Dining in is the new dining out, but that doesn’t have to mean an evening spent grafting away in the kitchen. Instead, enlist the culinary skills of some of London’s top chefs to boost the romance this Valentine’s Day with a top-quality cook-at-home meal kit
Lead image: COYA X BYREDO’s Rose-Themed Menu, courtesy of COYA
1 Lanson x H.G Walter’s Gourmet Valentines Box
Lanson Champagne has taken the trouble out of cooking this Valentine’s Day with an exclusive limited-edition three-course menu curated with leading butcher H.G Walter, paired with a bottle of Lanson Le Rosé. Start with the fruity and delicate taste of Lanson Le Rosé alongside a starter of oak-smoked salmon, horseradish crème fraiche, beetroot and apple remoulade, sour rye kernel and cultured whipped butter. The main event is Hereford beef fillet Wellington wrapped in a buttery puff pastry, served with crispy pomme Anna potato and sprouting broccoli. For dessert, enjoy a mouth-watering chocolate fondant with salted caramel sauce and Chantilly cream. The box comes with cooking instructions and will be delivered in plastic-free boxes. £130 for two. A vegetarian option is also available. Order by Wednesday 10 February.
2 Drake & Morgan X Laurent-Perrier Valentine’s Dinner Box
Drake & Morgan’s Valentine’s Dinner at Home with Laurent-Perrier includes all the ingredients and recipe cards you need to create a restaurant quality, three-course meal iat home, plus a bottle of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé. Begin your feast with whipped duck liver parfait, served with sourdough and pickles, before moving on to a 32-day aged Chateaubriand with confit potatoes, béarnaise sauce, salt baked beetroot, thyme roasted carrots and buttered cabbage. Round things off with heart shaped chocolate ganache with strawberry coulis, fresh strawberries, Chantilly cream & edible flowers. Delivery is available within the M25 and Home Counties. Orders must be placed by 11.59pm on Wednesday 10 February. £125 for two, including delivery.
3 Valentine’s at Home by Sam’s Riverside
Sam Harrison and his Head Chef Ashley Tinoco have devised an indulgent menu for two, bringing a taste of Sam’s Riverside to your door. Kicking off with an amuse bouche, the five-course menu includes an amuse bouche of scallop and blood orange ceviche, starter of Gravadlax and Earl Grey cured Chalk Stream trout, main course of beef Wellington and boulangère potatoes (minimal cooking required), as well as passionfruit and mango pavlova for dessert and St Jude cheese. A separate à la carte selection will include Sam’s Seafood Platter, and a dozen Carlingford Lough or Morecambe Bay oysters (to be delivered unopened, with shallot vinegar, lemon, and an oyster knife for shucking). £110 for two, available for local delivery (postcodes W4, W6, W12, W14 and SW6, or collection from the restaurant). Order by 5pm on Wednesday 10 February
4 Galvin La Chapelle Valentine’s at-Home Feast
Chris and Jeff Galvin, founders of Michelin-starred Galvin La Chapelle, are offering a Valentine’s at-home feast for nationwide delivery. The Galvin at Home Valentine’s feast includes a decadent three-course menu featuring signature dishes from the restaurant. The evening starts with a selection of delicate canapés including truffle arancini, smoked salmon and tartlets of baby beetroot, followed by a starter of either terrine of ham hock, Suffolk chicken, foie gras and sauce gribiche, or velouté of roast Potimarron squash with chestnuts and sage. Main dishes include roast duck magret with king cabbage, duck leg boulagère and thyme jus, or a vegetarian option of black truffle and artichoke risotto. To finish, a Valrhona chocolate fondant with caramelised white chocolate and blood orange salad. £150 plus delivery (wine pairing an additional £75). Order by 7 February.
