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It’s a “far cry from the area’s tourist traps”, but this secluded spot promises “the most romantic meal you'll ever have” – no wonder it’s a favourite for proposals and anniversaries. Key to Clos Maggiore’s appeal is an enchanting conservatory, where twinkly fairy lights, apple blossom and an open fire create a magical backdrop – though reservations aren't guaranteed here. Still, wherever you sit, you can take advantage of an award-winning wine list and polished menu of beautifully styled French dishes, cooked with consummate skill. The favourites here, such as delicate crab, prawn and scallop tortellini in a light Champagne velouté, or the signature braised rabbit shoulder pointed up by sweet-and-sour black radish and a punchy mustard mousseline, “never disappoint”, while mains include melting Ibérico pork loin paired with a moreish bone marrow and almond croquette. A dedicated vegetarian menu shows the same flair, and readers also swoon over the pungently ripe cheeses, delightful desserts and cracking Cognac list. On the downside, hurried service and table-turning irritate those wishing to linger.
Clos Maggiore is well known for having an immense range of wines on offer. At almost 100 pages and (at a rough guess) around 2,500 bins, it boasts an impressive selection. And yet, for all the extraordinary range of wines on offer (including jaw-dropping verticals of some of the wine world’s biggest names), the most impressive aspect of this list is the effort that has gone into making it accessible.
Marketed, as London’s most romantic restaurant, Clos Maggiore, Covent Garden, is no fraud. It’s quite obvious from the outset that this is one of the most romantic spots in the capital, however, you don’t just have to take our word for it; amongst many accolades, Clos Maggiore has been awarded London’s Most Romantic Restaurant by Harden’s Guide 2014, Most Romantic in the UK by Toptable 2013 and “Sexiest Restaurant” in the UK by The Times 2012. And we can see why...
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