Love it or hate it, there is no escaping Valentine’s Day so we have given you a helping hand to make those all important plans…
The Dirty Little Secret at Dirty Bones
In honour of Valentine’s Day, from 13-19 February Dirty Bones Shoreditch and Dirty Bones Carnaby will be offering guests The Dirty Little Secret cocktail. This Dirty Bones version of a classic Clover Club will be a little sweet, a little sour, with a dash of bitterness and a lot of booze – basically Valentine’s Day summed up in a glass! The Dirty Little Secret incorporates Tanqueray gin, Belsazar Rosé Vermouth, agave honey and lemon juice, shaken with egg white and finished with rose water and chocolate bitters. www.dirty-bones.com
Lulu loves the Grand Café: The Royal Exchange partners with Lulu Guinness for month-long Valentine’s collaboration
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, The Royal Exchange has teamed up with Lulu Guinness to bring a splash of chic style to the Grand Café and Threadneedle Bar. From 8 February to 10 March, guests will be able to enjoy an exclusive range of cocktails and desserts inspired by the luxury British accessories designer, while the Grand Café will be adorned with decorations that exude Lulu’s striking and distinctive style.
Cocktails will include the Dark Kiss Fizz with plum sake, Staibano Lemon Cream Liqueur, Chambord, chocolate bitters, and prosecco, while Executive Head Chef, Stefano Leone, has created the Stripes & Lips dessert exclusively for the collaboration. There will also be a further incentive to enjoy this wonderful collaboration, with guests who spend over £50 at The Royal Exchange receiving a £15 voucher for purchases over £100 at Lulu Guinness, while those spending over £75 at Lulu Guinness receiving one complimentary Lulu Guinness cocktail, and those spending over £100 receiving two complimentary cocktails. www.royalexchange-grandcafe.co.uk
The Distillery – Valentine’s Day Cocktail
This Valentine’s Day, The Distillery’s expert mixologists will be conjuring up love potions with a ‘Pour me for Love’ sharing cocktail. Their concoction is made using vodka, strawberry mint shrub, cranberry infused prosecco and served with a delicious rose liquor jelly and edible blossom. The sharing cocktail costs £16 and is available from 10th -14th February from 6 pm onwards. Polaroid cameras will also be on hand at the bar to capture the special moment,
making the perfect Valentine’s Day evening. http://www.thedistillerybankside.co.uk/event?calendar_id=500272&event_id=519333
A Nordic set menu at the newly opened Aquavit London
On Tuesday 14th February, Aquavit London will be serving an exclusive four course menu with a Nordic twist. Guests will start the dinner with a plate of Vendace roe to share and roasted scallops from the Isle of Orkney, followed by a slow roast beef chateaubriand, perfect for sharing. Dessert will be Rhubarb based Alaska for the table to share. In addition, a special Alskling cocktail will also be included in the special meal, taking its name for the Swedish term for ‘darling’ or ‘sweetheart’. Aquavit London opened at the end of last year in the stunning new St James’s Market redevelopment on 1 Carlton Street. Taking inspiration from the renowned Aquavit New York, but with a new more relaxed dining concept and setting, this restaurant showcases the very best of Nordic cuisine and design.
