Have you decided how you’re going to celebrate Valentine’s yet? If you’re thinking of a nice romantic meal, here are some suggestions for you. There’s even something for singles looking for a date. But it doesn’t just have to be about food. What about some live music? And what could be more romantic than a ride on the Love Tram between Bury and the newly opened Exchange Square stop?
Unleash Your Inner Mixologist at The Alchemist
Lovebirds have the chance to try something a bit different at The Alchemist Bar & Restaurant this Valentine’s Day. The Alchemist Spinningfields are running romance-themed cocktail masterclasses at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm or 5pm for a one hour love-in where guests will learn the tricks of the trade and perhaps get a little love-drunk with their partner in crime. Tickets are £20 per person including two of their trademark cocktails. Just across town, The Alchemist New York Street are giving couples the opportunity to show that love trumps all working together to create loving and lovely cocktail creations! Afternoon and evening sessions available. £30 per head including a welcome drink and two cocktails during the tutorial.
Dazzle Your Date at The Hilton Manchester Deansgate
Head to Cloud 23, for a luxurious afternoon tea or an evening of bespoke drinks and romantic treats. The opulent décor and furnishings make Cloud 23 the idyllic destination to cosy up whilst overlooking the stunning Manchester skyline and sipping on pink champagne. The afternoon tea menu (£35) has a variety of delicious savoury and sweet treats. But If you’re looking to pull out all the stops, splash out that little bit extra by treating your date in style. For £123, you can enjoy a bottle of Bollinger champagne accompanied by an assortment of sweet treats including chocolate dipped strawberries, champagne and strawberry truffles and popping candy.
To make a reservation call 0161 870 1670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Valentine’s Menu at King Street Townhouse
Cosy up in the romantic setting of the Tavern and indulge in a very special Valentine’s menu at £55 per person including arrival canapés, a glass of champagne, and a four course meal to include a sorbet. Saturday 13th February: To book a table at 7:00pm or at 9:30pm please call 0161 667 0707
A 50% deposit is required. Sunday 14th February: Valentines menu is available all day. To book a table call 0161 667 0707
Enjoy a Champagne Afternoon Tea at Epernay
Whether you prefer champagne or cocktails, this afternoon tea is made with you in mind. Choose from two incredible champagnes, Palmer & Co Brut Reserve or Jacquart Demi-Sec, and get your romantic afternoon off to a bubbly start. Or opt in for a breakfast cocktail and shake things up a little. Enjoy home made patisseries, fruit scones with jam & clotted cream, macarons plus a selection of finger sandwiches. Finish your experience with a pot of premium quality loose leaf teas or a cup of locally roasted coffee. £22 per person. Or upgrade to a Perrier Jouet Rosé afternoon tea and enjoy the elegant flavours of wild strawberries, raspberries and delicate rose petals with this beautiful rosé champagne and enjoy hand made chocolate bonbons (£32 per person).
Get On Board the Love Tram
And finally, The Printworks are offering 25 loved-up couples, the chance to celebrate Valentine’s weekend a little differently, this year. The Printworks Love Tram will be running as a special service on Saturday 13th February between Bury and the newly opened Exchange Square stop. Romantic Mancs can win a pair of seats on the Love Tram and a night out at The Printworks, all completely free of charge. Joining the flirtatious festivities will be Nik Maguire, Manchester’s very own Mr Deansgate, who recently appeared on ITV’s Take Me Out. Nik has been unlucky in love, receiving a blackout from the show’s selection of singletons, but he hopes sparks will fly on the Love Tram on 13th February. The competition to win tickets runs until 10th February, and entries can be made via The Printworks’ Facebook (Printworksmcr) and Twitter (@The_Printworks) pages.
Enjoy Musical Love Stories at The Hallé
If music be the food of love, play on. For an evening of timeless romance, the Halle will be performing a programme of music from some of the world’s great love stories including Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, Tosca, Madame Butterfly and West Side Story. Tickets from £20 (including £2 booking fee).
Box office 0161 907 9000
Enjoy a Ten Course Tasting Menu at Quill
The King Street restaurant has created a sumptuous, ten-course tasting menu inspired by romance and love for Valentine’s Day. Head chef, Curtis Stewart, will take diners on a sensory experience, as he presents them with an array of delicacies, including aphrodisiacal Oysters with Cucumber, Wasabi and Champagne and Beef with Treacle, Polenta and Burnt Onion. The £90 per head menu will also be served with a glass of pink fizz, and includes an additional enticingly named course – Roses. Curtis and his team will host just one sitting each night across the Valentine’s weekend (Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February) so diners can enjoy the evening at their own pace. Quill is also offering one lucky Manchester couple an experience to remember with a special Valentine’s competition. The winning duo will be wined and dined in style on Valentine’s Day. They will receive luxurious his-and-hers hair treatments, one night’s stay in the 4 star MacDonald Hotel and Quill’s Valentine’s Experience – an 8 course tasting menu with cocktails on arrival and a bottle of wine at the table. Entries can be made via their website.
