The Food of Love

Make a meal out of Valentine's Day, with a romantic feast at one of these local eateries 

Parker's Tavern 

Looking to impress this Valentine’s Day? Steer your significant other towards Parker’s Tavern, the stunning in-house restaurant at the University Arms. Overlooking Parker’s Piece, this stylish eaterie offers flamboyant cocktails, delicious food and of course, plenty of luxurious bedrooms if you fancy making a night of it.

For V-Day, chef Tristan Welch has put together a “provocative sharing menu”, which includes oysters, celeriac and black truffle carbonara and baked goats’ cheese with roasted figs and walnuts. Plus a parting gift of a pot of home-made chocolate body paint to enjoy later. It’s priced at £42 per person, which includes three courses and a Parfait d’Amour cocktail.

Holiday Inn 

For a romantic feast on a shoestring, you’ll struggle to beat the offer at Holiday Inn, Impington. Book a table for two this Valentine’s Day and for £50 per couple, you’ll get a four-course meal and a glass of bubbly (available 14 -16 February). Want to make a weekend out of it?

The hotel is offering a 10% discount on Executive Double Rooms, plus you can bag a special offer on a massage through the whole of Valentine’s week – perfect for de-stressing before your night of romance! All offers must be booked in advance – for dinner call 01223 582408, bedrooms 01223 582403 and Leisure Club 01223 236620.

De Luca 

Regent Street’s stylish little Italian eaterie is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner à deux this Valentine’s Day.

The restaurant is sticking with its winning formula from previous years and will be serving a four-course meal, featuring the ever-popular trio of desserts (tiramisu, chocolate torte and cheesecake).

The rest of the menu, priced at £35, teems with authentic Italian fare, with dishes like saltimbocca, arancini and handmade ravioli, plus you can round off your feast with a couple of cocktails upstairs: De Luca’s resident songsmith will be playing love songs in the Piano Bar.

Tuddenham Mill

You couldn’t ask for a more romantic Valentine’s location than Tuddenham Mill. An atmospherically lit bar sets the mood for a nightcap or two, while the cosy restaurant upstairs holds three AA Rosettes. On 14 February, there’s a special menu for £130 per couple, which features oysters, fillet of beef and a delicious-sounding passionfruit baked Alaska to finish. Make a night of it with a stay in one of the gorgeous bedrooms, from £255.

The Three Hills, Bartlow

Escape to The Three Hills, where you’ll be treated to a cosy feast in a countryside setting. Combining village pub, fine-dining restaurant and mini boutique hotel, this gorgeous venue is sure to impress, whether you’re staying the night or just for dinner.

From 14-16 February, there will be a special three-course Valentine’s dinner menu which includes a glass of prosecco for £45.

There’s just six bedrooms on offer, so you’ll have to get in quick to secure one, but you won’t be disappointed once you see the luxurious interiors and ludicrously comfy beds. The hearty breakfasts get a big thumbs up for the morning after as well.

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