From Pan­cake Day, to pair­ing up, next week also brings us Valen­tine’s Day. Here’s some of our picks for a day of puck­er­ing up.

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You can stay at Hever Cas­tle, from noon on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 14.

Ex­plore the cas­tle and 125 acre gar­dens in the af­ter­noon be­fore en­joy­ing the fa­cil­i­ties in the As­tor Wing, in­clud­ing the log burn­ing stove and bil­liards, be­fore a pri­vate drinks re­cep­tion, with mu­sic from a pro­fes­sional harpist for a din­ner with ta­bles for two. Din­ner will then be served in the grand Tu­dor Suite and learn about the ro­man­tic his­tory of the his­toric venue af­ter­wards, be­fore en­joy­ing 5* gold-rated overnight ac­com­mo­da­tion. The Valen­tine’s Day dine and stay pack­age must be pre booked and costs from £200 per per­son. To book call 01732 861800, email stay@hev­er­cas­tle.co.uk or visit hev­er­cas­tle.co.uk/whats-on.


Love at Carluccio’s comes from the heart of the kitchen, where au­then­tic Ital­ian in­gre­di­ents cre­ate dishes full of flavour. The three course Carluccio’s Menu Amore is avail­able un­til Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 14 for £22.95 per per­son. Starters in­clude tortel­loni filled with beet­root and ri­cotta, served in a creamy goat’s cheese and poppy seed sauce, topped with crushed wal­nuts and an an­tipasto shar­ing board with Ital­ian char­cu­terie and cheese, roasted pep­pers with gar­lic tomato and onion, mar­i­nated mint and gar­lic green beans, olives and fo­cac­cia bread. En­joy lob­ster lin­guine – half a lob­ster tail comes with pasta tossed in but­tery tomato, chili and white wine sauce – for your main, or opt for meaty os­sobuco alla mi­lanese, a British rose veal shank braised in red wine, tomato and or­ange zest sauce served with saf­fron risotto. For dessert, there’s a chocolate dessert board laden with treats of Carluccio’s Ital­ian deli favourites, slices of chocolate and hazel­nut tarocco, gi­an­duiotti, ca­cao bis­cotti, truf­fles and chocolate dipped straw­ber­ries.

You can find Carluccio’s at West Vil­lage in Bluewater; Mount Pleas­ant Road, Tun­bridge Wells, and there is a Carluccio’s in Fen­wicks in St Ge­orge’s Street, Can­ter­bury. Visit car­luc­cios. com.


The height of lux­ury. Revel in a re­lax­ing and pam­per­ing visit to Eastwell Manor’s Champneys Spa Ho­tel near Ash­ford.

The coun­try­side es­cape, in land­scaped gar­dens and park­land, has a new spa, with a range of treat­ments.

Your stay starts from 2pm, with full use of the fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing a 20-me­tre heated swim­ming pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, and in­cludes a three course din­ner in the Manor House restau­rant with a bot­tle of wine, an overnight stay, and con­ti­nen­tal break­fast in the restau­rant, a round of golf for two, or a 50-minute Champneys treat­ment and a buf­fet lunch and af­ter­noon tea for two in the manor house.

There is also a se­lec­tion of fit­ness classes from yoga to circuit train­ing.

The Cou­ples Spa Break at Eastwell Manor costs from £398 per cou­ple (week­end sup­ple­ments ap­ply).

To book or for more de­tails call 0843 224 1700 or visit east­well­manor.co.uk.


Chef Omar Al­lib­hoy has whipped up a se­duc­tive ta­pas menu for cou­ples to share. Guests can en­joy a glass of sparkling trop­i­cal san­gria on ar­rival served with pin­chos, then share six ta­pas dishes and a heart shaped chocolate brownie topped with rasp­ber­ries coulis and crum­bled Span­ish al­mond tur­rón for dessert.

The Valen­tine’s menu will run from Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 12 to Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 14, and costs £25 per per­son.

To book and for more de­tails go to tapas­rev­o­lu­tion.com.

Se­duc­tive ta­pas is a must at the Ta­pas Rev­o­lu­tion in Bluewater, and right, let ro­mance blos­som at Hever Cas­tle

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