Valentine’s Day 2021: restaurant meal kits, food delivery and virtual tastings
Enjoy a romantic feast at home on 14 February
Valentine’s date night won’t be taking place at restaurants this year, but many chefs will still be preparing a romantic feast for customers to enjoy at home.
Takeaway food, meal kits and drinks are all on the menu for 14 February, with eateries and bars putting together their most loved items for delivery.
Here we look at some of the best Valentine’s Day food and drink options available.
Sabor En Casa’s St Valentine’s menu box for two
Nieves Barragan, the chef behind Michelin-starred Sabor, has crafted this St Valentine’s menu box for two (£220) using the finest Spanish ingredients: organic Spanish caviar (plus a Mother of Pearl caviar serving spoon), Spanish foie gras, and Spanish 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 to ease into proceedings, and Le Tribute gin and tonics to round them off. The St Valentine’s menu box is available in very limited quantities for nationwide delivery on Saturday 13 February only.
Juici Jerk ‘Feel The Love’ meal kit
Juici Jerk is serving up a Caribbean feast for Valentine’s. Its “Feel The Love” home meal kits for two (£70 plus £5 for delivery) include pan-fried garlic king prawns for starters; butterfly jerk chicken with rice and peas (served with macaroni cheese, plantain and coleslaw) for main; and a luxury assortment of sweet treats such as chocolate-covered strawberries, triple-stacked fudge brownies, doughnut rings and chocolate hearts for dessert. The meal kits also come with a bottle of prosecco, tea light candles, rose petals, and a romantic Spotify playlist curated by the Juici Jerk team. Final orders on Wednesday 10 February for nationwide delivery on Saturday 13 February.
Old Pulteney’s oyster, chocolate and whisky hamper
Old Pulteney, the “Maritime Malt”, has partnered with sustainable seafood supplier Fish To Your Door and Belgian chocolatier Guylian to create a coastal-inspired Valentine’s hamper (£60). It includes a dozen fresh oysters, a bottle of Old Pulteney 12 Years Old single malt, and Guylian’s iconic sea shells, filled with original roasted hazelnut praline. Available for UK-wide delivery.
Homeslice Valentine’s DIY Pizza & Cocktail Kit Masterclass
Homeslice founder Mark Wogan will be hosting an hour-long virtual pizza and cocktail masterclass at 6pm on 14 February. Guests will receive their Valentine’s Day package in advance, with ingredients to make two pizzas, two cocktails, and one large brownie to share with your lockdown partner. Wogan will guide you through making your masterpiece, before bartender Ronan Collins explains how to create a Turkish Delight cocktail (non-alcoholic cocktail also available), made from Beefeater gin, grenadine, crème de cacao and rose water, garnished with dried rose petals and candy floss. Tickets cost £45 per person including nationwide delivery of the ingredients. A Zoom access link will be emailed one week before the event take place.
Blacklock’s All in for Two
London chophouse Blacklock has created an at-home range which is perfect for anyone planning a carnivorous Valentine’s dinner. The “All in for Two” box (£56) contains a selection of beef, lamb and pork skinny chops from Cornish butchers Philip Warren alongside flatbread with rosemary butter, beef dripping chips, kale and parmesan salad and legendary chop sauce. To finish, indulge on Blacklock’s white chocolate cheesecake. Nationwide delivery, available in February and March.
Smokestak DIY meal kits
David Carter, chef and founder of east London barbecue restaurant Smokestak, will be firing up the wood-fired smoker for Valentine’s Day and offering two special DIY meal kits for delivery. Available to pre-order, the box for two (£75, shipping cost excluded) features rhubarb fizz cocktails to start, followed by salt baked beetroot, goat cheese, toasted hazelnuts. After that there is 1lb of 15-hour beef brisket with pickled red chilli and 1lb of pulled pork with mustard barbecue sauce and pickled cucumber. Sides include two jacket potatoes with mustard rarebit and ginger and green chilli slaw. For something sweet to finish, there is Smokestak’s sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel. The premium box option (£115, shipping cost included) also features smoked cod roe with hand-pressed corn tortillas; purple sprouting broccoli with salsa rossa, and a bottle of Gran Cerdo Tinto Rioja. Reheat and assembly instructions are included in each box. Last orders on Wednesday 10 February at 6pm, with nationwide delivery on Friday 12 February.
