BEST FOR TRADITIONALISTS: Lockdown Lobsters
Lockdown Lobsters started in March 2020 with a simple mission to help a fisherman, Sion from North Wales, to sell his lobsters to London in lockdown. The team sold every lobster caught by Sion before he finished his lobster season in September 2020, and Valentine’s Day will be the first time Londoners can get hold of one in 2021. Hand delivered throughout the capital on Saturday 13th February, these sustainable live lobsters start from £20 each. Ideal for traditionalists.
BEST FOR AN EPIC SUNDAY: Humble Grape
London wine bars Humble Grape has launched its humble pies. Created by head chef Dane, each pie is fresh, homemade, organic and filled with all-British produce and wine. The group’s app allows those leaving things a bit last-minute to get wine and food delivered to your home in under 30 minutes, or collection is available. And as Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, you can also order one of the kitchen’s roasts, where £20 will get you a choice of pork belly, beef rump or nut roast served with Yorkshire pudding, grilled cauliflower cheese, roast root veg and gravy.
BEST FOR LUXURY: Lanson Champagne Box
Lanson champagne has created a limited-edition three-course menu with butcher H.G Walter paired to be enjoyed at home. Diners will start by enjoying a bottle of Lanson Le Rosé, paired with a starter of oak-smoked salmon, horseradish crème fraiche, pickled cucumbers and beetroot and apple remoulade, served with sour rye kernel and cultured whipped butter. This will be followed by Hereford beef fillet wellington with carrot puree, crispy pomme anna potato and sprouting broccoli, plus a chocolate fondant with a salted caramel sauce and Chantilly cream. The box costs £130 for two people and a vegetarian option is also available.
BEST FOR SEAFOOD LOVERS: Wright Brothers
Seafood experts Wright Brothers are delivering the ultimate romantic treat: champagne and oysters. Its online shop offers an extensive selection of luxurious seafood and fish to cook at home, from restaurant-quality turbot, brill and dover sole, to indulgent shellfish like lobster, crab and scarlet Carabineros prawns. We like the look of the fuss-free fruits de mer platter – at £85 – which comes with dressed crab, cooked lobster, Carlingford oysters, Cornish mussels, cooked crevettes and an oyster knife.
BEST FOR ROMANCE: Petersham Nurseries
The Petersham Nurseries dine at home Valentine’s box will be delivered to doorsteps on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th February. Each will come with a bottle of prosecco, crystallised rose petals and syrup to recreate a rose bellini. The menu features gnocchi alla romana with delica pumpkin, crispy sage, pumpkin seed and shaved parmesan to start, followed by the choice of tarte tatin with calcot onion, fennel, chicory, gorgonzola and thyme; or roasted duck with blood orange, Petersham honey and pink peppercorn sauce. Sides include potato and porcini gratinati and heritage carrots with star anise, cloves and chervil. To finish, expect a forced rhubarb and orange steamed pudding with vanilla custard; Winslade cheese served with honey; and chocolate truffles.
BEST FOR BREAKFAST IN BED: Stein’s at Home
As Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, why not opt for a romantic breakfast in bed? Steins at Home has launched its Cornish Breakfast Box (£35) or Luxury Breakfast Box (£72.50), which both come with lots of Cornish produce to make your loved one the ultimate breakfast in bed. Both boxes contain bacon, sausages and hogs pudding from Tywardreath Butchers, St Ewe Grande eggs, Rick Stein strawberry jam, Trewithen Dairy butter, Origin coffee and Coombeshead Farm sourdough. The luxury box also adds smoked salmon, half a bottle of champagne and Cornish apple juice.
BEST FOR TAPAS: Jose Pizarro
José Pizarro’s popular ‘Finish at Home’ box has received the Valentine’s Day treatment, with a line-up of delicious Spanish fare available to pre-order. The Valentine’s menu includes spinach and goats’ cheese croquetas, ensaladilla rusa and crab, tortilla de patatas, cod al pil pil, confit garlic and extra virgin olive oil, Ibérico pork presa with pear and hazelnuts, and chocolate cake with Spanish orange jam. The Valentine’s Day box is available to order nationwide until Tuesday 9th February at midday. The boxes will be delivered on Friday 12th February in time for the Valentine’s Day weekend and cost £75 each.
BEST FOR MICHELIN FARE: Galvin La Chapelle
Michelin-starred Galvin La Chapelle has launched a limited-edition Valentine’s at-home feast, available through its nationwide delivery service, Galvin at Home. Available to order now, the Valentine’s feast includes a three-course menu featuring signature dishes from the restaurant, with the option of pairing each course with a carefully chosen selection of wine and champagne. The box contains three courses – which includes the likes of black truffle and artichoke risotto and chocolate fondant – plus canapés and chocolate truffles and costs £150 (plus delivery). The optional wine pairing includes demi bottles of champagne, red white and a sweet wine and costs £75.
BEST FOR ASIAN FOOD: Park Chinois
Available on 13th and 14th February through the Park Chinois website, Supper and Deliveroo, the ‘Love Chinois At Home’ menu for two is priced at £195. The box includes a selection of Chinese dishes from exec chef Lee Che Liang, a rose-inspired dessert, two pre-bottled cocktails of your choice; two Park Chinois fish chopstick holders and a calligraphy notecard, ensuring your table setting is as elegant as your dinner. The box must be pre-ordered by 10th February, and customers can choose to add a FLOWERBX bouquet to their dinner package for an additional £80.