5 Bluebird at Home Valentine’s Kit
Dine on a luxurious feast created especially for the season of romance by Bluebird’s Executive Chef Henrick Ritzen. Order a prep-at-home kit for yourself and a partner or send to friends to show them some love this Valentine’s Day. The kit includes Sourdough Bread & Butter, a starter of tartare of cured Loch Duart salmon with caviar, a main of Beef Wellington with truffle potatoes, a dessert of poached Yorkshire rhubarb with vanilla panna cotta, and petit fours of pink macaroons. Plus, you get a half bottle of Taittinger rose champagne, too. £150 for two, plus delivery (available nationwide). Order before Wednesday 10 February.
6 Game Bird at The Stafford’s Valentine’s Feast Box
This classic British dining room in the West End, famed for its occasion-worthy dinners, is running a spectacular Valentine’s feast box. Chefs Jozef Rogulski and Ben Tish have put together a three-course menu of romantic, British classics to share at home. With simple instructions, this is a hands-off restaurant-quality Valentine’s supper in style. The box includes a bottle of Rosé Champagne, soda bread and butter, smoked salmon choux bun and pickled cucumber, a main course of treacle-cured fillet Rossini, truffle-pome puree, purple sprouting broccoli and port jus. For dessert, it’s milk chocolate and passion fruit tart, followed by petit fours. £180 for two. Delivered on 12 February.
7 Norma London’s Valentine’s Feasting Box
What’s more romantic than an authentic Italian sharing spread? Ben Tish’s Fitzrovia restaurant Norma has one of the hottest Valentine’s kits around, including a bottle of Sherazade red, blood orange spritzes and marsala to wind down the evening. There’s antipasti of homemade focaccia, scallops with bottarga and whipped ricotta, winter tomatoes and sumac. For primi, it’s fresh pasta with Sicilian red prawns, chilli and fennel, then aged beef tagliata with raddicio, truffled potatoes and pecorino sauce. For dessert, tuck into dark chocolate, coffee and walnut cake with whipped mascarpone.£175 for two, including four courses, a bottle of wine and two cocktails each. Delivered on 12 February nationwide.
Orrery’s beautifully curated Valentine’s menu features delectable French delights starting with bread and butter and an amuse bouche of coconut and cauliflower, starter of chicken parfait with apple chutney, fish dish of seabass gravlax with lime and elderflower, and a main of Tournedos Rossini with celeriac purée and sauce Périgourdine. For dessert it’s a chocolate fondant with orange crème fraiche, followed by chocolate petit fours. £160 for two, plus delivery (available nationwide). A vegetarian kit is also available. Order before Wednesday 10 February.
9 Soul Ride Valentines Box by Riding House at Home
Following the launch of their new Soul Ride menu, Riding House at Home has put together a Valentine’s Box inspired by classic Caribbean comfort cooking. The box delivers everything for a soulful night in, including Taittinger Champagne & Sorrel Punch, salt cod fritters and tiger shrimp triple cheese mac, plus a main course of 500g 32 Day-aged Pimento marinated cote de boeuf with crispy new potatoes and creamed corn, plus grilled cauliflower and plantain salsa. For dessert, it’s sticky toffee and rum pudding with spiced rum and cacao nib lattes. A playlist, candles and a date night couples game are also included. Order by 10 February. £140. Nationwide delivery, and collection from Riding House Cafe, available.
10 Bar Douro’s San Valentines Feasting Kit
Bar Douro’s San Valentines Feasting Kit, created in partnership with Restokit, includes a selection of specials from the restaurant’s small-plate led menu, including snacks and dishes from the land, sea and garden. Enjoy the likes of Pata negra ham, wild mushroom rissole, roasted heritage beetroots with homemade requeijao and toasted hazelnuts, as well as arroz de lagosta (lobster rice) and the stand-out Presa Iberica, served with batatas a murro (garlic punched potatoes). For dessert, feast on traditional Port poached pears with spiced Chantilly. Priced £90. Order by 9pm on Tuesday 9 February for delivery on the 12th or 13th. You can also add in classic Portuguese wines and white ports.
