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The Best Meal Kits for Valentine’s Day at Home

The worst dining out day of the year is cancelled! Here’s what to order, whatever the situation

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Roses, a negroni, and radicchio with burrata and caviar
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Valentine’s Day is arguably the most Marmite of occasions and, it must be acknowledged, can be a pretty awful day for dining out.

This year, there is no dining out at all, no hordes of couples fighting tooth and nail to secure the right booking to have their “special” dinner alongside hundreds of others doing the same. Instead, whether celebrating self-pleasure, friendship, or yes, or preparing a candlelit meal for two in the kitchen, here are some outstanding meal kits for every situation.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Luca

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88 St John St, Clerkenwell
London EC1M 4EH, UK

A four-course stonker from this Clerkenwell Italian, including sea salt and rosemary focaccia; strozzapreti with truffle and wild mushrooms; and a Florentine bistecca with a nifty sounding Chianti butter. Delivers on 12 or 13 February, via Big Night.

2. Ambassadors General Store

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49 Frith St, Soho
London W1D 4SG, UK

Influential restaurant group JKS has taken advantage of the hybridisation on offer at its Ambassadors General Store with a menu of biryani; duck egg burji; and a mixed seafood korma. Delivers on the day itself, nationwide.

3. Andrew Edmunds Restaurant

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46 Lexington St, Soho
London W1F 0LP, UK

This storied Soho nook’s Valentine’s menu has unsurprisingly sold out, so — if it can be counselled — its date night menu, delivered on 26 February, could make a worthy late-in-the-day replacement. It’s non-conformist, yeah? The centrepiece is a wing rib of beef with dauphinois and Swiss chard, ably supported by velvet front and back — parsnip soup for starters and chocolate terrine for dessert. Delivers nationwide, via Dishpatch.

4. The Wolseley

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160 Piccadilly, St. James's
London W1J 9EB, UK

London’s masters of low-key luxury have a typically understated, classic menu of shrimp cocktail; fillet of beef with peppercorn sauce, dauphinoise, purple sprouting broccoli, and chervil carrots; and a silken cremeux made with Madagascan Manjari chocolate and orange. The fish alternative puts baked salmon with lemon and dill at the helm. Comes with a bottle of decent champagne and some swish truffles as extras. Delivers on 12 or 13 February, nationwide.

5. Clipstone

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5 Clipstone St, Fitzrovia
London W1W 6BB, UK

Whether for two or for one, the Italian-style roast chicken and fudgy, chicken dripping potatoes from Nick Bramham’s Arrosto will warm up a cold February night. Highly recommended: ordering some gelato con brioche for dessert, or — much — better, the next morning,

6. Chishuru

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Unit 9 Market Row, Coldharbour Ln, Brixton
London SW9 8LB, UK

Joké Bakare’s confident, cheeky brand of hospitality would in normal times be an ideal ~mood~ for a romantic dinner, so bring the vibes home with her pork asun meal kits. Bookended by cassava fritters and a dessert of degue-spiced millet, it’s a braise that tastes of the barbecue, smoky with charcoal-singed onions and peppers. Delivers on 12 February, nationwide.

7. Gelupo

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7 Archer St, West End
London W1D 7AU, UK

Whatever purpose it serves, ice cream is a good idea and Gelupo’s is a very good idea indeed. Steer classic with ricotta and amarena cherry or stracciatella, or head towards a Valentine’s-inspired cardamom and rose number. Accessories are available for maximum pleasure, in the form of ... Cherries in syrup.

8. The Quality Chop House

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88-94 Farringdon Rd, Farringdon
London EC1R 3EA, UK

If Come Dine With Me is the urtext of food reality TV in the U.K., then Dinner Date is its awkward cousin, sharing some structure — rounds of dinners, sassy narration — but adding in a new kind of prize wherein the winners go to a Romantic Restaurant and the losers get sent a ready meal on a silver cloche, in a sequence hellbent on emphasising the Sadness of Being Single. Well, sod that, and turn to the urtext of meals-for-one-in-lockdown: The Quality Chop House. Get a pouch of Dexter beef mince; short rib; or pot au feu, add on some cod’s roe, and luxuriate.

