I have to confess that I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day – I’d rather tell those I love that I love them every day without it being a Hallmark moment. But just occasionally it’s good to go with the crowd and have a full on, romantic experience and it’s even better if that experience includes food!
There are some cracking menus available for February 14th this year and we’ve rounded up some of our favourites to make it easier for you to spoil your special someone. So, have a read of our recommendations, book ASAP and feel smug in the knowledge that you won’t be relying on dodgy carnations and cuddly toys from your local garage this year!
Meat. Bread. Beer (and prosecco). Go and eat at Pint Shop this Valentine’s Day and you can blag yourself a FREE bottle of prosecco. The extensive menu at Pint Shop means there is something for everyone, whether it be succulent steak, flavoursome pork belly or a very tasty, fancy kebab.
Book by 9th February to secure your FREE bottle of prosecco. Valid when 2 or more people are ordering 2 or more courses. Call 01865 251194 to book.
For a real gastro treat, book a table for two at The White Hart in Wytham for a three-course meal to remember. For just £47.50 per person, get cosy over their special Valentine’s Day menu, including Portland Rock Oysters with Spaghetti, Cucumber Veloute and Caviar; Beef Wellington with Pickled Wild Oxfordshire Mushrooms, Burnt Shallot Petals and Cep Powder; and new Head Chef Martin’s signature dessert, Cappuccino Crème Brule with Condensed Milk Ice Cream.
Call 01865 244372 to make a reservation.
If steak is a mutual love affair then this is the ultimate indulgence for you. Book a room for the night at The Porterhouse Grill & Rooms, including a bottle of prosecco, starters for two, a chateaubriand for two and two desserts for £250. Or book a table in the restaurant and choose from a selection of sharing steaks suited for two, with a great selection of wines and vintage cocktails to pair alongside their amazing meat. The kitchen is open from 6-9.30pm and the bar will stay open until 11 pm.
To book call 01865 248546.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Cuttlefish have prepared a menu to delight. On arrival, begin with a champagne cocktail or order a bottle of bubbles for the evening. Then for starters, select from warm lobster salad, chickpea fritters, or mussels and clams with garlic toast. Or add even more romance with a seafood platter for two, or shared starter of oysters two ways: half served on crushed ice with shallot vinegar and the other oysters baked “gratin” with soya sauce, spring onions and sweet chilli. For main, select from seared fillet of seabass, grilled aged Angus fillet of beef from Alden’s, or leek and oyster mushroom risotto. End your meal with a dessert plate to share, featuring 4 of their favourites: Italian coffee flavoured ice cream tartufo with hazelnuts; rich cream filled profiterole and chocolate sauce; sticky toffee pudding and caramel sauce; and lemon posset shot. Their main menu remains available if you’d prefer to stick with the classics.
To book a table, call 01865 243003.
What could be more romantic than a cosy meal for two by the fire in one of Oxford’s oldest pubs? The Perch is running a special St. Valentines menu full of classic dishes including a very decadent sharing dessert. If it’s a nice evening take a stroll across Port Meadow and start the night with a glass of award-winning fizz from Nyetimber.
Book a table by calling 01865 728891.
Enjoy a relaxed and stylish Valentine’s supper at Summertown’s favourite neighbourhood restaurant, Portabello. Start your evening with a classic cocktail at the bar before enjoying our very special 3-course St. Valentine’s dinner menu – including a sumptuous sharing dessert!!
Call 01865 559653 to book your table.