The Lakeside Village guide to Valentine’s Day – lockdown style
With no romance-packed restaurants open or any possibility of a cosy weekend escape for two on the horizon, it is easy to feel downhearted about Valentine’s Day 2021 – but fear not.
Here are our top tips for wooing the one you love, even in the middle of lockdown 3.0.
Recreate your favourite restaurant meal…
There’s never been a better excuse to get creative in the kitchen. Try recreating your favourite restaurant meal at home, trying out new culinary skills to see what you can make from scratch. You could even pair your meal with a fancy bottle of wine, or mix up some romance-themed cocktails, like the Love Potion recipe from ProCook.
Or, order in
If our culinary skills leave a lot to be desired or you’ve had enough of lockdown cooking, see what local takeaway or delivery options are available.
Many local restaurants are offering click and collect services or even Valentine’s cook at home boxes delivered to your door. Both are great ways to support the local hospitality sector at a time when it needs it the most.
Why not step out of your comfort zone and order a dish to share that you’ve never tried?
A handmade card or present is a great way to show the one you love how much they mean to you, and provides a great way to keep yourself busy as lockdown rumbles on. Head to The Works for a great range of craft materials and inspiration, from card making kits to art materials.
Discover what’s on your doorstep
With many of us making the most of our daily exercise by exploring the local area, it’s a great time to head out for a romantic walk and discover what’s on your doorstep. Walking and getting a healthy dose of fresh air provides precious time to be with one another and to talk about what’s on your mind.
Perhaps there’s a hidden gem just waiting to be found steps from your home?
Show your love with a sweet treat
Nothing says romance more than a box of chocolates and, even with the centre closed, you can still get your Thornton’s favourites online. Order a surprise gift and share your sweet treats while watching a heart-warming film. Bliss!