HomeOut & AboutWhere To Spend Valentine’s Day From gourmet feasts to sky-high delights, impress your favourite foodie with our pick of where to find the UK’s best Valentine’s Day menus, meals and more. 1 Best for something enchanting: Devonshire Club Devonshire Club are offering up a romantic three-course dinner with soulful jazz from 6pm – 10pm in their extravagant Brasserie. What’s on the menu: • Signature sushi to share • Crispy ox cheek with smoked mash and shallot salad • Gluten-less chocolate mi-cuit For those that want to splurge, the private members club is also offering a Valentine’s overnight stay for £219 per person for members and £269 per person for non-members, including the Valentine’s Day menu, a bottle of Champagne to enjoy in the room and breakfast the next day. Make it happen Bookings: Dinner must be booked in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Members can reserve rooms here and non-members can reserve here. Cost: Priced at £40 per person for 2 courses and a glass of Prosecco or £47 per person for 3 courses and a glass of Prosecco. 2 Best for something Scandi: OSLO, Hackney Make this Valentine’s Day a spectacular one by feasting on a special set-menu and free Prosecco at scandi-haven OSLO in Hackney. What’s on the menu: • Crab, Red Chill and Lime Cakes with Chargrilled Asparagus and Remoulade Sauce • Slow Roast Pork Belly with a BBQ Pork Glaze or Aubergine Parmigiana • Red Velvet Cheesecake or Salted Caramel Pecan Tart to share Make it happen Cost: £25 per person. Bookings: Email email@example.com to book. 3 Best for something pampering: Blade Hairclubbing Blade Hairclubbing in Soho will be offering a loved-up collaboration for those looking for a pre-date pamper or a Valentine’s treat. Couples that book in to the salon together between Wednesday 14th – Saturday 17th will receive an indulgent Four Roses bourbon and LoveChock raw organic vegan chocolate tasting, consisting of a flight of three bourbons, each paired with a different chocolate. Blade will also be serving their original ‘The Name Of The Rose’ cocktail, made with Four Roses Single Barrel, Luxardo Maraschino, Abbott’s bitters and Rose Bud Tea (£9.90). To celebrate this collaboration, any Hairclubber with an appointment sporting a rose tattoo will receive a complimentary pour of Four Roses! Bookings: Make an appointment via www.bladesoho.co.uk 4 Best for something elegant: The Chelsea Harbour Hotel On the day itself, guests can indulge in a romantic four-course Valentine’s Day dinner complete with a live acoustic performance by Nikki Rae at The Chelsea Harbour Hotel’s stunning harbourside restaurant, Chelsea Riverside Brasserie. What’s on the menu: • Chicken liver & fois gras parfait served with port & red onion marmalade • Warm brioche & shaved truffle and duck breast served with rainbow chard • Potato mousseline & a chocolate fudge jus • Veuve Clicquot Champagne. For those looking to go all out for the occasion, the hotel’s Valentine’s Gala is the perfect excuse to get dressed up and enjoy a night of fine dining and first-class music. Taking place over two days in the hotels magnificent ballroom, enjoy a Champagne reception with canapés, a delicious four-course dinner and performances from Adele impersonator, Nikki Rae, and a six-piece band. Make it happen: Cost: The dinner is priced at £105 per person, with bookings starting at 7pm on 14th February 2018. Tickets for 16th or 17th February 2018 are available from £125 per person. Bookings: Click here to book. 5 Best for something fun & fried: The Refinery Spinningfields Fries Before Guys? The Refinery know that Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples, but for celebrating all relationships. Whether you’re with BFFs, colleagues, housemates or partners in crime, The Refinery is showing the love with free fries to toast with your fizz across February. All Drake & Morgan bars and restaurants – including The Refinery Spinningfields – will be inviting friends, lovers and everyone in between to buy two glasses of champagne and receive a complimentary serving of chips. And there’s more – decide on a bottle of champagne and get a Trio of Fries, a truly loveable triple serving of Cowboy Fries topped with honey, chilli and garlic, Louisiana Fries with Cajun spice, and Roman Fries topped with parmesan, truffle and rosemary. Bookings: Click here to find out more and make a booking. 