9. OMBRA

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1 Vyner St, Cambridge Heath
London E2 9DG, UK

Perhaps the MVP of restaurant lockdown, Ombra’s Valentine’s Day menu packs in house-cured salmon; agnolotti with winter truffle; a whole sea bream with artichokes and monk’s beard; and the restaurant’s by-now fairly legendary tiramisù. Its unofficial Valentine’s Day menu involves a 2.2kg tray of lasagne and an empty diary. Delivers nationwide, cut-off 10 February.

10. Forza Win

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4.1, Copeland Park, 133 Copeland Rd, Peckham
London SE15 3SN, UK

This Peckham favourite’s four-course menu comes in a trio of iterations, making it easy to get just the right set-up. There’s sourdough toast graced by crab mayo; a beef shin ragù to go with tagliatelle, and a chicken cacciatore — with an aubergine version on the vegetarian menu that also swaps beef shin for a mushroom and crème fraîche sauce. Dessert features negroni-soaked cherry brownies. Ready for collection on 12 February.

11. Marcella

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165A Deptford High St, Deptford
London SE8 3NU, UK

This delivery option from siblings Marcella and Artusi takes the choose-your-own-pasta-adventure approach, with diners able to build combinations to their preference from a range of fresh pastas and sauces. There are mains for the indecisive, currently aubergine parmiagana or pork and beef meatballs, and a canny sounding campari cheesecake; or there’s the blow-out four-course feast option. Order w/c 8 February for delivery by 13 February.

12. 40 Maltby Street

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40 Maltby St
London SE1 3PA, UK

40 Maltby Street’s heat-at-home dinner menu changes weekly, and its restrained, clever comfort food is a winning option for the occasion. There’ll be a seasonal salad that lives on its contrasts, a ribsticking centrepiece, and a selection of highly snackable starters — with an array of wines ready to pair. Collection Wednesday — Saturday, 12 — 5 p.m., with preorders available by phone.

13. Spring

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Lancaster Pl
London WC2R 1LA, UK

Skye Gyngell’s Spring trades in pastel elegance, and its current range is well set to deliver not just dinner, but a truly luxurious breakfast, perhaps of quince pocket pies or even some cookie dough to be baked off. There are set boxes, too, if pushing the boat out, and a range of dinner options from pastas and sauces through to tubs of caviar and a swiss chard pie. Delivers Saturday 13 February, within London.

14. Monty's Deli

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Market Halls Victoria, 191 Victoria St, Westminster
London SW1E 5NE, UK

Salt beef is true love, and salt beef delivered with some of the best bagels to be found in the U.K. is truer still. Whether pastrami or salt beef, bagels or the reuben sandwich pack, this is a top choice for breakfast or a deli-style dinner, with babka and sodas available too. Delivers nationwide, Tuesday to Friday.

15. Sabor

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35-37 Heddon St, Mayfair
London W1B 4BR, UK

Sabor divides between a choose-your-own tapas offer and a box that tips into the luxuriously absurd, with caviar; foie gras and chicken liver pâté; scallops; black truffle rice; and chocolate fondant with lime. The choose-your-own option is the chance to build up a range of tapas, including pulpo gallega; gambas al ajillo; arroz negro; and iberico presa with mojo verde. Orders placed for Valentine’s delivery will arrive on Saturday 13 February.

16. Decatur

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Leyton
London, UK

Tom Zahir’s New Orleans-inspired seafood boil is a winning option for the romantic and the platonic, the kind of messy fun perfectly suited to the occasion. Add some chargrilled oysters and things are away. The kits will be available to order from 6 p.m. Sunday 7 February, and delivered on Friday 12 February.

17. Juici Jerk

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Suite C023, Tooting Works, 89 Bickersteth Rd, Tooting
London SW17 9SH, UK

Centred around a butterflied whole jerk chicken with macaroni cheese; rice and peas; coleslaw; and plantains, Juici Jerk’s meal kit also packs in a dessert box; garlic prawns; Prosecco; rose petals; and tealights. Boxes will deliver nationwide on 13 February, with an order cut-off of 10 February.

18. Bright

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1 Westgate St, Hackney
London E8 3RL, UK

The London Fields restaurant has partnered with fishmonger Fin and Flounder for a centrepiece of turbot with a sauce made from its bones, alongside smoked mackerel pâté, a mackerel and barley broth, and some candied orange chocolates to finish. Collection or local delivery, Friday 11 February — Sunday 14 February.

1. Luca

88 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 4EH, UK

A four-course stonker from this Clerkenwell Italian, including sea salt and rosemary focaccia; strozzapreti with truffle and wild mushrooms; and a Florentine bistecca with a nifty sounding Chianti butter. Delivers on 12 or 13 February, via Big Night.

