What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than enjoying a candlelit meal with your loved one?

It may be a cliché but treating yourselves to some delicious food and taking the time to appreciate one another’s company for a few hours really is the ideal way to spend the most romantic evening of the year.

To make the best impression, choose a fine dining restaurant for fabulous flavours and attentive service.

Somerset has a wealth of high-end establishments to choose from though Bath tends to dominate when looking for somewhere special to eat.

To cater for foodies all over the county, we've decided to widen the circle and turned to Tripadvisor to find the highest-rated establishments in Somerset outside of the county's largest city.

So, whether you’re celebrating with your other half, the family, your best friend or simply offering yourself some love this February 14, here are Tripadvisor’s hottest tables in Somerset, outside of Bath.


Top 5 Somerset fine dining restaurants outside of Bath

The Pony & Trap

Somerset County Gazette: The Pony & Trap, Chew Magna. Picture: TripadvisorThe Pony & Trap, Chew Magna. Picture: Tripadvisor
Where: Knowle Hill Newtown, Chew Magna BS40 8TQ
Rating: 4.5/5
Number of 'excellent' ratings: 922
Customer review: Delicious food
"We visited the pony and trap in their temporary location on the downs.
"The tipis are beautiful, which create a lovely atmosphere at any time of the day.
"The staff are welcoming, friendly and make you feel at ease with the current restrictions.
"The food was £45 per person for 4 courses. The portions are small but packed full of amazing flavours! I have visited twice recently so have tested out a lot of the menu. I could not fault any of it.
"I could not speak more highly of it and cannot wait to visit the pony and trap when it reopens."
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THE PIG-near Bath

Somerset County Gazette: THE PIG-near Bath, Pensford. Picture: TripadvisorTHE PIG-near Bath, Pensford. Picture: Tripadvisor
Where: Hunstrete House, Pensford BS39 4NS
Rating: 4.5/5
Number of 'excellent' ratings: 388
Customer review: Superb dining
"We were here recently in a group of eight and had dinner on both nights.
"Imaginative menu with choices for all, generous portions and all very tasty!
"I had pheasant breast, and skate wing for my two mains, but everyone was impressed with the food. The calves liver starter got a thumbs up from those who had it. Iced Ginger terrine dessert was also rated.
"Our servers were very efficient and friendly.
"Interesting wine list - including a white wine from Georgia which impressed the wine aficionado in the group. Altogether superb."
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Somerset County Gazette: Osip, Bruton. Picture: TripadvisorOsip, Bruton. Picture: Tripadvisor
Where: 1 High Street, Bruton BA10 0AB
Rating: 5/5
Number of 'excellent' ratings: 63
Customer review: Stunning
"We love good food and have eaten in many high end restaurants so wanted to try this "local" restaurant.
"It was worth the drive, the restaurant itself has been decorated simply but with great character.
"The food though is the star, an amazing menu of small yet stylish and delicious dishes. It deserves the praise and acolades it's winning. Loved it."
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Reeves Restaurant

Somerset County Gazette: Reeves Restaurant, Dunster. Picture: TripadvisorReeves Restaurant, Dunster. Picture: Tripadvisor
Where: 20-22 High Street Somerset, Dunster, Exmoor National Park TA24 6SG 
Rating: 4.5/5
Number of 'excellent' ratings: 546
Customer review: Stunning Food and fabulous staff
"My wife and I ate at Reeves for a romantic dinner during a pre-Christmas weekend visit to Dunster.
"This is a great place, the portions are generous and the food was great.
"We shared a Chicken parfait starter and both had the Beef Wellington main - their chef was able to accommodate our preferences with one being medium well and one being rare.
"Nothing was too much trouble and we would absolutely eat here again when we are next in town."
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Kitchen Danilo

Somerset County Gazette: Kitchen Danilo, Bridgwater. Picture: TripadvisorKitchen Danilo, Bridgwater. Picture: Tripadvisor
Where: 17A St. Mary Street, Bridgwater TA6 3LU
Rating: 5/5
Number of 'excellent' ratings: 19
Customer review: New Year’s Eve magic and food
"We ate at Kitchen Danilo on New Year’s Eve as part of their special NYE magical evening. Wow!
"Everything was spectacular and I feel like 5 stars is not enough.
"The secret menu was a fun idea, Ive never ate like that before and the food was out of this world, like really special!
"The fact they brought magic & illusions into the dishes was really the icing on the cake too. The chef is extremely talented and will go far with this little gem and the magician was great too.
"What a wonderful way to spend the evening! Can’t wait to see if they do more like this!
"Thank you for having us and for a fantastic evening."
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To see the full list of fine dining restaurants in Somerset, including those in Bath, visit the Tripadvisor website.