Feel it in our fingers, feel it in our toes. Valentine’s Day is on its way and we’ve got love all around us. The only question is, how do we make it a special day for the love of our life? Or even just this person we fancy a lot?
Loads of restaurants are creating special Valentines Day menus, which is very cool, but a few really irrepressiby romantic ones are adding fabulous little extra treats to really make the day sing a romantic tune. Here are a few to get you thinking along lovelines.
Galvin La Chapelle in Spitalfields, who just earned a big shiny Michelin star, has great plans for 14 February. The Ray Rich Band will be setting the tone with live jazz, soul, blues and some classic rock and roll. Valentine’s Day celebrants get a glass of champagne, a three-course menu devised by Jeff Galvin that looks divine, and a goody bag to take home with them, all for £95.
There will be live music at the gorgeous Criterion Restaurant in Piccadilly Circus as well. The Grade II listed Byzantine wow factor comes free and is operating every day of course, but on 14 February Head Chef Matthew Foxon takes your love life in his hands and prepares a very special four course menu that kicks off with a glass of pink champagne and could end, if you choose, with an incredibly chocolate dessert to share. Sigh. A singer at the baby grand serenades you with non-stop love songs throughout the evening. Cost: £70.
The Grill at The Dorchester on Park Lane in London isn’t offering anything like goodie bags, no, its special thing is that the superb five-course lunch or dinner with a glass of artisan champagne (£95) created by Head Chef Brian Hughson is available Saturday and Sunday the 12 and 13 February as well as the 14th itself. And if things go very swimmingly indeed, oh look, darling, there’s quite a fabulous hotel attached.
Stylish, smart Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Restaurant in Knightsbridge starts Valentine’s evening with a champagne reception in the Fifth Floor Bar followed by a sumptuous four-course supper in the restaurant all accompanied by live music from Adam Chandler delivering romantic classics that have stood the test of time, including hits by Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble. Cost is £75.
Music is breaking out at chic and elegant Harvey Nichols Second Floor Bar and Restaurant in Bristol, too, where for £45 you can enjoy a special Valentines menu accompanied by live jazz. In Dublin, Roy Taylor is leading the crooning with classics from all your favourite lounge singers at the lovely Harvey Nichols First Floor Restaurant in Dublin where a special three-course Valentine’s dinner is €50 with a glass of fizz when you arrive.
Harvey Nichols Forth Floor Restaurant in Edinburgh has heavenly music wafting through the air with a harpist plinking away during a special five-course meal created by Head Chef Stuart Muir and his team while you enjoy rooftop views of the city. Of
course there’s a glass of pop on arrival, and you get a free gift to take home to remember your Valentine’s evening. Cost is £130 per couple.
Love makes the world go round, they used to say, and now you can test the theory with a whirl around Manchester’s Big Wheel courtesy of the romantics at Harvey Nichols Second Floor Restaurant in Manchester. The evening is a dizzying ride of love with a Valentine’s treat that includes a drink on arrival, a five course dinner and a ride on the Wheel of Manchester at just £99 per couple.