6 Best for a simple sweet treat: PAUL’s Parisian sweet treats Nothing says “J’adore” like a little taste of Paris. French artisan bakery PAUL has created the perfect pâtisserie to win the heart of that special someone. Say it with eclairs and choose from a selection of three classic éclairs with a loving twist. Think light choux pastry filled with rich crème pâtissière topped with a delicate chocolate plaque and decorated with an affectionate message in the language of love. What’s on the menu: • D’éclair Toi et Moi filled with praline cream with a pink chocolate plaque • Delectable dark chocolate D’éclair Je T’aime • D’éclair Embrasse Moi, filled with velvety coffee cream and a white chocolate topping. Bookings: Available online from 30th January and in store from 6th -15th February. Find out more via www.paul-uk.com 7 Best for afternoon tea: Hotel Cafe Royal Hotel Cafe Royal will offer an exclusive rose edition of its diptyque Afternoon Tea. The tea was created in collaboration with the globally renowned French perfumer, and will offer a selection of beautifully crafted pastries that use the flavours and ingredients found in some of diptyque’s most iconic scents. Inspired by the delicate and floral scent of roses, Executive Pastry Chef Sarah Barber has created a special Rose pastry. Alongside the delicious pastries and traditional finger sandwiches, guests will enjoy their freshly baked scones with a raspberry rose jam, made from some of the best raspberries in the UK. What’s more, guests will receive a beautifully packaged special Rose candle. Some lucky diners will receive an exclusive Rose Delight limited edition candle, which itself is inspired by the finest confectionery and contains rose petals, honey and lemon zest. Make it happen Cost: £45 per person or £55 paired with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Rosé Champagne When: 12th – 18th February Bookings: Click here to make a reservation 8 Best for Galentine’s: Cubitt House On 13th February, join The Alfred Tennyson in Belgravia for the chance to get the girls together and have a fun night learning the art of Terrarium making, in partnership with Terrarium and indoor plant arrangement specialists, Jar & Fern. Guests will build their own self-watering garden in a jar, whilst learning about the history of Terrariums and their relevance to the Victorians, London and the tea trade. Guests will be provided with everything they need to create their own terrarium, from a range of plants, including Fittonia, Ivy and Moss as well as a glass jar and a variety of pebbles for decoration. The team at Jar & Fern will guide guests through the process, resulting in a beautiful garden in a jar which can be taken home and used to spruce up a mantlepiece, bedside table or window sill. What’s more, enjoy a selection of nibbles including: Manouri & Courgette Fritters; Scotch Olives and Salt Cod Croquettes. Make it happen: Cost: £55pp including the workshop, terrarium to take home, seasonal canapes and cocktail Bookings: Visit here to book. 9 Best for seafood: Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill Break away from tradition and try an Oyster and Seafood Masterclass at Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill instead. A Valentine’s Oyster Masterclass with Master oyster shucker Helio Garzon will be held on Sat 10th February. Guests can shuck and taste oysters with Champagne, whilst learning valuable tips on serving the ultimate aphrodisiac. The Seafood Cookery Class on 17th meanwhile will cover Irish classics and is the perfect alternative to a candle lit dinner. Make it happen Cost: Oyster Masterclass, £65 per person. Seafood Cookery Class, £250 per person. Bookings: See here to book. 10 Best for a tasting menu: Orwells Restaurant Escape the boring drudgery of an over priced set menu and a bearable bottle of wine and delve into the delights of Old Spitafields Market. One of London’s most renowned oystermen, Bobby Groves of Chiltern Firehouse fame, will be teaching guests how to shuck oysters at his East Anglian Oyster stall. Presented with a dozen oysters, guests will partake in a shucking session led by Bobby and Darius, who will both be on hand to share their personal hints and tips; before devouring the fruits of their labour alongside a glass of wine or two. Celebrating the great British oysters from our home shores and encouraging all to get a handle on the food of love, these oyster sessions will run throughout Valentine’s day as a perfect pre-dinner activity. Make it happen Cost: £30 per couple; up to 8 people per session. Booking recommended. Bookings: To book and for details on timings please visit: www.eastanglianoysters.com 11 Best for fabulous wine pairings: Serge et le Phoque Serge et le Phoque have curated a special ‘Hearts & Minds’ set menu for lunch and dinner at £75 per head, which will run alongside the a la carte offering from Wednesday 14th February until Saturday 17th February. Featuring a selection of dishes of love for the modern mouth, the set menu will also feature wine pairings that have been carefully chosen by Head Sommelier Bert Blaize. What’s on the menu: • A number of shared dishes, such as… • An oyster selection to start • Scallop, salsify, poppy seed, vermouth sauce • Lobster, spinach, winkles, buddha’s hand carrot jus • Blood Orange, arlette & vanilla cream. Make it happen Bookings: Phone 020 3146 8880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation. 