Nothing says “be mine” like a last minute scramble around to find somewhere to eat a romantic meal on Valentine’s day.
So for those whose heart just hasn’t been in the administrative side of doing Cupid’s dirty work, here is a selection of loved-up restaurants in Manchester that should still be able to squeeze you in:
GINO D’ACAMPO (Corn Exchange)
If anyone knows how to try hard and turn on the parmasan cheese when it comes to romance, it is Gino D’acampo. His self-named Corn Exchange restaurant will no doubt be hoping diners have an innuendo filled evening whilst enjoying a three-course set menu for two. We’re thinking Italian sausage, emoji-esque aubergines and meat on the bone! The £47.50 per person menu includes a glass of Rosé on arrival.
RIVER RESTAURANT (The Lowry Hotel)
For those feeling a little flush, The Lowry’s newly refurbished River Restaurant is putting on a special five course Valentine’s tasting menu. For £55 per person, you and your significant other can feast on a menu that includes a choice of Iberico pork rump, honey fig & goat’s cheese, roast halibut and a prime cut sirloin of beef. Their desserts sound truly indulgent and it is all topped off with a selection of regional cheese to share. The bar team has even concocted an optimism filled Eternal Love cocktail, which can be enjoyed whilst taking in live entertainment in The Lowry Lounge & Bar.
If your loved one deserves a spot of pampering for Valentine’s Day, treat them to the Indulge and Unwind package at Hale Country Club & Spa, where top-to-toe treatments are available with access to the spa, lunch and an indulgent chocolate fondue for dessert. The club’s Fuzen restaurant is also opening its doors to members and non-members with a Valentine’s Day special Asian-inspired menu for the romantic occasion, enjoyed alongside the sweet sounds of a live acoustic performance.
They say that eating with your fingers is an aphrodisiac that brings out the caveman and woman in us all. If you fancy indulging in a little finger licking action, then Wahaca has it covered. A £20 per person set menu includes a starter of their famous guacamole & tortilla chips, then you can share a hand picked selection of Mexican street food tapas, including buttermilk chicken tacos, sweet potato & feta taquito, duck croquetas and crispy cauliflower bites. To really get the blood pumping, try sitting opposite each other dipping churros (and fingers) in to a never ending supply of melted chocolate for an extra £5.25.
The King Street Townhouse and Great John Street Hotel, which are owned by the same people, have put together a few Valentine’s Day packages, with a host of luxurious and romantic experiences.
For the truly romantic, King Street Townhouse is putting on a candlelit cinema screening, complete with fizz and treats, along with the option to extend your booking to include a three-course meal in the Tavern restaurant. You could even go all-out and book a one-night stay in the prestigious luxury boutique city centre hotel, complete with Champagne and rose petals on arrival.
If you want to keep your evening free for other activities, then both hotels are putting on an all-pink afternoon tea.
BANYAN BAR & KITCHEN (Corn Exchange)
We could tell you all about this popular Pan Asian restaurants £25.95 Valentine’s set menu, but all you really need to know is it includes a Terry’s Chocolate Orange dessert and the option to upgrade to bottomless fizz and strawberry love cocktails. It’s not Terry’s it’s mine….well, it could be yours. Need we say more?