date night in Lymington

Tired of everyday life being one long routine, Dave and I have decided to bring back our midweek date night this month! At first, we settled on Wednesdays as a halfway point of the working week, but then we realised that by setting a specific day we’d be getting into another routine… So this time around, any day of the week is midweek date night. Our last two consisted of a cinema trip to see The Red Turtle (I wept throughout) and a cosy night in with Netflix, both of which were a lovely way to break up the week. This time around, after some happy news to do with Dave’s job, we chose to go out for dinner and drinks in Lymington, a cute little market town near the New Forest, which I have written about previously here.


The Cellar

With Lymington being one of our regular spots to visit, we headed straight to our favourite bar, The Cellar – a cosy wine bar on the quaintest cobbled street, where we enjoyed some pre-dinner drinks in its charming courtyard garden. I was delighted to find an extensive cocktail list that included one of my favourites, a White Lady, and Dave was recommended an elegant French white wine; we enjoyed our drinks as the last of the day’s sun skimmed our shoulders. A perfect setting.


The Haven

After our delicious drinks, we made our way over to the quayside just a little further down this cute little street, only to find out that this was not where our dinner was going to be; the restaurant where we were to dine was actually located a twenty-minute walk from the centre of Lymington. However, the walk took us through another cute street with the most adorable houses and past a lovely marina. With the sun still out and golden hour at its prime, it ended up being the most wonderful romantic walk. Arriving finally, we were seated at a table overlooking the boats and water just outside the restaurant, and enjoyed a glass of French rosé and a lovely dry Italian pinot. The Haven specialises in seafood and I made sure to check that mussels would be on the menu. Does anyone else also look longingly at the online menu before their meal? Haha. The decor in this restaurant is so pretty, with candles dotted around on wooden tables perched in front of huge windows with the most wonderful views. Food-wise, we could not have picked a better place. We ordered oysters to share, which were presented beautifully, and came with a shot of Lymington gin and tonic. The mussels that I ordered were cooked perfectly in a delicious white sauce with a helping of fries on the side. We originally thought that I had accidentally ordered the large portion of mussels as this was definitely too much for one person to eat but it turned out that this was actually the smaller one! Dave’s seafood linguine was equally delicious but maybe had a little too much oil, although that’s the only criticism we could find about our meal. Despite being a little bit of a walk from the centre of Lymington, this actually turned out to be a positive as it felt quite secluded and tucked away. We both wouldn’t hesitate to return again, and I can’t recommend it enough to you all.


A stroll back to the centre of town, past the pretty marina, was exactly what we needed after our meal, and with the sun turning the sky pink, it couldn’t have been more romantic. On previously mentioned cute street, I spotted my dream little house: turquoise door and matching shutters, small and cosy, and with a pretty front garden, it couldn’t be more perfect. All it needed was an old bicycle in front to complete the decor!


The Cellar (again)

Back in the centre of Lymington, we wanted one last drink before heading home so we returned to The Cellar as it is truly one of the loveliest bars near the New Forest. At night, the atmosphere is warm and understated with candles highlighting the subtle rustic decor, and the feel of a speakeasy. This wine bar is a must if you ever find yourself in Lymington! I had my current favourite gin, Silent Pool, with Fever Tree tonic, of course, and Dave tried one of the Icelandic ales.


This date night in Lymington was just what we needed to break up our week and shake things up a little. In a long-term relationship, it’s easy to become comfortable and choose nights in over going out. There’s nothing wrong with staying in with snacks and a TV series – it’s one of our favourite ways to spend time! – but sometimes it’s nice to do something more special, whether it’s a meal at a fancy restaurant or even cooking a nice dinner together. Hopefully, we can keep up our midweek date night for the rest of the month, especially when the evenings are so lovely and warm at the moment.

Do you have any fun ideas for date night?


  1. June 15, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    This is such a cute post, you and your boyfriend are SO cute! looks like you had a great time also these photos are amazing! Xx

    • millieonhearts
      June 16, 2017 / 1:56 pm

      Aww thank you, lovely! I’m glad you liked this post! <3

  2. June 16, 2017 / 10:40 am

    Oh this looks like the cutest date night! I think date nights are so important! I’m glad you had a great time, the photos are lovely!
    Hels xx

    • millieonhearts
      June 16, 2017 / 1:57 pm

      They really are, aren’t they! And it’s nice to mix things up a little every now and then. Thank you so much! <3

  3. June 19, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    First of all I (STILL)wish I could have date nights with you and Dave, you guys always find the best places to go to! I love the views of the boats and water; its always one of my favorite things to photograph. Lastly, I love your outfit so much the denim blue colored off the shoulder is to die for!

    xo, JJ

  4. June 23, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    I read this recently and keep meaning to comment on it! This date to Lymington looked so cute! I love having date nights and I think it is so sweet you are doing midweek and weekend dates. I love getting dressed up and exploring new places too! Such great suggestions on places to visit here from you! xxx

    • millieonhearts
      July 3, 2017 / 8:45 pm

      Aww thank you! It’s so lovely to get dressed up – I think that’s one of my favourite things about going out on dates haha! Aw I’m glad it is helpful! There are so many lovely places close to home that sometimes we don’t need to travel abroad for a little break or even just a night out!

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