Valentine’s Day: romantic food and drink treats during lockdown

This Sunday is Valentine’s Day – and the fact that love still flourishes during lockdown is something to celebrate more than ever this year. If you’re now frantically scrolling through Jamie Oliver’s best Italian pasta recipes, there’s no need. Thankfully many of our local restaurants and cafes have come up trumps with some romantic options. Here’s our guide to finding takeaway treats that will spoil your loved ones, including 10% for our readers at the The Bakery Room and The Pizza Room.

Italian’s have romance down to a tee (they have Venice, you can’t really argue with that), which is why Symposium on the Roman is a surefire bet this Sunday. The family-run Italian restaurant and deli is offering a three course meal with a choice of sides. Their starters feature oysters and prawns and diners can choose from grilled lamb chops, fillet of bream or fresh tagliatelle for a main. There’s also a wide array of organic Italian wine from, which to choose.

Further along the Roman is Mae and Harvey, a popular hotspot with their modern menu, cosy living room vibes and huge Instagram following. From 9am to 3pm this Valentine’s Day they are serving soul-nourishing food like brioche french toast and a creamy mushroom soup.

If you fancy cooking a meal from scratch, then it’s a brisk walk or cycle ride over to Hackney Wick and Barge East, who are running an essential foods market on Saturday and Sunday. Here you’ll also find a cake stall selling Valentine’s boxes and sweet treats for after the all important meal. Conveniently placed alongside the canal, Barge East will be offering hot chocolates to warm brave couples on a romantic riverside stroll.

While you’re there, you might want to explore plant-based restaurant MOTHER, who are selling rhubarb and custard doughnuts for the 14th. Keep your eyes peeled for a free vegan brownies and hot drinks voucher, which MOTHER has distributed around the area.

Couples who want to dispense with cooking can dive straight into a selection of tasty cakes at Mama Mae’s, who are offering boozy cupcakes and meringue pops. There’s also Hub Cafe in Victoria Park, who will be selling home baked heart-shaped cookies.

The ever-innovative owner of The Pizza Room and The Bakery Room, Pam Tironi, is offering heart shaped pizzas and beautiful strawberry and cream cakes, with 10% off to all your readers when they present this article.

The award for quirkiest Valentine’s Day morsel goes to convenience store Simply Fresh, selling a heart shaped Cheddar – a must for cheese lovers.

Finally, if you’re cooking from home, then an aged beef steak from Peckovers paired with a bold red from Vinarius will rival anything from Hawksmoor.

If you liked this you might be interested in our best places near Roman Road for brunch.


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