The best Valentine’s Day restaurant meal boxes and experiences for a lockdown date night at home

With no end to the national lockdown in sight, it looks like couples will be celebrating Valentine’s Day 2021 at home.

That means cooking your own romantic meal will have to replace a restaurant date this year – but if your kitchen skills leave something to be desired, help is at hand.

Some of Manchester’s best restaurants are still up and running – behind closed doors, at least – and their chefs are hard at work whipping up meal boxes to deliver to your door.

They contain all the ingredients and instructions you’ll need to recreate your own restaurant quality dining experience at home.

Impress your date and help a hospitality business through this incredibly tough time – everyone’s a winner when you order one of these.

Elite Bistros



a person holding a plate of food on a table: Elite Bistros' Valentine's Day menu


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Elite Bistros’ Valentine’s Day menu

Gary Usher’s respected north west restaurant group – which includes Manchester’s Kala and

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18 best Valentine’s Day gifts that your significant other will love

Jaime E. Love
<p>While the shops remain closed, we’ve found all the last-minute shopping inspiration you need</p> (iStock/The Independent)

While the shops remain closed, we’ve found all the last-minute shopping inspiration you need

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Whether you normally go big with lavish celebrations, or prefer a small gesture, shopping for Valentine’s Day gifts is often difficult, whoever you’re buying for.

And this year is no exception, as restaurants remain closed and many couples won’t be able to celebrate in person while we’re all in lockdown. But, of course, there’s still Zoom.

While you might usually be a last-minute shopper, looking for inspiration in shops’ love-themed displays, that’s just not an option this year. So, we’re here to help.

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