Thursday 2 April 2015

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 The Voice just doesn’t have the same ring to it.


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. Head chef Gary Wheeler has devised an impressive three-course Valentine’s menu to tempt diners, with the choice of starters spanning leek and potato soup with smoked haddock tortellini, and pressing of duck and vegetables with red onion chutney and toasted brioche. The main courses feature roast breast of chicken with tarragon mousse and boulangère potatoes, and a roast rump of lamb with celeriac, savoy cabbage and pancetta. Round off the meal with a romantic sharing dessert plate including mini chocolate fondant, lemon meringue parfait, almond tart, vanilla panna cotta with millionaire ice cream or choose from one of the full-sized puds before enjoying coffee and homemade petit fours.
SoGlos loves: If you really want to score brownie points and impress your other half this February, opt for the two-night Valentine’s break costing from £375 including accommodation, breakfast and dinner from the Valentine’s menu on one of the evenings.
When?: Friday 13 to Saturday 14 February 2015
How much?: The three-course menu costs £39
For more info: See Valentine’s at The Montpellier Chapter.
To book: Call The Montpellier Chapter Restaurant on (01242) 266708, email montpellier@chapterhotels.com or visit themontpellierchapterhotel.com directly.


Valentine's at Red Pepper

Venue: Red Pepper Cheltenham
On the menu: The bistro at Red Pepper, located on Cheltenham’s Regent Street, is a prime spot to celebrate Valentine’s Day, with a relaxed setting and delicious food awaiting. While the restaurant isn’t offering a specific Valentine’s menu, diners can expect a range of starters, mains and desserts from the creative à la carte menu, devised by head chef and proprietor Richard Whittle. Starters span dishes such as king prawns sautéed in garlic with a provençale sauce; spicy sausage and pancetta salad; and haddock and chive fishcakes served with homemade tartar sauce. Main course examples include the roast chump of Cotswold lamb served with dauphinoise potatoes, red wine jus and fresh red currants; and monkfish tails marinated in Thai spices and cooked in a green curry sauce. Save room for the desserts too, with past menu choices including a warm poached pear and frangipane tart; and an Amaretto cheesecake with summer fruit compote.
SoGlos loves: With Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre just a stone’s throw from Red Pepper, it’s the ideal spot to enjoy a romantic pre-theatre meal this Valentine’s Day. The pre-theatre set menu costs £11.95 for two courses and £15.50 for three, making it an affordable yet tasty way to mark the romantic occasion.
When?: See above for details
How much?: Normal menu prices apply
To book: Call Red Pepper on (01242) 253900, email redpeppercheltenham@outlook.com or visit redpeppercheltenham.co.uk.


Valentine's at The Daffodil

Venue: The Daffodil
On the menu: Diners looking for an elegant Art Deco setting to mark the romantic occasion should make a beeline for The Daffodil in The Suffolks area of Cheltenham. While it might be too late to bag a coveted table at The Daffodil on Saturday 14 February 2015, romantic couples planning to celebrate a bit earlier can still opt to dine in the restaurant on the Friday evening. The former picture house turned restaurant, features an open plan kitchen at its heart, and diners can expect a lively atmosphere coupled with a delicious and varied menu. Dishes span hand cut steak tartare, and pan fried Cornish scallops for starters; slow cooked pork belly with spring onion mash, and fillet steak au poivre for mains; while the chef’s bite-size dessert selection for two is the perfect end to a romantic meal.
SoGlos loves: The mezzanine Circle Bar is a delightful spot to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail. Head to the bar on a Friday evening, between 6pm and 8pm, and you can take advantage of Friday Fizz – with bottles of Champagne and prosecco half the normal price.
When?: See above for details
How much?: Normal menu prices apply
To book: Call The Daffodil on (01242) 700055, email eat@thedaffodil.com or visit thedaffodil.com 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 newly reopened five-star boutique hotel and restaurant located in the heart of Cirencester. While the restaurant is fully booked for Valentine’s night, couples can still reserve a table for lunch in the informal yet elegantly decorated bistro. 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 afternoon for two.
When?: See above for details
How much?: Normal menu prices apply
To book: Call (01285) 700900, email info@kingshead-hotel.co.uk or visit kingshead-hotel.co.uk 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 with beetroot and horseradish relish, a fan of pink duck with fresh orange and caramelised walnuts, and roasted red pepper soup with walnuts, stilton and cream to start; venison with a redcurrant sauce and a hint of dark chocolate, and a fillet of beef with wild mushrooms and a port and shallot reduction for mains; followed by an assiette of desserts to share, including seasonal crumble, mini crème brûlée and intensely flavoured lemon posset. There’s also a palate-cleansing mid-course of champagne and redcurrant 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: 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 12 to Saturday 14 February 2015
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.


