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.
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.
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?