15 Romantic Ideas for Valentines 2020

Including unlimited Prosecco, oysters, steaks and 5-star overnight stays...

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 17 February 2020

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Valentines Menu with Bottomless Prosecco…

Second Floor Bar and Brasserie @ Harvey Nichols
Harvey Nichols has introduced a special menu this Valentines, which features some of the classics from their winter-market menu (the Stone Bass – thank God) as well as the introduction of some very tasty new dishes. Enjoy two-courses and a cocktail for £19, three-courses and a cocktail for £23 or swap it for BOTTOMLESS Prosecco for just £40 whilst overlooking Manchester’s stunning skyline. Win-win. Available Friday 14th February from 5pm.

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5 course food followed by a 5 star stay…

The Lowry Hotel
The newly renovated River Restaurant is offering a 5-course dining option this Valentine’s (yes – five) it’s only £55pp and is available on both the 14th and 15th of Feb. That’s not all – they’re also hosting a month of Valentine’s Celebrations with a number of deals available until the end of Feb! If you fancy stopping over, there’s the Love at The Lowry Package (from £175) which includes an overnight stay, a three-course dinner for two, 2x cocktails and a full English brekkie. Also up for grabs is their great-value classic spa-deal (£130 per couple) which includes 2x treatments, Afternoon Tea for two and Prosecco. Lovely stuff.

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An Indian Valentines with Oyster Pakoras…

There is nothing quite like a traditional Indian banquet to celebrate your love, and this is the offering this Valentine’s Day over at Zouk. For £30 per person, you will enjoy this five-course menu full of delicious Indian classics as well as a fun-spin on aphrodisiac eating with their oyster pakora served with coriander and apple. If you and your partner love food, then you will be sufficiently stuffed after a Valentine’s feast at Zouk.

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Live music and homemade Italian classics…

Don Giovanni
Surely one of the most romantic spots has to be Manchester’s oldest independent Italian, Don Giovanni (actually it is – we’ve checked). They make their own fresh pasta, bread, and desserts in house daily and their drinks menu is exceptionally good – ESPECIALLY their famed homemade Limoncello. This Valentine’s (14th), they’ll be offering live-music and their delicious À la carte menu at their intimate and sleek site on Deansgate.

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A Mediterranean Valentine’s Feast…

La Bandera
They always push the boat out over at La Bandera for Valentine’s Day and this year is no different. They’re offering a sublime 7 course menu for £55 per person, plus an optional wine flight for another £30. The menu is a combination of classics and unique Valentine’s additions such as their Chateaubriand with a Mushroom & Spanish Truffle Sauce, Slow cooked Oxtail in Red Wine Sauce and the ever-popular – Pulpo en Dos Cocciones – twice cooked octopus topped with mojo rojo.

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Modern British Small Plates…

There’s only one place to go to for a relaxed dining experience in an effortlessly cool surrounding all while you chug back as much Prosecco as you can stomach and that is Elnecot. They’re offering up their usual menu with a fair whack of extra-special romantic treats that are so far pretty secret. We’ve managed to find out that there is an Ox Cheek and Heart Pie up for grabs – it doesn’t get more on brand than that does it?!

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3 Course Sharing Menu (with a film)…

Fancy something a little different? contemporary Chinese-inspired restaurant, Tattu, is welcoming the return of its ever-popular mini cinema screening event this Valentine’s weekend! On Sunday 16th of Feb, Tattu will be screening 3x classic rom-coms in their private dining room. There will also be a delicious 3-course sharing menu for diners to enjoy (which will include their famed hearts and roses dim sum baskets!) plus a  sharing cocktail. Tickets are £40pp and must be booked in advance over the phone. Screening times: 1pm – How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days / 4pm – The Proposal / 7pm – Crazy, Stupid, Love.

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Exclusive cocktails and sharing dessert…

The Ivy
The Ivy is celebrating the Day of Love with a beautiful love installation positioned at the entrance to get you in the mood and two brand new exclusive cocktails. When in Rhone (£10.50) is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth made of Sipsmith Chocolate Orange and Bramble Liqueur mixture. There’s also Rose Fizz (£11.50) pairing Lanique Spirit of Rose with Ivy Collection Champagne. And finally, a perfect sharing dessert of Roses are Red and Berries to0 (£16.95) a white chocolate cheesecake.

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Mezze & Gourmet Kebabs….

For the most romantic day of the year BAB have created a new Valentine’s menu where you can get 2 courses for £18 or 3 courses for £22. You are, of course, going to go for the 3 courses (unless you’re mad) and there’s plenty to choose from. Top of my list would be the splendid Flat Iron Steak Kebab (with whipped blue cheese and truffle), oh and their Greek Fries (topped with tzatziki, garlic mayo, feta, olives and chilli sauce). Mmmmm.

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6-course showstopping meal and luxurious stay…

For the ultimate Valentine’s package, treat you and your other half to a 6-course showstopping meal and a stay in a luxurious room. Rooms are equipped with a gorgeous rainfall shower and the option to add on a rose petal turndown. The menu includes dishes from the Taste of Dakota menu, featuring dishes such as King Scallops, a sharing 500g Chateaubriand, Passionfruit Sorbet and Baked Alaska. They’re even giving complimentary late check-out for a morning of whatever you see fit!

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Valentine’s Dessert Bento Box and make-up masterclass…

As part of the Valentine’s Day celebrations down on Deansgate, Australasia will be offering up a special sharing dessert Bento Box for just £16. Packed full of sweet treats and delicious surprises – it’ll be the perfect way to end a nice romantic meal for two – especially if someone’s got a sweet tooth. There’s also set to be a Charlotte Tilbury make-up masterclass from 6pm until 7pm in Sunset, complete with cocktails and vouchers off make-overs in Selfridges.

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The freshest oysters, Lamb Wellington and cocktails…

Randall & Aubin
The city’s premium seafood restaurant have got a few things up their sleeves this Valentine’s Day, and it may come as a surprise to learn that their special isn’t actually from the sea AT ALL. Their special menu features French Oysters (obviously), but also a Lamb Wellington – a lovely bit of Lancashire lamb wrapped in butter pastry with all the trimmings. Lovely. You can also tuck into a Drinks Package fro £30 per person which includes cocktails and a bottle of Prosecco.

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Exclusive new tasting menu in picturesque Saddleworth…

The White Hart at Lydgate
This 14th February, the award-winning White Hart in Lydgate has created an exclusive tasting menu consisting on 5 courses featuring Beef, Cod, Pork Belly, Cheese and a whole host of luxurious ingredients. Priced at £65 per person, there’s also an extensive range of wines on offer as well as 16 boutique luxury rooms for you to stay in should the night take an unexpected turn.

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WIN the perfect date for Valentines…

Lowry Outlet
If you’re looking for a great date but don’t want to pay for it – then enter this competition and be in with a chance to win a meal for two, some cinema tickets and £100 voucher for the H Samuel Outlet. It means you can show someone that you love them without taking a huge battering on your wallet. Win-Win. Enter below…

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Complementary Prosecco over authentic Turkish kebabs…

Does it get more romantic than sitting under the flower ceiling with a complimentary glass of Prosecco with your favourite person in the world? Probably not. Well, whether you’re looking for a Galentine’s or Valentine’s everybody gets a free glass of fizz on arrival to cheers to whatever you see fit. Then tuck into a luxurious steak or delicious kebab and mezze dishes. 

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