Sunday 4 December 2016

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 top Gloucestershire restaurant is a sure way to bring a smile to the face of your beau on the most romantic day 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 all weekend in 2016.

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

Guide sponsor – Stagecoach

Stagecoach West

Whether you want to enjoy a romantic day trip without the hassle of driving or head out for a loved up meal for two and quaff a couple of glasses of Champagne, let Stagecoach West take care of getting you from A to B over Valentine’s weekend.

Stagecoach West has a Valentine seasonal offer giving county couples the chance to travel at a reduced price after 6pm – making it the perfect choice for date nights without deciding on a designated driver.

Plus, there’s also the chance to win a Stagecoach West Routemaster for the day with its #StagecoachValentine campaign when you snap a photo of one of the special Cupid windows, which will be on select Stagecoaches from Monday 1 to Monday 29 February 2016.

To enter, Stagecoach riders need to capture a photo through the heart of the Cupid window, and tweet a picture of their view to @Stagecoach_West, along with the hashtag #StagecoachValentine.

For more information call (01452) 418630 or visit directly.

Cheltenham restaurants for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's at The Montpellier Chapter

Venue: The Montpellier Chapter Restaurant
On the menu: For delicious food in effortlessly stylish surroundings head to The Montpellier Chapter this Valentine’s weekend. Head chef Wayne Sullivan has devised an impressive four-course Valentine’s menu available on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday to tempt diners, with the choice of starters spanning half a dozen oysters with shallot and Champagne vinaigrette; sesame crusted tuna carpaccio with soy and ginger marinade and twice baked Cerney Ash goat’s cheese with chilli jam and rocket, with a palate cleansing tequila granite to follow. The main courses feature roasted duck breast with croquette potatoes and carrot and cumin potatoes, along with red wine poached cod served with confit chicken. Round off the meal with a romantic sharing dessert platter including poached rhubarb cheesecake, black forest chocolate fondant, passion fruit mousse and caramelized apple tarte tatin or choose from one of the full-sized puds.
SoGlos loves: Start your evening in style with one of the Chapter’s special Valentine’s cocktails including a Black Raspberry Bellini and a Spiced Strawberry Crush, or round off the night with a Chocolate Kiss, a decadent concoction of Baileys chocolate liqueur, Amaretto and Chambord.
How much?: The four-course menu costs £45 per person
To book: Call The Montpellier Chapter Restaurant on (01242) 266708, email or visit directly.

Valentine's takeaway from Deliveroo

Venue: Deliveroo
On the menu: If you're having a romantic night in this Valentine's Day but don't fancy doing the cooking, let premium restaurant delivery service, Deliveroo come to the rescue. Whether you want to impress with fine dining or snuggle up with a classic takeaway, more than 20 Cheltenham eateries offer you the chance to enjoy restaurant-quality food in the comfort of your home thanks to Deliveroo. From curry or pizza in front of a rom com to succulent sushi and sizzling steaks at a candlelit table for two – there's something to cater for every palate this Valentine's Day. Discover the range of restaurants partnered with Deliveroo to start planning how to impress your loved one this February.
SoGlos loves: If you want to enjoy your partner’s company without leaving the house or spending ages in the kitchen, Deliveroo is the perfect solution, leaving you more time to drink Champagne and look longingly into each other’s eyes. Or, if you can’t cook and are trying to fool a special someone that you’re an amazing chef, Deliveroo is your secret weapon –just make sure you hide the evidence!
When?: Opening times vary per specific restaurant
How much?: Prices vary per restaurant, with a £2.50 flat rate delivery charge.
To book: Visit directly.

Cotswolds restaurants for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's at The Kings Head Hotel

Venue: The Kings Head Hotel
On the menu: Loved up couples looking to spend some romantic time together this Valentine’s Day should check out The Kings Head Hotel, a luxury hotel and restaurant located in the heart of Cirencester, which reopened in 2014 after extensive refurbishment. The tempting à la carte menu offers diners a delicious selection of dishes spanning modern British cuisine with the steaks, cooked on a Japanese Robata-style charcoal grill, a standout choice. Alternatively head to the bar area where you’ll find a selection of cocktails, wines and Champagnes – perfect for raising a glass on this amorous occasion.
SoGlos loves: For a Valentine’s treat with a difference take your special someone to The Kings Head Hotel for afternoon tea which can be enjoyed by the fireside in the über chic lounge area. Add a glass of Champagne and you’ve got the making of a romantic occasion to treaure.
How much?: Normal menu prices apply
To book: Call The Kings Head Hotel restaurant on (01285) 700900, email or visit directly.

Gloucester restaurants for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's at The Wharf House

Venue: The Wharf House Restaurant
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. Starting with a glass of local Three Choirs sparkling wine or a Kir Royal cocktail with canapés, the menu includes goat’s cheese mousse rolled in a ginger crumb, a fan of pink duck with fresh orange and caramelised walnuts, and pan fried scallop served with pear and horseradish purée to start; venison accompanied with a leek and potato gratin, wild mushroom risotto topped with truffle oil and Parmesan shavings and a fillet of beef with chips and a creamy peppercorn sauce for mains; followed by a trio of desserts to share, including raspberry posset, chocolate brownie and rosé poached pear. There’s also a palate-cleansing mid-course of Champagne and strawberry sorbet to look forward to, as well as the option of finishing off with coffee, tea and petit fours for just a few extra pounds.
SoGlos loves: If your loved one has a sweet tooth, treat them to The Wharf House's special Valentine's Afternoon Tea on Sunday 14 February 2016 from 12pm to 2pm, complete with dainty sandwiches, delicate cakes and a glass of Three Choirs fizz, for £45 per couple.
How much?: The five-course menu costs £39 for lunch or £45 for dinner.
To book: Call The Wharf House on (01452) 332900, email or visit directly.

