THE BEST MEAL KITS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

Break out your best plates, crack open the wine, get the candles lined up and maybe even move your laptop off the dining table because this year Valentine’s Day is happening at home rather than in a fancy restaurant. That doesn’t mean you actually have to cook something from scratch though. Let someone else do (most of) the work by ordering one of these meal kits and if you hide all boxes you can even pretend you made a slap-up meal yourself.

Allplants

If your idea of a perfect Valentine’s is to put your feet up and let someone else do the cooking, get the Allplants date kit in your life. Each box contains three, yes THREE, plant-based two-course chef-cooked meals including an Italian, Indian and Healthy selection (with main, sides and dessert) for a weekend’s worth of sexy dins. You know what that means, less cooking leaves more time for other activities.

Order up until 2pm Thurs 11th for Valentine’s delivery
allplants.com


Bluebird

This super luxe feast has been created by Chef Henrick Ritzen from Chelsea’s Bluebird and it’s sure to impress this Valentine’s Day. The meal-kit features a menu of tartare of cured Loch Duart salmon, caviar, sour cream, crisp potato and chives; beef wellington, truffle potatoes, celeriac purée, green bean, shallot salad and red wine sauce; poached Yorkshire rhubarb, vanilla panna cotta, salted oat and almond crumble; and a half bottle of Taittinger rose champagne alongside pink macarons. We can confirm it’s delish.

Available to order until Weds 10th Feb
danddlondon.com


OPSO

Pretend you’re in Greece this V-Day with this feast from OPSO. You get three mezze dishes to start – white bean & hazelnut hummus with pitta, roasted beetroot & feta salad (which is very on theme as it looks like a plate of roses), and spanakopita with burnt onion yoghurt – with a big ol’ ribeye steak, sprouts & celeraic puree for the main. And as it’s not Valentine’s without chocolate, it’s a hazelnut praline, caramelised white chocolate & chocolate crumble concoction for dessert.

Order by 6pm on 10th February for delivery on 13th & 14th February
opso.co.uk


SSAW Collective x Shrub Provisions

SSAW Collective, a community of growers committed to regenerative ways of working, have collaborated with British suppliers Shrub Provisions and chefs Katja Tausig and Pam Yung for this seasonal three-course dinner. It features English burrata, pasture raised steak, British veggies (with no plastic packaging) and other consciously selected goodies. This V-Day box even includes breakfast for the next day and the option to include a bunch of hand-tied flowers.

Available to order until Weds 10th Feb
ssawcollective.com


Lanson

Lanson have collabed with HG Walter for their gourmet Valentine’s dinner for two and this is definitely a match made in heaven. The box includes oak smoked salmon with sour rye kernel and cultured whipped butter to start; Hereford beef fillet Wellington served with crispy Pomme Anna potatoes and bone marrow beef jus for mains; and a chocolate fondant with salted caramel sauce and chantilly cream for dessert. Of course, all the courses have been designed to match with Lanson’s Rose Champagne. Chin chin.

Pre-order for delivery on Sat 13th February
postboxbakery.com


Darby’s

Robin Gill’s restaurant Darby’s will have not one but three Valentine’s options to choose from. For those keeping it classic there’s a dozen Carlingford oysters, with a shucking knife included; a brunch menu features Spinach & herb frittata in a Darby’s sesame seed brioche bun; Exmoor Caviar creme fraiche; and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne; and the dinner menu includes the likes of Truffled mac n cheese; Devonshire crab cannelloni, bisque sauce; 700g Dexter beef steak (on the bone) with crispy beef fat potatoes. You can also bag a 15% discount on Grace & Thorn flowers when ordering this or any of the other Valentine’s menus on Big Night.

Deliveries 12th – 14th Feb
Order at bignight.uk


HG Walter

Say hello to the first homemade DIY kit from high quality, family-run butcher HG Walter. It’s a three-course feast featuring a main course of steak (choose between cote de boeuf or chateaubriand), wagyu dripping hassleback potatoes, green beans with shallots, bone marrow with a garlic & chive crumb, and a choice of red wine jus or chimichurri. After ploughing through that lot, make sure you leave room for pud – the chocolate fondant, candied nuts and clotted cream is not to be overlooked.

Pick-up and deliveries: 12th and 13th February
hgwalter.com


Luca

Luca, the Italian favourite from the team behind the Michelin-starred Clove Club, will be offering an all-out feast for two, featuring Burrata with salsa rossa, black olives confit almonds and pickled chill; Strozzapreti with winter truffle butter, wild mushrooms and parmesan; Bistecca Alla Fiorentina to share, aged Hereford t-bone steak, chianti butter, roasted and pickled onions and watercress; Vanilla and yoghurt pannacotta, poached rhubarb, blood oranges and citrus meringue; and handmade chocolates. You can also bag a 15% discount on Grace & Thorn flowers when ordering this or any of the other Valentine’s menus on Big Night.

