In years gone by, the Arctic Monkeys' song ‘A Certain Romance’ could have have definitely applied to Lewisham. The area has come a long way since then and now, due to significant investment and infrastructural change, straddles that perfect middle ground between its dark-ish past and its highly-polished future as a major centre of London - according to Whitehall’s 'London Plan' anyway. Currently classed as 'edgy', Lewisham's unique landscape makes it a pretty cool place to go for a romantic meal. Looking to impress? Go to Lewisham. Looking for a meaningful evening? Go to Lewisham. Lewisham has personality, substance and attitude and for those who wish to share a romantic meal with a loved one, or even a romantic meal for one – and it is possible – here are five of our favourites.
Luciano’s Ristorante, Lee
Nestled on Burnt Ash Road, Luciano’s Ristorante is one of the finest Italian restaurants in Lewisham Borough and has quickly become a favourite for both locals and those travelling from a little further out. Combine a simple and authentic Italian menu, with a wonderfully deep selection of wines and a friendly & relaxed atmosphere, and you'll be certain to have a sure-fire evening for any couples who love Italian food. If your night is not finished there, you can pop next door to Bar Luciano for a post-dinner 'digestivo' (usually an espresso & liqueur of some kind), or maybe just a glass of your favourite something to tickle your fancy. Receiving 10% off at both the restaurant and bar with your South London Club card won't hurt either!
Spice of Life, Lee
Having opened their doors back in 1987, the Spice of Life on Lee High Road has become a fixture in the hearts of Lewisham residents. Offering an extensive menu featuring both Indian and Bangladeshi dishes, it's definitely a genuine and accommodating experience. The Spice of Life is the perfect choice for couples looking to indulge in one of Britains favourite pastimes - sharing a curry. South London Club card holders receive 10% off eating in and 15% off takeaways!
Bella Roma, Lewisham
If a restaurant was to represent Lewisham, it would be Bella Roma. Fitting perfectly into the aesthetic of Lewisham and just round the corner from Lewisham Clock Tower, Bella Roma is a hidden gem offering an Italian experience with real substance. Easily accessible from Lewisham station, Bella Roma is well situated for those visiting Lewisham and those looking for a nice meal before heading off into central London. Expect fine Italian meats, cheeses, delectable pizzas and 10% off food orders with your South London Club card!
The Rosemary, New Cross
If you're a couple that loves to experiment, The Rosemary is probably the best bet in the entire borough of Lewisham. Serving authentic & organic Hungarian cuisine, it is certain to both impress and surprise, well, maybe not surprise if you know Hungarian cuisine, but for those who do not, prepare to be surprised. In both instances, you’ll be impressed. That point stands. Not only is the food prepared according to tradition, it is also grown locally on their certified organic farm in Welling, meaning you can enjoy your meal safe in the knowledge that you are not contributing to excessive food miles. On top of that, you'll also be supporting more jobs in the area and a way of farming that doesn't degrade the environment. Nothing exudes romance quite like a love for the planet and your local community!
Receive 10% off food Tuesday to Thursday and off craft beer all the time with your South London Club card.
Since opening on Lee High Road, Rox Burger has been attracting customers from far and wide to sample the delights of their simple and utterly delicious selection of burgers. Having won Tripadvisor’s ‘UK’s No. 1 Burger Award 2015’, Rox Burger is easily one of the premier restaurants in all of Lewisham, if not South London. If you fancy something simple and sure to satisfy for your romantic meal, you cannot go wrong with the burgers at Rox Burger.
With that we conclude our short list of the best places for a romantic meal in Lewisham, and remember impress by supporting your local independent businesses.
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