Five romantic cafés

Published 3 February 2016

Ahead of Valentine’s Day, we pick some of the best places to impress your date and fall in love with art.

1. The Tea Room, William Morris Gallery, London

10% off café purchases with National Art Pass

William Morris was a workaholic and applied his talents to a range of pursuits from poetry to social activism. He famously said, ‘Give me love and work – these two only.’ But this Valentine’s Day, perhaps love is enough. The William Morris Gallery was the family home of the Morris family when William was a teenager. He wrote some of his earliest poetry seated in a tall window on the main staircase. After exploring the Georgian house, visitors can take in the stunning views of Lloyd Park in the gallery’s tea room. The menu is kept as seasonal as possible with a strong emphasis on working with the best local suppliers.

2. The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery Café, Stoke-on-Trent

10% off café purchases with National Art Pass

Following an exploration of the collections, tuck into some delicious refreshments at the museum’s café. Sample the local delicacy – Staffordshire oatcakes – or enjoy traditional afternoon tea served in the museum’s vintage Burleigh ware. This year, for a quirky Valentine’s weekend, the café will be hosting Friday Twilight Murder Mystery – St Valentine’s Massacre. The evening dining experience will be set in the 1920s and revolve around American gangsters. Enjoy a three-course meal while solving who committed the heinous felony.

3. The Wallace Restaurant, The Wallace Collection, London

20% off dining with National Art Pass (Fridays and Saturdays only, from 5pm)

With its magnificent glass roof and indoor trees, the Wallace Restaurant is a wonderful London dining discovery. Flooded with natural light, visitors can enjoy what feels like alfresco dining in a beautiful setting protected from the elements. To experience the restaurant at its best, visit on a Friday or Saturday evening when you can dine under the stars and try the full à la carte menu. From chestnut, spelt and butternut squash risotto to chicken supreme with parsnip pomme purée, the restaurant celebrates the best of modern French cuisine.

4. Ashmolean Dining Room, Oxford

On the rooftop of the oldest public museum in Britain, visitors can find Ashmolean’s restaurant. The menu focuses on modern European cuisine with fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from local Oxfordshire suppliers. In the run up to Valentine’s Day, a special menu will be on offer with a choice of decadent dishes. Start with chartreuse-cured salmon, followed by a slow-cooked pork shoulder and finish with a luxurious chocolate délice and a glass of prosecco while you take in the spectacular views of the city’s spires.

5. The Beaney Café, Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury

10% off café purchases with National Art Pass

The Beaney Café is a cosy oasis within the museum, a treasure chest at the heart of Canterbury. It offers an ever-changing menu of delectable refreshments from warming soups to locally produced cakes to traditional cream teas. Don’t miss the beautiful Museumaker window by Laura Thomas which adorns one of the walls.

Enjoy a range of café, shop and exhibition offers at more than 220 museums and galleries with a National Art Pass.

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