Make the most of a lockdown Valentine’s Day

Whether you’re celebrating Galentine’s Day on Saturday, or the more traditional Valentine’s Day on Sunday, it’s the perfect opportunity to treat yourself, your lover, or your gal pals and spark a little bit of joy this lockdown. If there was ever a time we were in dire need of a pick-me-up, or deserved an indulgence, then this would be it. So don’t be put off by a lockdown Valentine’s, embrace it and make it extra special instead. Avoid those cheesy Valentine’s faux pas and take a look at our top recommendations for a memorable night. We highlight the finest local Sussex offerings to inspire you and help you on your way to romance!

Food & Drink

The saying goes, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach¸ but as a woman with a healthy appetite, I’d argue the sentiment behind this outdated saying is much more widely applicable! A spectacular plate of food is usually a sign of a special occasion, and although we can’t be eating out at swanky restaurants this year, there’s plenty of goodness out there to be ordered in. An intimate dinner at home gives being shoulder-to-shoulder with every other loved-up couple out there a run for it’s money in my humble opinion.

Try something fun and interactive, make your own pizza for Valentine’s and impress your amour with your culinary skills. Fatto A Mano, Brighton’s top Neopolitan style pizzeria is offering kits with everything you need to have a go at making a Margherita masterpiece at home. The kits are available for Click & Collect, as well as local delivery – visit their website for more information.

For those of you less confident in your cooking abilities, or whose idea of a special meal is very much the part about NOT having to cook it yourself, then Ridgeview x Fish To Your Door’s ‘Fitzrovia Rosé & Seafood Valentine’s Hamper’, could be just the ticket. Get in the mood with 12 plump and juicy oysters – nature’s original aphrodisiacs, a cooked and dressed lobster, and a bottle of Ridgeview’s Fitzrovia Rosé. Not only is the wine delicious and produced locally at one of Sussex’s award-winning wineries (recently featured on Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast), it’s also the most beautiful shade of pink – and it doesn’t get more Valentine’s appropriate than that. If seafood is your jam, Fish To Your Door have a wide selection of hampers for delivery.

If you fancy enjoying a bottle of bubbles during your romantic evening in, and we wholeheartedly recommend that you do, the Fitzrovia Rosé is a great choice. You can order a single bottle or a case of either the Fitzrovia Rosé or the Rosé de Noirs from Ridgeview’s online shop, and enjoy bonus treats such as a ‘Behind the Scenes’ video with tasting notes that you can watch together at home. You’ll also receive a voucher for two wine tasting flights to be used when their gorgeous tasting gardens reopens*. All of our wine partners are currently offering delivery services, so really you’re spoilt for choice. Find out more about our wine partners here.

Our Valentine’s foodie knockout has to be the stunning meal boxes available from Worthing’s PITCH restaurant. The home of MasterChef Champion Kenny Tutt, the restaurant pays homage to the finest local produce and boy oh boy, it does not disappoint! You’d best be quick if you want to secure one of their delicious Valentines Boxes. It may not be cheap, but quality comes at a price and it does tick a lot of those boxes we talked about earlier – special, indulgent, memorable, unforgettable! Each box contains an elegant five course meal for two including Gin cured Loch Fyne salmon tartare and 35 day dry-aged Hereford ribeye amongst other tasty treats and vegetarian options, as well as a bottle of sparkling wine. It’s well worth the splurge. The sparkling wine, a 2015 Cuvée, is courtesy of another of our wine partners, Wiston Estate. Dig out your candleholders, I sense some tablescaping for this dinner…

If that’s all a bit much, and you’re in the market for something a bit more lowkey – perhaps a little something to sip and nibble on whilst cosying up to a romantic flick, then look no further than Rathfinny’s Valentine’s Selection Box. As well as a bottle of their Sparkling Rosé, there’s a great selection of artisanal treats including charcuterie, cheese, chocolates, and more. Sharing is caring after all!

Chocolates are, of course, a Valentine’s Day essential. Is it even Valentine’s if you’ve not eaten a heart-shaped truffle? Well, luckily for me and you there are a wealth of excellent chocolatiers doing their thing here in Sussex. Make sure you stock up with goodies from Montezuma’s adventurous selection or Cocoa Loco’s delectable line up, OR go all out for an old-school Valentine’s with a retro heart shaped box from none other than Audrey’s. All available to order online.

Entertainment

Let me be the first to say that there is absolutely nothing wrong with grabbing a blanket, hitting the sofa and knuckling down to some Netflix. But, with that scenario seemingly on repeat throughout lockdown, perhaps Valentine’s is a great excuse to try something a bit different? With that in mind, we’ve rustled up some alternative virtual and/or streaming options for your viewing pleasure.

Get Operatic! I mean, why not right? You’ve got some fancy food, you’ve got some fancy wine, why not top off the evening with some fancy culture? Many of Glyndebourne’s most popular Operas are available all year round on various streaming platforms – think of it as Opera On Demand! There’s lots to choose from, from Mozart’s The Magic Flute to Brett Dean’s Hamlet. Don your finest threads, pour a glass of something sophisticated, and let your imagination do the rest. Find out more on Glyndebourne’s website.

Lewes Depot has partnered with YourScreen to beam an amazing programme of world cinema – most of it new to the UK and not available on other streaming platforms – direct to your living room. On the one hand you get to watch a selection of interesting, alternative films, and on the other hand you’re supporting the Depot as well. Really, it’s a win win, and local venues like Depot need all the support they can get right about now.

Is anything more romantic than a good old-fashioned love letter? The amorous correspondence between literary legend Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West during their passionate love affair is the subject of Charleston’s live virtual talk on Sunday evening. Bringing the letters to life are performers Lauren John Joseph and Pearl Mackie. There’s also an option to purchase the book Love Letters: Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West by Alison Bechdel, at a special price when booking tickets. Book your place online now.

If you’re looking for something a bit more *ahem, erotic, then Charleston’s recent talk on the erotic drawings of Bloomsbury artist Duncan Grant, is still available to watch online for free. Visit their website.

*on orders placed on or before 11th Feb 2021

 

However you end up celebrating, Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. Treat yourselves, you surely deserve it!

If you’re on the lookout for some non-traditional gifts this Valentine’s, why not take a look at some of our favourite Sussex online shops here. For a taste of Sussex, don’t forget our Sussex Modern Wine Cases are still on sale. 

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