11 COYA X BYREDO’s Rose-Themed Menu
COYA has collaborated with luxury lifestyle brand BYREDO to offer a decadent rose-inspired Peruvian feast for a lockdown Valentines, including a gift of BYREDO’s Rose Hand Wash! The kit includes aperitivos, ceviche, small plates, lobster and wagyu main course dishes, as well as a rose-infused cocktail, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne, and a sweet rose-shaped dessert. Set to the ambient beats provided by a playlist from COYA Music, you can enjoy a multi-sensory celebration of love in lockdown as you dine on COYA’s Peruvian plates. £260 for two, including delivery within the M25. Order by 6pm on Wednesday 10 February.
12 Townsend’s Valentines Day Box
Townsend at Whitechapel Gallery is toasting Valentine’s Day with a celebratory feasting menu of British seasonal dishes delivered direct to doorsteps across London and the UK. Enjoy a four-course feast complete with easy-to-follow instruction cards from Head Chef Joe Fox. To start is Townsend’s Cheddar scone with goat’s curd and chives, followed by salt-baked Crapaudine beetroot, served with almond cream and chilli-marinated carrots, and the main event of slow-cooked short rib of beef with a rich beef gravy and Joe’s take on potato dauphinoise. A vegetarian option of wild mushroom tart is also available. To finish, Joe has taken his classic baked cheesecake and added white chocolate, served with new season rhubarb, blood orange and rose petals. You can also add a cheeseboard. £60 for two with the option of adding wine pairings. Order by 8pm on 10 February.
13 Ormer Mayfair Valentines Banquet Box
Enjoy a restaurant quality dining experience delivered direct to your door with Ormer Mayfair’s exclusive Valentine’s Day Hamper, created by Great British Menu finalist 2020 and Ormer Mayfair’s Executive Chef, Kerth Gumbs. Make your evening indoors all the more special with an elevated, four-course meal featuring creamy pumpkin soup, standout scallops, Côte de boeuf and Ormer’s signature apple crumble dessert. Wine, champagne, cocktails and flowers can also be added for the ultimate Valentine’s night in. £159 for two. Available from 11-14 February for delivery within the M25 and collection from the restaurant.
14 Hot Stone at Home Omakase Box
Critically acclaimed Hot Stone has launched Hot Stone at Home to alleviate the boredom of lockdown cooking. Carefully reimagined for at home dining by Executive Chef Padam Raj Rai, the menu features a plethora of à la carte favourites and new exciting Nepalese dishes. Perfect for a date night with a difference this Valentines, the Hot Stone Omakase box takes diners on a 24-step culinary journey of authentic and innovative Japanese cuisine. Available for delivery across most London postcodes (and collection from the Islington restaurant), Hot Stone at home is available Thursday-Sunday from 6pm-9pm, priced £110. Order via Supper or Slerp or, for London-wide private deliveries, call the restaurant on 020 3302 8226.
15 Benares’ Valentines Feasting Menu
Charm your partner with an exquisite eight-course feasting menu from fine-dining Indian restaurant Benares, delivered direct to your door with just an hour’s notice (a life-saver if you forget Valentine’s Day!). Executive Chef Sameer Taneja has pulled out all the stops with a menu featuring some of Benares most loved dishes, such as Halibut Lime Tikka, Adraki Lamb Chops, Paneer Malai Korma and an impressive Tandoori Whole Roasted Chicken. An assortment of freshly baked breads and pulao rice will also be included, alongside a Chocolate Gol Gappa and Passionfruit Malai Cake for dessert. There’s also a Champagne bundle, including a bottle of the finest fizz. Valentine’s Menu for two £200, or £250 with Champagne £250. Available from 8-14 February for delivery across Greater London (within the M25).
16 The Gladwin Brothers Valentine’s Day Meal Kit
The Gladwin Brothers have created the ultimate four-course meal box with personalised Wellington’s and paired cocktails courtesy of drink partners, Hendricks Gin and Monkey Shoulder Whisky. The Valentine’s Day meal box starts with English cheddar cheese puffs served, followed by the Lulworth scallops, before the main course of beef Wellington, mushroom duxelles and herb pancake with truffled cauliflower cheese. Dessert is a dark chocolate torte served with rose cream. The box for two costs £150 for four courses, personalised initials on the Wellingtons and eight cocktail serves (alongside a bottle of Nutty Wild). Orders must be placed by Tuesday 9 February for national deliveries and Wednesday 10 February for London.