Deliveries 12th – 13th Feb
Order at bignight.uk


The Laughing Heart

Big Night and The Laughing Heart founder Charlie Mellor has put together an incredible Valentine’s menu with blini and cavia; celeriac caramelle, walnut, and parmesan; Yorkshire guinea fowl and swede pithivier; chocolate fondant with kumquat and crème pâtissierre. You can also bag a 15% discount on Grace & Thorn flowers when ordering this or any of the other Valentine’s menus on Big Night.

Deliveries 12th Feb
Order at bignight.uk


The Nook

The Nook opened up in Highbury (in the original Prawn on the Lawn site, which was then Linden Stores) in between various lockdowns. Run by husband and wife duo Angus and Lale Oztek-Pook (who have worked at places such as Oklava and Bernadi’s between them), the pair are now offering weekly supperclub menus. For £80 you can get a full three course menu plus wine, with dishes such as: burrata, samphire, chilli & almonds; rabbit & pork rillettes; prawn & crayfish ‘guvech; and finishing off with apple & pistachio halva crumble. We can confirm that it’s a top-notch delivery and a great way to support a new local independent business. Email to order.

Pick up and deliveries: Friday – Sunday 2pm-8pm
thenooklondon.co.uk


Townsend’s Valentine’s Feast

Create a dreamy spread at home with this four course feasting menu of seasonal British dishes from Townsend. The box includes their signature cheddar scone, salt-baked craupadine beetroot, slow-cooked short rib of beef, and our fave, the classic baked cheesecake with added white choc, rhubarb and rose petals especially for V-Day. Plus it features instruction cards from head chef Joe Fox so you really can’t go wrong.

Available for nationwide delivery
townsendrestaurant.co.uk


Parsons Sea Trout En-Croute

If you want a real showstopper this V-Day, this sea trout en-croute from Parsons will hit the spot. As well as that epic pastry-wrapped centrepiece, the box also includes cod’s roe with seaweed crackers, smoked haddock chowder and apple tart with cinnamon cream. All you gotta do is heat and serve and you’ve got yourself a seafood feast.

Order now for delivery on 12th February
dishpatch.co.uk


Provisions Fondue Kit

Make it a cheesy V-Day celebration this year, literally, with this fondue kit from Holloway Road wine and cheese shop Provisions. You get a bag of their house fondue mix, 10cl of white wine, garlic and bread cubes, with the option to add on a bottle of Altesse. And it can all be done in your regular pots and pans, how GRATE is that?

Available for nationwide delivery
provisionslondon.co.uk


La Tua Pasta

Really wear your heart on your sleeve – or should that be plate? – this Valentine’s with this heart-shaped ravioli from La Tua Pasta. There are two flavours to choose from, tomato & mozzarella and black truffle & ricotta, and you also get a bake-at-home focaccia with olive tapenade and Italian chocolates in the box too. And just for the occasion, La Tua is also throwing in heart-shaped linen placemats so you can get the table set-up just right too.

Order by 10th February
latuapasta.com


Aquavit London

Go Scandi this Valentine’s Day with a DIY box from Aquavit and you’ve got not one but three options to choose from. Head Chef Jorjon Colazo has knocked up a meat kit, a pescatarian kit and a veggie box, so you can choose whether you want to be eating Swedish meatballs and beef Rydberg, langoustine bao bus and spring trout, or roasted beetroot salad and Kropkakkor with mushrooms & ligonberries. You can also add on a range of booze to your order because if ever there was a time to push the boat out, it’s now.

Orders sent out on Wednesdays to arrive on Thursdays
aquavit.slerp.com


Lima London

Take a trip to Peru this Valentine’s with a four-course meal kit from Lima. You get two snacks and signature dishes like tuna tartar with avocado mousse, slow-cooked short ribs with corn puree, and pistachio cheesecake from the Fitzrovia restaurant to put together at home. Add on some pisco sours to make it a real celebration.

Available for delivery nationwide
limalondon.com


Larry’s Friday Night Takeaway

Celebrate Valentine’s a few days early by ordering a Friday Night Takeaway from Larry’s in Peckham. The set menu changes weekly but you can expect to get some of their signature dishes like potato latkes with fermented chilli mayo, chicken liver & nduja lasagne and New York cheesecake. It’s minimal effort required to pull it all together too, perfect for if you’re keeping it extra low-key this year.

Order by Thursday for Friday delivery
larrys.bignight.app


Park Chinois

This luxury Asian restaurant has gone all out with their Valentine’s dinner. You get a sharing menu that features black truffle dumplings, wasabi prawns, Cantonese roast duck, heritage carrot fried rice and a heavenly chocolate brownie and yuzu cake for dessert. Not to mention a choice of two pre-bottled cocktails to sip on whilst you plate up. And you can even add on a bouquet of Balthazar red roses to really pull out all the stops.

Pre-order until 10th February
parkchinois.com

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