Love is in the air at these Valentine's victuallers - here's our pick of some of the most romantic pubs in the UK...
1. The Travellers Rest, Grasmere, Cumbria
Ahead of Valentine's Day last year bodice-ripping publisher Mills & Boon revealed the UK's most romantic spots and among them was Grasmere, the Lake District favourite. Lucky then, that this local pub, with its oak beams, inglenooks, roaring fires and a beer garden offering panoramic views, also offers award winning food and ten bedrooms overlooking the surrounding fells. Swoon.
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2. The Anderson, Fortrose, Scotland
The story is that the American owners of this pub and hotel, located a mere meander away from the edge of the Moray Firth, moved over 3,000 miles from Philadelphia to run the pub after falling head over heels in love with it. What's more romantic than that?
3. The Hoops Inn & Country Hotel, Bideford, Devon
The Mallow Suite at this Grade II listed pub is set over two levels, featuring original stonework and exposed beams, along with an antique four poster bed. There are some modern touches though – flat-screen TV, walk-in shower and a jacuzzi spa bath big enough for two.
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4. The Culpeper, London
The beating heart of London's financial district might not strike you as the most romantic place in the UK, but what about after an evening spent at one of the stargazing evenings on this upscale pub's rooftop terrace, followed by a night in one of its industrial-chic rooms? We thought that might change your mind.
5. The Crab & Boar, Cheiveley, Berkshire
Described by one Trip Advisor reviewer as "hot tub heaven" this country pub-come- boutique-hotel boasts 14 luxury rooms, some of which come with their own private courtyard featuring a hot tub. Other individual rooms have their own fireplaces, four poster beds and/or freestanding baths, not to mention top of the range bed linen, handmade British toiletries and locally-made biscuits.
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6. The Bell at Skenfrith, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
Expect oak beams, polished flagstone floors and open fires in the pub, and crisp cotton duvets, warm Welsh blankets and fluffy towels in each of the 11 rooms in this 17 th century Welsh inn situated right on the banks of the River Monnow. Sawdays, the accommodation guide for the smart set, calls it "chic and romantic."
7. The Fuzzy Duck, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
"Whoever loved that loved not at first sight?", poses Phebe in As You Like It – and so it may be with this pub in the pretty hamlet of Armscote but a quill's throw away from local boy Shakespeare's birthplace Stratford-Upon-Avon. Indeed, couples on Booking.com gave it a 9.2 rating for romance due its four boutique bedrooms, gastro-style food and magnificent fireplaces.
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8. The Griffin Inn, Fletchling, East Sussex
After a stroll around the two acres of this pub's own gardens, drinking in the views over the famous National Trust grounds at Sheffield Park with a glass of wine from The Griffin's famous 20-strong by-the-glass list in hand, what could be better than a night in one of its 13 bedrooms? We'd go for one of the six with a four poster for maximum romance points.
9. The Victoria Inn, Holkham, Norfolk
Romance you say? Book dinner or, better yet, dinner and a room at this pub just a few minutes' walk from the golden sands of Holkham Beach and at the gates of Holkham Hall, the Palladian country house built in the 18th century. Food comes from the north Norfolk coast or the estate's own farms and of the 20 bedrooms, four offer their "own attractive sitting rooms for guests looking for their own private space. You had us at "romance".
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10. Red Pump Inn, Bashall Eaves, Lancashire
For those for whom romance is a bit more imaginative than red roses and chocolates, what about a night in a yurt? This pub has a selection of glamping yurts, complete with king size beds, fur throws, cosy wood burning stoves and (crucially if the romance is to stay alive), en-suite bathrooms.