BEST FOR STEAK & WINE: Pipers Farm
If you like traditional a Valentine’s Day – think steak, red wine and a cheeseboard – then take a look at Pipers Farm. The team has put together a dedicated romantic range to help couples celebrate at home, from show-stopping cote du boeuf to chateaubriand sharing steaks and award-winning heart shaped ‘I Love You’ Baron Bigod cheese. All meat comes from 100% grass-fed Red Ruby cattle native to Devon. We like the look of the cheese feast box, which comes with Swanaford brut rosé, three cheeses, pink peppercorn sourdough crispbread and spiced plum chutney – and the fact that wine and candles can be added too.
BEST FOR HAMPERS: Sam’s Riverside
Sam Harrison and his head chef Ashley Tinoco have devised an indulgent menu for two this Valentine’s Day. The menu will be available over the whole weekend and will kick off with an amuse bouche, followed by five courses including a main course of beef wellington and boulangère potatoes (with minimal cooking required), plus dessert and a cheese course for £110. In addition to the at-home menu, the team has created three Valentine’s hampers, which will be available from Sam’s Larder. Prices range from £70-£250, and each contains a selection of treats, including Joe&Seph’s popcorn, Tom Savano bottled cocktails, chocolate from Love Cocoa, Pommery champagne and Brindisa.
BEST FOR FRIENDS: Homeslice
Homeslice founder Mark Wogan will be hosting an hour-long virtual pizza and cocktail class this Valentine’s Day. Guests will receive their package in advance, with ingredients to make two pizzas, two cocktails, and one large brownie to share with your lockdown buddy or significant other. At 6pm, Mark will guide customers through making pizzas, before bartender Alex King explains how to create a Turkish Delight cocktail (a non-alcoholic cocktail is also available), made from Beefeater gin, grenadine, crème de cacao and rose water, garnished with dried rose petals and candy floss. The kit costs £45 including delivery and is available nationwide.
BEST FOR OYSTERS & FIZZ: Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill
Treat your loved ones to an oyster and champagne night from century-old restaurant, Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill. Chef patron Richard Corrigan has created a luxurious hamper featuring a selection of 12 rock and native oysters, plus Tabasco and Bentley’s shallot vinegar, all to be paired with a bottle of Piper Heidsieck champagne. Award-winning oyster shucker Federico Fiorillo will be on hand with an exclusive masterclass to teach customers the art of opening oysters. The set costs £95 for two people and is available to purchase via Restokits.
BEST FOR VALUE: Townsend
Townsend at Whitechapel Gallery has created a celebratory feasting menu of British seasonal dishes. Those looking for a break from their own cooking will be treated to a four-course feast complete with easy-to-follow instruction cards from head chef Joe Fox. The £60 menu will kick off with a cheddar scone with goats’ curd and chives, followed by salt-baked crapaudine beetroot with almond cream and chilli marinated carrots. The main event is an impressive slow-cooked short rib of beef served with beef gravy, accompanied by potato dauphinoise and buttered hispi cabbage. A vegetarian main option is also available: wild mushroom tart with potato dauphinoise, buttered hispi cabbage and a winter truffle sauce.
BEST FOR FUSION FOOD: Angelina
Dalston restaurant Angelina will celebrate Valentine's Day with the launch of an eight-course Valentine’s feast with all the goods for a romantic date night at home. The offering includes Angelina's Italian and Japanese-inspired tasting menu, with dishes ranging from sea bass with truffle and daikon to the restaurant's signature focaccia with tuna nduja. With celebrations in mind, the Angelina team has hand-picked a generous selection of treats to be enjoyed alongside the tasting menu, including two bottled blood orange cocktails from Soho sister bar Golden Gai, Cornish Rock oysters, fresh flowers hand-picked from Covent Garden flower market, a formaggio bento cheese platter and soy caramel chocolates to round off the feast. There's also the option to add wine or fizz from Angelina's Italian wine list.
BEST FOR RELAXED ITALIAN FOOD: Legare
Fresh from the news of its Bib Gourmand accolade from the Michelin Guide, popular neighbourhood Italian restaurant Legare is releasing 150 Valentine’s dinner kits, available to pre-order now. Head chef Matt has created a delicious four-course Italian-style Valentine’s menu similar to the unfussy Italian fare served in the restaurant, complete with all the ingredients tneeded o create a romantic dinner at home, including a Lady & the Tramp-style spaghetti and meatballs main. The Legare dinner kit comes in a choice of meat or vegetarian options, and in two sizes, feeding either two people (£60), or dinner for one (£30) – ideal for those living on their own during lockdown, or couples who have been separated but want to cook together.
BEST FOR SPANISH TREATS: Sabor En Casa
Nieves Barragan, the chef behind Michelin-starred Sabor, has created a Valentine’s menu box for two (£220) using the finest Spanish ingredients: organic caviar, foie gras and black truffle. The six-course meal includes new and exclusive dishes, like diver caught scallop with seafood velouté and hazelnut crumble, and chocolate fondant with lime and wild berries coulis. Drinks are covered too, with a bottle of Cava Stars Brut Reserva 2016 and Le Tribute gin and tonics to round off the meal. The kit will be delivered in a special box, complete with rose petals for the table.
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