OXBO Bankside – Valentine’s Day Taster Menu
Executive Chef Paul Bates will cook up a storm this Valentine’s Day with a unique four-course taster menu for £40 per person. Start with Warm chicken croquette, tarragon, quail egg and red cabbage slaw before choosing from three main-course dishes including Rib eye steak, potato celeriac terrine, pumpkin puree, mistral sauce or Lasagne of Grilled broccoli steak, black quinoa, Victoria tomatoes, Banyuls vinegar. Finish off the night with a sharing platter of desserts and OXBO’s “Pick and Mix”. This delicious four-course menu is available 10th-14th February from 6-10pm and includes a glass of bubbles on arrival. http://www.oxbobankside.co.uk/menus?id=501943
Share the love this Valentine’s Day at Tom’s Kitchen
On Tuesday 14 February, Tom’s Kitchen restaurants are offering diners a wonderful selection of Valentine’s Day dishes to share with that special someone. To begin, guests can choose from Venison Tartar with sourdough toast and slow cooked egg; or Salmon en croute with lemon and Champagne sauce, before sharing main courses including Whole Roasted Newlyn Brill with chive and lobster butter sauce and shaved fennel salad or Cumbrian chateaubriand steak with triple cooked chips and truffle. For dessert, guests can chose from Bruce’s sharing dessert board or the Maltesers ice cream sundae. The sharing specials will be available for dinner on Tuesday 14 February at Tom’s Kitchen restaurants in Chelsea, St Katharine Docks, Canary Wharf, Somerset House, and the newly opened restaurant in Birmingham, and will be served in addition to the regular a la carte menus. www.tomskitchen.co.uk
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Stafford
Situated in the heart of St James’s, luxury five-star boutique hotel The Stafford will invite guests to celebrate Valentine’s Day in style with a fabulous set menu, priced at £75 per head including a glass of champagne on arrival. Highlights from the menu include Smoked haddock, apple, curry emulsion and quail eggs, 16oz British grass-fed chateaubriand with béarnaise sauce and French fries for two; and for dessert, a delicious Pistachio soufflé with white chocolate ice cream. The menu will be available on 10th, 12th and 14th February. www.thestaffordlondon.com
Valentine’s Day at Kensington favourite Launceston Place
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, newly appointed Head Chef Ben Murphy has created a special seven course menu of indulgent dishes. Perfectly suited to the Valentine’s season and priced at £100 per head, the menu includes Ben’s signature Carrot, Lovage, Yogurt and Caraway and Lobster, Yuzu, Fennel and Coriander, followed by Strawberry, herbs, vanilla and meringue for dessert. http://www.launcestonplace-restaurant.co.uk/
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Galvin at Centurion Club
Set in the elegant surroundings of Galvin at Centurion Club, Jeff Galvin has designed an exquisite four course menu guaranteed to create a memorable dining experience on this special day.
The menu is priced at £75pp, including a glass of champagne, four courses, coffee and petit fours
Valentine’s Day at Plum + Spilt Milk
Treat someone special this Valentine’s Day at Plum + Spilt Milk. Michelin-star Chef Director Mark Sargeant has created a decadent three course sharing menu available exclusively on Tuesday 14th February. The menu features an impressive native seafood platter to start followed by 32-day aged beef wellington with goose-fat roast potatoes and a rich red wine sauce. To finish, guests can enjoy Valrhona chocolate fondue with marshmallows, madeleines and praline profiteroles. The Valentine’s Day menu is priced at £80 per person including a glass of champagne on arrival. www.plumandspiltmilk.com
Eating in is the new eating out – Mindful Chef, an alternative way to celebrate Valentine’s Day
Rumour has it (or so the Waitrose Food & Drink report 2016 says) 4 in 10 of us see going out for a meal as less of a treat than we used to. We’re learning to make a night ‘in’ an occasion, so this year instead of joining every other couple on Valentine’s Day by going out to a restaurant for a generic Valentines set menu, why not celebrate by staying in? Mindful Chef, the healthy recipe box delivery service make cooking at home easy and ordering one of their 2 person boxes is the ideal way to enjoy a night in with your loved one. They offer eight weekly changing recipes and the instructions are simple to follow and the meals are easy to make; helping make chefs out of even the most inexperienced of cooks. All recipes contain fresh, locally sourced meat and fish, organic vegetables and delicious herbs and spices. Recipe boxes and ingredients are delivered straight to your door (free of charge in the UK) meaning on this romantic evening, you can be in charge of ambience as well as the food and you don’t even have to drive to the supermarket in preparation! www.mindfulchef.com
A Valentine’s gift for your health conscious loved one
Thomson & Scott Skinny Champagne Grand Cru Rosé is a beautifully crafted champagne with up to 0.1g of sugar per litre from Amanda Thomson’s portfolio of top quality Champagne and Prosecco. This elegant Champagne has a deep colour with intense aromas of redcurrants and English raspberries with a delicate note of cold, salted butter and fresh cream. Subtle and refined on the tongue, a bottle of Thomson & Scott Skinny Champagne Grand Cru Rosé is the sophisticated way to toast this year’s Valentine’s day. Available to buy online at www.thomsonandscott.com
Anti-Valentine’s at Brewhouse & Kitchen
February 14th is fast approaching and for those already dreading the day of schmaltz, Brewhouse & Kitchen will be fronting the anti-romance movement with free beer for those ditching dinner for two. Groups of three or more will be treated to a complimentary beer with any main course, to prove that singles really do have more fun.
Available at Highbury, Islington, Bristol, Portsmouth and Chester brewpubs.