Aquavit London Valentine’s hamper
Aquavit London head chef Jorjon Colazo has created a Valentine’s hamper (£149) for two to share on 14 February. Indulge in a starter of fresh sourdough bread and smoked cod’s roe butter, followed by chicory and pear salad with Stilton cheese, pecan cream and balsamic vinegar. For the main, there’s langoustine bao buns, and a honey and caraway roasted duck crown with beetroot and blackberry purée, with a side of rich and creamy Jansson’s temptation. Finish with a sweet for your sweet - chocolate Kladdkaka cake (pictured) with lingonberries and whipped cream and petit fours, followed by a selection of Neal’s Yard cheese with quince and knäckebröd. Orders must be placed before 11pm on Tuesday 9 February for delivery on Thursday 11 February.
The Mitre @ Home Laurent-Perrier Valentine’s Hamper
Enjoy a gourmet restaurant experience with The Mitre Hampton Court’s Valentine’s hamper (£120 plus delivery). It includes a starter of seared yellowfin tuna sashimi, a surf and turf main of half-lobster and 28-day aged ribeye steak, a watercress salad, and hasselback potatoes with a parsley, lemon and garlic gremolata. To finish, there’s a French classic of apple tart tatin with a balsamic crème fraîche and it’s all topped off with a bottle of Laurent-Perrier Rosé. The hamper is available for delivery only on 12 February, with last orders midday on 11 February. Delivery to all postcodes in England is charged at £6 and cooking instructions will be found within the hamper.
D&D London Valentine’s Day at home kits
D&D London has created a limited-edition series of luxurious Valentine’s Day at home kits which feature dishes from some of the top restaurants in the capital. Costing from £80 to £160, the meal kits for two are from restaurants including: Bluebird (salmon tartare, beef wellington and pink macaroons); Sartoria (duck and pistachio tortelli and honey and ‘nduja glazed cod); Orrery (seabass gravlax and chocolate fondant); and German Gymnasium (smoked salmon potato rösti and apple strudel). Saturday delivery is available for London postcodes only. Delivery is on Friday for nationwide postcodes.
Within the M25
Coya x Byredo Valentine’s At Home
Coya restaurant in London has collaborated with luxury lifestyle brand Byredo to create a rose-inspired Peruvian feast for the lockdown Valentine’s. Including a gift of Byredo’s Rose Hand Wash, the Coya Valentine’s feast for two (£260) also features rose-infused Cupid’s Arrow cocktails and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne. Bursting with South American flavours, the four-course sharing menu includes ceviche, Chilean wagyu rib-eye and lobster and a rose shaped dessert. Available for delivery within the M25, orders can be placed via email email@example.com or telephone 020 7042 7118. Last orders before 6pm on Wednesday 10 February for delivery between 9am-6pm on Saturday 13 February.
Kent and Sussex
Sussex Pass At Home meal boxes
Just in time for Valentine’s, Sussex Pass restaurant has launched Sussex Pass At Home meal boxes in association with Paley Farm. Available for delivery in Kent and Sussex on 13 February, there are two Valentine’s meal boxes available for £100, one with Chateaubriand and the other with Cote de Boeuf. Both boxes also include items such as dauphinoise potatoes, bacon creamed savoy cabbage, chocolate mousse, a sharing local cheese board with chutney and crackers, Hindleap Sparkling Rose and a cocktail.
London and home counties
Haute cuisine made simple with One Fine Dine
The usual trade-off with DIY food delivery boxes is that the more complex the food, the more work you have to do in the kitchen. One Fine Dine short-circuits that equation by delivering food that genuinely looks as though it could have been served up at a three Michelin-starred venue with an absolute minimum of fuss.
Now the company, which was launched by entrepreneur Daniel Hulme as a supplier for private jets (and hence very discerning clientele), has produced its first ever limited-edition Valentine’s menu which is available to order for the big day this weekend, but continues on until the end of February for anyone who wants to keep the romance alive just a little longer.
The three-course menu offers several impossible choices; do you start with the Cromer crab and crayfish, with mango salsa or the roulade of confit duck with heritage carrot salad? For your main course do you turn to the sous-vide Cornish monkfish wrapped in pancetta or the roasted cannon of Langley chase lamb? And to finish, a dark chocolate fondant is pitted against One Fine Dine’s prosecco-infused take on an Eton mess. Your best bet might be to do some sharing, though with food this good that may come as a test for even the most established of relationships.
