With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, and things looking a bit more uncertain than normal, we wanted to provide you with some Chester-based inspiration to celebrate the special day in 2021!

The Main Event

Stuck for ideas on what to do and eat this year for Valentine’s Day? Read below for our top picks!

Graze Upon Us

We all enjoy a special dinner on Valentine’s Day, and what better option than a beautifully-styled graze box, board or table from Graze Upon Us? With eight varieties to choose from including bunch, afternoon tea, vegan and luxury options, the stylish, finger-food offerings are certain to be a hit with you and your significant other! Learn more here.

Graze Upon Us

Joseph Benjamin at Home

Used to going for luxurious meals with your romantic interest on Valentine’s Day? Joseph Benjamin, one of Chester’s highly acclaimed Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants is now offering a collection service, meaning you can enjoy its finest-quality food in the comfort of your own home! Simply use their online shop function, select exactly when you would like to collect your food, and then indulge in your decadent delights! Start your order here.

Joseph Benjamin

A Cheesy Night In

From Devonshire Brie to Cheshire Cheese and everything in between, the Chester Cheese Shop is certain to have something tailored to your fancy. Whether this is a ready-curated selection of cheeses that just ‘go’, or your own personalised take on a cheeseboard, the Chester Cheese Shop will not disappoint. Plus, the store also offers an unparalleled selection of accompaniments such as the Cheshire Chutney Co’s Cheshire Chutney and Dylan’s Piccadilly. Browse the range here.

The Cheese Shop

Date Night Hampers from CUPS

Chester’s iconic board game café is back with another new initiative for screenless entertainment. CUPS’ Date Night Hamper boasts sweet treats including a luxury hot chocolate jar, CUPS cake jar and two chocolate bars alongside a small board game of your choice, all for just £35! From classics such as Exploding Kittens, to games certain to turn up the heat such as Spicy, the selection is guaranteed to offer a game appealing to you. What’s more, you can rent a larger game should you so wish. Learn more here.


The Gifts

Many of us express our love for one another on Valentine’s Day through well-thought-out gifts. Find below a selection of Chester-based offerings perfect for putting a smile on your loved one’s face.

Botanical Gin from Chester Zoo

Our award-winning zoo recently launched a dandelion, chicory and banana leaf gin infusion in partnership with The Secret Garden and The Old Curiosity Distillery. At just £32 per bottle, this unique, 40% volume beverage is certain to tickle the taste buds of any gin lover, and what better time to sample this than on the special day itself? It will literally be the ‘gift that keeps on giving’ too, since the label is made from seed paper, meaning you can plant it and watch wildflowers grow! Interested? Buy it here.

Chester Zoo Gin

The Chester Gift Card

Unsure what to buy for your significant other? A Chester Gift Card could easily be the answer to your problems! Loaded with between £5 and £500, the Chester Gift Card can be used in almost all of Chester City Centre’s award-winning retailers, including those on the iconic Rows. So, whether it is a cup of coffee or a whole weekend away including accommodation, spas and experiences, the Chester Gift Card will certainly be a well-received present. Purchase here.

The Chester Gift Card

Cocoa Flower Bouquets

Specialising in gift bouquets of flowers for all occasions, this family-run florist in Chester is the ideal place to purchase that ever-sought bouquet of flowers for your significant other! With some orders eligible for same-day delivery, Cocoa Flower even caters to those last-minute requests. Click here to view its entire range of floral delights.

Cocoa Flowers

Leonida’s Chocolates

Valentine’s Day and chocolate go together like peas in a pod, so why not gift your loved one with a glamourous chocolate selection this Valentine’s Day? Situated in the heart of Chester City Centre, Leonida’s Chocolates’ selection is second to none, and with Belgian chocolate and confectionary-based gift boxes, it will certainly have the perfect offering for that special someone this Valentine’s Day! Browse the full range here


Fine Jewellery

Powells, a family-run independent jeweller in its third generation specialises in unique contemporary offerings, and always make it their mission to find ‘the’ piece for you! For women, we recommend the Blue John Stud Earrings, featuring real gemstones and 9-carat Yellow Gold, and for men, luxury cufflinks such as the Chester-inspired enamel horse and jockey offerings, or the more traditional Onyx and Diamond dress set. Neither of these taking your fancy? Powells also offers a bespoke jewellery service! Learn more here.


A (future) stay at The Townhouse

The independent Chester Townhouse & Secret Garden is one of the city’s hidden gems. Featuring a lounge with an open fire, a secluded garden at the rear of the hotel, and quality food and beverage offerings, the luxurious hotel situated within the iconic city Walls is the perfect hideaway for a romantic weekend (or longer) away. All rooms are stylish and comfortable, boasting stunning views of the city and top-class facilities. Give you and your significant other something to look forward to after lockdown by booking a future stay at The Townhouse hotel! Click here to begin.

The Townhouse

We hope that we have given you some great inspiration for romantic ideas for this year’s somewhat unconventional Valentine’s Day! If you take any of these ideas on board, please tag us in your photos using #YourCheshire on social media!




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