Fine dining from home
St Valentine’s Day is usually celebrated with greetings, cards and romantic gifts, meals and days out. But with restrictions in place preventing dining out and travelling for a romantic day out, why not bring the romance to you this year?
Restaurants and businesses across Wales are offering different ideas, fine-dining experiences, luxurious meals and special treats that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home. Here are a few examples, with many others offering exquisite experiences to locals across Wales.
Current guidance asks people to stay home and not to travel, so if these places aren’t local to you, have a look at what some of the restaurants on your doorstep are doing.
Get your ingredients from Dylan’s, Menai Bridge, Anglesey
Although the popular restaurants in Llandudno, Menai Bridge and Criccieth are currently closed, Dylan’s has recently opened a shop next door to its restaurant in Menai Bridge, selling fresh local produce, daily essentials, baked goods, cakes, fresh vegetables and meats – as well as serving hot lunches and the restaurant’s extremely popular bake-at-home pizzas. You can pre-order your ingredients, ranging from Menai mussels or lobster, Pen Llŷn crab, fresh pizzas and dough balls, Edwards of Conwy meat and much more online, and arrange safe collection from the shop. Dylan's Menai Bridge are now also offering a special takeaway menu once more, available to pre-order.
Cook up a delight with online recipes from Restaurant 1861, Abergavenny
While the restaurant is closed, Restaurant 1861 is making some of its delicious food accessible to all by adding recipes onto its website for you to have a go at cooking yourself from home. Treat your loved one to a home cooked meal inspired by Welsh-based chef Simon and wife Kate, owners of the award-winning restaurant offering fine dining experiences focusing on local, Welsh produce. A little taste to whet your appetite for when you can visit again!
They've also set up a Restaurant 1861 email newsletter, so you can get those recipes delivered straight to your inbox.
Fine dining across the nation with Home Boxes from Ynyshir, Machynlleth
A Michelin Star, 5 AA-Rosette gem, in mid-Wales, the popularity of Ynyshir’s Home Box dining experience last year has led to chef Gareth Ward reinventing the offer in 2021.
What’s more, this service is available for nationwide delivery each week! The box includes a three-course menu, with everything provided and just the finishing off to do at home. Boxes last for about a week after sending – and feature mouth-watering meals such as Shawarma Spiced Welsh Lamb and Sticky Toffee Pudding. Get ordering quickly - Ynyshir At Home Boxes.
Order takeaway from The Salt Marsh Kitchen, Tywyn
This much loved, award-winning restaurant, the Salt Marsh Kitchen, Tywyn has adapted over recent months to offer a takeaway service with a range of meals available, using high quality produce sourced locally. Takeaway options range from curries to fish and chips and stone-baked pizzas.
Dine at Home with Heaney’s, Cardiff
Heaney’s Dine at Home boxes have been created to give Cardiff residents a taste of Heaney’s from the comfort of home.
Orders can be placed online, with each box feeding two people and featuring a twist on some of the staple dishes usually served at the contemporary, relaxed bar and restaurant in Pontcanna. However there are only a limited number of boxes available, so order quickly to make sure you get your hands on one! They also offer wines and sweets, as well as a tasty three-course Sunday lunch.
Order here - Heaney's Dine at Home boxes.
Checkers at Home - The Checkers, Montgomery
To keep its regular customers ticking over until the high quality restaurant can open its doors once again, The Checkers is offering a Checkers at Home package – giving customers an opportunity to enjoy Checkers classics from their own home, for a night off from kitchen duties. Treats from the kitchen include cheese souffle, mushroom and feta Wellington, and lemon and lime posset. We are drooling just thinking about it.
All three courses can be pre-ordered and arranged to be safely collected. More information on ordering Checkers at Home.
Dine at Home - The Whitebrook, Monmouth
Michelin star and AA 4-Rosette restaurant The Whitebrook’s New Year’s Eve Dine at Home menu was so popular they’re running it again on the weekend prior to Santes Dwynwen.
The five-course, Michelin starred meal offered on New Year’s Eve sold out in days (see below for proof of how yummy that was), so make sure to pre-book your feast in good time!
Treat boxes - available nationwide!
If you’re still looking for inspiration, numerous businesses are offering special treat boxes that can be delivered locally or often nationwide. Check out a few of the following:
Scatter & Graze, based in the Gwendraeth Valley have a delicious treat box, including a selection of fruit with a chocolate dipping sauce and a bottle of Prosecco.
Sweet Snowdonia from Conwy’s lovespoon or heart-shaped biscuits are the perfect little treat to accompany a cup of coffee or a glass of bubbly, and can be delivered locally in the Conwy area or posted nationwide (pictured below and at the top of the article!).
Whip Kitchen in Llanelli’s quirky chocolate heart smash can be personalised with a message of your choice, and each heart is filled with hidden treat – just smash to reveal!