Wednesday 23 July 2014

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.

With tables being snapped-up quicker than you can whisper a sweet nothing, don’t forget to make a reservation as soon as possible – a takeaway in front of an episode of Eastenders just doesn’t have the same ring to it, after all.


Cheltenham restaurants for Valentine’s Day


Valentine's at The Montpellier Chapter

Venue: The Montpellier Chapter Hotel
On the menu: While there’s no set Valentine’s menu on offer at The Chapter this Valentine’s Day, the chic Cheltenham hotel is going all out and offering a two-night break for couples wanting more than just a meal to celebrate their love. Its 60 plush rooms provide a luxurious escape from everyday life, with mini bars, Egyptian sheets and generous supply of REN products all coming as standard. The special package includes a glass of bubbly on arrival, a full English breakfast and £40 allowance towards dinner in the intimate restaurant on either night of the stay, offering the flexibility for a truly relaxing break. And if one glass of bubbly isn’t enough to get the celebrations underway, there’s a special cocktail menu available in the bar, costing just £8.50 each and spanning sweet strawberry bellinis, indulgent chocolate kisses and refreshing pink G&Ts.
SoGlos loves: With the £40 dinner allowance, couples can indulge in the array of seasonal, local and flavoursome dishes available on The Montpellier Chapter Restaurant menu, or take advantage of half price steaks on the Thursday only, when purchasing a starter or dessert. The juicy, 18oz chateaubriand is perfect for a carnivorous couple to share, and all steaks are served with a grilled tomato, mushroom, fries and a choice of sauces.
When?: The two-night package is available from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 February 2014.
How much?: The Valentine’s package costs from £275
For more info: See Valentine’s at The Montpellier Chapter.
To book: Call The Montpellier Chapter Hotel on (01242) 527788, email montpellier@chapterhotels.com or visit themontpellierchapterhotel.com directly.


Gloucester restaurants for Valentine’s Day


Valentine's at Café Rene

Venue: Café Rene
On the menu: A specially created four-course Valentine’s menu will be tempting Gloucester couples in the intimate setting of the Café Rene restaurant, complete with wine bottle-lined walls and candlelight. Choice starters include mussels steamed in scrumpy and tarragon cream broth, and confit chicken and chorizo terrine, while main course favourites span braised pheasant with bacon and fillet steak with liquorice jus. Meanwhile, the head chef has crafted a choice of traditional desserts to share, or, if you’d prefer your own pud, there’s also rose water and strawberry jelly, and dark chocolate and mint versus white chocolate and cointreau marble tart on offer. Add to that warm bread rolls, a palate cleansing lemon sorbet and coffee and mints to finish, and 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, Valentine’s diners can look forward to live music care of The Worried Men, who promise to entertain with their fresh approach to rhythm and blues, and songs taken from a repertoire of six original albums.
When?: The Valentine’s menu is available for dinner from Thursday 13 to Saturday 15 February 2014.
How much?: The Valentine’s menu costs £27.50 per person.
For more info: See Valentine’s at Café Rene.
To book: Call Café Rene on (01452) 309340, email info@caferene.co.uk or visit caferene.co.uk directly.


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 or a Kir Royal cocktail with canapés, the menu includes scallops with carrot salsa, pear and horseradish puree, and a fan of pink duck with fresh orange and caramelised walnuts to start; venison with a redcurrant sauce and a hint of dark chocolate, and pineapple and chilli salmon rolled in sesame seeds for mains; followed by an assiette of desserts to share, including intensely flavoured lemon posset and mini treacle and ginger tart. There’s also a mid-course champagne sorbet to look forward to, as well as the option of finishing off with coffee, tea and petits fours for just a few extra pounds.
SoGlos loves: Situated overlooking the restored canal basin, the chance to take a waterside stroll hand-in-hand is not just romantic, but also the perfect way to build up an appetite for The Wharf House’s special five-course menu.
When?: Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 February 2014
How much?: The five-course menu costs £39.99 for lunch or £44.99 for dinner.
For more info: See Valentine’s at The Wharf House.
To book: Call The Wharf House on (01452) 332900, email thewharfhouse@yahoo.co.uk or visit thewharfhouse.co.uk directly.


Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall

Valentine's Evening at Bowden Hall

Venue: Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall
On the menu: Gloucester’s elegant Georgian country house hotel is offering an evening of true romance once again in 2014, and laying out an indulgent three-course dinner for county couples, expected to take place in its opulent Dearmans Restaurant. Not only will Valentine’s Day diners be treated to champagne and chocolates, but there will be a live jazz trio performing throughout the evening, guaranteeing to get them in the mood for love. The ambitious menu spans starters of mushroom and tarragon cappuccino; and a whole baked Camembert to share, mains such as roast chicken supreme; slow braised lamb shoulder; and seafood and chicken paella, with desserts of strawberry shortbread and a mini croquembouche completing this receipe for romance at Bowden Hall.
SoGlos loves: Couples wanting to make their night that extra special, and not have to worry about having one too many glasses of fizz, can take advantage of special accommodation rates available over the weekend and spend the night in one of the hotel’s 72 elegant rooms, with breakfast in the morning, from just £114 all in.
When?: Friday 14 and Saturday 15 February 2014
How much?: The three-course dinner costs £35
For more info: See Valentine’s Evening at Bowden Hall.
To book: Call Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall on 0844 815 9077, email csales.mercuregloucesterbowdenhall@jupiterhotels.co.uk or visit mercuregloucester.co.uk directly.


Stroud restaurants for Valentine’s Day


Valentine's at Stonehouse Court Hotel

Venue: Stonehouse Court Hotel
On the menu: A tantalising three-course dinner of modern European food infused with Eastern influences awaits besotted county couples at Stonehouse Court Hotel, with two chances to dine in the candlelit setting of Henry’s Restaurant being offered this Valentine’s weekend. And even more tempting is its special Valentine’s break, which includes a bottle of bubbly, flowers and chocolates upon arrival; the romantic dinner; overnight accommodation in one of the manor house hotel’s 36 bedrooms, one of which boasts a fairytale four poster bed; and breakfast the following morning. Set in six acres of stunning grounds overlooking the Stroud canal, the 17th century venue provides the perfect setting in which to enjoy a romantic waterside walk, cruise or bike ride, and most importantly, some quality time with your loved one.
SoGlos loves: Stonehouse Court Hotel is taking care of everything this Valentine’s Day, even down to the presents, with a box of handmade chocolates and an individually wrapped rose being included in dinner – so all you need to worry about is the card.
When?: Both the Valentine’s Dinner and Valentine’s Break are available on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 February 2014.
How much?: The Valentine’s Dinner costs £29.95, while a one-night Valentine’s break costs from £85 per person.
For more info: See Valentine’s Dinner at Stonehouse Court Hotel.
To book: Call Stonehouse Court Hotel on 0871 871 3240, email info@stonehousecourt.co.uk or visit bespokehotels.com/stonehousecourt directly.


Valentine's Weekend at The Convent

Venue: The Convent
On the menu: A feast of jazz music awaits at South Woodchester’s newly-opened members club The Convent, with not one, but two special Live Lounge events lined up to serenade county couples over Valentine’s Weekend. The spectacular grade II listed venue will play host to a romantic evening of sultry jazz, gospel blues and New Orleans favourites on the Friday, courtesy of Sophie Smiles and renowned trumpeter Rupert Cobb. Meanwhile, the inaugural Saturday night Live Lounge launches in style with a performance by mesmerising swing duo Paul Ryan and Kenny Clayton, who promise to impress with their superb interpretations of the Great American Songbook. What’s more, The Convent’s club bar and lounge is open all day and night, with frosty beers, choice cocktails and a roaring fire sure to prove popular with couples looking to cosy up in a stunning Cotswold location.
SoGlos loves: To add a little more culture to your Valentine’s date, don’t forget to check out the Platinum prints exhibition running along the cloister walls, which features specialist photographic prints by a number of esteemed artists, from Peter Dazeley to Lee Miller.
When?: The Live Lounge events take place on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 February 2014.
How much?: Tickets cost £10 for non-members for each night.
For more info: See Valentine’s Weekend at The Convent.
To book: Call The Convent on (01453) 835138, email info@theconvent.net or visit theconvent.net directly.


By Shelly McCatty

© SoGlos

Thursday 31 January 2013

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