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Valentine’s Day Ideas for Locked-Down Lovers

Get foodie this February with our guide to Valentine’s Day ideas, whether you’re opting for locally baked sweet treats, Michelin-Starred home dining or something a little fizzier.

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Pizza & Cocktail Masterclass

Homeslice Founder, Mark Wogan, will be hosting an hour-long virtual pizza and cocktail class. Order in a package with ingredients to make two pizzas, two cocktails, and one large brownie to share with your lockdown buddy or lover. Mark will guide guests through the process, while bartender Ronan Collins will help you create a Turkish Delight cocktail. More details.

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Locally Baked Treats

Balham-based doughnut maestros Knead a Little Love are sweeting this lockdown Valentine’s day with a limited-edition box featuring three new creative flavours. These include; a peanut butter cream filled doughnut with a chunk of vegan ‘honey’ comb, a raspberry and rosewater filled doughnut, topped with fresh raspberries, and a vanilla and goji berry filled doughnut topped with fondant hearts. No one said you had to share…

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Patisserie Goodies from Paul

French patisserie favourite PAUL Bakery have crafted a stunning ‘You & Me Bundle’, featuring two heart-shaped cakes (Craquant and Fraisier) and a box of 12 mini macarons. Alternatively, the ‘Sent with Love Box’ includes additional treats of chocolate dipped shortbread biscuits and, with the compliments of PAUL, five chocolate beignets (mini doughnuts). Boxes can be pre-ordered here from 25th January with delivery (within M25) or collected from 8th February, and each comes with a £10 PAUL voucher off your next purchase!

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Make it Cheesy with Pleesecakes

Skip the roses this Valentine’s and opt for something a bit cheesier – literally. Spread the love with the ‘Pleese Be Mine’ handmade Chocolate Cheesecake Hearts – six hearts filled with three cheesecake flavours – caramel and butterscotch, vanilla with a coconut twist and Nutella – swirled with chocolate digestive pearls, all elegantly packaged in a gift box.  Delivery is available across London and the South East (70-mile radius from Pleesecakes HQ in Redhill, Surrey) or collection is available right up until Valentine’s Day from HQ. See here for details.

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Michelin-Star Dining

Tuck into an indulgent 7 course menu, including a beautiful hand-illustrated candle to recreate Sorrel 2021. Rosemary brioche, soup enriched with egg yolk, and a succulent short rib of beef marinated in red wine for 24hrs and cooked for another 5, accompanied by a parsley gremolata to give a herby acidity. Enjoy an authentic restaurant experience, at home, from the only Michelin starred restaurant in Surrey to be offering at home dining. Collection from Sorrel on Saturday 13th February between 12:00-14:00.

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The Perfect Night in with Petersham Nurseries

Relish a starter of fresh tagliatelle with tema artichoke, anchovy, chilli and garlic pangrattato before a choice of Haye Farm Porchetta rolled with winter garden herbs or delica pumpkin, chard and goat’s cheese pithivier. Both are accompanied by sides of braised endive and radicchio with sultanas, lilliput capers, Taggiasca olives and pine nuts and cavolo nero, ready to be dressed with Zisola olive oil and Amalfi lemon dressing. End with an indulgent steamed date pudding with pouring cream and Winslade cheese, served with pane carasau and honey from Petershams’ on-site hives in Richmond. More Details.

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The Hampton Court Hamper

Currently closed to guests, chefs at riverside haven The Mitre are utilising their newly renovated kitchen spaces to offer up a delicious Valentine’s Day Offering. The hamper includes; surf and turf with a rib of beef and grilled lobster; hasselback potatoes with parsley and lemon; watercress salad; tuna sashimi; and tarte tatin with vanilla bean cream. A bottle of Laurent Perrier rose is also included, complimenting the delicious meal. More info.

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Cool Cakes by Chris *READER OFFER*

Send that special someone a delicious token of love or indulge in a romantic treat together with luxury handmade gift cakes from Cool Cakes by Chris. Designed to be enjoyed straight out of the jar, limited edition Valentine’s cakes are available in 2 romantic flavours – Pink Champagne and Red Velvet. Available in a choice of 2 gift sets – the single jar option could be a great surprise gift while the set of 2 is perfect for couples. Made fresh to order using the finest ingredients, these cute jars arrive gift boxed with designer craft labels and hand-tied red raffia bows, with the option to include your own personal message. Pre-order your gift set now. Exclusive to Time & Leisure readers, GET 15% OFF any Valentine’s Edition. Order online and enter code LOVETL at checkout on orders placed before February 7!

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Edible Treats from Ely’s of Wimbledon

Their doors may be closed for now, but there are plenty of luxurious Valentine’s Day treats to be had online from Ely’s. Filled with the best quality, delicious chocolate, their Partners in Crime Gift Tin is a beautifully designed keepsake tin for a loved one. There are fab deals to had on perfumes & aftershaves, luxury wines & spirit gift sets and everything in between – see here.

Book an Escape

A romantic getaway may be off the cards for the immediate future, but there are plenty of ‘travel later’ packages on offer for lovers with itchy feet hoping to escape to sunnier climes when it’s once again safe to do so. Crete’s leading wellness resort Nana Princess’ Valentine’s Package includes a host of romantic experiences during your stay including flowers adorning the bed on arrival, sparkling wine, delicious homemade pastries, and a candlelit romantic dinner; plus complimentary cocktails and discounts on their Royal Wellness Club treatments.

Cravings for long-haul romance are satiated by Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa’s offering, which includes a host of added extras and VIP services during stays, with complimentary activities such as a cocktail masterclass and romantic bath set-up experience.

Looking to enjoy all the capital has to offer post-quarantine with your Valentine? Rediscover London at Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill with their range of vouchers putting a stop to endless rebookings and logistical hassle; buy them here, put them aside, and redeem them when the time is right.

Cheers to Love

It’s good riddance to dry January and time to accompany any at-home dining experience with a glass of fizz or a crafted cocktail.

The arrival of rose prosecco to the UK market is sure to have Champagne manufacturers quivering following their overtake of the Italian fizz’s sales just over a year ago. After many years of development and subsequent approval, Prosecco DOC Rose is set to make an increasingly popular aperitif across UK homes, with its pink hue and notes of cherry blossom, wild berries, strawberries and roses.

Expertly crafted cocktails perfect for curling up with are available from Wimbledon Village’s Hemingways, with options including the fruity classic Pornstar Martini and the tequila-led Tommy’s Margarita. 500ml bottles are available for delivery, containing 5 servings; see here.