Whether you’re locked down with a loved one or celebrating solo, make Valentine’s Day 2021 one to remember with a delicious meal from one of Gloucestershire’s independent restaurants, designed to enjoy at home.
With Indian street food, seven courses of fine dining fare, boujee brunches, cheese boards and even a lavish feast from Tom Kerridge all available, create your perfect date night on Valentine’s Day with SoGlos’s top 13 picks.
Spice up your Valentine’s Day date night with a feast from Asha Indian Kitchen. At just under £20 per person, the new Cirencester-based venue is putting together banquet boxes for two, featuring a selection of traditional Indian dishes ready to reheat at home.
With options including onion bhajee and sheek kebab to start; vegetable sides like tarka daal and Bombay potatoes; and a choice of main courses, rice and bread accompaniments, too, there’s something to tantalise everyone’s taste buds.
Delivering its contemporary pub grub to lockdown lovers, The Suffolk Arms has expanded its ‘Suffolk on your doorstep’ series of meal kits with a special Valentine’s box.
There are two delicious menus to choose from, each including five courses and a one of the Suffolk’s signature bottled cocktails – pick your fancy from tropical rum punch, sophisticated elderflower collins, or a salted caramel-flavoured twist on the classic old fashioned.
With simple cooking instructions and next-to-no washing up involved, Wild Garlic’s three-course Valentine’s meals have been designed with a fuss-free date night in mind.
Couples can choose from two seasonal weekend menus, available to collect from its Nailsworth bistro on Saturday 13 February 2021 and priced at £30 per person. The vegan-friendly option features a wild mushroom and truffle linguine with roasted garlic winter greens; while the other stars a succulent beef bourguignon.
Kick off Valentine’s Day in the most romantic way with breakfast goodies in bed, courtesy of the Curious Café and Bistro in Cheltenham.
Its fabulous boujee brunch box includes freshly baked croissants with a choice of savoury fillings, homemade banana bread, gorgeous granola pots and more. Couples can order for collection from the café on Bath Road throughout Valentine’s weekend – with the option to add a personalised, handwritten note for your loved one, too.
Elevate your at-home dinner date with a special Valentine’s takeaway – and free bottle of fizz! – from The Farmers Boy Inn in the Forest of Dean. Lovers can enjoy three courses for £25 per person, with the country pub offering delivery slots from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 February 2021.
Standout dishes include a prawn and blue crab meat cocktail to start, with a tangy Bloody Mary dressing; and a main course of pork steak, glazed with balsamic and honey. And if you’re feeling especially romantic, choose the heart-shaped waffles for dessert, served with a delicious strawberry and champagne compote.
It’s usually closed on Sundays, but Bangkok Kitchen in Gloucester is giving locals the chance to treat their special someone to a Thai feast this Valentine’s Day, offering collection slots from 5.30pm to 8.30pm on Sunday 14 February 2021.
All dishes on the menu are gluten free, created with the very best local ingredients, with lots of vegan-friendly options, too – making it a top choice for dates with dietary requirements.
At just £39 per couple, The Gardeners Arms’s two-course romantic offering is the most affordable on our list, with collection slots available over Valentine’s weekend and delivery for those within eight miles of its Alderton base.
On the menu, there’s king prawn linguine, beef bourguignon, or homemade chicken kiev – with options like teriyaki salmon skewers for starter, and sticky toffee pudding for dessert. And if your pooch is the love of your life, why not add a doggy dinner of diced beef, rice and gravy to your order?
Hooked on your partner? Treat them to a seafood feast from Malt & Anchor this Valentine’s Day, as the Cirencester chippy serves up a special menu of smoked salmon terrine, lobster and twice-cooked chips, and indulgent desserts.
Loved-up locals can pre-order online, ready for Friday 12 and Saturday 13 February 2021, with the option to collect from the restaurant on Castle Street or get it delivered if you live within 4.5 miles of its postcode.
Award-winning gastro pub, The Miners Sling, is opening a pop-up at its site in the Forest of Dean, especially for Valentine’s weekend. Its roast dinner offering on Sunday 14 February 2021 is perfect for a hearty day at home, with the choice of roast sirloin, turkey, pork, or a vegan-friendly mushroom pie.
There’s also a special menu available to order for collection on Saturday 13 February 2021, featuring a seafood cocktail comprising local Wye smoked salmon; Wye Valley beef fillet; and a cheese tart made from Chew Valley ewe’s milk. With all dishes 90 per cent cooked and ready to finish off at home.
Gloucestershire may be in lockdown, but local lovers can still enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean from home. Catalonian tapas joint, Spago, has a delicious Valentine’s Day tapas offer, featuring gambas, empanadas, patatas and more for couples to tuck in to together.
Each order comes with the choice of sparkling wine or champagne, perfect for toasting to love on this unusual Valentine’s Day.
Boasting seven courses of fine cuisine, couples can experience the ultimate dinner date at home with GL50’s Valentine’s Day menu – with the Cheltenham-based eatery’s offering priced at £150 per couple.
From raw scallop and cod served with sea veg, to ox tongue and succulent duck breast, there’s something for everyone, whether it’s a twist on a classic favourite or a new flavour to try.
Keep your date night cheesy this Valentine’s Day with a hamper of goodies from Cheltenham-based cheesemonger, the CheeseWorks. And while it’s not strictly a meal, what better way to round off a romantic day at home than with a cheeseboard?
Available to order online, the team has lovingly created a range of themed gift boxes featuring different artisan crackers and cheeses, from heart-shaped cheddars to brie – often paired with different wines and ales from local producers.
13. Valentine’s Day meal at home from Tom Kerridge
Gloucester’s favourite chef, Tom Kerridge, is sending his love this Valentine’s Day, with meal kits straight from his Michelin-starred kitchen at The Hand and Flowers in Marlow.
While based over the border, Gloucestershire lovers can still get their hands on the pub’s pre-prepared and par cooked dishes, including beef wellington or truffled Creedy Carver chicken – which will simply need to be finished off and plated at home – with the price tag for two people, including delivery, a whopping £230.
By Annabel Lammas