Updated: Feb 4
I’ve searched the internet for the best local lockdown Valentine's ideas. I’ve kept it simple and recommended some of the North East's finest hidden gems to help you keep Valentine's exciting during lockdown.
The best days start with breakfast!
Valentine's Breakfast- let's make it a good one! If you're no hand in the kitchen but still want to treat your other half, head out for takeout breakfast.
Kith and Kin – fancy breakfasts with a view found by the coast in Whitley Bay.
Proven Goods - Handmade doughnuts and coffee - personally if it's with coffee it can be classed as breakfast.. Perfect for those who have a sweet tooth!
Two images above are taken by Chloe - New Girl in Toon A fabulous local food and lifestyle blogger, who is constantly sharing new beautiful local outdoor places to explore, as well as the best food venues/ companies getting us through lockdown three.
-Please give her a follow!
Horticulture –Collection and Delivery!!
Not heard of these guys yet?? My favourite new addition to the city centre, they weren’t open long before lockdown 1 began but boy did they make it clear they’re here to stay and we are so grateful!
They have brought out Horti at Home. It’s not your regular takeaway, it requires a little effort but I can promise you it’s worth it! All the dishes are prepared ready for you to finish off cooking at home. You simply heat up the dishes, a little prep here and there and, of course, serve on your fanciest dinner plates.
It’s as gourmet as you’re going to get! Everything is prepared for you from freshly infused oil for you to drizzle, to chocolate dusting to finish off your dessert. It is all labelled and accompanied with the simplest instructions – I mean they may have done all the hard work but I would still count it as you cooking..
Bringing ingredients from the land, the sea and the earth. - Meaning there is something for everyone.
See more of their dishes here on their Instagram page.
Takeout – but make it fancy.
Perfect way to support local businesses. Our top North East takeouts. All approved by us!
Battle of The Burger Winners for five years running. Its’ not bragging when it’s true! These guys own the takeout vibe, offering the finest platters, burgers and tacos as well as their signature cocktails at home. They have their city venue in the heart of Newcastle and their Tynemouth venue just a stones throw away from the beach.
See Lola's Instagram here to get you craving! Order in advance!
Dobson and Parnell are known for serving some of the finest food in Newcastle! They are continuing to offer their fabulous gourmet food at home! They've designed a special Valentine's menu and it sounds incredible - see it here.
Blackbird Ponteland – if you’re after a classic homemade feel and Ponetland is a local, we recommend trying The Blackbird they have something new and exciting on every week with guests food vendors, local bakers and their own fabulous takeout too. You’ll also spy one of our Tipis there!
The White Swan Ovingham – Valentine's is on a Sunday and there is no better place for a proper homemade Sunday dinner.
Make sure you get dressed up, suit and tie not required but always welcomed. I think lockdown one had us embracing the sun-kissed look and pyjamas but lockdown three and no sunshine..we need a reason to get glam and what better reason than date night.
Victory & Innsbruck Formal accessories for the Modern Gentleman - also perfect for Grooms & Groomsmen!
Truth or dare
Mix it up – find out things you're yet to hear..we all have our secrets!
I will start it off...
Cocktails and canapés
Scrap the dining table, create a cosy setting on the floor! Picnics just taste better that way, don't you agree?
If you're too busy to organise your own picnic check out this beautiful company who can do it all for you - how dreamy!
Proper posh Picnics - We just love their stylish indoor or outdoor picnics! Cosy indoor settings or blankets and hot water bottles to keep you toasty outside on these winter days! See their page- they're based in the North East and are taking Valentine's weekend bookings! - but we think they're perfect for any occasion!
The Classic - movie night..
If you’re opting for a simple night in i.e. film and snacks- I’d say go all out with it! Duvet downstairs, every scatter cushion finally makes some use as it takes pride in the living-room fort, and fairy lights are essential. Don’t just get a tub of ice-cream get all the toppings and set up a parlour. Pimp your Prosecco – the home addition.
Advice: Pick the film the day before! - Saves you scrolling through Netflix for an hour, ruining the vibe!
Finally, we may not be able to escape for a night away just yet but venues are still taking future bookings. We can’t recommend enough the incredible Kidlandlee for a weekend away in luxury accommodation within beautifully renovated stone cottages.
Kidlandlee is nestled in the heart of the Northumberland National Park, surrounded by breath-taking natural beauty and boasting spectacular dark sky views with no light pollution you can star-gaze to your heart's content.
Kidlandlee is also our exclusive venue partner for Tipi and Marquee weddings! For more information about this see our friends and venues page or drop us a message and a member of the team will be in touch.
With all this love in the air, we adore planning your dream outdoor tip and marquee weddings and celebratory events, whether that be for 2021, 2022 or onwards. Get in touch to start your journey! 0800 133 7907
Keep dreaming, keep planning.
Happy Valentines' Day everyone!
Love The Unique Tent Company
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