It’s almost Valentine’s Day in Manchester and across the North – everywhere else too for that matter, but that’s none of our concern. If you’re looking romantic things to do then you’ve come to the right place.
Our Valentine’s Day picks transverse between your stock-in-trade schmaltz and the ever so slightly alternative. From flowers and candlelight to physical theatre and up and coming rock n’ roll.
Here are our picks
Australasia, The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3AP - Visit now
Not only one of the most luxurious restaurants in Manchester, this year they’re offering a special sharing dessert Valentine’s Bento Box (£16), plus a Charlotte Tilbury make-over voucher will be given with each purchase.
Canto, Fairbairn Unit A, Fairbairn Building, Henry Street, Manchester, M4 5DH - Visit now
You can pretty much walk down any random cobbled street in Ancoats and come across another acclaimed restaurant. This Valentine’s Day we’re suggesting Canto. Their updated menu promises to beat away the sad, cold, dark, Manchester climate with a range of new, powerful dishes and the return of some familiar faces.
Northern Flower, 58 Tib Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1LG - Visit now
Outside Northern Flower, overturned wooden crates display cacti, potted trees and ivy in pots, while, inside, the friendly florists will ask for a budget and make up a cut flower bouquet accordingly. No excuses for hitting the petrol station at the last minute!
Hotel Indigo Manchester Victoria Station, 6 Todd St, Manchester, M3 1WU - Visit now
This Valentine’s Day, Hotel Indigo Manchester are offering a luxury romance package: a one-night stay in a boutique room, a specially curated five-course tasting menu at the in-house restaurant Mamucium, plus a champagne breakfast in bed the next morning. It doesn’t get much more romantic than this.
The Ivy Asia, The Pavilion, Byrom St, , Manchester , M3 3HG - Visit now
This is one for those wanting to push the boat out. You probably wouldn’t visit The Ivy Asia on a daily, or even weekly basis, not unless you have deep deep pockets, but when it comes to event dining it’s up there with the best. Manchester is a world class city, The Ivy provides food – and an experience – to match.
Asha’s, 47 Peter Street, Manchester, M2 3NG - Visit now
Got a penchant for spice? One of the city centre’s top Indian restaurants is offering a superb three-course romantic menu inspired by authentic Indian recipes with the kind of contemporary twists we’ve come to expect from the excellent kitchen team.
Tattu, Gartside Street, 3 Hardman Square, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3EB - Visit now
One of our most-loved Chinese restaurants, Tattu, is bringing back its popular screenings event this month, showcasing three classic romcoms on Sunday 16th February: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, The Proposal and Crazy, Stupid, Love. Perfect for a romantic date or just to celebrate with friends.
What could be more romantic than a wander through the winter wonderland of Manchester? Okay, there’s a good chance that the weather might be miserable, but with the right person, you don’t have to be. Here’s some of our favorite parks and gardens to explore together in Manchester.
There are so many must-see exhibitions happening right now, we’ve rounded up the best the North has to offer. Have a read and impress your date without our editor’s wise words.
The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Salford, M3 5LH - Visit now
Along with a series of love-tinged offers at the hotel itself, The Lowry Hotel’s in-house restaurant is offering a Valentine’s Day to remember thanks to the special five-course tasting menu in the newly refurbished River Restaurant. This includes a choice of Iberico pork rump, honey fig & goat’s bread or mackerel ceviche to start, carrot and anis velouté or pink champagne sorbet as an intermediate course, and for the main course, roast halibut, Black Bomber pithivier or prime cut sirloin of beef. For dessert, indulge in passion fruit cheesecake, white chocolate parfait or the signature The Lowry Gin dish, with lemon mousse, tonic gel and cucumber ice. To finish, share a selection of regional cheese, chutney, preserves and biscuits. Cupid would be proud.
Because of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, we are unable to bring you our usual recommendations for things to do in Manchester and the North. Our thoughts at this time are with our readers and with the organisations and businesses who make the North of England a great place to live and visit. We hope you stay well and look forward to sharing more unmissable events and places with you later in the year.
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