Happy Valentine’s Day — how to eat your way through the most romantic day of 2022

While there are a myriad of romantic things to do this Valentine's Day why not make a gesture to celebrate love via your stomach?

We’re fast approaching Valentine’s Day 2022 – and while there are a myriad of romantic things to do and gestures to make to celebrate love, we can’t think of a better way to do so than through our stomachs.

Now, the great thing is, whether you’re in a relationship or not, you can enjoy these tasty treats regardless of your relationship status.

Choose to spend the weekend or actual day with your significant other – or celebrate by eating and drinking with friends, family or even solo. After all, sometimes there’s nothing better than some quality time to yourself.

From finish-at-home meal kits to a cosy winter’s walk with your favourite cup of hot chocolate, we’ve got you and your tastebuds covered this Valentine’s Day.

A night in with Restokit

Sack of the cooking and avoid any arguments in the kitchen, thanks to these easy but delicious finish-at-home meals from Restokit. Enjoy a quiet night in with a wide range of meal kits to choose from – so you can order whatever romantic meal you’re craving that evening. Order from restaurant favourites such as Bocca di Lupo, Chick’N’Sours and Gymkana – or go for a Spanish sensation from Ibérica. Tapas lovers can dive into these limited-edition meal kis, featuring a selection of hot and cold tapas dishes; artisan cheeses, truffled Ibérica salchichon; toasted bread with tomato; aubergine with pine nuts and honey – and not forgetting a bottle of delightful Catalan sparkling wine, of course.

Order a finish-at-home kit of your choice from Restokit here.

A romantic walk with Knoops hot chocolate

Aside from Knoops’ romantic gift set contianing its best-selling 34 per cent chocolate flakes and limited-edition heart-shaped marshmallows, why not do something alternative with your favourite hot drink this Valentine’s Day? Take a romantic stroll with your significant other, friends or family, or even have a day to yourself – and be sure to pick up a hot chocolate for your crisp, cold day’s walk. To add a little more romance, a special Valentine’s sleeve can be added to any hot chocolate tube for just £1 in-store.

Knoops’ Richmond store opened in 2021 so why not pay it – or your local branch – a visit?

Cosy up with a cute Knoops hot chocolate on a Valentine’s Day walk

Love at first bite with Crosstown

Donut dreamboats Crosstown have done it again and come through with a limited edition Valentine’s Day special menu of tasty treats. Featuring three unique flavours, you can feast upon Candy Apple (a vegan sourdough, filled with candy apple compote, dipped in a grenadine glaze and topped with popping candy crumble and edible glitter); Passion Fruit (vegan sourdough again, glazed with a Passoa liueur icing and decorated with dried edible lily flowers) and, finally, a Chocolate Hazelnut (decadent chocolate hazelnut custart encased in the black cocoa dough, dipped in dark chocolate ganache and finished with choclate curls and gold dust).

The perfect plant-based night in or treat to yourself this Valentine’s Day, the brand is also offering gift boxed donuts to celebrate properly.

Order your romantic donuts here.

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Treat your loved one – or yourself – to Crosstown’s limited edition Valentine’s Day donuts

Love at first slice with Yard Sale

This February Yard Sale Pizza is back with its famous heart-spaced pizza. Yes, that’s right – what better way to celebrate the day of love with everyone’s first love: pizza. The pizzas will be available as a Margherita (with a vegan option avaiable) and the famous Holy Pepperoni – across Sunday 13th February, as well as Valentine’s Day itself. Get a slice of the action at home delivery or dine-in at Dulwich, Crystal Palace, Crofton Park, Finsbury Park, Hackney Road and Leytonstone.

Find your nearest Yard Sale Pizza here.

Valentine’s Day menu with José Pizzaro

You can’t always rely on British weather but you can reply on Spanish food – so why not stay in on the special day and devour a 30 day–aged steak with triple-cooked chips, available to order nationwide for £80 and serving the perfect couple, generously. Served with scrumptious sides including confit piquillo peppers, bitter leaf salad with lemon vinaigrette and red cabbage with beetroot and vermouth, all finished off nicely with a chocolate ganache with Maldon salt, olive oil and shortbread, make this year’s celebrations truly unforgettable with this feast.

Order your Spanish steak supper here.

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Steak supper this Valentine’s?

If dining out is your special thing, then fear not – Pizarro Restaurant Bermondsey has you covered for the most romantic day of the year, offering an indulgent 8-course Valentine’s tasting menu featuring delicacies from earth and sea including Ostras con manzana (Oysters with apple vinaigrette); Canelon mar y montaña (Mediterranean prawn and Iberian pork Catalan canelon); and Txuleton Gallego (Galician rib eye steak on the bone served with green salad and baby potatoes). Wash it all down with José Pizarro’s Brut Nature ‘Gran Reserva’ and finished off with homemade Turfs de chocolate (chocolate truffles).

True Romance at Nine Lives Bar

Head to your new-favourite local taco and cocktail bar for a screening of one of Tarantino’s greatest creations – the romantic classic True Romance. The film will start at 7pm on Monday 14th February and movie-lovers can purchase tickets for £22 – which will include a Blood Orange Negroni or Margarita Picante cocktail, ceviche, an ice cream treat from Happy Endings and a bucket of popcorn. Dress for the theme or just to impress, enjoy tacos and Tarantino wit your significant other or your friends.

Book your Valentine’s Day movie ticket here.

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