Thursday 23 March 2017


Gloucestershire Valentine's Day guide

Celebrate Valentine's Day in Gloucestershire and impress your date with a candle-lit dinner for two at one of the county's best restaurants.

An intimate dinner for two at a Gloucestershire restaurant is a sure way to bring a smile to the face of your beau at the most romantic time of the year.

Wherever you want to wine and dine your loved one, take a look at SoGlos’s selection of Gloucestershire eateries offering special Valentine’s Day menus and celebrations during Valentine’s weekend, from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 February 2017, as well as on the big day itself, this Tuesday 14 February 2017!

With tables being snapped-up quicker than you can whisper a sweet nothing, don’t forget to make a reservation as soon as possible…


The Wharf House Restaurant

Valentine's at The Wharf House

On the menu: The Wharf House will be giving lovers a lavish five-course menu to feast on this Valentine’s – available for both lunch and dinner. After enjoying canapés and a glass of Three Choirs sparkling wine or a Kir Royal, guests can choose from an array of starters including pan-fried scallops with horseradish puree and parsnip crisps; and roasted red pepper soup with artisan bread. After a palate cleansing serving of Champagne and strawberry sorbet, diners can expect a delicious choice of main courses, spanning chicken wrapped in air-cured ham; sea bass tagliatelle; and wild mushroom risotto. The delectable dessert course features a selection of tasty treats, including pistachio crème brûlée; dark chocolate and Grand Marnier mousse; poached pear; and limoncello panna cotta with lemon curd, blackberry coulis and lemon meringue.
SoGlos loves: Round off the meal in style with coffee or tea accompanied by The Wharf House’s homemade petit fours, while the romantic canal-side setting is perfect for a post-feast stroll.
How much? The five-course tasting menu is £39 for lunch and £45 for dinner, with a £4 supplement for the fillet of beef main course.
To book: Call (01452) 332900, email thewharfhouse@yahoo.co.uk or visit thewharfhouse.co.uk directly.


Malswick House

Valentine's at Malswick House

On the menu: Escape to the country this Valentine’s Day and treat your loved one to dinner at Malswick House, a traditional country inn near Newent. To mark the romantic occasion, Malswick House is serving a three-course set menu, including a complimentary glass of prosecco on arrival. The choice of starters span sticky duck legs with five-spice glaze; breaded prawns with dill mustard; goat’s cheese and caramelised onion tartlets; smoked trout and salad; and homemade soup. Cod marinated in honey and soy; pork belly with black pudding, seasonal veg and mash; sirloin steak and chips; and wild mushroom stroganoff give a flavour of the main course options. The desserts feature a cheeseboard to share; Bailey’s crème brûlée; while chocolate and cranberry blondie with homemade vanilla ice-cream; chocolate cheesecake; and apple, pear and ginger crumble with custard.
SoGlos loves: If you’re a cheese lover but still fancy something sweet, the menu also offer the chance to add a fourth course of individual cheeseboards for a supplement of £7.50.
How much? The three-course menu is £19 per person.
To book: Call (01531) 822634 or visit thewharfhouse.co.uk/malswick-house.html directly.


Café Rene

Valentine's at Café Rene

On the menu: A specially created Valentine’s menu will be tempting Gloucester couples in the intimate setting of Café Rene’s restaurant, complete with its wine bottle-lined ceiling and flickering candlelight. Starters include roasted vegetable and black olive tapenade mezze; whole baked camembert to share; and crispy beef and sesame salad with a soy glaze. Follow with bouillabaisse fish stew with crusty bread; pork belly roulade with spinach, hazelnuts and apricots wrapped in streaky bacon; and baby root vegetable and beetroot bourguignon served with mash. For dessert, diners can tuck into salted caramel and chocolate brownie with vanilla bean ice-cream; homemade cappuccino ice-cream with a Tia Maria foam; peach melba served with freeze-dried raspberries and an almond brittle shard; or if you fancy sampling them all, you can opt for a trio of all three.
SoGlos loves: As well as the wallet-friendly dinner and laidback atmosphere found at the Gloucester pub, the varied drinks menu features an extensive range of real ales along with host a wines to choose from.
How much? Starters from £5.95, mains £11.95, and desserts from £5.95.
To book: Call (01452) 309340, email info@caferene.co.uk or visit caferene.co.uk directly.


Asparagasm

Valentine's at Asparagasm

On the menu: Fine dining vegan eatery, Asparagasm, has plenty to tempt diners this Valentine’s at its restaurant in Nailsworth. Hosting two date nights on Fridays 10 and 17 February 2017, the menu includes squash salad with red pepper dressing; beetroot crumble with marinated mushrooms and lemon ‘ricotta’; and a layered cheesecake-style chocolate dessert. Kicking-off at 7pm, diners can enjoy a welcome drink, while there will also be plenty of surprises in store for loved up couples.
SoGlos loves: The independent restaurant prides itself on serving innovative vegan dishes that are also free of gluten and refined sugar, along with offering a creative selection of ‘healthy’ cocktails, including a Kaletini, a Pina-Kale-Ada, and a Goji Royale.
How much? Tickets cost £40 per person
To book: Call (01453) 839352, email dine@asparagasm.com or visit asparagasm.com directly.


The Kings Head Hotel

Valentine's at The Kings Head Hotel

On the menu: Located in the heart of Cirencester, The Kings Head Hotel offers a romantic setting for a loved up couples. On Tuesday 14 February 2017, the restaurant is hosting a three-course Valentine’s Dinner, with guests treated to canapés and prosecco on arrival. The tempting sharing menu starts with a selection of charcuterie, mixed pickles, mozzarella and confit tomatoes, along with half a dozen oysters. The main courses include a seafood platter of half lobster thermidor, smoked salmon, crayfish beignets, bouillabaisse, and crab; along with a roasted rack of lamb served with dauphinoise potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Diners can look forward to a decadent choice of desserts spanning crème brûlée, a trio of mini chocolate delights, or a cheeseboard.
SoGlos loves: Make it an evening to remember and treat your loved one to a night’s stay at the stylish hotel, which also benefits from a luxurious spa.
How much? The Valentine’s Dinner is £110 per couple
To book: Call (01285) 700900, email info@kingshead-hotel.co.uk or visit kingshead-hotel.co.uk directly.


Ellenborough Park

Valentine's at Ellenborough Park

On the menu: Retreat to the beautiful setting of five-star Cheltenham hotel Ellenborough Park to enjoy a seven-course feast in its Beaufort Dining Room. The hotel’s award-winning chef, David Kelman, has devised a creative menu for Valentine’s Day, starting with an amuse bouche before treating diners to a starter of broccoli mousse and Colston Basset, poached pears and chicory. The fish course features grilled red mullet with crab fritter, samphire, and pickled charred cucumber; while the meat course offers smoked quail breast, leg meat scotch egg, celeriac, and red cabbage; with vegetarian options also available. Following a palate cleanser, guests can indulge in a chocolate delice with parsnip milk ice-cream and parsnip crisp, with petit fours to round off the evening.
SoGlos loves: For an extra special treat, the hotel also has a Valentine’s Break, offering a two-night stay at the luxury Cotswold bolthole, complete with the seven-course dinner, a bottle of Champagne, full use of the spa, and a full English breakfast, with prices from £379.
How much? The Valentine’s Day menu is £75 per person.
To book: Call (01242) 545454, email info@ellenboroughpark.com or visit ellenboroughpark.com directly.


© SoGlos
Tuesday 31 January 2017

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