With not long until February 14, Kemptown Insider suggests Five Kemptown Places to Find Valentine’s Ideas.
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A ROMANTIC WALK (AND BOOK) If you think your loved one would like something different from (or additional to) the traditional flowers and chocolate choices, what about a romantic walk — or better still, several walks, spread out over the course of a hopefully blossoming relationship? The attractive little book Sussex Walks by Pat Bowen can be found upstairs at the delightful Kemptown Bookshop, along with other beautifully illustrated titles by the Snake River Press. It has a selection of cleverly thought-out, not too strenuous walks throughout Sussex, including one along the side of the Ouse river, from Lewes station to Newhaven station.
FLOWERS Extravagant perhaps, traditional certainly — but still hugely romantic. The alluring display of fresh flowers available at Hunter Florist tumbles out onto the pavement of St James St. Hunter’s can provide exquisite bouquets of fresh flowers — and also delicate orchids (along with helpful care instructions). Wendy Kelly Flowers in the ‘village’ part of Kemptown can make up bouquets to order at their pretty shop – and they also run an interflora flower and gift service, offering everything from a single red rose to a sumptuous bouquet of 50. Or if you are artistically minded and on more of a budget, you can arrange your own: Ricci’s sells a selection of pretty blooms and potted spring bulbs outside its shop.
COCKTAIL SOPHISTICATION Two cocktail experts are at work in Kemptown this evening. The excellent STATION Mobile Cocktail Bar is teaming up again with Kemptown’s Pizzaface for a romantic Valentine’s night threesome using the fun corner premises of nearby Ground coffeehouse as their pop-up restaurant / cocktail bar for the evening. To book a place, email email@example.com. Meanwhile at the western end of Kemptown, the award-winning Plotting Parlour is serving up a Valentine’s Cocktail Tasting Menu, where they will serve six of their favourite alcoholic cocktails (and one non-alcoholic one) along with canapés — the cost is £60. To book a place, email firstname.lastname@example.org
A SPECIAL VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER The Curry Leaf Cafe has a very tempting-looking four course special menu for the 14th for £27.50, including a glass of prosecco. Around the corner, and onto the seafront, Drakes has a delicious-looking Valentine’s menu for both meat eaters and vegetarians, with starters including Trenchmore Sussex Wagyu short rib of beef, pressed and glazed with red wine and anise, tempura oyster and shitake and mains such as Vegetable Wellington with truffle cream sauce. This costs £65.
A LOVE STORY Cosy, quirky Bom-Banes is screening Romeo + Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, with a home-cooked Italian-themed supper first, all for £7.77. If you are after something bigger-screen (and a seafront walk), Cineworld at the Marina is showing the Oscar-tipped The Shape of Water at 1700 and 2000