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How to Have a Restaurant Quality Meal at Home this Valentine’s Day and Support Local Businesses at the Same Time

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, and this year’s special occasion looking a little different than previous years I wanted to highlight how you can still spread the love – 2021 style. Of course, usual plans of fine-dining at sipping cocktails at your favourite bar are placed on the back-burner for now, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy restaurant-quality food – all from the comfort of your own home – and help support the local hospitality businesses all at the same time. Now that really is sharing the love! From Breakfast in Bed Hamper’s to start the day the right way to Michelin-Starred dishes and everything in between – we can all celebrate and appreciate the ones we hold so dear – even if we can’t hold them right now. I have tried to find companies that offer delivery Nation-wide but have also focussed on a few local  companies that I absolutely adore. Whatever you are doing this Valentine’s Day – stay safe, stay humble and sending you all virtual hugs and love. 

The Cherry Tree Breakfast in Bed Box [Nationwide]

Artisan hand-cooked and small-batch preserve brand – The Cherry Tree have crafted the ultimate Breakfast in Bed hamper, so you start the day the right way – with delicious food. Packed in their signature blue box and staying true to their ethos, The Cherry Tree have compiled all eight of their best-loved products into one, including: their incredible Strawberry and Champagne Jam that is just begging to be slathered onto fresh sourdough bread and their Spicy Tomato and Caramelised Onion Chutney is the perfect partner for spicing things up a little. Each box also comes with a hand-made Valentine’s card that you can personalise – the perfect addition if you are sending the hamper to a loved one that’s outside your bubble.

Tredwells [4 Miles from Covent Garden Radius or within the M25]

One of my absolute favourite restaurants in London, and under the watchful eye of my wonderful friend Chantelle Nicholson – Tredwells and All’s Well have created the ultimate Valentine’s Day meal for two that includes everything you need for a delicious night in of the highest quality and packed with seasonal ingredients and low-waste cooking – so it tastes as good as the good it’s doing. Offering both a Plant-Based and a Meaty Option that is comprised of five courses that is made by their expertly dedicated and talented team so all you have to do is heat and eat. Make sure you order by the 10th February for Delivery on the 13th

Sorrel by Steve Drake [Surrey – Collection Only] 

Michelin-starred Sorrel, by the incredibly talented Steve Drake is one you would hate to miss out on. Being the only restaurant offering at-home dining of this quality in Surrey and creating an indulgent 7-course-menu including a beautiful hand-illustrated candle so you can recreate the elegance and finesse of Sorrel in the comfort of your own home. Hidden within the layers of the 7-course feast expect to find Sorrel favourite’s such as a rosemary infused brioche and a 24hour marinated short rib of beef. Collection available on the 13th February between 12:00-14:00 

Aktar Islam at Home [Nationwide Delivery & Collection] 

Celebrated Michelin-starred chef Aktar Islam has created a Valentine’s Day menu that will push the boundaries and create memorable moments just as if you were in one of his restaurants. Aktar was offering two different menu’s from each of his respected restaurants, however Opheem’s Tasting Menu has already sold out – so I would book fast before Pulperia’s does too. This incredible Set Menu for Two contains all the bold and flavoursome dishes Aktar is known for and even includes aperitifs and a bottle of Mendoza Malbec to pair with smoked octopus carpaccio and a whole selection of sides, nibbles and other tasty surprises from Pulperia’s chefs – to spread the love even further this Valentine’s Day. 

Wild by Tart [Nationwide] 

Combining two things we all need more of – pampering and delicious food – Culinary duo Lucy Carr-Ellison and Jemima Jones have combined forces to create a Valentine’s Hamper that is packed to the brim with delicious goodies and self-care delights. An ideal gift for those virtual-Valentine’s-day-gifts. Inside expect to find a bottle of 47 Ad Prosecco Frizzante with two gorgeous engraved glasses from their Wild Store and a selection of homemade truffles in a variety of flavours alongside a silk eye mask and ‘two ‘Love is in the air’ candles. 

Homeslice Pizza [Nationwide] 

Not only does this give you the opportunity to dine on the most delicious pizza with your loved one, but it also gives you an hour-long virtual pizza and cocktail class (which starts at 6pm) – and not just any cocktail – a Turkish Delight Cocktail (non-alcoholic cocktail available) that is garnished with dried rose petals and candy floss. The kit includes enough to make two pizzas with your choice of toppings, two cocktails and one large brownie to share and the masterclass is given by Homeslice Founder Mark Wogan! Now that is a proper treat. 

Simon Rogan [Nationwide]

Enjoy a romantic trip to the lakes with this lockdown special from Simon Rogan at Home. Created by Simon and his team in the Cumbrian village of Cartmel, this gorgeous hamper includes everything you need for the perfect evening. Packed with delightful delicacies such as a Exton Park, Brut NV, English Sparkling Rose you start your taste adventure with Smoked Salmon, before moving along the specially crafted menu that includes locally sourced products and is finished with a flavour bomb of Passionfruit and White Chocolate Petit Fours – an incredible journey from start to finish. 

Dinings SW3 [Nationwide] 

Photography by David Loftus
This unique concept by Masaki Sugisaki at Dinings SW3 has got us hooked. Using fish sourced from Cornish dayboats this four-course Valentine’s Day seafood feast is a must-have for any seafood lover. It comes complete with Potted Native Lobster, hand-dived scallops and a British yuzu dessert as well as a pre-mixed Jasmine and Rhubarb Martini for two. Also included in the box is selection of traditional chocolates and candy – a nod to the Japanese custom where the women is expected to send a box of chocolates to the object of her desire on February 14th and then on March 14th – which is known as ‘White Day’ if the feeling is mutual, the boy will return his desire with a reciprocal gift or candy. So any bookings for the Valentine’s Day feast will also receive a 25% discount for Dining’s at Home on March 14th (which so happens to be Mother’s Day – one stone, two lobsters – wink*)

Bottle Bar and Shop Hamper [Nationwide]

Don’t forget the drinks! Create a personalised hamper from husband and wife duo Natalie and Xhulio and surprise your loved ones to a selection of their finest handcrafted cocktails and tastiest treats and pretend you are in your own private bar for the night, sipping on boujee creations. Each Bottle Bar & Shop hamper includes multiple choices of cocktails and gin infusions and three delicious treats that are all perfect pairings to make the evening something super memorable. This is a great gift for those who are unable to meet in person and sip the night away – but can create their own virtual bar instead. 

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