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Incoming! The day of luuurve…

OK, so we’re being all cutesy and traditional here but, y’know, some of us have a hot date coming up (not me, obvs). So let’s bow to the big day of love and snoop out our fave places for a slap up dinner or a fun activity with the love of your life.

Valentines Night, Visit Hillbrush, Mere, Fri 14 Feb

For a wonderful Valentine’s treat, Visit Hillbrush have delicious dishes such as breaded goats cheese served with gooseberry chutney, rib-eye steak with garlic and thyme butter, a wild mushroom and rioja bourguignon or a raspberry and coconut sundae, among other delights to tuck into with your loved one. Enjoy a fantastic 2-course meal for £25 or 3 courses for £30. See the menu here:



Valentine’s In The Shelburne Restaurant, Bowood House and Gardens, Calne, Fri 14 Feb

Bowood House Hotel, Wiltshire.

Treat someone special to a delicious five-course tasting menu at the gorgeous Shelburne Restaurant at the heart of the majestic Bowood Estate.


Valentine’s Raw Chocolate Workshop, Woolley Grange Hotel, Bradford-on-Avon, Thurs 13 Feb

Woolley Grange has teamed up with chocolatiers ‘Elements for Life’ to put together the ultimate Valentine’s treat. Discover how to make homemade dairy and soya free chocolates. Recipes includes smooth chocolate love hearts, a delicious fudge and chocolate mousse.


The Bybrook, Castle Combe, nr Bath

The Manor House is a five-star luxury country house hotel in the Cotswolds with Rob Potter, previously at Michelin starred Lucknam Park, in charge of The Bybrook restaurant since 2016. Walk off a gourmet lunch in the glorious grounds or picture postcard village – or maybe make a weekend of it?


The Beckford Arms, Fonthill Gifford

A mere stiletto’s throw from Stonehenge and Salisbury, come to enjoy seasonal menus which can include everything from a traditional whole suckling pig to river Exe mussels. Wanna try one of their Beckford Bellinis – made with locally produced peach liqueur – on for size?


Sourdough Special Cookery Day, Vaughan’s Cookery School, Devizes, 15 Feb

Fancy doing something a bit different for Valentines Day? Treat your loved one to a therapeutic & fun Sourdough Special Cookery Day. Sourdough bread is becoming increasing popular for a variety of reasons. It has a good proportion of firm, crisp crust to soft, light crumb and is full of holes. It’s easier to digest, as it is made from cultured yeast, plus full of flavour. Known to have health benefits, it contains more vitamins and minerals and is lower in sugars than other breads. All you need is water, flour and salt plus some ‘know-how’ to make the long, slow fermentation process work. Lunch & refreshments are included and you’ll take your handmade goodies including a sourdough starter kit home.


The Park (at Lucknam Park Hotel), Colerne, nr  Bath

Stupendous 5-star country house hotel (it’s got a mile-long driveway) with a very posh dining room – no ripped jeans or trainers allowed in here – headed up by Hywel Jones. Michelin starred since 2006.


The Dining Room at Whatley Manor, Malmesbury

Michelin’s Young European Chef of the Year 2018, Niall Keating, takes his inspiration from around the world including Korean, Japanese and French cuisine. £200 will get you the gastronomic tasting menu with matching wine.


The Red Lion Free House, East Chisenbury – 1 star

Another pub, another county. This time it’s a thatched country pub run by two chefs, just 15 mins drive from Stonehenge. Prix Fixe Weds–Fri lunch/Thurs & Fri dinner is especially good value.


The Longs Arms, South Wraxall, nr Bradford-on-Avon

Groaning under awards and numerous times a Michelin Bib Gourmand (including 2019), this beautiful country pub serves up trad British grub, all homemade and home-smoked. Meat is sourced from Aubrey Allen – an ethical, welfare friendly supplier –  so that’s another big fat Muddy tick.

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