17 Home by Nico’s Valentines Menu
Celebrate the day of romance with Six by Nico’s limited-edition Valentines menu. Master-minded by Chef Nico Simeone, the menu starts with the fresh lobster and prawn tortellini, followed by aged fillet of beef dressed in classics such as peppercorn sauce, brandy and smoked salt blend, plus sides of mac ‘n’ cheese finished with smoked pancetta, potato Lyonnaise, and broccoli and blue cheese. To finish, it’s rippling raspberry trifle with prosecco, vanilla and crème fraiche. The box also contains a full-bodied Spanish red (Bodegas Alceno Barinas Tempranillo). Priced £85 and available for nationwide delivery on Friday 12th or Saturday 13 February.
18 Fortnum & Mason’s Valentines Hamper
Sometimes the only way to go is with a hamper, and Fortnum’s knows a thing or two about those! The brand new Valentine’s Hamper is bursting with over 10 sweet and savoury treats and plenty of surprises, including Pitted Green Olives, Traditional Stilton and Walnut & Seed Crackers. There’s also a bottle of Champagne Brut Rosé, created using the ‘Rosé assemblance’ method to obtain maximum elegance and finesse, Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Biscuits made with plenty of butter, and Chocolate Covered Raspberries. Priced £250. There’s also an Utterly Smitten Hamper (£150) and a Lovestruck Hamper (£100). Delivery nationwide.
19 Andrew Edmunds’ Valentines Date Night
The Valentine’s Date Night kit from Andrew Edmunds in Soho, often cited as London’s most romantic restaurant, features dressed crab with toasted focaccia, cauliflower soup with garlic croutons and black olive tapenade, and aged beef wing rib with potato dauphinoise and baby Swiss chard. For dessert, it’s chocolate terrine with poached rhubarb and crème fraîche, followed by a ‘Hazelnut Kiss’ petit four. Priced £80 for two and can be ordered, subject to availability, until Wednesday 10 February for delivery nationwide on Friday 12 February.
20 Sartoria at Home Valentine’s Day Kit
Enjoy a cosy at-home date with Sartoria’s Italian-inspired Valentine’s Day kit. The menu is inspired by Chef Patron Francesco Mazzei’s home region of Calabria and its surrounding areas of Italy, with starters of Nocellara green olives, homemade focaccia, Grana Padano and black truffle mousse, and crab salad “catalana” style; primo of duck and pistachio tortelli; secondo of honey and ‘nduja glazed cod, plus a dolce of pasticcini. £160 for two, plus delivery (available nationwide). Order before Wednesday 10 February to guarantee arrival for Valentine’s Day.
21 TAKA Marylebone’s Valentines Set Menu
Executive chef Taiji Maruyama of Taka Marylebone has created the perfect set menu for two, for the chicest Valentine’s Day delivery at home. Taka Marylebone combines Japanese techniques and local British produce this Valentines, offering small-plates such as edamame with wild fennel salt, Hokkaido scallop, Yellowtail sashimi, popcorn shrimp and grilled courgette with truffle yuzu miso. Diners can then move onto the likes of the DIY TAKA Temaki set – a handroll selection of tuna, salmon and crab, ready to be assembled at home – as well as monkfish with den miso and roast seaweed. The piece-de-resistance is the roast duck and winter roast vegetable, followed by an indulgent white chocolate and strawberry cheesecake to round off the meal. Priced £120 for two and available via click and collect, Deliveroo and Supper, within a 2m radius.