12 Best for Cantonese: Duddell’s Celebrate with Duddell’s, the recently opened Cantonese restaurant set in the restored Grade II-listed St. Thomas Church in London Bridge. Enjoy a decadent Valentine’s menu, which will be running alongside the usual a la carte menu, exclusive to February 14th with highlights such as the Dim Sum Symphony, Native lobster with nameko mushroom, lingotto caviar and crispy egg noodle, followed by a Jasmine parfait and Raspberry consommé to finish on a sweet note. Make it happen Cost: £88 per person including a glass of Perrier-Jouët Rose champagne. Bookings: Phone 020 3957 9932 or email email@example.com to make a reservation. Where: 9A St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY 13 Best for cupid cocktails: Mortimer House Kitchen Make your evening at Mortimer House Kitchen a little extra special with the dedicated La Vie en Rose cocktail. The drink, created by the bar team of the work and wellbeing destination Mortimer House and inspired by tales of star-crossed lovers, includes Liquor de rose, Chambord, Mozart white chocolate liquor, grenadine and blueberry juice, garnished with Star fruit and berries on an ice boat. Make it happen Where: Mortimer House Kitchen, 37-41 Mortimer St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3JH Bookings: Phone 020 7139 4401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 14 Best for Japanese: Nobu Hotel Shoreditch If you’re a Japanese fan, indulge with the Omakase menu at Nobu Hotel Shoreditch. Available exclusively on Wednesday 14th February, highlights of the £120 Omakase menu include Japanese Wagyu with Bluefin Tuna, Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass with Passion Foam Oyster, and a dessert of a Sweet Sphere with Raspberry Brûlée, White Chocolate Crumble, Matcha Sponge and Spicy Chocolate Sauce. Enjoy your evening in the restaurant’s cool and contemporary surroundings featuring iconic Nobu aesthetics with a simple yet considered design of warm textiles and a sleek wooden finish. PLUS: Throughout the month of February guests are also invited to book an exclusive Valentine’s room package, including a romantic Omakase chef’s special dinner for two at Nobu Shoreditch. Make it happen Bookings: For reservations call 020 7683 1200 or email email@example.com 15 Best for feeling giddy: British Airways i360, Brighton With breath-taking views by day, big-sky sunsets and after dark, a carpet of twinkling lights below, a flight on the British Airways i360 pod with the one you love is a moving experience. Looking out at the twinkling lights of Brighton and the south coast below, indulge with a glass of rosé Nyetimber sparkling wine and a box of moreish chocolates. Make it happen Cost: £30 per person Bookings: To make a reservation, visit BritishAirwaysi360.com/romance or tel 03337 720360. 16 Best for French fancy: Les 110 de Taillevent Transport yourself to France, the most romantic destination in the world, with a truly luxurious six-course menu at London’s Les 110 de Taillevent. This unique wine and food pairing restaurant based in Marylebone offers modern and classic seasonal French dishes, which are executed with precision and enhance the quality of the 110 wines by the glass on offer. Head Chef Raphael Grima has created a truly exquisite six-course set menu guaranteed to excite the senses, priced at £67 and available from the 14th – 18th February, ensuring plenty of time to celebrate this special occasion with your loved one. Highlights of the menu include: • Seasonal Duck foie-gras mi cuit served with Clementine, pistachio and toasted brioche • Scallops Tartare served with Apple, celeriac and watercress • John Dory, served steamed with shellfish and a tempting Champagne sabayon sauce • Duck Facon Wellington served with turnips, carrot and orange. • Pomme D’Amour – the French ‘apple of love’ consisting of mousse and caramelized apple, served alongside a delicious granny smith sorbet. Make it happen Cost: £67 pp. Those looking for a truly special Valentine’s celebration can also choose between two of Les 110 de Taillevent’s uniquely crafted wine pairings, including the Discovery wine pairing at £55, or the Prestige wine pairing, available for £95. 