Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day

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Get ready for the weirdest Valentine’s Day we’ll (hopefully) ever know. That’s right, it’s almost Valentine’s Day in Manchester and across the North – and everywhere else too for that matter, but that’s by the by. If you’re looking for romantic things to do on February 14th 2021 then you’ve come to the right place.

We’re not going to pretend this is going to be a V-Day to cherish till the end of time but you can certainly make something special out of it

Unsurprisingly, our Valentine’s Day picks are all home-based this year. And while we’re not going to pretend this is going to be a V-Day to cherish till the end of time, you can certainly make something special out of it with one or more of the choices below. And if you’re single, no need to feel left out, we have a wine tasting option so you can get lightly squiffy with your friends (via Zoom, naturally).

Choose from breakfast boxes from wonderful Northern Quarter cafe Nibble, Spanish feasts from Evuna, a Titanic-watch-a-long to indulge your love of Leo and Kate, a lobster-based meal for two from Randall & Aubin, a limited edition Lockdown Valentine’s box from Six By Nico, and something rather special from spoken-word night, That’s What She* Said. Do keep checking back as we’ll keep updating with all the best Valentine selections for all you lovestruck lot.

You’ll likely be able to order most of these from wherever you are in the North, though some might be limited to the surrounding areas of Manchester so be sure to check first before you start planning your dream evening.

Keep checking back as we’ll keep updating with all the best Valentine’s Day selections for all you lovestruck lot

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

Here are our picks

  • 1. Randall & Aubin Manchester

    Randall And Aubin Manchester
    Ian Jones

    Randall & Aubin Manchester, 64 Bridge St, Manchester, M3 3BN - Visit now

    Ah, lobster, one of the world’s ugliest-looking but most deliciously romantic foodstuffs. And this year, Randall & Aubin’s Chef Director Ed Baine has prepared a Valentine lobster thermidor dinner box for lovestruck diners to enjoy at home. But be quick, you need to order before Tuesday 9th February to ensure delivery.

  • 2. Salut Wines

    Salut Wines

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

    Want to team your meal with an array of high-quality wines? Salut has put together a wine tasting experience made up of six half-bottles of quality wines from all over the world. You’ll also get tasting notes for each tipple and a link to an online tutored tasting video where the expert team at Salut will guide you through each glass. And singletons need not be put off, the fact they’re 37.5ml bottles mean you can join in the fun without getting too sloshed.

  • 3. Pizza Punks

    Pizza Punks
    Pizza Punks

    Pizza Punks, 34-40 Grey Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6AE - Visit now

    The team behind our favourite pizza in a long time have come up with the goods yet again, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Their Valentine’s-style pizza party box for two comes with everything you need for an unfussy, capital-F fun evening in. We insist you go for the Loveheart Caipiroska cocktail.

  • 4. Nibble

    Nibble

    Nibble, 36 Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JN - Visit now

    The team at our favourite Manchester cafe have come up with the goods yet again with a selection of Valentine boxes: the big cake box, the brownie box and the vegan box. All packed with sweet treats to feed your partner like a scene from a straight-to-VHS 80s romcom.

  • 5. Asha’s

    Ian Jones

    Asha’s, 47 Peter Street, Manchester, M2 3NG - Visit now

    Always-excellent city centre Indian restaurant Asha’s have developed a love-themed three-course Valentine’s meal for two, yours for a mere £60.

  • 6. Evuna Deansgate

    Charlie Spargo

    Evuna Deansgate, 277-279 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EW - Visit now

    Evuna has launched Evuna At Home so you can have a candlelit Spanish feast at home (candles not included) without the bother of having to actually cook it. Live life like the good old days, when chefs prepared a meal and you ate it. All you need to do is heat and finish in your kitchen. The full tasting menu includes hams, cheeses and chorizo, with veggie options too, plus a choice of tapas and a classic paella. Prices start at £50 for two, or £60 with a bottle of your favourite Evuna wine.

  • 7. A Taste of Honey

    A Taste of Honey
    A Taste of Honey

    A Taste of Honey, 138 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 1JQ - Visit now

    Wonderful Didsbury deli, A Taste of Honey is offering a host of made to order platters for Valentine’s Day. Crafted from locally sourced ingredients, you can choose from a variety of sweet and savoury options, including the Lockdown Lovers Aphrodisiac Board or the Dirty Stop Out Breakfast Platter.

  • 8. Six By Nico Manchester

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    Six By Nico

    Six By Nico Manchester, 60 Spring Gardens, Manchester, M2 2BQ - Visit now

    Following up on their previous well-received cook-at-home box meals, Six By Nico (aka Home By Nico, for now) have put together a Lockdown Valentine’s Day meal that takes in lobster, fillet of beef, mac & cheese, raspberry trifle and a whole lot more. They’re available at £80 per box and come with a bottle of Spanish red wine, but don’t delay, this is a limited edition run.

  • 9. Literature

    Writer Dean Atta (credit 2015 Hussina Raja).
    Writer Dean Atta. Photo by Hussina Raja.

    And for something a little more entertaining than all the usual lovey-dovey Valentine’s guff, That’s What She* Said The Queer Heartbreakers Ball takes place on 13 February, for women and non-binary writers. This is an online extravaganza that smooshes together anti-Valentine’s sentiment with a celebration of LGBTQI+ History Month and swoon-worthy spoken word, plus a chance for you to strut your stuff on the open mic at the Queer Heartbreakers Ball. Go here for more information, and do check our literature events guide in Manchester and the North for other thought-provoking word-based events this February.