22 Stein’s at Home Breakfast & Valentines Dinner Boxes
Since Valentine’s Day falls on Sunday this year, the Stein team has you covered for a full day of laid-back feasting. For breakfast, tuck into the newly launched Cornish Breakfast Box (£35) or Luxury Breakfast Box (£72.50), packed full of heaps of delicious Cornish produce to make your loved one a slap-up breakfast in bed. For a truly special dinner, there are also two special Valentine’s dinner boxes to choose from in the Stein’s at Home range. Both boxes have ample food for three courses, serving two people with options include either the Valentine’s Lobster Menu (£136) or Valentine’s Steak Menu (£101). Both boxes include a half bottle of Rick Stein Champagne, chocolate hearts to share and a Jill Stein Padstow candle, scented with sea salt and samphire. Delivered nationwide.
23 Arros QD’s Valentines Cook at Home Kit
Arros QD’s Valentine’s Cook-at-Home offering brings a bit of Spain straight to your door, featuring some dishes from three Michelin-starred founder Quique Dacosta. The offering contains seven dishes for two to share, complete with a bottle of Moet & Chandon or a selection of mocktails for two people. The meal starts with a house signature dish of cheese stones, parmesan & cocoa butter, followed by sharing starters including seaweed and tomato salad, marinated Blue belly prawns ‘Quisquillas’, Orkney scallop tartare and Lychee’s Foie gras with red berries. For main, enjoy Dacosta’s signature eel and cherry rice and, to finish, traditional Basque cheesecake. Available for nationwide delivery for £140. Order by 9 February.
24 Top Cuvée’s Valentines Box
Top Cuvée have put on a four-course spread for Valentine’s Day 2021, prepped with love and ready to be heated through at home. The menu features dishes of kale and Jerusalem artichoke soup with sourdough and cultured butter; beef or celeriac Wellington with potato terrine and roasted carrots; Yorkshire rhubarb and almond tart with Ivy house cream; and chocolate truffles. You can also add Neal’s Yard Dairy cheese for a £10 supplement). A bottle of appropriately named Le Grappin ‘Saint Amore’ Gamy is also included, as well as a scented candle from Earl of East. Priced £99 for two. Pre-order from 1 February. Available for London delivery only on Valentine’s weekend.
25 Jose Pizarro’s Valentines Finish at Home Kit
Acclaimed Spanish Chef and Restauranteur Jose Pizarro has launched a special Valentine’s Day menu for his incredibly popular Finish at Home kit. The Valentine’s menu includes spinach and goat’s cheese croquetas, ensaladilla rusa and crab, tortilla de patatas, cod al pil pil, confit garlic with extra virgin olive oil, and Ibérico pork presa with pear and hazelnuts. There’s also a dessert of choco cake with Spanish orange jam. The Valentine’s Day Kit is available to order until Tuesday 9 Feb at midday. The boxes will be delivered on Friday 12 February in time for the Valentine’s day weekend. Priced £75 for two and delivered nationwide.
26 The Ultimate German Gymnasium Valentine’s Day Kit
Cook German Gymnasiums dishes at home together with your partner, or make a Zoom night of it with family and friends. This kit includes a starter of smoked salmon potato rösti, main of whole duck braised red cabbage with potato dumpling and duck jus, and a dessert of apple strudel. A bottle of Mayerling rose crémant sparkling wine is also included. £120 for two people, plus delivery (available nationwide). To guarantee arrival for Valentine’s Day, order before Wednesday 10 February.
27 SMOKESTAK’s Valentines DIY Meal Kits
SMOKESTAK, east London’s barbecue restaurant from chef and founder David Carter, is offering two Valentines DIY meal kits. The box for two features rhubarb fizz cocktails to start, followed by salt baked beetroot, goat’s cheese, toasted hazelnuts, and a pound of 15-hour beef brisket with pickled red chilli, plus a pound of pulled pork with mustard barbecue sauce and pickled cucumber. Sides include two jacket potatoes with mustard rarebit and ginger and green chilli slaw, while dessert is sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel. The premium box includes all of the above plus smoked cod roe with hand-pressed corn tortillas, purple sprouting broccoli with salsa rossa, and a bottle of Gran Cerdo Tinto Rioja. Priced £75 or £115 for the premium box. Order by Wednesday 10 February at 6pm. Nationwide delivery available.
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