Angelina’s eight-course Valentine’s feast
Angelina restaurant in Dalston, London, is celebrating Valentine’s with an eight-course feast. Including all the goods for a romantic date night at home, the feast comes with oysters, a bouquet of flowers, cocktails and cheese. 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. Priced at £70pp (including delivery), the Valentine’s Feast is available for pre-order only, and can be delivered to addresses within 2.5 miles of the Dalston restaurant.
Love Chinois at Home Valentine’s menu
Executive chef Lee Che Liang at Park Chinois in Mayfair, London, will be preparing a special menu for two on Valentine’s weekend. Available on 13 and 14 February the Love Chinois at Home dinner (£195) includes appetisers such as wasabi prawns, Cantonese roast duck with champagne and orange sauce for main, and a rose-inspired Valentine’s dessert. For an extra £80 customers can also add a bespoke bouquet of 15 Balthazar roses to their order. Park Chinois at Home currently operates a three-mile delivery radius through Slerp, a 2.7-mile radius via Supper, and up to 2.5 miles with Deliveroo.
Primo Aperitivo Valentine’s Day Aperitivo Box
Primo Aperitivo has teamed up with luxury online Italian delicatessen NifeisLife to create a five-star aperitivo box to enjoy on Valentine’s Day. Bursting with Italian delicacies and topped off with a bottle of Primo Aperitivo Negroni, the box (£59) includes Alce Nero Green Olives Bella Di Cerignola (350g); Italian taralli (250gr); San Daniele prosciutto (200gr); Parmigiano Reggiano 24 months (300gr); pecorino from Tuscany (300gr); and Acacia honey (250g). Delivery to selected London postcodes only.
Coupette cocktail hamper
If it’s drinks you’re after, then a bespoke cocktail hamper from East End bar Coupette could be the perfect addition for your Valentine’s menu. The hamper includes a 20cl bottle of Moet Chandon, two champagne flutes, one teddy bear, one rose, a couple of coasters, chocolate hearts, and a special edition 350ml bottled Strawberry Adonis cocktail.
A Greek night in with Metaxa and Oliveology
On Valentine’s evening Metaxa and Oliveology will be hosting a virtual tasting workshop where guests can explore the authentic flavours and tastes of Greece. Starting at 7pm on 14 February, the virtual event (£55pp) will offer a guided cocktail tasting and making masterclass led by Metaxa brand ambassador Harry Gerakis and Oliveology’s food anthropologist Nafsika Papacharalampous. All attendees will receive a bespoke box for two complete with four miniature bottles of Metaxa 12 Stars alongside Oliveology’s paired Greek deli delights.
Valentine’s virtual soirée: cocktail masterclass and hamper
Hosted from the Empire Room at the Bombay Sapphire Distillery, this Valentine’s virtual soirée will take place at 6pm on 12, 13 and 14 February (£140 for two people). The 90-minute online event will feature a number of activities, including a virtual scavenger hunt, compatibility quiz and cocktail competition. Tickets come with a hamper full of goodies, including a 700ml bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin; two 50ml mini bottles of Chambord (black raspberry liqueur); one 50ml bottle of Martini Bianco; and a 750ml bottle of Martini Prosecco. All the equipment and ingredients needed to make the cocktails, plus two personalised gin balloon glasses engraved with the couple’s names, will also be delivered. Final bookings will be taken on 8 February so the packs arrive in time for the events.
HonestBrew’s beer lovers’ sharing case
Whether you’re bewitched by Berliner Weisse, charmed by coffee porter or another style tickles your fancy, this sharing case from HonestBrew (£24.90) is perfect for mixing things up on Valentine’s Day. It comes with a selection of six beers, two HonestBrew tasting glasses and a bar of Montezuma’s “Smooth Operator” chocolate. The six beers are: Signature Brew Nightliner Coffee Porter; Thornbridge AM:PM Pale Ale; Gipsy Hill Bandit Gluten Free Pale Ale; BRLO Berlin Jam Berry Berliner Weisse; Yeastie Boys Bigmouth Session IPA; and Moor Lager.