The much-loved reality dating show First Dates returns to Channel 4 in 2024, marking its tenth anniversary. The well-known French maitre d’hôtel Fred Sirieix is in charge and ready to work his magic in a whole new place. Merlin Griffiths, a bartender, and Cici Coleman, a waitress, are among the new cast members. So are Francesca Martu, Jamie McCleave, Aoife Smyth, and Kofi Yeboah-Mensah.
Since its premiere in 2013, the popular reality dating show First Dates has been to many famous places in the UK. At first, the show took place at the famous Paternoster Chop House in Central London, which made for a cozy setting for first meetings. For a change of setting in 2020, people went to Manchester City Centre and The Refinery in Spinningfields became the place to go on dates. For the next season of 2024, the producers chose to try something new. tvacute delves into details.
Where is the First Dates (2024) Restaurant?
For the 2024 season of First Dates, the romantic hotspot is the City of Bath, which is known for its historical charm and beautiful buildings. Bath, which was recently named the UK’s most romantic city and currently holds the title of the country’s most beautiful city, makes a beautiful setting for the love stories.
The First Dates restaurant is in The Botanist Bath, which is a beautiful and magical place. It is in the amazing Octagon Chapel, a grade II protected building that was built in 1767. The venue, which used to be a church that famous author Jane Austen often visited, adds a feeling of nostalgia and historical significance to the dating experience.
The Botanist Bath at THE OCTAGON (NO 25 Part 46A Milsom Place & 28, Milsom St, Bath BA1 1BZ, UK is where romance flies as Fred Sirieix and his team work their matching magic. Fred Sirieix said that the choice to film in Bath was strategic and that it felt like the best choice he had made in 10 years. Bath has called the experience “beautiful and magical,” and his energy, eagerness, and excitement are sure to take the show to new heights.
Fred stresses how real First Dates is by saying that it’s about real people looking for real bonds and true love. The move of the show to Bath shows a commitment to giving both the contestants and the fans a unique and memorable experience. Bath’s romantic feel and long past fit perfectly with the theme of First Dates, which is why it was chosen as the setting for the 2024 series.
The Botanist Bar & Restaurant
The Botanist Bath is one of 25 bars and restaurants across the country that make up the larger family. It gives an out-of-the-ordinary experience. In a “secret garden” inside the historic Octagon, The Botanist Bath has a theme full of plants, as well as live music and fun activities like Bingo all week long. The strange decor and strange foods make for a lively atmosphere that’s great for the romantic adventures that First Dates is known for.
The restaurant’s charm extends to its basement bar, which is called Beneath and is a great place for couples to spend time together. With its focus on weird and wonderful things, The Botanist Bath fits right in with the spirit of First Dates, providing a one-of-a-kind eating experience that goes beyond the ordinary.
Rita Daniels, who is the commissioning editor for Channel 4, talks about how happy she is that First Dates will be moving to Bath, which is a beautiful city. She’s sure that Bath’s unique atmosphere will make the daters fall in love with the city, and she predicts that the evening will be romantic for everyone.