Love is in the air this week as hotels and restaurants, including May Fair, Blakes, One-O-One and The Royal Horseguards, tell BigHospitality about special events and promotions they’re running to attract more customers this Valentine’s Day.
The May Fair hotel has hired a Cupid Concierge in time for Valentine’s Day. The Cupid Concierge is a complimentary service available to all guests who book a stay at the hotel over the Valentine’s period. The special team will then be on hand to take requests including arranging a dinner, tickets to the theatre, sourcing bottles of Champagne or hand-picking jewellery for a loved one. “We created this bespoke package as we know Valentine’s Day can often leave many people in a panic,” said Darren Marlow, head of Cupid Concierge at the May Fair Hotel. “This is an ideal service for those who are too busy to shop or simply lacking in inspiration. Our team is intricately linked to London's finest restaurants, shows and exhibitions, so we are able to arrange bookings for the most sought-after tables, tickets and seats.” For more information on the May Fair Hotel visit http://www.themayfairhotel.co.uk .
Blakes restaurant at Liverpool’s Hard Days Night Hotel has created an ‘aphrodisiac’ menu for Valentine’s Day. Blakes will be serving up a six-course candlelit dinner, with each option featuring ingredients known for their aphrodisiac properties. Head Chef Robert Mangan said: “A lot of thought has gone into this menu to make it as special and indulgent as possible. Crab meat, like oysters, contains high levels of zinc which is a known stimulant for the prostate, whereas the reputation of avocado as an aphrodisiac dates back to 200 BC when it was reportedly used by the Mayans and Aztecs to enhance sexual desirability.”The meal will begin with a gift of a long stem red rose and an ‘Amuse Bouche’ to get the tastebuds tingling before moving on to a selection of starters including the crab and avacado tian with bloody mary dressing and petit herb salad.An intermediate of mojito sorbet will follow before main course options include poached plaice fillets with crayfish, prawn and saffron linguini. Dessert is chocolate and raspberry cardinals with pistachio tuille and chocolate and chilli sauce and baked passion fruit cheesecake. For more information visit www.harddaysnighthotel.com .
Dinner in bed
This Valentine’s Day, diners at One-O-one – the fish restaurant at the Sheriton Park Tower hotel in Knightsbridge – will have the option to eat from the comfort of a bed at no extra cost. Two Luxury Collection beds will be available in the restaurant’s salon privé, and customers can have a special six-course menu designed by executive head chef Pascal Proyart. Dishes include Poached Royal King Crab Loin & Lobster Tartar; Wild Norwegian Skrei with Pancetta, Winter Truffle and Paimpol Coco Bean Cassoulet; Wild Seabass Goujonette with Razor Clams and Shellfish Champagne Ragout and Manjari Chocolate & Passion Fruit Soufflé. The Valentine’s Day set menu at One-O-One is available on 14th February 2012 for £99 per person, including tea and coffee. More information can be found at www.oneoonerestaurant.com .
Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea
Guoman Hotels’ historic five-star The Royal Horseguards in London’s Whitehall has designed its own Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea. The romantically-themed menu is designed for two to share by the fireplace in the hotel’s lounge, where the table will be decorated with hearts confetti, red roses and candles. The menu includes heart shaped champagne truffles and pineapple jelly with banana cream A highlight of the menu is the chocolate fondue with fresh strawberries for dipping. The Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea for two will be available from 10-19 February at Guoman’s The Royal Horseguards priced at £32 per person and £42 per person with a glass of Laurent Perrier champagne. Alternatively, the Romance on the River package enables guests to enjoy a VIP welcome with Rose Champagne, a beautiful bouquet of red roses and home-made, bijoux champagne truffles upon arrival, as well as the afternoon tea.