17 Best for something Spanish: El Pirata Spend Valentine’s Day in Mayfair’s most romantic restaurant, El Pirata, the authentic Spanish tapas bar offering a slice of Madrid in the heart of London. El Pirata offers guests a warm, cosy and informal atmosphere, allowing guests to relax and enjoy Head Chef Rosendo Simbana’s unique Spanish-inspired Valentine’s Day menu. The menu includes 11 tasty tapas dishes to share made using the finest quality ingredients, as well as a glass of cava each, ensuring a truly intimate evening with your loved one. Spanish tapas are the signature small plates famously served to share, providing a variety of choice and intense flavour combinations to sweeten your senses this Valentine’s Day. Highlights of the menu include: • Bacalao c/ pisto (fresh cod with slow cooked mixed vegetables) • Pinchos morunos con chorizo (marinated chicken skewers with chorizo) • Alcachofas a la plancha c/ serrano (artichoke hearts with serrano ham) • Ensalada de remolacha (beetroot salad with red onions & pineapples) • Presa iberica c/ pimientos (grilled Iberian pork shoulder with red pepper) • El Pirata will serve the traditional Torrija for dessert, a delicious Spanish style bread pudding served alongside ice-cream and a coffee of choice. Cost: priced at £35 per person Bookings: Phone 020 7491 3810 to make a reservation 18 Dalloway Terrace Dalloway Terrace, the picturesque winter hideaway nestled in the heart of Bloomsbury, provides the perfectly intimate setting to enjoy Valentine’s Day with your special someone this year. For £60 per person, guests can begin the evening with starters such as the 28-day dry-aged Aberdeen Beef Carpaccio, served with rocket and delectable freshly shaved truffle, or the seasonal favourite Goats Cheese & Roasted Fig, with toasted walnuts and balsamic vinegar reduction. Also on offer will be Native Oysters, known as the ‘food of love’ and famously eaten in celebration of Valentine’s Day due to their aphrodisiac reputation. For mains, delicacies available are Pan Seared Cod, served alongside mussels & white wine velouté, as well as a Classic Beef Wellington and a vegetarian option of Dalloway’s delicious Homemade Gnocchi with stilton cream, seasonal mushrooms and sautéed spinach. For dessert, Dalloway Terrace will be serving two sharing desserts, the refreshing Passionfruit & Strawberry Flamed Alaska and a rich Chocolate & Chilli Fondue, served with seasonal fruits & berries, marshmallows and cheesecake bites, guaranteeing to bring couples closer together this Valentine’s Day. Dalloway Terrace will also be serving a bespoke drink selection, offering Hambledon Vineyard Classic Cuvee Rose as well as the delectable That’s Amore cocktail, made with English Sparkling Wine, Aged Balsamic Vinegar, Strawberries, Chocolate. Cost: £60 per person Bookings: 020 7347 1221 19 Best for delicious drinks and more: Salon at Quo Vadis Bringing the love all the way from Brixton, Nicholas Balfe, Founder and Head Chef of Salon will cooking with Quo Vadis this Valentine’s Day, offering a set menu of £50 per head including Nick’s octopus a la plancha, burnt apples, radishes, sorrel, and Jeremy’s rhubarb surprise. Mark Gurney, Salon’s co-Director will be on bar, and has created a welcome cocktail of The Taste of Bitter Love, not forgetting a selection of wines from QV’s wine list, spiced up with some of Salon’s favourite low intervention wine makers from across the world. Cost: £50 per person. Bookings: Click here to book. 20 Best for Japanese French fusion: Four Degree If you love Japanese food with a French edge, Four Degree’s exclusive Valentine’s Day menu is perfect. From £85 per person, tuck into a range of dishes including: • Love Potion No. Four • Pepper Mousse with Tomato Coulis • Foie-Gras Teriyaki • Assorted Sashimi • Roasted Duck Breast Ginger Sauce • Rock Shrimp Tempura • Yuzu Sorbet • Grilled Scottish Filet & Sea Urchin Ponzu • Passion No. Four • Guerrieri Rizzardi, Recioto Di Soave 2010 An equally delicious vegetarian menu is also available. Cost: Main menu, £85. Vegetarian, £60 per person. Bookings: Click here to book. 21 Bubblewrap Waffle on Wardour Street Bubblewrap Waffle on Wardour Street are inviting customers to create their own romantic treat with a selection of limited edition gelato and toppings available now until February 15th. Valentine’s toppings are limited to 50 portions each day and include Coconut Cream Gelato, Red Velvet Cake Gelato, Pistachios, Air-Dried Rose Petals, White Chocolate Sauce and Handmade Chocolate Hearts (milk chocolate or white chocolate both filled with raspberry fondant). Prices start from £3.99 per waffle. Find out more here.