Valentine's at Café Rene

Venue: Café Rene
On the menu: A specially created five-course Valentine’s menu will be tempting Gloucester couples in the intimate setting of Café Rene’s restaurant, complete with wine bottle-lined ceiling and flickering candlelight. After enjoying a glass of Prosecco on arrival, diners can expect starters of chargrilled halloumi with strawberry and toasted pine kernel salad; ham hock with minted pea terrine and homemade piccalilli; and mussels steamed in Scrumpy with tarragon cream, before the refreshing lemon sorbet palate cleanser. The main course options span fillet steak with celeriac purée, liquorice jus and triple cooked chips; pan seared sea bass with saffron crushed new potatoes; and slow braised pork belly with black pudding croquette. Meanwhile, the head chef has crafted a choice of traditional desserts to share, or, if you’d prefer your own pud, there’s also a duo of dark chocolate brownie and white chocolate blondie topped with vanilla ice cream; a maple glazed, nutmeg and pear tarte tatin on offer; along with a cheese board. With coffee and mints to finish you’ve got the makings of a fine – and filling – celebration dinner that won’t break the bank this Valentine’s Day.
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?: The Valentine’s menu costs £27.50 per person.
“When”: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February 2016.
To book: Call Café Rene on (01452) 309340, email or visit directly.

Valentine's at Tiger's Eye

Venue: Tiger's Eye
On the menu: For couples wanting to enjoy flavours from afar this Valentine’s Day head to Pan-Asian restaurant, Tiger’s Eye, in Gloucester to enjoy its unique menu. Following a selection of canapés to whet your appetite, diners can begin with sweet chilli beef served in a crisp filo basket; fresh crab tian with asparagus, and smoked salmon panna cotta or minestrone soup with a Parmesan twist. A zesty lemon sorbet follows, before enjoying the main course options which include a roasted rack of lamb with parsley mash, wild mushrooms and garlic butter; Parma ham wrapped chicken breast stuffed with smoked cheese and sunblush tomatoes; and chargrilled halloumi with pesto roasted vegetables. The tempting array of desserts span a chocolate plate for two, vanilla crème brûlée and banoffee cheesecake served with a pistachio tuile biscuit, while the selection of homemade petit fours served with tea and coffee round off the meal in style.
SoGlos loves: Tiger’s Eye’s celebrated Black Rock Grill will also be fired up to cook a range of specialities for your main course this Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re looking for a meat feast, including kangaroo, ostrich, venison and lamb; a surf and turf with beef fillet and tiger prawns; or the halloumi vegetarian option, the super-heated volcanic rock, brought to your table, adds an interactive element to dining at Tiger’s Eye and allows you to cook the meat to your liking.
How much?: The two-course menu costs £25.95 while the six-course extravaganza costs £33.95.
When?: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February 2016
To book: Call Tiger's Eye on (01452) 332993 or visit directly.

Valentine's at The Fountain Inn

Venue: The Fountain Inn
On the menu: For a cosy Valentine’s night head to The Fountain Inn, a country-style pub located in the heart of Gloucester. Housed in one of the city’s oldest ale houses dating back to the 16th century, the pub’s rich history and log fires make it a romantic yet laidback spot to enjoy an evening with your loved one. And while there’s no set Valentine’s Day menu at the time of writing, The Fountain Inn’s menu is brimming with hearty choices, including seafood, pies and a selection of grills such as steaks. Desserts, meanwhile, span traditional choices such as sticky toffee pudding, chocolate fudge cake and a retro knickerbocker glory.
SoGlos loves: The Fountain Inn always has six real ales on tap, so if you’re a craft beer fan it’s the perfect place enjoy favourites while discovering new ales.
When?: See above for details
How much?: Normal menu prices apply
To book: Call The Fountain Inn on (01452) 522562 or email

Stroud restaurants for Valentine’s Day

Valentine's at The Stirrup Cup

Venue: The Stirrup Cup
On the menu: There’s nothing more romantic that sharing an intimate dinner for two in the cosy surroundings of a traditional English pub, with The Stirrup Cup in Bisely offering the perfect setting for loved up county couples. This Valentine’s Day the pub is serving up an enticing sharing menu, with each course specially designed with two in mind. The starters include a decadent cheese fondue served with garlic croutons, chicory, heritage tomatoes and sautéed potatoes to dunk at will; along with a fish platter encompassing salt and pepper calamari, smoked salmon mousse, crispy whitebait and homemade ciabatta. For main course, couples can choose from a classic beef Wellington with roasted carrots, kale and beef jus; or trout en papillotte served with new potatoes and samphire. Round off the meal with either a profiterole tower; or a rich banoffee pie for the ultimate treat this February.
SoGlos loves: If you're a bit of a Joey from Friends when it comes to sharing food, fear not, as the pub’s usual lunch and evening menus are also on offer to tempt hungry diners.
When?: The Valentine’s menu is available on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 February for lunch and dinner, and for lunch on Sunday 14 February 2016.
How much?: Starters are £15 each, mains £30 and desserts £10 per couple on the sharing menu.
To book: Call The Stirrup Cup on (01452) 770007, email or visit directly.

© SoGlos
Monday 25 January 2016

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