From bucket-list fine-dining experiences to cosy street food hotspots, Manchester’s most beloved restaurants serve a range of irresistible set menus this Valentine’s Day.

Here are some of the best.

The River Restaurant | The Lowry Hotel | £75pp

Available exclusively on Valentine’s Day, The Lowry Hotel’s AA Rosette River Restaurant offers a sumptuous five-course ‘aphrodisiac-infused’ set menu featuring an array of sensuous culinary flourishes developed solely for this one-off experience.

Devised by Executive Chef Bartosz Szynaka, the menu reintroduces the restaurant’s famed Beef Wellington for the occasion, alongside 40c trout served with caviar, blood orange, confit fennel and white butter, a ceviche carabinero prawn cocktail with avocado and asparagus mousse finished with a Bloody Mary gel, and a refreshing cupid rosehip sorbet to cleanse the pallet, with an extravagant Chocolate Eruption to round off an unforgettable five-star meal.

Reserve your table for £75pp using the link below.

50 Dearmans Pl, Salford M3 5LH
Zouk | Off Oxford Road | £45pp

Designed as a ‘celebration of love in its many forms’, Zouk’s five-course Valentine’s Day menu opens with an intensely flavoursome pani puri shot for each diner, followed by poppadoms and pickles with an array of chutneys and spices, before the lavish Lover’s Sharing Platter arrives in a vibrant extravaganza of pakoras, grilled prawns, samosa chaat and Punjabi lollipops.

The Smoking Hot Mains showcase three longstanding Zouk favourites: ginger chicken, lamb rogan josh and dall makhani, while the meal concludes with a dedicated Valentine’s special, made fresh for sharing by Zouk’s in-house dessert chef.

The menu is priced at £45pp and is served from 5-10pm on Wed 14 Feb.

For cooking-obsessed couples and foodie friends looking for something different during the season of romance, Zouk also offers a one-off Valentine’s cooking class in which their renowned chefs guide guests through their intricate process, creating some of the dishes included in the Valentine’s set menu before inviting all to pull up a chair and dine banquet style for the remainder of the morning. Book your space here.

5, The Quadrangle, Chester Street, Manchester, M1 5QS , Tel: (0161) 233 1090
Embankment Kitchen | CitySuites | £36-£42pp

Alongside their opulent overnight packages and a free stay for couples who get engaged on site during Valentine’s week, CitySuites and Embankment Kitchen serve a three-course ‘Love is in the Air’ menu (available from Tue 13 Feb – Sat 17 Feb) specially curated by head chef and Masterchef: The Professionals quarter finalist, Josh Singleton. Priced at £42pp (£36pp for two courses), highlights include sea trout served with gnocchi, grilled asparagus and dill, lemon and shallot cream sauce and a chocolate fondant with yoghurt sorbet.

CitySuites, 16 Chapel St, Manchester M3 7NH
Nell's | Common, Kampus, The Beagle

For the more easy-going couple, Nell’s is open as always across its three units, with their enormous pizza ovens blazing throughout Valentine’s week at Kampus, Common and The Beagle in Chorlton. Laid-back lovers throughout the city can book a table below and enjoy signature Nell’s slices, or split a full New York pizza served either as a relatively refined 14” or an unapologetic 22” behemoth of golden cheese and homemade sauce.

120 Minshull St, Kampus M1 3EF / 456-458 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 0BQ / 39-41 Port St, Manchester M1 2EQStreet, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 5EP

Whether it’s world-renowned fine dining or budget-friendly sharing platters, several Spinningfields restaurants offer a dizzying variety of irresistible set menus and couples’ food offers this Valentine’s Day.

Book a table at The Lawn Club on Valentine’s Day and grab two heart-shaped pizzas, two sides and two drinks for just £25.

Head to The Oast House for an achingly romantic date night with 3-course dining and live music for £55 all in.

Sample the authentic Middle Eastern delights of Comptoir Libanais with a complimentary glass of prosecco for £34.95pp.

Celebrate your love amidst peerless luxury and culinary sophistication at The Ivy, with a set menu featuring fillet of beef, lobster linguine and an indulgent sharing dessert for £75pp.

Whether it’s a fun-filled first date, a romantic dinner between longstanding lovers or even a date with your dog, Bill’s offers an affordable yet indulgent dining experience with two courses and a cocktail for just £29.95.

Available exclusively on Valentine’s Day, Manchester’s acclaimed fine-dining seafood restaurant Sexy Fish hosts a night of devilish decadence with a Seven Sexy Sins tasting menu which celebrates all our carnal vices, available for £85pp.

Check out all the Valentine’s Day set menus and special offers around Spinningfields below.

Spinningfields, Deansgate
The Great Northern | Deansgate

From Pan-Asian street food to special six-course feasts, a selection of Great Northern’s dining hotspots cover all bases this Valentine’s Day.

Priced at just £30pp, Suki Suki serves a three-course set menu packed with Pan-Asian small plates including salt and pepper seasoned ribs and honey and chilli glazed crispy pork belly, with a complimentary glass of prosecco on the side.

For those looking to expand their palate with their favourite foodie, modern Polish restaurant Platzki offers a limited-edition traditional feast with confit duck pierogies, venison steak and more for £50 a head.

If you’re in search of timelessly elegant romance and exquisite high cuisine, book a table at James Martin Manchester on Valentine’s Night and enjoy delicate monkfish ceviche, Aged Comte Soufflé, Seared Orkney Scallop, Aged Beef Fillet and Raspberry and Coconut Parfait, with a glass of Laurent Perrier rose to wash it down.

235 Deansgate
King Street Townhouse | From £30

Available between Mon 12 and Sun 18 Feb, Manchester’s beloved high-end hotel and spa runs a staggeringly affordable Valentine’s special which guarantees ‘a show-stopping dining experience’. Starting at just £30 for two courses with a bottle of wine included, the set menu features everything from Char Siu Monkfish and Guinea Fowl to Mushroom Parfait and Nduja Dumplings.

Book your table, spa experience and Valentine’s room packages using the link below.

10 Booth St, Manchester M2 4AW
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Fri 9 Feb 2024