My Foodie Guide to Valentine’s Day
1. Cook a romantic meal (with a little help)
According to a new poll from recipe box delivery service, HelloFresh, 31% of us in Brighton plan to cook a romantic meal for our partner this Valentine’s Day. If you’re not the best cook in the world recipe boxes are a quick win, with clear instructions and all the ingredients weighed out ready to go.
For those that prefer to stay well out of the kitchen, here 5 further foodie treats in Brighton to try out instead:
2. Go for a Valentine’s brunch
Celebrating Valentine’s doesn’t have to be an evening affair. How about a romantic brunch instead? I have a whole list of brunch and breakfast reviews you could peruse but if you’re in a rush, my favourite spots are: Lost in the Lanes, V&H Café, Mange Tout & Red Roaster. Just remember to take the day off if you need to, as Valentine’s day falls on a weekday this year.
3. Slurp oysters and English fizz
After a long lie-in, I like the idea of heading out for a bit of wander along the promenade followed by a liquid lunch with a plate of Jersey Rock oysters and a bottle of English fizz to complement. The best spots in Brighton for this well-known aphrodisiac are: English’s, The Urchin Pub, Riddle & Finns & The Salt Room.
4. Pick personalised chocolates
Brightoners are spoilt for choice when it comes posh chocs and vegan friendly options. Luxury chocolatiers, Audrey’s on Holland Road in Hove has been in the business of luxury chocolates since 1961 and it’s well regarded, supplying it’s finest creations to Fortnum and Mason. Rainbow Organic Chocolates in The Open Market, offers Fairtrade and vegan-friendly chocolates, in compostable and recyclable packaging. Plus, there’s last year’s new arrival, Be Chocolate on Duke Street. Everything here is made by hand and if you’re quick, you may still have time to request a personalised message piped onto your Valentine’s gift.
5. Head out for cocktails
*Science* claims that couples who drink together stay together and I tend to agree… so how about skipping the cringe-factor of a roomful of other couples dining and going straight to the hard stuff. Many places in Brighton claim to make cocktails but I often leave disappointed when I take a sip and discover it’s stuffed predominantly with ice and a miserly measure of booze. The Curious Mr Hanbury, The Plotting Parlor and The Gin Tub all know how to pour a good measure and should be top of your drinking list.
6. Share a gelato
One of the things I like to do sometimes is restaurant hop. I may have lunch/dinner in one spot but then I like to head somewhere else for dessert or an aperitif… if you fancy mixing things up, grab a gelato to share at Boho Gelato or Gelato Gusto (open until 6pm) or Scoop & Crumb (open until 7pm). If you’re out late, family-run Jo Jo’s Gelato on Western Road is open until 11pm.
*This post is in collaboration with Hello Fresh – but all Brighton recommendations are my own.
**Photography credits: HelloFresh, The Urchin, Be Chocolate, The Curious Mr Hanbury & Gelato Gusto