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Dine in on Valentine's Day

Dine in on Valentine’s Day

Left it too late to book a fancy restaurant in Yorkshire this Valentine’s Day? Or are you spoiling your other half by cooking a romantic meal for two, complete with candles and flowers? Whatever your reason for staying in on the 14th February, remember that choosing to dine in on Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean missing out on delicious Yorkshire cuisine. Use our Valentine’s Day food guide to create your own mouth-watering menu by choosing produce from Yorkshire’s top food and drink spots.

Create the perfect picnic

Sometimes simple is best. Forget slaving away over a hot stove – prepare a picnic of ready-made delights for your special Valentine’s Day dinner. Visit your local Yorkshire farm shop and you will find all your need to create the perfect picnic. Choose from a wide selection of delicatessen meats and cheeses and pair them with local chutneys, fresh bread, and other traditional baked goods like pork pies, pasties, and tarts. For dessert, why not make a fruit platter served with ice cream or feature seasonal highlights in a homemade dish such as a Yorkshire forced rhubarb crumble. Top off your evening with cocktails made using local gin or grab a few beers from the best Yorkshire breweries.

Explore our favourite Yorkshire farm shops:

Indulge in sweet treats

Sprinkle some sugar on your dine-in Valentine’s Day meal by including some traditional Yorkshire sweet treats. While some local bakes are more seasonal, such as spiced Yorkshire parkin, most favourites are available to enjoy all year round. And let’s face it – what says love more than cake and chocolate?! From silky smooth ice cream to old-fashioned confectionary and unique bakes, Yorkshire has all you need to keep your Valentine’s Day dinner sweet.

Discover the best Yorkshire shops for sweet treats:

Give the gift of fine dining

Too late to grab a space in one of Yorkshire’s seven Michelin star restaurants for Valentine’s Day but wishing you could have an elevated dinner experience with your other half? Plan ahead for your next romantic meal together and give the gift of fine dining! Several luxury eateries sell gift vouchers including two of the very best restaurants in Yorkshire: The Black Swan at Oldstead and The Pipe & Glass Inn, South Dalton.

Don’t forget the drinks

Whether you fancy an alcoholic tipple or a soft drink with a difference, don’t forget to choose some special local drinks for your Valentine’s Day celebration. Increasingly, Yorkshire gin is gaining popularity, such as award-winning Slingsby Gin from Harrogate. For something more traditional, get a selection of Yorkshire beers – quintessential breweries include Black Sheep and Timothy Taylor. For caffeine enthusiasts, try some carefully sourced coffee from local brands such as Roost Coffee.