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, roasted tomato, red pepper and thyme soup and confit chicken and chorizo terrine, while main course favourites span pan seared monkfish with three bean and pancetta cassoulet and fillet steak with celeriac puree and chips. 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 double chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream, and a maple glazed, nutmeg and pear tarte tatin on offer. Add to that warm bread rolls, a palate cleansing champagne 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, music-loving couples can round-off the evening at DJ Bounce’s indie set in the pub’s cellar bar. Perfect for a unique Valentine’s Day!
When?: Saturday 14 February 2015
How much?: The Valentine’s menu costs £29.50 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 Evening at Bowden Hall

Venue: Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall
On the menu: Gloucester’s elegant Georgian country house hotel is offering two evenings of true romance on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 2015, and laying out an indulgent three-course dinner for county couples, expected to take place in its opulent Dearmans Restaurant. The ambitious menu spans starters of duck liver parfit; and a whole baked Camembert to share, mains such as grilled sea bass fillet, barbecued leg of lamb with Dauphinoise potatoes; and butternut squash and wild mushroom risotto, with desserts including lemon and lime tart and strawberry shortbread completing this recipe for romance at Bowden Hall.
Not only will Valentine’s Day diners be treated to champagne and chocolates, but on the Saturday there will be a live jazz trio performing throughout the evening, guaranteeing to get them in the mood for love.
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 £117 all in.
When?: Friday 13 to Saturday 14 February 2015
How much?: The three-course dinner starts from £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.


Valentine's at Tiger's Eye

Venue: Tiger's Eye
On the menu: For couples wanting to enjoy flavours from near and far this Valentine’s Day head to Pan-Asian restaurant Tiger’s Eye to enjoy its delicious and unique menu. Following a selection of canapés to whet your appetite, diners can begin with cola-braised Japanese-style pork belly with soy sauce and roasted chillies or a lobster and avocado tian with lemon crème fraîche. A zesty lemon sorbet follows to cleanse your palate before tucking into the main course options including Cajun salmon with pea purée and a crab and chive potato cake, beef Wellington with Dauphinoise potatoes and Madeira sauce, and chicken breast stuffed with mozzarella, served with ratatouille. The tempting array of desserts span a chocolate and strawberry plate for two, vanilla crème brûlée and banoffee cheesecake served with a pistachio tuile biscuit. A selection of homemade petit fours served with tea and coffee round off your 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.
When?: Saturday 14 February 2015
How much?: The two-course menu costs £25.95 while the six-course extravaganza costs £33.95.
For more info: See Valentine's at Tiger's Eye
To book: Call Tiger's Eye on (01452) 332993 or visit theoldbell-tigerseye.co.uk 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. While there’s no set Valentine’s Day menu, diners can choose from the pub’s menu brimming with hearty choices, including steak and ale pie with mash, peas and gravy, and a selection of grills such as steaks, gammon, chicken and tuna served with potatoes of your choice and two sides. Desserts, meanwhile, span traditional choices such as sticky toffee pudding, chocolate fudge cake and a retro knickerbocker glory. The venue hosts regular live music nights and on Saturday 14 February 2015 the Rhythm Slingers will be playing classic rock ‘n’ roll and blues tunes from 9pm.
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 info@fountaininngloucester.co.uk.


© SoGlos

Friday 30 January 2015

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