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Valentine’s day is almost here and while it may not quite be the romantic occasion we envisaged, local Northern Ireland tourism and hospitality businesses have come up with some wonderful ways to make sure love is still in the air this Valentine's Day! 

Whether you want to treat your other half, celebrate Galentine’s virtually with some pals or just brighten up someone's day, we have lots of ideas to choose from. All of which can be enjoyed at home, as we each do our part to help in the fight against Covid-19. 

Tracey’s Farmhouse Kitchen - Valentine’s Gift Hampers 

During this difficult time, a gift of food and drink will really be appreciated by those you can’t be with in person! 
Tracey’s Valentine’s Hampers are full of carefully chosen local award-winning food and drink. The County Down goodies include Killowen Distillery Small Batch Gin x 2 measures with pouch of botanicals, Dart Mountain Banagher Bold Cheese, beautiful handmade soap by local company Honeysuckle Bee and Me and a ceramic heart inscribed with “sending hugs and kisses”. The large ‘Ballymorran’ Gift Boxes are £60 and the smaller ‘Strangford’ boxes are £40.

 
HADSKIS - Cook & Dine Valentine's Feast 

One of Belfast’s leading restaurants, with renowned chef Niall McKenna at the helm, Hadskis have come up with the perfect Valentine’s weekend menu for you to enjoy at home. Why not get the candles out, have your bouquet of flowers at the ready and create the perfect restaurant atmosphere at home to treat your loved one! 
The Valentine's Feast will be available all weekend from the 11th Feb. To check out the menu and order, click here or ring 07883654621. 

 
The Woodlab Distillery – Symphonia's Virtual Valentine's Night 

The award winning Woodlab Distillery, based in Moy, is inviting couples to join an online virtual 'tour and tasting' event to celebrate Valentine's and to give couples something to look forward to.  
Woodllab Distillery will send out a special tasting box which will includes 200ml bottles of Symphonia Dry Gin, Symphonia Apple Gin and our Symphonia Fruit Cup along with fresh garnishes and six Poachers Irish Mixers.  
So change out of those pyjamas, get the glad rags on and join together with other couples, or groups of friends, for a night of fun! 
The event will take place Saturday, February 13 at 8pm at a cost of £60 per couple.  
You can book and pay online here.
 

Maryville House - The Heartbreaker Box

Maryville House is a charming Boutique B&B and Tearooms, usually specialising in welcoming guests for afternoon tea but this year they are making a host of Valentine’s goodies available for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.  
These Heartbreaker Boxes are our favourites. Fun, beautiful and absolutely delicious! Made of 100% Callebaut Belgian Chocolate, they come complete with a mini hammer and contain Mini Raspberry & Double Chocolate Brownie Bites, Callebaut Belgian Hand decorated Chocolate Strawberries, Lindt Lindor Chocolates and can be made Gluten Free/ Vegan. 
These Boxes are available to order until 10th February and are available for collection from 1-2pm on 13th February and cost £30. 

Honey Bee Bakery and Café- Valentine's Share Box

Located in Kilkeel, a picturesque fishing village, Honey Bee Bakery and Café is offering a lovely Valentine's treat box which you can share with a loved one, your bestie or your family (We won't tell if you enjoy it just for yourself- it's so delicious!). 

What better way to ask, 'Will you BEE my Valentine?' than this thoughtful and romantic share box full of goodies? You can't go wrong with Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, a S'mores Kit, Fudge, Cookies and other sweet treats.

These delightful boxes cost £20 and can be ordered via their Facebook or Instagram page- simply just send them a message. 

Browns Bonds Hill- Dine at Home

Browns Bonds Hill, is offering a special Valentine's Dine at Home menu. The Browns at Home boxes are the perfect way to enjoy the finest Michelin recommended food in the safety of your own home. Indulge in a delightful four course meal and to top it all off, it comes with a bottle of Prosecco and a red rose to charm your Valentine.

Per couple, this Valentine meal is £100 and orders can be placed between 10am-6pm Tuesday to Friday by telephoning 02871345180. Collection is available between 3- 6pm on Friday 12th or Saturday 13th February from Browns Bonds Hill.

Forestside Cookery School- Chef Jeffers at Home Brunch Hamper

Forestside Cookery School has made Valentine Brunching simple and very delicious! You will be guaranteed to ‘Wow’ your Valentine with this hamper filled with local produce and recipes to cook up a storm. Impress your loved one with Irish Smoked Salmon, Rare Breed Pork Sausages, BARA Bakehouse Sourdough Loaf and much more.

Grab your hamper before it's too late! Valentine Brunch Hampers are £45. Call 07453442280 between 12-3pm to order your very own Home Brunch kit. There are various delivery and collection options available, just click on the Instagram post above to find out more details.

Lough Erne Resort - Valentine's Spa Gift Box

With its romantic countryside setting in the picturesque Fermanagh Lakelands, Lough Erne resort has long been one of the most popular destinations for couples celebrating Valentine’s Day and to ensure local couples don’t miss out this year, the resort is setting the scene for romance by bringing a flavour of its famous indulgence to their home with their charming Valentine gift box.

Beautifully packaged, the lavish gift Box comes in his and her versions and will be delivered to your door. Complete with a plush embroidered dressing gown, sensual lemongrass candle from the resort’s Thai Spa and luxurious pampering products from ESPA Skin Care, it is the perfect pick-me-up for that special someone in your life. The male version will include a deluxe ESPA Body Wash or Oil, as well as a branded Lough Erne golf baseball cap.

Walled City Brewery - Earhart Valentine's Box

Derry~Londonderry's first gin celebrates the city's connection with trailblazing pilot Amelia Earhart. In May 1932, Earhart set off on the first female solo flight across the Atlantic, but she got a little off track and landed - not in Paris as planned - but the Gallagher family’s field near the Derry! This small batch gin uses the finest hand picked botanicals including purple saxifrage, elderberry and hawthorn berry, from the meadow where she landed. 

The Valentine's box includes a bottle of Earhart Gin, Cocktail ingredients for two tasty "Newfound Love" cocktails and yummy chocolates 'cos it's Valentines!

And for all you craft beer lovers, The Walled City Brewery is also providing a 'Lockdown Love' package consisting of 6 Tapfresh Walled City Brewery Beers and 2 Jars of Handcrafted Cocktails. 

For more inspiration for a Valentine's date night at home, check out Food Deliveries NI's Instagram page

If you are a tourism or hospitality business that is doing something special to allow people to enjoy Valentine’s Day at home, let us know at digital@tourismni.com.