Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, but fear not, we have a host of ideas and suggestions for the big day (number one: don’t get a surprise tattoo of your boo’s face on your thigh). You can either dive headfirst into slushy Hallmark platitudes, or do something a little more stylish and original, and if you’re thinking the latter, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve got some superb restaurant options in Manchester and the North, ideal for all budgets, from the showy to less-brash-but-equally-meaningful options. Remember, this year, 14 February kicks off on a Tuesday, so be sure to book that Wednesday off, or have a good excuse lined up when you ring in sick.

But despite what Cupid might say, it’s not all about eating and drinking. We have options for all tastes, whether you want to stimulate your mind or other sensations. With that in mind, cinema is always a winner, and we’ve plucked out a few choice selections dotted across the North. Make sure to practice your yawn and arm-stretch combo in advance.

We’ve also got some live performances and exhibitions to attend, and other brain-tingling events on the weekend directly before the big day itself. And do keep checking back as we’ll keep updating this list with all the best Valentine’s Day selections for all you lovestruck lot as and when they come in.

If you’re still stuck for inspiration, don’t forget our guides to the very best cinema, theatre, music, exhibitions, literature, tours & activities and food and drink in Manchester and the North.

Our top picks

Peru Perdu

Peru Perdu, The Cotton Factory, 74 Princess St, Manchester, M1 6JD, Manchester, M1 6JD - Visit now

Peru Perdu always push the boat out and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Tuesday the 14th sees this great South American-inspired restaurant present a four-course set menu, featuring mouthwatering dishes such as Lomo Saltado (rolled fillet tails, truffle, sweet potato, liquorice jus, king blue oyster mushroom) and Snapper (Exmoor caviar, rainbow chard, butter-braised fennel, coconut, wild rice, black beans). All for a mere £75 per person.

Peru Perdu


Luciano, London Rd, Alderley Edge, SK9 7QD - Visit now

Spreading the love over five days (February 10th to 14th), Luciano’s is serving the perfect recipe for romance with a series of extra special sweet treats to be enjoyed from morning through to night.

The restaurant’s special set Valentine’s menu is set to satisfy all appetites. Available all day, every day over the five-day celebration, guests can indulge in two courses for £33.00 or three for £37.00, with a selection of the leading Italian chef’s signature dishes to choose from, all made from scratch and served with love.

This all includes a welcome glass of prosecco, a Valentine’s spritz or bottle of beer, and a beautiful Baci chocolate – an iconic Italian chocolate with a love note inside. Gino’s special set menu promises to put the fizz into every relationship.


The Edinburgh Castle Pub

The Edinburgh Castle Pub, Henry St &, Blossom St, Manchester, M4 5AW - Visit now

The always-wonderful Edinburgh Castle in Ancoats has announced a delicious eight-course set menu, so diners can enjoy delicious food in a cosy-yet-sophisticated setting. With soft candlelight and a carefully curated selection of dishes, Manchester’s favourite pub is an ideal place to share an evening with your loved one.

Edinburgh Castle

The Alan

The Alan, 18 Princess St, Manchester, M1 4LG - Visit now

The Alan will be launching a limited edition set menu for diners to enjoy between 11th-14th February.

The Valentine’s Menu curated by The Alan Executive Head Chef, James Hulme, includes a range of sharing plates including aged beef tartare, truffle cheese gougeres and aged Goosnargh duck. The sharing set menu is £65 per couple and includes two glasses of prosecco.

There’s also an exclusive cocktail called ‘The V’Alan’Tine’ – a sweet combination of Tanquary, elderflower liquor, crème de framboise, cranberry juice and apple juice.

The Alan

The Art School Restaurant

The Art School Restaurant, 1 Sugnall Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L7 7DX - Visit now

The Art School in Liverpool is getting ready for Valentine’s Day with Paul Askew and his team crafting not one but two menus for the occasion. Their early evening Prix Fixe and Celebration menus feature some of the finest ingredients sourced from across the region to create an array of stunning dishes at this stunning high-end restaurant.

Ian Jones

Groobarbs Field Kitchen

Groobarbs Field Kitchen, Wild Farm, Mag Ln, High Legh, Groobarbs , Knutsford, WA16 0AA - Visit now

Opening specially for February 14th , guests can enjoy a special five-course menu crafted from ingredients from Groobarbs Field Kitchen’s gardens just metres away.

Dishes include a selection of welcome nibbles; poached leeks with a chive hollandaise sauce and garlic sourdough crumbs; a chicory, feta, walnut, blood orange and spelt salad; beef short-rib with kale, cumin and turmeric potatoes, and parsnip and apple puree; and poached rhubarb, honey and rosemary panna cotta served with lemon shortbread.

An alternative vegetarian mains course is also available and sees a celeriac and sage gnocchi served with kale and a parsnip and apple puree.

Guests are invited to arrive from 6.30pm and take in the impressive surroundings before being seated for dinner service at 7pm. For those looking to celebrate the occasion with everyone they love, the Field Kitchen has large tables of six to 12 where you can share the experience with a group of your nearest and dearest or revel in the warmth of new friends.

An additional number of tables of two will also be introduced on the evening, for those looking for a more private dining experience.

