With lockdown sticking around for the foreseeable future, the ability to make guaranteed plans has become all-but impossible – and with Valentine’s Day on the horizon, many will be left struggling to secure a special evening for the loved one in their life. Thankfully, an array of Manchester restaurants and eateries have come to our rescue by serving up a selection of cook-at-home meal boxes and DIY food kits that can be delivered to your door to guarantee a memorable evening. We’ll be updating this list in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back for new additions as and when they’re revealed. Many are sure to sell out quick – so ensure you check each venue’s site and socials before you order to avoid disappointment…

Enjoy luxurious lobster with a HOME-X experience | £85

HOME-X has been supplying us with cook-at-home versions of gourmet meals throughout 2020 and they’ve cooked up something extra special for Valentine’s Day. For £85, love birds can enjoy a luxurious lobster dinner for two which includes two fully dressed lobsters served with Vietnamese dressing and sides like warm parmentier potato salad and an Asian style noodle salad with cucumber, chilli and coriander. To top it all off, this meal kit comes with a bottle of bubbly to help ensure an unforgettable night. Pre-orders are available now – alongside additional options from places like vegan eatery Green Haus, bistro experience Chateau-X, cheese experts The Cheese Club and Six by Nico’s home service Home by Nico.


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Experience gorgeous Spanish tapas with Evuna at Home | From £50

Evuna has long been keeping customers happy with their delicious selection of authentic Spanish tapas and hard-to-find wines. For Valentine’s Day 2021, they’re serving up a slice of Spanish sunshine with their Evuna at Home food kits. Each package is prepared fresh by the restaurants’s talented chefs and includes a tasting menu that boasts hams, cheeses and chorizo (veggie alternatives also available), alongside your choice of tapas dishes and a classic paella. Each box starts at just £50 for two people or £60 if you’d like to add a bottle of your favourite wine to your order. Follow the link below to find out more…


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Spoil your special someone with a Valentine's hamper from Altrincham Market | Prices vary

Altrincham’s much-loved market and food hall may be temporarily closed but that hasn’t stopped its vendors from whipping up something special for Valentine’s Day. By emailing their team directly, you’ll be able to build your own DIY hamper featuring goodies picked directly from its eclectic range of food, drink and homeware vendors. Craft beer and wine, locally sourced food, fruit, vegetables and cheeses, fresh bread, sweet treats and a selection of colourful flowers are all on offer – simply tell them what you want and they’ll create the hamper that’s right for you. This option also allows you to spread the love even further by supporting the city’s independent retail scene. Mother’s Day boxes are also available to order. Click the button below to email your order.


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Tuck into cheese, wine & more with Abeja Tapas Bar's Boards in a box | From £34

Over at Oxford Road’s street food and drink space Hatch, their in-house tapas experts Abeja Tapas Bar are offering a variety of board in a box kits to brighten up an otherwise dreary few weeks. Available from £34, you’ll be able to enjoy a delux red wine box that includes your choice of olives, cheeses, cured meats and Spanish wine. From £40, couples will be able to tuck into the Delux Cava box which features your choice of semi-cured goat/cow and sheep’s cheese, three types of Iberico meats and – you guessed it – a bottle of Cava. Valentine’s boxes also come with chocolates and a personalised card to help sweeten the deal. Follow the link below to find out more.


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Cook up a four course meal for two with Elnecot's Valentine's Day menu | £100

Ancoats’ favourite Elnecot has put together a special menu in celebration of St Valentine’s Day which features dishes that are available for collection or via cook at home boxes. Available from £100, they’ve got your whole evening covered with a four-course meal for two boasting soup, starters, mains and desserts – all topped off with a two freshly mixed cocktails to help you mark the most romantic day of the year in style. Chalk-stream trout, smoked Jeruselem artichoke and côte de boeuf are all on the menu, helping us all to take the stress out of the big day. Explore the full foodie line-up below and follow the booking button to place your order.

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Fri 22 Jan
Simon Bland
Published on:
Fri 29 Jan 2021