the nation’s V-Day dining habits shows that 1 in 10 reservations were for tables of more than two, a sign of the rising popularity in anti-Valentine’s Day group celebrations. The research also revealed that 90% of diners were first time visitors to the restaurant they booked. Brits appear to play it safe when choosing the cuisine. Italian food comes in as the top choice for diners on Valentine’s Day (14%), next up are UK favourites Chinese (12%) and Indian (9%).
Mike Xenakis, Managing Director at OpenTable, comments, “Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular times of the year for dining and it’s easy to be caught off guard when it comes to booking your restaurant of choice. With our earliest reservations starting a year in advance, we’ve tried to take the pain out of booking by compiling a lists of the most romantic restaurants in the UK, to ensure you don’t miss the boat.”
To help you decide where to take your Valentine, the restaurant experts at OpenTable have rounded up the top 10 most romantic restaurants in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham, based on diner feedback:
|Anderson’s Bar & Grill||English|
|Pasta di Piazza||Italian|
|Fleet Street Kitchen||British|
|The Fountain Inn at Clent||British|
|The Shrewsbury Arms||English|
|The Stockbridge Restaurant||Scottish|
|Angels with Bagpipes||Scottish|
|Twenty, Princes Street, Grill & Smokehouse||Steakhouse|
|The Cellar Door||Scottish|
|WHISKI Rooms Bar & Bistro||Scottish|
|Victor & Carina Contini Ristorante||Italian|
|Number 16 Restaurant||Modern European|
|The Butchershop Bar & Grill||Steakhouse|
|Hutchesons Bar & Brasserie||Scottish|
|The Sisters Kelvingrove||Scottish|
|The Grill Room at the Square||Steakhouse|
|Alston Bar & Beef||Steak|
|Urban Bar & Brasserie||British|
|City Social – Restaurant||Contemporary European|
|Galvin at Windows||French|
|Restaurant Gordon Ramsay||Contemporary French|
|Typing Room||Modern European|
|The Glasshouse||Modern European|
|The Ledbury||Contemporary European|
|Tattu Restaurant & Bar||Chinese|
|The Cherry Tree||British|
|47 King Street West||British|