Groobarbs Field Kitchen
Groobarbs Field Kitchen

Habas Bar & Restaurant

Habas Bar & Restaurant, 43A Brown St, Manchester, M2 2JJ - Visit now

Modern Middle Eastern bar and restaurant Habas is sharing the love this Valentine’s Day with a special menu for two. Guests will enjoy a welcome glass of fizz, a sharing fillet steak accompanied by za’atar hasselback potatoes, tenderstem broccoli and a red wine jus, and petit fours including a decadent double chocolate and raspberry sponge, delicate passionfruit and vanilla choux buns, and pistachio and white chocolate fudge, for £90 per couple.

Alongside the sharing menu is a range of extra special Valentine’s Day cocktails available to be enjoyed with your meal, or sipped in Habas’s alluring snug.

The Valentine’s Day sharing menu is in limited supply, with reservations for the special menu required by midday on Friday February 10th. The Valentine’s special is available alongside the modern Middle Eastern restaurant’s a-la-carte menu featuring a mix of large and sharing plates.

Habas Bar & Restaurant

Albert’s Schloss

Albert’s Schloss, 27 Peter Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 5QR - Visit now

Albert’s Schloss Manchester is having the ultimate sweetheart’s night this Valentine’s Day, with a special 16oz sharing steak, Belgian chocolate fondue and curated cocktail menu in collaboration with Didsbury Gin all available for this one night only.

Offering something a little more upbeat from the slushy mushy stuff found elsewhere, the popular Kunst Kabaret and DJ Rudy will see out the night in style.

Alberts Schloss
Albert Schloss

Ducie Street Warehouse

Ducie Street Warehouse, Ground Floor, Warehouse, Ducie St,, Manchester, M1 2TP - Visit now

For Valentine’s Day, Ducie Street Warehouse, the warehouse-chic venue at aparthotel Native Manchester, has a specially curated Valentine’s menu, available from Friday 10th to Saturday 18th February.

And on the big day itself, Cork & Clay will be hosting an unforgettable ceramic experience, where partners are invited to sculpt each other’s, umm, private parts. That’s right, this body-positive evening will allow participants to sculpt their very own sexy piece of clay into a penis or vagina. Priced at £25 for Early Bird and £30 for General Admission – the workshop will include all materials, including air dry clay, rolling pins and clay tools, apron, clay slip, and a gift box to take your piece of art home. If you’ve always dreamed of following in the footsteps of the mighty Cynthia Plaster Caster, book your spot here.

Ducie Street Warehouse

Factory International Opening Season

Factory International Opening Season at Factory International, City Centre, 30 June–19 November 2023 - Book now

Preparing to open its doors in June, Factory International looks all set to transform the cultural state of Manchester. And what better way to show the culture-vulture in your life that you care about them as much as the arts, than buying them a membership, giving them access to priority booking, members-only events, exclusive digital content and a members-only e-newsletter.

Factory International Opening Season
Image courtesy of Factory International.

Valentine’s Day in Spinningfields

Whether you’re after something fancy or laid-back, this great central district has a bunch of romantic options for all budgets. And because this Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday, why not take Wednesday off work so you can stay out afterwards for a rare midweek night out? Spinningfields is a hub of fun and activity at the best of times, and this is the ideal night to make the most of it.

Box on the Docks Mediacity

Box on the Docks Mediacity, MediaCityUK, Salford, M50 2BS - Visit now

Box on the Docks is back at MediaCity for the new season and will be kicking things off with an exciting ‘Pal-entines’ event at the Art Hall on Thursday 16th February. The free event promises to be a celebration of friendship, with a showcase of the best of Salford’s local creative talent at the popular waterside venue.

Ian Jones

Food Sorcery Manchester

Food Sorcery Manchester, Deansgate Square, Manchester, M15 4UA - Visit now

Enjoy a foodie night out with your favourite person. Cook a meal to remember at Food Sorcery, then kick back and enjoy. Go here to book, and remember one ticket is for two people – you cook your meal together.

Food Sorcery

Stanley’s Bar & Grill

Stanley’s Bar & Grill, Stanley Dock, Regents Road, Liverpool, L3 0AN - Visit now

Treat someone you love to an unforgettable date night at Titanic Hotel Liverpool’s on-site restaurant, Stanley’s Bar and Grill. Dine in decadence with their à la carte menu and watch the culinary talent unfold in its theatre-style kitchen. To book a table, call 0151 559 1444.


Stanley's Bar & Grill

Nam Manchester

Nam Manchester, Unit 2, 33 Blossom St, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6AJ - Visit now

This Valentine’s Day, the always wonderful NAM has a special menu and live DJ lined up, to get you in the mood for eating, drinking, dancing and a little… something else.



Baha, 18 Ash St, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3EB - Visit now

One of the most dazzling restaurants in the Lake District, everyone should make a visit to this Pacific Rim inspired restaurant, and what better day than International Love Day?

Ian Jones

The Cranleigh Boutique

The Cranleigh Boutique, Kendal Rd, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3EW - Visit now

Like the sound of Baha? Make a night of it and book a stay at the glorious Cranleigh Boutique, just a minute or so around the corner and purveyor of some of the most luxurious and, dare we say… amorous-inducing hotel rooms imaginable.

Ian Jones

The Ivy Spinningfields

The Ivy Spinningfields, The Pavilion, Byrom Street, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3HG - Visit now

The Ivy Spinningfields will be celebrating the season of love this Valentine’s Day, with a romantic three-course set menu and bespoke cocktails available from Friday 10th February to Sunday 19th February. 

The Ivy Manchester

Salut Wines

Salut Wines, 11 Cooper St, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 2FW - Visit now

Rather just have a night in cooking for your boo? Match it with wine from Salut Wine, a wonderful independent wine shop in Manchester.

Salut Wines
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