88 St John St, Clerkenwell
London EC1M 4EH, UK

2. Ambassadors General Store

49 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 4SG, UK

Influential restaurant group JKS has taken advantage of the hybridisation on offer at its Ambassadors General Store with a menu of biryani; duck egg burji; and a mixed seafood korma. Delivers on the day itself, nationwide.

49 Frith St, Soho
London W1D 4SG, UK

3. Andrew Edmunds Restaurant

46 Lexington St, Soho, London W1F 0LP, UK

This storied Soho nook’s Valentine’s menu has unsurprisingly sold out, so — if it can be counselled — its date night menu, delivered on 26 February, could make a worthy late-in-the-day replacement. It’s non-conformist, yeah? The centrepiece is a wing rib of beef with dauphinois and Swiss chard, ably supported by velvet front and back — parsnip soup for starters and chocolate terrine for dessert. Delivers nationwide, via Dishpatch.

46 Lexington St, Soho
London W1F 0LP, UK

4. The Wolseley

160 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9EB, UK

London’s masters of low-key luxury have a typically understated, classic menu of shrimp cocktail; fillet of beef with peppercorn sauce, dauphinoise, purple sprouting broccoli, and chervil carrots; and a silken cremeux made with Madagascan Manjari chocolate and orange. The fish alternative puts baked salmon with lemon and dill at the helm. Comes with a bottle of decent champagne and some swish truffles as extras. Delivers on 12 or 13 February, nationwide.

160 Piccadilly, St. James's
London W1J 9EB, UK

5. Clipstone

5 Clipstone St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6BB, UK

Whether for two or for one, the Italian-style roast chicken and fudgy, chicken dripping potatoes from Nick Bramham’s Arrosto will warm up a cold February night. Highly recommended: ordering some gelato con brioche for dessert, or — much — better, the next morning,

5 Clipstone St, Fitzrovia
London W1W 6BB, UK

6. Chishuru

Unit 9 Market Row, Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, London SW9 8LB, UK

Joké Bakare’s confident, cheeky brand of hospitality would in normal times be an ideal ~mood~ for a romantic dinner, so bring the vibes home with her pork asun meal kits. Bookended by cassava fritters and a dessert of degue-spiced millet, it’s a braise that tastes of the barbecue, smoky with charcoal-singed onions and peppers. Delivers on 12 February, nationwide.

Unit 9 Market Row, Coldharbour Ln, Brixton
London SW9 8LB, UK

7. Gelupo

7 Archer St, West End, London W1D 7AU, UK

Whatever purpose it serves, ice cream is a good idea and Gelupo’s is a very good idea indeed. Steer classic with ricotta and amarena cherry or stracciatella, or head towards a Valentine’s-inspired cardamom and rose number. Accessories are available for maximum pleasure, in the form of ... Cherries in syrup.

7 Archer St, West End
London W1D 7AU, UK

8. The Quality Chop House

88-94 Farringdon Rd, Farringdon, London EC1R 3EA, UK

If Come Dine With Me is the urtext of food reality TV in the U.K., then Dinner Date is its awkward cousin, sharing some structure — rounds of dinners, sassy narration — but adding in a new kind of prize wherein the winners go to a Romantic Restaurant and the losers get sent a ready meal on a silver cloche, in a sequence hellbent on emphasising the Sadness of Being Single. Well, sod that, and turn to the urtext of meals-for-one-in-lockdown: The Quality Chop House. Get a pouch of Dexter beef mince; short rib; or pot au feu, add on some cod’s roe, and luxuriate.

88-94 Farringdon Rd, Farringdon
London EC1R 3EA, UK

9. OMBRA

1 Vyner St, Cambridge Heath, London E2 9DG, UK

Perhaps the MVP of restaurant lockdown, Ombra’s Valentine’s Day menu packs in house-cured salmon; agnolotti with winter truffle; a whole sea bream with artichokes and monk’s beard; and the restaurant’s by-now fairly legendary tiramisù. Its unofficial Valentine’s Day menu involves a 2.2kg tray of lasagne and an empty diary. Delivers nationwide, cut-off 10 February.

