HEADING out on a first date tomorrow for Valentine’s Day? New research reveals your best option is to head to a bar for casual drinks and ditch the fancy restaurant.

Ahead of the most romantic day of the year, research by online furniture retailer, FurnitureChoice.co.uk, has uncovered the nation’s favourite first dates, from heading out for a bite to eat to something a little more active.

The research revealed the nation’s top three first date activities are:

1 A casual drink at a bar or pub (37%)

2 A meal at a restaurant (21%)

3 Going for a coffee (17%)

Despite fitness and wellness being hugely popular in the UK at the moment, active dates are the least popular among loved up daters, with just 1% naming mini golf, going to the gym, or doing physical activity as their preferred choice.

Elsewhere, just 34 per cent said they would only eat on a first date if it was a casual bite, while 50 per cent claimed they wouldn’t feel comfortable eating on the first date at all.

When asked about the foods to avoid on the first date, garlic-laden foods and spaghetti took the top spot (45%), followed by ribs (42%), kebabs (27%) and fried chicken (21%).

The survey also revealed the most off-putting dining faux pas a date could commit, are:

1 Speaking with their mouth full (25%)

2 Eating with their mouth open (18%)

3 Texting, scrolling or answering a phone call at the table (16%)

4 Licking their plate, or using fingers to mop up sauce (14%)

5 Licking their knife (7%)