There’s always a mad rush for tables in the run-up to 14 February, as people try to book the most romantic restaurants they can find. But instead of forking out for a special Valentine’s Day menu, why not recreate the fine dining experience at home? You’ll have complete privacy instead of sitting in a large room full of strangers, be able to eat exactly what you want and cooking for your partner is much more impressive than taking them out to a fancy restaurant. Set the scene with a crisp white tablecloth and a perfectly set table, then dim the lights and light a few candles.
When deciding what to serve to your nearest and dearest, make sure you choose something that only needs a little bit of cooking on the actual night, and try and get as much prep done as possible earlier in the day. After all, you don’t want to spend hours creating the perfect setting, only to spend most of the night slaving away over a hot stove.