Love lockdown! Valentine’s Day takeaways
Nothing says 'I love you' like an slap-up meal neither of you have had to prepare. Here are 12 of the best takeaways in Bucks & Oxon for your lockdown love-in.
Ravenous Beasts, Thame
We love a lockdown business venture and Thame’s Ravenous Beasts is as tasty as they come (read our Muddy review here). Set up by old friends Scott and Henry, they have a winning combination of classically trained cheffing, food PR, and ad agency experience. There are three menus on offer for V Day: two steak (either onglet or fillet), with soupe de poisson to start (rumour has it it’s the best fish soup outside of Marseille), plus a veggie option of cauliflower cheese soup and baked camembert with sweet cherry sauce. All are served with hazelnut and milk chocolate cheese cake and the option to add a cheese board for an extra £9. I mean, why wouldn’t you? Set the mood by adding a hand crafted candle and bottle of red to your order. From £29pp, delivery to Oxfordshire and West Bucks.
Melissa Webb, South Bucks & Oxon
Fancy a date night for two that feels like you’re at a posh restaurant? Get your glad rags on (with slippers, obvs) and order delivery for two from Melissa Webb – the at-home dining service has several packages on offer with a chefy flair. Dishes include beetroot and tarragon cured Loch Duart salmon, marinated loin of venison and chocolate torte with ginger cream. The cherry on top? You can add Champers, flowers or a candle table arrangement to your order. From £160 for two, delivery to South Bucks, Oxfordshire, Berks.
215 Kitchen & Drinks, Oxford
Takeaways from 215 (previously The Oxford Kitchen – the city’s only Michelin-starred restaurant), take no longer than one hour to cook all three courses with only simple heating and cooking required – great if you’re slightly challenged in the culinary department. There’s a spacial Valentine’s Day menu launching Thurs 11 Feb, but in the meantime, here’s a taste with our Muddy review. Delivery or collection from Summertown, North Oxford.
Dirty Bones, Nationwide
Hot and saucy! Dirty Bones (found on the rooftop of Westgate Oxford) has collaborated with Sauce Shop and Ketel One Vodka to create a smokin’ hot, limited edition brunch kit for V Day to rustle up at home. The DIY box includes short rib crumpets, skinny fries, Sauce Shop’s Habenero sauce and award-winning ketchup, plus a Ketel One Dirty Mary with Dirty Bones’ signature Pringle rim (yes, really). £37 for two. Nationwide delivery.
Raymond Blanc is a massive fan of this fine dining joint in Amersham which is no surprise – it’s retained its Michelin star for a second year (see our round-up of the local kitchens that nabbed an accolade here). The restaurant has launched Artichoke at Home with a brand new, totally indulgent menu each week (we’re talking truffles, celeriac puree, tiger prawns – the lot), with a special offering for Valentine’s Day. Keep your eyes peeled on Instagram to see what’s on the menu. You can also add a wine flight to your dinner from £65. From £65, collection only.
The Cartshed Cafe, Wallingford, South Oxon
28 day dry aged beef wellington, dauphinoise potatoes, green beans, lashings of garlic butter and a chocolate pot with orange crumb for two. Sound good? Order from The Cartshed and all you have to do is pop it in the oven whilst you get cracking on the vino. Simples. £40 for two. Collection in Wallingford on Fridays only or local delivery.
Add a little extra heat to your Valentine’s Day celebrations with a takeout for two from Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar’s 2 AA Rosette modern Indian restaurant in Amersham. The set meal for two includes loads of tasty Indian titbits, plus a choice of Lake District Aged Lamb Rump, Brixham Cod or Paneer Tikka as a main. £100 for two. Collection or delivered locally (it’s £3.50 within 5 miles).
La Table d’Alix at The Plough, Great Haseley
La Table d’Alix at The Plough in Great Haseley (the same team who were previously at The Swan at Tetsworth) has a totally indulgent French takeaway menu with an excellent wine list (26 bottles to be exact). Dishes are served cold for you to heat up at home, but nothing takes more than 15 mins so just pop the oven on to warm while you enjoy an aperitif. Wildly popular locally – reports are excellent. Collection in Great Haseley.
Roasted by Jack and Scott, Nationwide
Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year, so if you have a hankering for a roast dinner try one from Michelin-trained chefs Jack Blumenthal (yes, Heston’s son – can you see the resemblance?) and Scott Perkins. They do 90% of the cooking, all you have to do is reheat (read the Muddy review here). Alternatively the duo have a special Valentine’s Day menu on offer with a whopping five courses of ravioli, Heston inspired roasted scallops, steak and dauphinoise, chocolate bomb pudding and petit fours. No doubt it will be delicious – the apple doesn’t fall far from the Blumenthal tree! Roasts £28.50, Valentine’s menu £120 for two. Nationwide delivery.
French Affaire, Milton Keynes
Fancy going all out – canapés and all? This fine dining French eatery in Stony Stratford is offering a whopping five courses for it’s Valentine’s Day tasting menu. Plenty of options available, including salmon and cured scallop tartare, pan-fried hake with lobster, beef fillet and two-person sharer desserts. Still hungry? Make it six courses with a cheese board for an extra £8.50. Warning: no strenuous activity 30 minutes after eating! £58pp, collection and local delivery.
The Grocer at 91, Amersham
This buzzy cafe and deli in the heart of Amersham offers a new menu each week for its Wine & Dine at home venture, with a special menu for two this Valentine’s Day (available on 12 & 13 Feb). There’s a carni and a veggie menu to choose from with foodie highlights including secret Smokehouse smoked salmon & roast asparagus, steak au poivre, roasted butternut squash & hummus and chocolate fudge cake. The cafe is also open for takeaways if you fancy taking a romantic stroll with your SO.
The Crooked Billet, Stoke Row
Food to set the mood? It’s got to be lobster – and you can buy a whole one, freshly prepared, from this award-winning gastropub, near Henley. You’ll also get a whole cracked crab, shell-on prawns, homemade mayo, lentil salad, slaw and a freshly baked loaf with your order. £70 for two, collection only.