From Michelin-starred to comforting and cosy, Absolutely picks the best Valentine’s Day menus to indulge in over the romantic weekend
Words Clara Van Duivenbode
Sparks will fly over these Valentine’s Day menus
Everyone knows the stress that comes with selecting food from a delicious menu, so take away the hardship this Valentine’s Day. Go with one of these pre-planned Valentine’s Day menus so all you have to worry about is enjoying each other’s company.
RIVEA LONDON, BULGARI HOTEL
Enjoy the extravagant offerings in Rivea London’s five-course Valentine’s Day menu. Located in The Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge, guests can indulge in truffle gnocchi, caviar and sweet ‘cherie’ black forest over a glass of rosé Champagne NV Ruinart and good conversation.
KASPAR’S, SAVOY HOTEL
Live dangerously this Valentine’s Day without a phone at The Savoy. Lovers will be encouraged to relinquish their mobiles before feasting on a romantic dinner or sharing a set of cocktails. No need to worry though, the team have hired The Collective You to help capture all the special moments between 6 – 11pm. Lovers will also have the opportunity to be photographed by professional Canadian photographer, Dennis Grocer.
Speak the language of love at Carluccio’s over delicious Italian this Valentine’s Day. For £22.95 guests can indulge in the three courses from the Amore menu between the 8th and 14th with friends, family or a loved one. From antipasto platters to lobster linguine and chocolate truffles, a night here is set to be enjoyable for everyone. If you’re feeling extra indulgent, dive in and purchase some chocolates from their favourite suppliers.
£22.95 per person; carluccios.com
Experience the opulence of Indian cuisine over one of London’s most extravagant Valentine’s Day menus. To start, enjoy a Rose Passion Frizz cocktail and delicate amuse bouche in the luxurious lotus lounge. Then progress to the dining room where Head Chef, Abdul Yaseen offers a tantalising menu. Tuck into platters filled with vegetables, seafood or meat before progressing into flavoursome mains. To finish feast on a decadent chocolate mousse with cinnamon ice cream. For a meal guaranteed to be packed with flavour, make a booking at Darbaar.
£60 per person; darbaarrestaurants.com
THE WALDORF, HILTON
Treat a loved one to a day at the Waldorf Hilton. Experience a five course meal at Homage. Indulge in foie gras mousse, confit duck, lamb croquettes, white chocolate domes and sip smith and pink champagne sorbet. For £69 per person, you’ll definitely get your moneys worth. This meal offering is only available the 14th of February between 5:30 and 9pm. Feeling extra indulgent, duck upstairs and sip on a Romeo or Juliet cocktail at the hotel bar, Good Godfrey’s. If dinner is too much, why not join the Waldorf for a specially curated Valentine’s Day afternoon tea for £39.50 or £49.50 with a glass of champagne. Either option is guaranteed to provide an intimate setting for sparks to fly.
5 course dinner at Homage £69, Valentine’s Day afternoon tea without champagne £39.50, with wine £49.50; hilton.com
Escape to Madrid this Valentine’s Day with authentic Spanish tapas at local Mayfair hotspot, El Pirata. Relax in the informal dining area and feast on 11 tasty dishes for £35 per person. Highlights of the menu include Bacalao c/pisto (fresh cod with slow cooked vegetables), Alcachofas a la plancha c/ serrano (artichoke hearts with serrano ham) and Pinchos morunos con chorizo (marinated chicken skewers with chorizo). To complete your romantic evening, feast on the traditional Torrija, a Spanish style bread pudding served with ice-cream and a coffee of choice. We can’t think of a more flavoursome way to spend Valentine’s Day.
£35 per person; elpirata.co.uk
One of our favourite Valentine’s Day menus – enjoy a Michelin starred dinner at Angler restaurant. Tantalise your tastebuds over six or nine courses with Executive Chef, Gary Foulkes. Dive into yellowfin tuna, crab ravioli, wild halibut or BBQ beef short rib, before finishing with a decadent chocolate pave or Yorkshire style rhubarb.
£90 per person six courses, £120 per person nine courses; anglerrestaurant.com
For one of the most romantic Valentine’s Day menus, try Anglo. It offers all the elegance of fine dining but in a relaxed and cosy setting. Head chef, Mark Jarvis is offering lovers an indulgent intro and menu offering for £80 per person. A wine pairing can be provided for an additional £52 or a premium selection for £75. With training in Michelin starred restaurants, we’re sure Mark’s food will leave you completely satisfied.
£80 per person, additional £52 for wine or £72 for premium wine; anglorestaurant.com
1 LOMBARD STREET
Enjoy the beauty of St Valentine with brassiere dining at 1 Lombard Street. Home to the romance of Charles Dickens and Maria Beadnell, this fine dining establishment will have you feeling the love. You and your loved one can spoil yourselves with everything from vegetable parcels with black truffle, to pink champagne risotto, caramelized strawberries and more. With a large variety to choose from, lovers are guaranteed to get their money’s worth with this three-course extravaganza.
£48 per person; 1lombardstreet.com
Escape to Dalloway Terrace, a picturesque restaurant hideaway, located in Bloomsbury. For £60 per person snuggle up amongst the frosted foliage, ferns and pine cones whilst indulging on a carefully curated Valentine’s Day menu. With everything from dry aged Aberdeen Beef Carpaccio to Pan Seared Cod, Homemade Gnocchi and Classic Beef Wellington, there’s something for every heart’s desire. If this doesn’t do it, sparks will surely fly over a dessert of Passionfruit & Strawberry Flamed Alaska or Chocolate and Chilli Fondue. For a guaranteed intimate and romantic night, we would recommend Dalloway’s Terrace.
£60 per person; dallowayterrace.com
SWINGERS CRAZY GOLF
If you’re looking for something different, why not try Swingers Crazy Golf Club? Spoil a friend or loved one with a delicious heart-shaped pizza by Pizza Pilgrims and half priced champagne. With two 9 hole courses and some healthy competition in tow, you’re guaranteed to have a fun Valentine’s Day.Loved up couples can indulge in a package for £70. This provides a round on the course, a bottle of Perrier Jouet Champagne and a heart shaped pizza of your choice. Don’t fret singles, there’s a deal on offer for you too called ‘No dates, just mates’. This offers four friends access to the green and 2 cocktails each for £105. So book today and enjoy hitting up the green this Valentine’s Day.
free entry, £13 pounds for course, £70 Valentine’s Day package per couple, £105 for 4 people ‘no date, just mates’; swingersldn.com
If it’s a Valentine’s Dinner for one you’re after, look no further than BAO restaurant in Soho. For £24 pounds enjoy a delicious list of specially curated dishes. This includes a garlic lobster bao roll, twice fried chicken kiev and decadent boozy cherry dark forest gateux bao’ for an extra £5. If you’re worried about dining alone, don’t be, you’ll be surrounded by other singles. Who knows? You may meet someone over the entertaining heartbreak playlist.
£24 per person; baolondon.com