hatever your relationship status might be, Valentine’s Day is the perfect day for a little indulgence.
A little of what you fancy, whether or not that little fancy fancies you back.
And that’s why, as we lift out of these endless, and often lonely, lockdown days, we’ve rounded up Valentine goodies galore from around de town.
Greystones goodies not just for those annoying, happy loving couples with the nuclear Instagram accounts but for all those independent and iron-willed individuals who don’t actually need someone else to remind them that they’re wonderful.
So, remember, this is all about being with someone you love – someone you want to hang out with for the night, and maybe even the rest of your life. And that can be your fine self. Or that trusty pet who never lets you down. Or puts you down. Show ’em your love them too right here.
Given that we’ve all got no particular place to go, this year, it’s all about the love-in, and the town’s restaurants, cafés and delis have come up with some yummy delights for that special night in.
We’re highlighting some of the bigger Valentine’s specials below but you can go check out all of the town’s eateries here and all of the town’s takeaways here. We all have our favourites.
And to make sure the groove is in the heart, we’ve got two free 80min love supreme mixes for you right here.
We’ll be adding more more options to our Valentine’s Day round-up as the big day approaches. So don’t forget to come back, y’all!
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If you’re thinking of staying in for your cuddlesome love-in, Kitchen 28 have put together their Valentine’s Dinner box with Cupid Cocktails and all the sort of heart-melting yum that the award-winning Andrew Holmes is known for. Detailshere.
There’s also the Divine Foodie Date Night At Home, a bespoke menu fully prepared and cooked by a team of talented chefs, under the watchful eye and cracking whip of Taragh Hanley. This Valentine’s Day feast comes with step-by-step cooking and reheating instructions, so your date night dishes are fresh to your table – or floor; we’re not here to judge – are available Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th to be stored in your fridge for the big day. Detailshere.
Also doing all the hard work in the kitchen for your Valentine’s Day homecooked happiness is Claire McCormack, her Natural Dining Table – which is all vegetarian and vegan – heaving with fresh ingredients and the magic touch a chef with decades of experience. The Valentine’s Special consists of a starter for two of sweet potato chickpea cakes with apple chutney, cashew and basil pate, crackers and smoked almonds, a main course comprising of any 2 from Mushroom & Leek Medley, Normandy Potato Bake, Beetroot Burger or Mediterranean Lasagne, whilst you can also choose any 2 from the dessert menu of Apple & Cinnamon Tarte or Chocolate Fudge Cake. All for just €45. You can find out just what Claire has in her food store for you right about here.
There’s also plenty of loving spoonfuls to take home from Donnybrook Fair, including a Valentine’s Meal Deal for €19.95, along with two Villa Sandi Prosecco gift sets – one containing not only their finest prosecco but also Rosato, the other a delicious aperitif set with Villa Sandi Prosecco Superior Millesimato and Pan de Vin. Saluti!
Over at Daly’s SuperValu on Church Road, they’ve got a flash sale on Champagne Pierre Darcys Brut 75cl – usually €29.99, now only €15! Plus, half-price chocolates all over the shop. Literally. You can jump online to find out just what right here.
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Indeed, where would Valentine’s Day be without bubbly? So, let The Art Of Bubbles add the some serious fizz to your big day. In fact, whatever the occasion you’re celebrating, Arthur and the gang have the perfect addition to make your celebration even more special. Besides providing a luxury Prosecco Van hire service, The Art of Bubbles design and handmake champagne and prosecco gift boxes. “We believe there are times in life that need that something extra special to mark an occasion,” says Arthur. Check out their online shop here – and help support another small local business this Valentine’s Day.
There’s always the joy of a night out on the town, and where better to step into another world than at The Whale, where you’ll find everything from stand-up David O’Doherty to The Bolshoi Ballet, from Joe The Magician to The Godfather. Go book a glittering show right here.
Or if you’re more of a hairy rocker, there’s always the trusty Hot Spot, where you can get up close and personal whilst jumping to Mack Fleetwood, The Van Morrison Songbook and beyond. Detailshere.
For something truly unique – and truly local – there’s Violine’s Sea Craft, with sea glass, sea pottery and seashells as well as driftwood all found along our coast turned into beautiful one-off pieces of art. From jewellery to framed pieces, you’ll find something to love for someone you love right about here.
Then again, you could grab yourself a free bottle of prosecco down at Sweeney’s, free with every online order over €45 (not including delivery charge, kids). Effective for the entire Valentine’s weekend, find out more here.
Or you could turn it up to 11 with a very special gift from Eternity Jewellers or the mighty and unique AMOC – both sure to find the perfect rock for the rock in your life…
For something a little different – and cooler – Gino’s have a Valentine’s Gift Box that boasts one large take-home Gino’s Gelato tub (packed with your choice of flavour faves, including the Valentine’s Day White Choc & Raspberry) along with 6 fresh waffle cones for that authentic Gino’s experience in the comfort of your own sofa. Or bed. You can grab it on JustEat for €22 here, or swing by and pick it up for just €19. Website here, or give ’em a shout on 019108547.
And talking of sweet things, there’s also Sweet Boutique, who pack just about every yummy treat you can think of. That’s legal. Check out the latest specials over on their website here, or get in touch on 0871206846.
Just down the road apiece, David and theRelish gang have gone all out for Valentine’s with a tantalising line-up of Valentine’s Day Lovebirds Boxes, including The Lovebirds Steak Box (2 dry-aged fillet, striploin or rib eye steaks) for €20, The Lovebirds Steak & Sides Box (2 dry-aged steaks & 3 sides) for €30, The Lovebirds 2-Course Box (2 starters or 2 desserts with 2 dry-aged steaks and 3 sides) for €40 or The Lovebirds 3-Course Lovebirds Box (2 starters, 2 desserts plus 2 dry-aged steaks with 3 sides) for €50. You can grab yours here or by calling 012871218.
Up at Zenobia in Blacklion, there’s plenty of Middle Eastern promise on offer for the big day, with belly dancer supreme Sahara joining in the fun alongside all that ridiculously yummy food from the Mallak duo. Details here.
And arriving a little late to our table, the mighty Chakra have a 5-course Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu, running from Saturday to Monday. Which sounds pretty divine to us. Details here.
On the gift front, Pretty Woman, Escape Boutique, Y&Co , Fiona Roche and Lorient Giftall have sales right now, whilst Concepts is pretty much an Aladdin’s Cave with May Chang diffusers, Handmade Soap Company goodies and oodles of fancy-pants jewellery and accessories for that very special someone. Including yourself.
For him, you can always try Brady’s Hardware.
Full list of Greystones shops here, cafés and restaurants here, and takeaways here.
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