1 Vyner St, Cambridge Heath
London E2 9DG, UK

10. Forza Win

4.1, Copeland Park, 133 Copeland Rd, Peckham, London SE15 3SN, UK

This Peckham favourite’s four-course menu comes in a trio of iterations, making it easy to get just the right set-up. There’s sourdough toast graced by crab mayo; a beef shin ragù to go with tagliatelle, and a chicken cacciatore — with an aubergine version on the vegetarian menu that also swaps beef shin for a mushroom and crème fraîche sauce. Dessert features negroni-soaked cherry brownies. Ready for collection on 12 February.

4.1, Copeland Park, 133 Copeland Rd, Peckham
London SE15 3SN, UK

11. Marcella

165A Deptford High St, Deptford, London SE8 3NU, UK

This delivery option from siblings Marcella and Artusi takes the choose-your-own-pasta-adventure approach, with diners able to build combinations to their preference from a range of fresh pastas and sauces. There are mains for the indecisive, currently aubergine parmiagana or pork and beef meatballs, and a canny sounding campari cheesecake; or there’s the blow-out four-course feast option. Order w/c 8 February for delivery by 13 February.

165A Deptford High St, Deptford
London SE8 3NU, UK

12. 40 Maltby Street

40 Maltby St, London SE1 3PA, UK

40 Maltby Street’s heat-at-home dinner menu changes weekly, and its restrained, clever comfort food is a winning option for the occasion. There’ll be a seasonal salad that lives on its contrasts, a ribsticking centrepiece, and a selection of highly snackable starters — with an array of wines ready to pair. Collection Wednesday — Saturday, 12 — 5 p.m., with preorders available by phone.

40 Maltby St
London SE1 3PA, UK

13. Spring

Lancaster Pl, London WC2R 1LA, UK

Skye Gyngell’s Spring trades in pastel elegance, and its current range is well set to deliver not just dinner, but a truly luxurious breakfast, perhaps of quince pocket pies or even some cookie dough to be baked off. There are set boxes, too, if pushing the boat out, and a range of dinner options from pastas and sauces through to tubs of caviar and a swiss chard pie. Delivers Saturday 13 February, within London.

Lancaster Pl
London WC2R 1LA, UK

14. Monty's Deli

Market Halls Victoria, 191 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5NE, UK

Salt beef is true love, and salt beef delivered with some of the best bagels to be found in the U.K. is truer still. Whether pastrami or salt beef, bagels or the reuben sandwich pack, this is a top choice for breakfast or a deli-style dinner, with babka and sodas available too. Delivers nationwide, Tuesday to Friday.

Market Halls Victoria, 191 Victoria St, Westminster
London SW1E 5NE, UK

15. Sabor

35-37 Heddon St, Mayfair, London W1B 4BR, UK

Sabor divides between a choose-your-own tapas offer and a box that tips into the luxuriously absurd, with caviar; foie gras and chicken liver pâté; scallops; black truffle rice; and chocolate fondant with lime. The choose-your-own option is the chance to build up a range of tapas, including pulpo gallega; gambas al ajillo; arroz negro; and iberico presa with mojo verde. Orders placed for Valentine’s delivery will arrive on Saturday 13 February.

35-37 Heddon St, Mayfair
London W1B 4BR, UK

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16. Decatur

Leyton, London, UK

Tom Zahir’s New Orleans-inspired seafood boil is a winning option for the romantic and the platonic, the kind of messy fun perfectly suited to the occasion. Add some chargrilled oysters and things are away. The kits will be available to order from 6 p.m. Sunday 7 February, and delivered on Friday 12 February.

Leyton
London, UK

17. Juici Jerk

Suite C023, Tooting Works, 89 Bickersteth Rd, Tooting, London SW17 9SH, UK

Centred around a butterflied whole jerk chicken with macaroni cheese; rice and peas; coleslaw; and plantains, Juici Jerk’s meal kit also packs in a dessert box; garlic prawns; Prosecco; rose petals; and tealights. Boxes will deliver nationwide on 13 February, with an order cut-off of 10 February.

Suite C023, Tooting Works, 89 Bickersteth Rd, Tooting
London SW17 9SH, UK

18. Bright

1 Westgate St, Hackney, London E8 3RL, UK

The London Fields restaurant has partnered with fishmonger Fin and Flounder for a centrepiece of turbot with a sauce made from its bones, alongside smoked mackerel pâté, a mackerel and barley broth, and some candied orange chocolates to finish. Collection or local delivery, Friday 11 February — Sunday 14 February.

1 Westgate St, Hackney
London E8 3RL, UK

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