ALTERNATIVE IDEAS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY IN CORNWALL
Coming up with creative ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day can be a daunting task for most of us, and sometimes a card and bunch of flowers just doesn’t cut it, so we’ve rounded up some more imaginative ways to declare your love.
If you want to wine and dine your sweetheart, scroll down for some of the best Valentine’s menus and dining events we’ve found, and book your table for two.
A TASTY TOUR
Book a tour at one of the plentiful breweries or vineyards in Cornwall for a tour and tasting session. The county boasts a number of fantastic independent brewers and wine-makers who are willing to take guests behind the scenes to see the production process, with the opportunity for tastings too.
Skinner’s Brewery in Truro offers daily public tours led by experienced guides, followed by tutored beer tastings in the brewery’s tap room. If ale isn’t your thing, head to Camel Valley Vineyard for a grand tour and tasting and savour some of the finest wine that Cornwall has to offer.
TAKE THE SCENIC ROUTE
Cornwall’s beautiful coastline is dotted with coves and bays that you may not have discovered before, so pack a picnic and head out on a romantic road trip. The coastal route from St Ives to Sennen Cove (with award-winning pub The Gurnard’s Head en route) hugs the coastline and offers magnificent views across the west Cornish coast.
Alternatively, the drive from Newquay to Padstow passes some beautiful spots, such as Bedruthan Steps and Watergate Bay, with towering cliffs and the perfect opportunity for an ‘extreme’ hot chocolate at The Beach Hut.
A jaunt around The Roseland Peninsula would be quite spectacular too, with incredible views from St Anthony Head, and don’t forget to stop at The Idle Rocks for afternoon tea.
Cosy up beside the log fire at Lusty Glaze and enjoy one of its infamous Woodburner Sessions. There’ll be live music from acoustic guitarist and singer Chris Webb on Valentine’s Day, which is completely free to attend, and the menu promises to be something special. For more information, visit the Lusty Glaze website.
WATCH AND LEARN
If your partner has always wanted to try something new, book a lesson or workshop for (as cheesy as it sounds) the gift that keeps on giving, and it’s a great way to spend time together too. If it’s pottery, classes are available at Leach Pottery in St Ives, with half day introductory courses from £50, and we really like the sound of crafting our own wooden handplane with Otter Surfboards.
Make your own screen print with the brilliant Kiwi Print Studio; or learn to cook some delicious dishes with a cookery workshop. Caroline at Fat Hen hosts some brilliant forage and feast classes, and we’d love to try the Wild Italian Cookery course, using wild veg and local fish to create authentic Italian dishes.
RIDE THE WAVES (OF LOVE)
Take the plunge and book a couple’s surf lesson at one of the many surf schools in Cornwall whose experienced instructors will have you riding the waves in no time. Although February isn’t the warmest time of the year to go surfing, it’s a fun opportunity to spend time with your partner as you battle the Cornish waves together, and it doesn’t matter if the weather’s not playing ball. Contact Wavehunters in Polzeath, Escape Surf School in Newquay, or Smart Surf School in Sennen Cove.
STAY THE NIGHT
The Scarlet Hotel in Mawgan Porth is a luxury hotel ‘just for grown ups’ that has romance at its heart, with couples’ spa treatments and uniquely presented rooms all boasting balconies and uninterrupted views over Mawgan Porth and the Atlantic Ocean. The Port Gaverne Hotel in Port Issac is also a brilliantly isolated getaway for two, with a wonderful restaurant downstairs that we’ve vowed to visit more often (read our write-up of a lovely supper there).
On the south coast, our pick is a stay at The Old Quay House, a beautifully-styled boutique hotel with a fantastic restaurant on the ground floor, which extends onto an expansive terrace and provides the perfect spot to share a bottle of Champagne and watch the boats bob along the Fowey Estuary.
KEEP IT CLEAN
Be part of something big this Valentine’s Day with Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Love Your Beach Day. Beach Cleans will be happening all around Cornwall, led by Your Shore Beach Rangers.
Get yourself down to your local beach, do a mini beach clean, draw or make a heart, take a picture and get it on social media using the following hashtags: #loveyourbeach #loveyourbeachfrom’nameofbeach’ i.e. #loveyourbeachfromnewquay #yourshorenetwork.
For further information visit cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk.
A TABLE FOR TWO
Book a table at one of the many restaurants in Cornwall offering special Valentine’s menus…
Tipped as ‘one to watch’ by Olive Magazine, head chef of The Beach Joe Simmonds has put together a five course menu for Valentine’s Day, available for £49.50 per person, which includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival.
The menu starts with an amuse bouche of a ‘naked oyster hit’, with lemon and tempura oyster, tarragon, and garlic mayonnaise, and then continues for another four courses, with two fresh fish dishes, a blushing fillet steak and a dessert of coconut macaroon with white chocolate cream, passionfruit curd, and burnt meringue.
