Valentine’s Day is just around the corner but luckily for you, there is still plenty of time to get those plans in place! Since the 14thcentury, Valentine’s day has been associated with romance and has become a time for couples to express their gratitude towards one another. Albeit a slightly commercialised day of celebration, here at The Beautiful Method we’d never pass up the chance of an evening of fine-dining, so you shouldn’t either! Take the opportunity to spend some quality time with the person you love in some of the fantastic local eating venues. To make it that little bit easier, we’ve gathered our favourite 5 restaurants in one list (and attached their special Valentine’s Day set menus), so why not check them out and get yourselves booked in!
Upstairs at the Grill
First up, Upstairs at the Grill. Based in the heart of Chester, Upstairs at the Grill is a steakhouse across two levels, with a warm, welcoming atmosphere and great unique list of cocktails. They have advertised their Valentine’s Day deal on their Facebook page this year – a Chateaubriand for two or a USDA Special Butcher Cuts Board plus a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne, all for £120! I would have been in big trouble if I hadn’t included Upstairs at the Grill in this list – it is Victoria’s favourite restaurant in Chester and she certainly wouldn’t pass up the chance to have one of their dishes!
Cock O Barton
Next up, the Cock O Barton – situated in the South Cheshire countryside, the Cock O Bartonboasts a great wine and cocktail list alongside an extensive menu (covering all options including gluten free and vegan!). This year, they are advertising a fantastic 3 course set menu, for just £35 per head that you can check out here. And if you’re not fancying a sit-down meal, why not just go and visit them for a drink? There is always a fantastic atmosphere around the Cock O Barton’s bar!
Found in Hoole, Sticky Walnut is an award-winning bistro and certainly not a dining experience to miss out on. Beautifully presented and freshly prepared food accompanied by only the best wine will certainly make your Valentine’s Day one to remember this year; Sticky Walnut have also prepared their own set menu coming in at £60 per head – I’m already dreaming of the roasted duck breast. What’s more, they’re going to have a communal table for if anyone wants to make friends and add to the dining experience!
Miller and Carter Chester
It wouldn’t have been right to not include a Miller and Carter Chester on this list – a unique steakhouse experience, you will find the restaurant in close proximity to Chester Racecourse. Their Valentine’s menu is available from 11th-15thFebruary, so no fear if the 14thdoesn’t work for you! Check out their set menu here, and don’t forget – it’s always best to book.
The Fishpool Inn
And last, but certainly not least, The Fishpool Inn! Situated in Delamere, Cheshire, The Fishpool Inn have crafted a fantastic menu exclusively for Valentine’s Day that has something delicious to settle any appetite. With the Inn being close to Delamere Forest, it is surrounded by stunning Cheshire countryside – a contributing factor in helping the pub win the ‘Best New Pub’ in the UK award! They even have a dog friendly section, if you want to spend Valentine’s day with your pooch – but it’s always best to book those tables.
So, that’s TBM’s Valentine’s Day Destinations – from small quirky bistros, to steakhouses and pubs, it’s got something for everyone and certainly a dish for even the fussiest of eaters. Whether or not you believe in celebrating Valentine’s Day, it’s certainly a fantastic way of spending a well-earned evening off and some quality time with the person you love. And if we still haven’t managed to persuade you to an evening of great food, why not just buy your loved one a TBM Deep Clean of your home… now there’s an idea.