It's almost Valentine's Day and love is in the air … and an Essex restaurant has been named one of the 50 most romantic places in the country.

Online Restaurant Booking Service OpenTable has unveiled the list, which includes 31 entries from London as well as a pair from Edinburgh and Kent.

But in this list, the Pig & Whistle restaurant is hidden near Chelmsford.

The restaurant is housed in a 16th-century building that has long served customers as a pub.

But when owner Brendan Curran first pointed out a rundown look, he had dreams of turning him into a restaurant suitable for like-minded gourmets.

Over the years, the website found that Chignal Smealy's consumer rights have changed due to changes in smoking and alcohol laws. When Mr. Curran took over in 2013, he set about turning the room into a restaurant. Half a year later, he met restaurateur Amanda Hudson and they planned the "perfect" restaurant, which also won the Essex Life Food & Drink Awards 2018 customer service.

Valentine's Day options vary from a couple's afternoon tea for £ 35 per couple to an evening menu for £ 40 per person.

But be warned … they are booked for Thursday night.

Adrian Valeriano, EMEA Vice President, OpenTable, said: "Here at OpenTable, restaurant reviews are a fundamental element of the service we provide to British guests to ensure that customers across the UK can find the right dining experience.

"With London continuing to be Britain's culinary capital, it's also great to see outstanding restaurants from around the country, including Edinburgh, Birmingham, Kent and Essex, all of which are among the most romantic restaurants to dine on this Valentine's Day. "

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Afternoon tea at the Hotel Café Royal

Angel with bagpipe

Chapter one

Cielo Restaurant

Claude Bosi at Bibendum

Clos Maggiore

CORE by Clare Smyth

Food & Rattles


Galvin on Windows

Gauthier Soho

Hakkazan Hanway Place

Ham Yard bar and restaurant

Hawksmoor Air Street

Hawksmoor Borough

Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

Hawksmoor Manchester

Hawksmoor Seven Dials

Hawksmoor Spitalfields

Indian accent

Ivy Chelsea Garden


Kaspar at The Savoy

Kendell's Bistro

L & # 39; escargot


Margot Restaurant



Number 16 restaurant

Paco tapas

Palm Court in Langham, London

Peace and Loaf Restaurant

Pig & pipe restaurant

Pollenstraße social

Roux in the Landau

Smith's Restaurant Wapping