Spread the love by keeping it local this Valentine’s Day

WE’VE suffered lockdown for just about every other occasion over the last 11 months and now it’s time to celebrate Valentine’s Day without going out.

While many of Washington’s small businesses are already fully booked with Valentine’s orders, it’s still good to shop local wherever you can.

Washington Way has scoured the town to find the best Valentine’s Day ideas and offers currently available, but please note these are expected to book or sell out quickly.

FOOD OF LOVE

Takeaways have become vital to survival for Washington’s eateries and just because you can’t eat out this year, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favourite meal from your own home.

One of San Lorenzo’s Valentine’s Banquet Boxes.

Many local restaurants have special Valentine’s offers running on Sunday night.

San Lorenzo is offering special Valentine’s Banquet boxes for takeaway, available from Friday-Sunday February 12-14. Pre-ordering is advised, see the Menu section of the San Lorenzo website for details.

Vinyl in Washington Village is serving delicious Valentine’s Cake Boxes priced at £16.95.

These are pre-order only and include a mini bottle of Prosecco, strawberry and Bailey’s cheesecake, red velvet truffles, love heart rocky road, red velvet mascarpone brownie and a Jammie Dodger blondie. See the Vinyl Facebook page for details.

The Ox & Plough in Oxclose is offering a Valentine’s Day twist on its Sunday lunch after teaming up with Michael’s Forever Flowers in Concord to add a bouquet of choice to be delivered with Sunday lunch.

However, these must be pre-ordered today – Friday, February 12 to guarantee availability. See the Ox & Plough Facebook page for information.

For a sweet treat why not try one of Vinyl’s Valentine’s Cake Boxes?

Carter & Fitch at the George Washington is serving Valentine’s Afternoon Tea to take away priced at £11 per person and available from Friday-Sunday February 12-14.

These must be pre-ordered with 24-hours’ notice Call 0191 202 2404 to order or see the Carter & Fitch Facebook page.

COOK UP A STORM

If you fancy getting into the kitchen and creating a fine feast yourself, check out Barons Butchers and Deli in the Galleries which is selling 8oz fillet steaks with a choice of sauce for £10.

SAY IT WITH FLOWERS

Nothing does the job quite like the traditional Valentine’s bouquet and here in Washington we have lots of fantastic florists all offering something different.

Washington’s newest online florist, Posy Hut, is marking its first Valentine’s Day with a huge selection of bouquets, but there are plenty of others offering stunning blooms.

If you don’t have a chosen local florist, check out some of our favourites: The Green, Clare’s Florist, The Family Tree, Michael’s Forever Flowers, Lily Bows.

Posy Hut is just one of loads of Washington florists offering stunning bouquets this year…

SOMETHING SHINY

You can’t go wrong with a good piece of jewellery, so why not check out Kings Jewellers in the Galleries which is offering 25 per cent off diamonds and gemstones throughout February?

Although the store is currently closed, shoppers can call and arrange a view and collect visit in a safe, socially distanced environment. Call 0191 417 8669.

Pandora, also in the Galleries is also closed but is offering a full selection of Valentine’s gifts on its website.

Check out Kings Jewellers for discounts on diamonds and gemstones throughout February…

SPA TIME

We may be still locked-down, but the Spa at the George Washington Hotel is offering a selection of Valentine’s offers to give your other half something to look forward to.

Among the deals is the Tender Touch package which features a 30-minute Elemis Intensely cleansing salt scrub, foot soak and pedicure, one hour in the relaxation room and bottle of Prosecco, priced at £70 per person.

Other packages are available including deals for couples along with overnight stay offers. For more information and to book email: spaandleisure@georgewashington.co.uk

 

SUPERMARKET CHIC

Remember, you don’t have to spend a fortune to make a difference on Valentine’s Day so check out your local supermarkets for a selection of gift ideas.

Sainsbury’s, Asda, M&S Food, Aldi and Lidl all have a selection of flowers, bubbly, chocolates and other gifts along with plenty of ideas for dining in, including Sainsbury’s Dine in For Two which features a choice for three courses plus wine or chocolates for under £20.

And don’t forget your card! Remember, most local shops will have a selection of cards so give them a try first but if all else fails, the big stores have plenty in stock.