To book a table and check availability on bedrooms upstairs, call 01288 389800.
Knightor Winery near St Austell is offering a three course menu for £25 per person, with the option of adding a glass of their sparkling rosé for an additional £5.
The menu features house-cured salmon with fennel, orange, capers and gremolata; flank steak, triple-cooked chips, fennel jam and watercress salad; and hot chocolate ganache with doughnuts and seasonal fruits.
To book a table, call 01726 851 101 or email [email protected].
The Old Quay House in Fowey is hosting a seven course dinner, with a glass of Veuve Clicquot on arrival, for £65 per person. For an extra special experience, opt for the wine flight, with a selection of reds, whites and rosés expertly paired with each course for an additional £28.50 per person.
Call The Old Quay House’s reservations team on 01726 833302 or email [email protected] to book.
On Wednesday 14 and Saturday 17 February, The Alverton Hotel in Truro is offering a delicious candlelit dinner in romantic surroundings.
The taster menu is priced at £45 per person: and looks fantastic:
- Panko oyster, pickled vegetables, beetroot, mayonnaise.
- Pan fried scallops, pancetta lardons, sauce vierge, iceberg lettuce.
- Pan fried fillet of sea bass, mushroom linguini, chive velouté, pea shoot salad OR Pan fried beef fillet, ox cheek ravioli, mushrooms, confit tomatoes, port and shallot jus OR Goats cheese and butternut squash pithivier, tomato emulsion and baby vegetables.
- Champagne and strawberry jelly, sorbet.
- Chocolate plate with chocolate cheesecake, fondant, chocolate dipped strawberries.
- Cheese slate with Cornish Blue, Cornish Yarg, Cornish Brie, biscuits, grapes, cider chutney.
Due to popular demand, Appleton’s is opening on Valentine’s evening. Whether you want to share a bowl of spaghetti in true Lady and the Tramp style, or just enjoy a bottle of wine and some “crispy bits” at the bar, the restaurant will be open for dinner with their normal style menu at their normal prices. How refreshing!
To reserve a table phone 01841 541355 or book online.
THE ST MAWES HOTEL
The Valentine’s menu at the St Mawes Hotel looks great, and is priced at £25 for two courses or £30 for three courses. It’s available on 9, 10 and 14 February.
For something a little different, choose two courses, followed by a screening in the hotel’s luxury Hidden Cinema, for £40pp. On Saturday 10 February it’s the Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet, and on Wednesday 14 February guests will watch romantic drama The Notebook.
Rooms are also available. For all reservations phone 01326 270270.
THE IDLE ROCKS
The six course Valentine’s tasting menu at The Idle Rocks is available on 9, 10 and 14 February, priced at £70pp, with an optional wine flight available for £45pp. The menu looks stunning – see website for full details.
If you want to make a weekend of it, then the hotel is offering a Valentine’s weekend package over the 9 and 10 February. Prices start at £390.45pp for the two nights, based on two guests sharing a Harbour View room, and includes breakfast on both mornings. On the Friday evening guests will enjoy a two course meal with glass of wine at the St Mawes Hotel, followed by watching a performance of Tosca in the Hidden Cinema. On the Saturday evening, the six course Valentine’s Dinner is included.
To make a booking phone 01326 270270 or email [email protected].
ST ENODOC HOTEL AND RESTAURANT
The St Enodoc Hotel and Restaurant in Rock is offering a three course dinner with canapés, glass of Prosecco, and a special entrée between courses for £39.75 per person.
Rooms are also available. Please call 01208 863394 or email [email protected] to make a reservation or for more information.
Accompanied by live music on the baby grand piano from Jonathon Xavier Coudrille, guests at Amélie’s in Porthleven‘s Valentine’s Dinner can expect a fabulous feast, with a delicious menu priced at £37.50pp.
To reserve a table please phone 01326653653 or email [email protected] for an order sheet.
Enjoy a romantic five course dinner in a castle on 14 February. Dinner is priced at £39.50 per person, to include an amuse-bouche followed by three courses, coffee and petits fours.
To book a table or for more information please call 01579 350044 or visit www.pentillie.co.uk.
TALLAND BAY HOTEL
Sweep someone special off their feet with the Talland Bay Hotel Valentine’s wine tasting supper: eight courses for £65 per person including Chateaubriand from Philip Warren Butchers. This superb steak is served with beef dripping chips, trio of onions, girolles, seasonal greens and a béarnaise sauce.
Stay on 14 February from £209 per room per night including the Valentine’s dinner for two. For more information visit www.tallandbayhotel.co.uk.
THE EDEN PROJECT
On 10, 14 and 17 February, treat your Valentine to a rainforest experience. The evening kicks off with a glass of fizz in the rainforest biome; guests can then explore the rainforest whilst enjoying canapés. Storytellers will perform during the drinks reception, which will be followed by a three course meal, coffee and petits fours.
£60 per person, for full details and to book a table visit www.edenproject.com.