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Food of Love: Where to eat this Valentine’s Day

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St. Valentine’s Day is a time of year that makes your heart beat fast; either because you are filled with excitement at the prospect of a romantic whirlwind with your beloved OR because you are frantically searching for a plan that doesn’t involve sitting home alone staring at your cat. At ResDiary we like to see ourselves as a restaurant booking system which is inclusive for all! Whether you are a lothario looking to  fuel your libido or just looking for a place to celebrate the single life with friends; we've got it on ResDiary.


89 St Vincent Street, Glasgow

If you are alone on Valentine’ there really is only one thing that can help you...TEQUILA! Only joking- well only if to accompany that tequila you have friends and some of the best Mexican food you will find in Glasgow. From their delicious stuffed Chimichangas, Habanero wings and Queso Fundido there is plenty to celebrate 'singledom' with, all paired perfectly with a wide selection of Mexican beers and margaritas. Speaking of perfect pairings you could even go for their Valentines menu where all dishes are made for sharing! Sharing is Pairing…

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Opera Tavern

23 Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London

This beautiful two-storey bar and restaurant specializing in award winning Italian and Spanish tapas (the social food!!) is located in the heart of London’s theatreland. If you were wanting to take us on a Valentine’s date this is the perfect choice. We could catch a matinee at the Drury Lane Theatre opposite, be wowed at the nearby Opera House or take a romantic stroll across the Waterloo Bridge en route to the South Bank. A walk will definitely be in order after dining on delights such as the Iberian pork or foie gras burger!

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FX Buckley Steakhouse

2 Crow Street, Dublin

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, to be honest we think anything that involves food is a sure fire way to guarantee a win regardless of gender! One thing you can’t dispute however is the human races' love of meat...and this is where FX Buckley come into the equation. Take your Valentine/ Best friend/ Cousin to Dublin’s Temple Bar and enjoy what is billed as ‘Ireland’s best steak’- how do you know it’s the best- we’ll let owner Stephen Buckley tell you "The way in which we guarantee the highest quality in beef in both texture and flavour is by choosing Irish beef and the highest grade of traditional breeds of cattle. Our prime cuts are hung on the bone at 4°C and at 80% humidity for a minimum of 28 days." just thinking about it makes our loins tender!

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Gandolfi Fish

84-86 Albion Street, Glasgow

The Little Mermaid is one of our favourite Disney love stories which leads us on perfectly for our next valentine’s dining recommendation: Gandolfi Fish. In ‘plaice’ of Ariel and Ursula the seawitch think of a clean modern interior, relaxed ambience, excellent service and the very best of Scottish seafood. From the aphrodisiac qualities of fresh Oysters to Summer Isles Smoked Salmon and their signature Gandolfi Fish pie this is fine dining for the Merman/ Mermaid in your life. Featured in Ron Mackenna's top 25 Scottish restaurants (The Herald) - is the place to be.

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Bob Bob Ricard

1 Upper James St, London

England and Russia may not have been the closest bedfellows if history is anything to go by, but this hasn’t stopped the team at Soho’s Iconic restaurant: Bob Bob Ricard creating a match made in heaven with their luxury English and Russian menu to its eclectic clientele in London's most glamorous all-booth dining room! Bob Bob Ricard is known for its great value fine wine and champagne list. It is the only UK restaurant endorsed by Chateau d'Yquem as a purveyor of their world-famous wine by the glass.  Our favourite feature is the ‘Press For Champagne’ button - meaning you can spend less time trying to get the attention of the waiter and more time focusing on the attentions of your lover.

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The Muddlers Club

Unit 1 Warehouse Lane, Belfast

For fans of romance, history and theatrics pay attention! Tucked away between Waring Street & Exchange Place in the historic back street of Cathedral Quarter, The Muddlers Club in Belfast has been named after the secret society that met there over 200 years ago. Head chef & owner Gareth McCaughey hand picks the best of homegrown produce daily to ensure the quality of each dish served. The open kitchen provides a sense of theatre and allows the diner to watch as ingredients are transformed into meticulously simple dishes in front of them.

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Interesting Valentine’s Day Facts

  • In 1537, England's King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine's Day.
  • Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine's Day in the late 1800s.
  • The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
  • After Christmas  Valentines is the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year
  • 220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine's Day each year.
  • If you’re single don’t despair. You can celebrate Singles Awareness Day (SAD) instead.