Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and while we can’t all go out for a fancy meal at our favourite eateries, there’s still a decent mix of things to do in Southwark at home thanks to special offers and gift ideas from the retailers of Sayer Street and beyond. From dine-in delivery boxes to streams of the latest heart-warming theatre, here’s what we’ve spotted in the area:
Pot & Rice Valentine’s Instagram Giveaway
Since we all have to spend Valentine’s Day at home this year, Pot & Rice want you to let them make yours special. They’ll deliver an £80 dinner to the door of one lucky winner in London’s zone 1.
All you have to do to enter is like this post of theirs on Instagram, follow their page, tag 2 people and comment the words, “Do you want to have Pot & Rice with your loved ones for Valentines?”. Lastly, share their post for an optional extra chance of winning. Just make sure you tag them in your story so that they can register it.
Do hurry though, because entries close at Midnight on Friday February 12, 2021. Winners will be contacted by direct message by 5pm the next day. Be by your phone though, because if they don’t receive a reply within 2 hours, another winner will be selected.
Winners will be announced on Saturday February 13. Good luck, love birds!
The Tap In Beer Box Delivery
While it’s not specifically a Valentine’s Day promotion, The Tap in’s beer boxes have been popular during lockdown. Just recently, their special Superbowl tie-in sold out ahead of the big game (as do their regular boxes almost every week, in fact). Buy one to make your Friday night wind-down more interesting, they say. But we say, why not plan ahead and get one in for that romantic Sunday evening ahead?
Their website asks you to put a certain amount of trust in the opinions of their experts in that, rather than allowing you to fully customise your box, they hand-tailor the boxes to what’s come in recently. But whatever the date – and certainly on Valentine’s Day – you can expect a heady mix of hops and barley that’ll set a playful tone for the evening.
Stream ‘The Last Five Years’ from Southwark Playhouse
If you’re usually a ‘dinner and a show’ kind of household on Valentine’s Day, you’re in luck: Southwark Playhouse’s production of Jason Robert Brown’s ‘The Last Five Years’ is available to stream right up until February 14, making Valentine’s the night to catch its virtual end-of-run curtain call, if you will.
The play is a Drama Desk Award winning musical, described as an emotionally powerful and intimate show about two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The unconventional structure unfolds as Cathy tells her story back-to-front, from the end of their turbulent time together, whilst Jamie tells his story chronologically from the day they met. Only once to the characters meet, at their wedding in the very centre of the show.
The Independent calls it, “A glorious sparkling revival, remounted for the Covid age.” It’s definitely worth a watch and makes a romantic distinction from the usual streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Plus, it comes at a time when local theatres need your support more than ever.
A romantic evening in a box from Mercato Metropolitano
Not only is Mercato Metropolitano’s Romantic evening box the perfect Valentine’s Day purchase, but you can even set it up as a monthly – or even weekly – subscription! The box contains the perfect romantic date for two in the form of: A small charcuterie board; Truffle tagliolini; Fonduta (an Italian take on a Swiss cheese fondue); Black truffle slices; 200g of Parmigiano Reggiano; 125g of butter; a bottle of Dogliani red wine, and a classic tiramisu.
At £90 all-told, or £45 each, it’s a reasonable price for some seriously high-end packaged items, and lovingly handmade restaurant-owns. The best part, of course, is that while Mercato Metroplolitano aren’t a Sayer Street retailer, they couldn’t be closer to Elephant Park.
Diogenes the Dog’s Cosy Night in Box
It looks like it’s battle of the boxes this Valentine’s Day, with Diogenes the Dog offering something very similar to their competition over at Mercato Metropolitano. Price also at £90, their Big Night in Box – or ‘Cosy’ box – features low intervention wine along with the perfect selection of truffle-laden treats.
More specifically, you’ll find: A bottle of orange wine imported directly from Puglia; A bottle of biodynamic red wine, an old-school variant of Malbec, to be precise; A creamy burrata with artisanal sourdough; A generous wedge of truffle-aged cheese; a charcuterie meats selection; wild boar and truffle terrine; homemade cauliflower piccalilli; pickled red wine cabbage, and a couple of house-piped cannoli for dessert.
For a full list of Elephant Park retailers, visit the Eat, Drink & Shop page.