- Cupid’s Table for Singles – The Bicycle Shed, Summertown
Single on Valentines? Looking for something to do on Friday night? Cupid has made a room for 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐥𝐲 non-couples. 12 seats for 12 single bottoms, book before Thursday for a complimentary drink upon arrival.
Call 01865 981475 or go to https://www.thebicycleshedoxford.com/coming_up/ to secure your place now!
2) Art lovers delight at The Jam Factory in Oxford
Looking for a more relaxed date? The vibrant yet intimate atmosphere makes The jam factory the perfect place to share a delicious meal for two served amid works of art. Local artist Rosie Phipps is currently exhibiting there, with her paintings of flowers, landscapes and figures in this long overdue solo show ‘One Fine Summer in the Cotswolds’.
The 3-course menu includes a welcome glass of bubbles followed by a choice of sharing dishes (with vegan options available for every course or you can mix & match). £35 per person. 01865 244613 to book or http://www.thejamfactoryoxford.com
3) All Out – The Nut Tree, Murcott – Michelin starred and romantic as hell, pull out all the stops with this seven course menu with an additional wine flight available.
Think mushroom veloute with walnut pesto and a sable biscuit, then home smoked Loch Duart salmon with a buckwheat blini, cucumber and Avruga caviar, for mains roast fillet of aged beef, cooked medium rare with Jerusalem artichoke risotto, winter truffle, Madeira sauce followed by lemon meringue pie with lemon curd, shortbread, and if you have room – the meringue, pear & frangipane tart with candied filo pastry, cinnamon ice cream. Conclude with a selection of artisan cheese.
£75 per person with an additional £52 per person for accompanying wine flight. http://nuttreeinn.co.uk/valentines/
4) Think Human Festival – The Power of Love – Oxford Brookes
A festival about love… and loss, exploitation, sexuality, power and manipulation and everything connected to the history of emotion. Uncover the early history of Valentine’s cards – loving, comic and sinister. See, smell and taste foods associated with love and sexuality. And learn how love in the LGBTQ+ community is shaped by the society we live in. Join talks, enjoy live performances by The Wedding Present and Oxford band Candy Says. Join top panelists, including Grammy-award winning producer Andrew Scheps, to discuss how we express love in music today.
5) White Hart, Wytham
Kick back and relax in this quintessential 16th century gastropub in the picturesque village of Wytham, renowned for its wonderful food and welcoming atmosphere. Think log fires and a Valentine’s menu to die for.
Starters include confit chicken and leek terrine with shitake mushroom, Jerusalem artichoke and celeriac with Dijon mustard and crunchy quail egg, try pan roast lamb rump with home made gnocchi, aubergine and tomato, braised white cabbage and basil infused lamb sauce for mains. And how about a brioche bread and butter pudding with Baileys Anglaise and honeycomb ice cream for dessert? Finish with a selection of locally sourced cheeses, biscuits grapes and celery. £49.50 per person
Rupert Ponsonby, founder of the Beer and Cider Academy will be hosting a beer tasting and talk illustrating the history of beer. The beer expert appears on TV ranging from Heston Blumenthal to Richard and Judy and co-founded Mr Trotters Pork Cracklings.
Prior to dinner, sample some unique and different varieties of beer from the UK and around Europe as Rupert conducts a tutored tasting of the beers with a history of the different styles and brewing. The tasting will be followed by a dinner with each course designed to match the two beers served.
The tasting will run from 7.30pm-8pm followed by a 4 course dinner with two matched beers per course. £45
Or book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/for-the-love-of-a-good-beer-tickets-92914944099?utm_campaign=57ba567778-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_11_21_2019_19_37_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Worton+Kitchen+Garden&utm_term=0_93f0858dc1-57ba567778-356243181
6) The Cinnamon Stick, Middle Barton, Middle Eastern feast. A wonderful selection of Lebanese Valentine’s menus to choose from, so a great choice for for veggies and vegans as well.
Enjoy 2 courses for £25 or 3 courses £29.95 which includes a glass of Prosecco, wine, beer or soft drink.
7) Junkyard Golf for charity, Westgate Centre
This Valentines day, join in to raise money for the charity Love Support Unite. Expect some sweet sweet cocktail specials, the ultimate ballad playlist and the joy of puttin’ around the three mashed-up courses with a good conscience. (Boyfriend or girlfriend 100% optional).
Love Support Unite is a grass roots charity changing lives everyday through sustainable development in Malawi. Every single penny made goes straight the LSU charity.
8) Take a leaf out of Churchill’s book for the ultimate in proposals at Blenheim Palace
Churchill proposed to Clementine Ogilvy Hozier on Tuesday 11 August, while they were both staying at Blenheim Palace. Winston took Clementine for a walk in the afternoon to the Rose Garden and, sheltering from a shower in the Temple of Diana, asked her to marry him.
Why not combine your visit with the new Let’s Misbehave 1920s exhibition – a fascinating insight into the heady world of the upper classes in a time of great social, artistic and political change. Enjoy costumed characters and entertainment, vintage cars, glimpse at the family history during the 1920’s, themed afternoon tea in the Orangery Restaurant, music, dancing and more…
9) Spiced Roots, Cowley Road, Caribbean extravaganza
Enjoy a five course Caribbean menu, drinks on arrival, live music and a bar full of rum on Friday night for £60 a head.
10) Orchestra of St John’s VALENTINE’S DAY CONCERT at The Ashmolean Museum,
Enjoy some romantic music among the Ashmolean Museum’s ancient Greek and Roman sculptures on Friday night with the Orchestra of St John’s. Soprano Hannah Davey, pianist Derek Paravicini and the OSJ Ashmolean Voices weave a dreamy web of love-inspired songs, from madrigals and folk songs to jazz, including Fair Phyllis, Bobby Shafto, Danny Boy and I Got Rhythm. John Lubbock conducts.
11) Enrol on Kupp’s Valentine’s pickling course in the Westgate Centre
They say couples who cook together, stay together, so test your compatibly with a pickling masterclass. For £25pp, each couple will enjoy a glass of bubbly on arrival, followed by 20-minute masterclass with a chef-led demonstration. After the pickling action, sit down with your partner to enjoy a sharing smörgåsbord feast. Choose between The Fiske Bord, KuPP. Bord or The Veggie Bord. Then an indulgent sharing dessert; choose from our White Chocolate and Pepparkakor Ginger Biscuit Cheesecake or Lingonberry Mess.
To book go to Oxford@kupp.co or ring 01865 951 791