Somehow, as soon as we’ve finally eaten the last of the Christmas chocolates, tidied away the last of the decorations, and had a go at reacquainting ourselves with the gym, people are already asking about Valentine’s plans. If February has snuck up on you and you’re casting around for some Valentine’s plans that’ll feel thoughtful and memorable, rather than making a last-minute reservation while feeling panicked, the His & Hers team has got you covered with some simple suggestions for romantic breaks…
1. Find a restaurant with a view!
The View Restaurant, Bar & Balcony features absolutely stunning panoramic views, taking in the Welsh hills, so you can savour fine wine and fine dining while soaking up the scenery. Considered one of the best restaurants in Shrewsbury, The View is perfect if you’d like to feel a little closer to nature, while feeling thoroughly pampered. The neighbouring ‘glamping village’ (which you’ll find on the website) would be ideal if you wanted cosy, charming accommodation with the chance to enjoy the English countryside before getting toasty together in front of the log burner in the lounge.
2. Book a London mini-break
The His & Hers team can never resist a trip to the capital, and if you’re seeking your pick of the best bars and restaurants for Valentine’s Day, you’ll be spoilt for choice in London. Eater London has rounded up a selection of the perfect places to savour a martini in the city. If you’re planning pre or post-dinner drinks, His & Hers would highly recommend two of their suggestions: the Langham’s Artesian Bar (one of the most stylish and sophisticated bars we’ve had the pleasure of visiting) and The Savoy’s American Bar, where savouring a perfectly fixed drink suddenly feels like a really special ritual.
3. Choose a hotel with a talented resident chef
If you and your partner really appreciate good food and wine, it’s worth spending a while googling hotels that can whip up a feast in their kitchens. Five years ago, His & Hers reviewed The Lord Crewe Arms and we’re still talking about their insanely good rosemary chips (which we enjoyed by the fireside) to this day! If your friends are fellow foodies, it’s well worth asking them about the most memorable places they’ve stayed over the past few years. They’re likely to have a recommendation or two which could give you some Valentine’s inspiration.
4. Reconnect with the past
Have a think about how you met, where you went on your first date, and about some of your best nights out together over the years. Perhaps you could weave a few of those memories into your Valentine’s plans, taking your partner back to a hotel, restaurant or bar that has great memories for you both.
5. If you’re short on time, consider staying close to home
As Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, if you’d love to book a night away together, but can’t both get the day off work, you’ll find plenty of fantastic hotels in the North West where you can enjoy a romantic Valentine’s dinner virtually on your doorstep.
We’re very proud to bring you this feature in association with Hencote. For more culinary inspiration, please pay a visit to our food & drink page.