To book for Valentine’s Day call 0161 832 7355 or email email@example.com
Bowl Your Loved One Over at All Star Lanes
Bowl your lover over with your skills on the lanes, feast on lobster & champagne in the restaurant, and sip exiting cocktail creations in the bar. They’ll be serving up an epic Lobster Surf & Turf: 1lb whole grilled lobster, dry aged Dedham Vale fillet steak, spinach & parmesan salad, and east west spiced fries. For drinks, they’ve mixed up a naughty selection of His & Hers cocktails and sharers.
For bookings & enquiries: 0161 871 600 firstname.lastname@example.org
A La Carte, Roast Dinners and Valentine’s Specials at Rosylee
There’s no set menu for Valentine’s at Rosylee so you can enjoy the full a la carte menu all weekend, along with delicious specials including sharing roasts and desserts – if you’re really feeling the love! There’s even roses for the ladies. Their fantastic Sunday roasts will be served up as usual from 12pm on Valentine’s Day, with 1 course for £10.95, 2 for £14.95 or 3 for £18.95. And you can wash them down with £5 Bucks Fizz, Negronis, and Bloody Marys on special all day. Make it extra special and pre-order and pay for a bottle of Perrier Jouet champagne and Rosylee will guarantee you a romantic booth, plus complimentary chocolate dipped strawberries. Available all Valentine’s weekend Friday 12th- Sunday 14th February. (subject to availability). Get a couple of FREE Love Potion cocktails when you book a table after 5pm for Saturday 13th or Sunday 14th and pay a £10 deposit before the 31st January. The Fitzgerald will be open from 3pm on Valentine’s Day with a selection of 2 for £10 classic cocktails and some limited edition sharing cocktails – served all day. To book call 0161 228 6629 to book.
Valentine’s Special at The Victorian Chop Houses
For a special Valentine’s try a Valentine’s sharing special at one of Manchester’s splendid Victorian chop houses. What about a 20 oz rib of beef, dry aged for 28 days from Mill Close Farm, Bedale, served with chunky chips, béarnaise & peppercorn sauces? There are three chop houses to choose from – Albert Square, Sam’s and the original – Mr Thomas’s – and all offer great British food in comfortable surroundings and one of the best wine lists in the region.
From Manhattan With Love at The Pen and Pencil
The Pen and Pencil is offering From Manhattan with Love, a specially created menu from 12th-14th February. Couples can enjoy 3 courses plus a bottle of wine for £55 per person.
To book email: email@example.com
Mini Meat Feast for Two at Cane & Grain
Lovers looking to sink their teeth into something juicy this Valentine’s Day needn’t look any further than Manchester’s favourite ribs joint, Cane & Grain. The popular venue will be offering carnivorous couples a Mini Meat Feast for Two on February 13th and 14th.
The Northern Quarter hot spot will be turning spare ribs into shared ribs with a special menu which includes three slabs of ribs (half rack of St Louis ribs, a full rack of baby back ribs and a short beef), three sides and a glass of champagne each for £50 per couple.
The opulent first floor bar will no doubt play the perfect backdrop to the evening with its sumptuous leather seating, antique glassware and wood panelling. Perfect for couples looking for something a little different.
To book email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 839 7033.
Find Your Perfect Match at Vapiano
Are you unlucky in love? How about a sucker for a romantic Valentines date? Or just fed up of Tinder and want to go back to the old fashioned courting ways? Vapiano are on the look out to find a match made in heaven for two singletons and want to make 2016 a special year for them with a complimentary meal, including a dolce and a drink. All you have to do is instagram a picture of yourself using #VapsDate telling them why you should be set up with the partner of your dreams, and you could be in with a chance of winning. Those already lucky in love and planning on coming down to cosy up over a lovingly created, homemade pasta dish, can instagram a picture with the same hashtag, to claim a special Valentine’s prize. So get #VapsDate – ing! As they say at Vapiano, “Chi va piano, va sano e lontano” – If you have a relaxed approach to life, yours will be long and healthy.
Enjoy Champagne and Oysters at On the 7th
Learn the delicate art of pairing the finest oysters supplied by the Black Pearl Oyster Company with two different champagnes at this very special event at On the 7th, Media City. It’s on February 11th so you can put what you learn into practice and spoil your partner on the big day! 6pm Members £15 Non-members £20.
To book 0161 686 5500 / email@example.com
Ruby Murray at Scene Indian Street Kitchen
Why not try something stimulating and delicious this Valentine’s Day and book yourselves in for some tantalising Indian food? Scene Indian Street Kitchen has an extensive menu featuring wonderful flavours, spices and more, ready to get you in the mood. There will be a three course set menu on offer which comes with a glass of bubbly and for £29.95 per person and every lucky lady will be treated to a rose as well. The full Scene menu will also be on offer for every diner.
Bookings via website www.scenedining.com or telephone 0161 839 3929