Lucy Mecklenburgh and Mario Falcone show they are still in love on romantic dinner date

Dinner date: Lucy and Mario only have eyes for each other on romantic evening out in Essex

They have certainly had some rocky times but Lucy and Mario showed romance wasn't dead in their relationship as they went out for a cosy dinner last night.

Just a month ago their relationship appeared to be dead and buried, but fast forward a few weeks and Lucy Mecklenburgh and Mario Falcone appear to be more in love than ever.

And the couple flaunted their love for one another as they touched each other over the dinner table in Brentwood, Essex.

Just desserts: Lucy Mecklenburgh and Mario Falcone look very much in love on a date in Brentwood

Just desserts: Lucy Mecklenburgh and Mario Falcone look very much in love on a date in Brentwood

It had been a hard day for Lucy, who tweeted that she worked all day in her boutique and couldn't wait for dinner.

Lucy, 23, looked every inch the vixen in an animal print dress while Mario opted for the dashing look in a white shirt.

The couple have been putting on a very united front after their very public falling out last year.

What to have...: Lucy looks slightly confused as she decides what to eat on her date

What to have…: Lucy looks slightly confused as she decides what to eat on her date

Forget the food! The pair only had eyes for each other on their date at Alec's restaurant

Forget the food! The pair only had eyes for each other on their date at Alec's restaurant

They shared a kiss in the back of
their waiting car as the left the wrap party for the latest series of
The Only Way Is Essex ended earlier this week.

And Mario was seen onscreen surprising his girlfriend with a brand new puppy which he wanted to name Max.

But when Lucy said that she preferred the name Bentley, he offered an exchange. 'If you want to call him Bentley you have to give me sex,' he said. 'So either you call him Bentley and I get sexy time, or call him Max and you get your three dates and romance.'

Lucy was quick to let go of her resolve, replying: 'Bentley it is.'

Lip service: The couple share a smooch as they leave the wrap party

Lip service: The couple share a smooch as they leave the wrap party