Ah Valentine’s Day, the season of love and joy. A time when you used to see smug couples posting photos of their expensive jewellery and teddy bears from the #BestBoyfriendEver, enough to make even the most satisfied singleton want to dive into the nearest bottle of wine.
Nowadays, Valentine’s day has had a 21st century update with girl crushes, bromances and self-love being celebrated more than ever alongside traditional romance. Personally, I just really enjoying buying presents for people and having an excuse to celebrate with a nice outing or dinner.
So why not enjoy it? Whether that be celebrating Valentines, Galentines, Malentines or Single Times with your husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, best friend or yourself, there is something to suit every romance, bromance and girl crush going.
If you are taken or single and ready to mingle or perfectly happy the way you are, there is plenty to keep you occupied in Sevenoaks on the most romantic day of the year and I have picked out the best that Bligh’s Meadow in Sevenoaks has to offer.
What to buy:
I am not lying when I say that I would marry the first person who buys me these 90 red roses, not that I am hinting or anything. Or if you are looking to go a bit more subtle then this spring rose trough would sit nicely on a window sill, which I love.
The Body Shop:
What I love about the body shop is that it is a brand with a mission. They seek to enrich, not exploit its people, its products and the planet. They commit to pay their farmers a good price and have been campaigning to stop animal testing in cosmetics for 30 years now!
Treating your loved one to toiletries and bath stuff is never a bad idea – after all, who doesn’t love a bit of “me time” in the bath, with a good book and to come out feeling pampered like a god or goddess? Sevenoaks Store Manager, Tamsin was only too happy to show me around and give me all of the information on the gorgeous smelling products, and help me pick out some gifts.
One thoughtful idea which I love would be to create a spa in the comfort of your own home with the Spa of the World range.
Your lady or man could have a top-to-toe exfoliate with the Mediterranean sea salt scrub, lather themselves in the Atlantic seaweed cream and then you could treat them to a special Valentines’ day massage with the Thai lemongrass massage oil (ahem).
Looking around the ranges for something pink-themed, I also came across the Japanese cherry blossom strawberry kiss range which I really liked. I like really floral fragrances and all of the perfumes that I wear are floral scents. So I would recommend these as a nice pink-themed gift. They have shower gel, perfume, body lotion and body cream to choose from for a nice pink surprise
Buy a box of macarons from Dulce’s Patisserie
Do as the Parisians do and buy a huge box of macarons from Dulce’s Patisserie (I promise you won’t regret it). All of the macarons are handmade on-site. My favourite is the salted caramel, as it is the perfect combination of sweet and salty which melts on your tongue.
Nothing says “I love you” like jewellery. It’s a perfect gift for the special lady in your life, be that your girlfriend, mother or best friend. I have picked out my top three items from the Sevenoaks branch which I think would make the perfect gift.
Rose gold plated hoop earrings from the Z for Accessorize: These earrings caught my eye in the Sevenoaks branch as I really like rose gold and it’s a very fashionable colour. I haven’t seen many rose gold hoop earrings, so these are a little different and a style that not many other people will have.
Sterling silver bracelet: What I liked about this bracelet was how bright silver it was and also the plain and simpleness of it, which I think is really classy. This would be the perfect gift for your girlfriend or best friend.
Lastly I picked out this cute coral-coloured bag which I think would go perfectly with any outfit for a little pop of colour. I am really looking forward to spring, so this colour makes me excited for longer days, daffodils and tulips. If polka dots are her thing then they also have this cute polka dot handbag in store!
What to do:
Why not go out for a long stroll in Knole Park and then reward yourselves with a meal in one of Sevenoaks’ numerous culinary establishments?
Valentine’s Brunch or Dinner at Bill’s
If you’re a bit old-fashioned and liked being wined and dined, then a good night time spot in Sevenoaks is Bill’s. Even though it is a chain restaurant, I like it here because it has quirky character and a nice ambience at night with its dim lighting. The outdoor seating area is lit up by light bulbs, which makes it a nice and inviting entrance. The food is really tasty (I would recommend the Bill’s chicken burger with all the trimmings!) and the service is good. For Galentine’s, I have booked myself in for a meal with my best friend at Bill’s and they have a set Valentine’s Day menu with two courses for £16.95 or three courses for £19.95.
Alternatively, a nice Valentine’s day brunch would be a good option to start the day off right with your better half or your best friend. I sometimes go here for brunch after the gym and it is one of the only places in town that does American pancakes!
Afternoon tea at Dulce’s Patisserie
Dulce’s opened its doors in May 2018 and has been a huge success. The creation of husband and wife, Dulce and Alain Chua, Dulce’s has a strong following in Sevenoaks, having been a regular fixture at food markets, exhibitions and foodie events in and around Kent.
I’m a hopeless romantic and there is nothing I would love more than to be taken for afternoon tea for two at Dulce’s. The patisserie will fill a three tier cake stand with delicious home-made finger sandwiches, scones, macarons and pastries. This is a lovely idea for Valentine’s day as it is an experience that you can share together before strolling around doing some shopping in Sevenoaks.
The most important thing on Valentine’s day is to show your love and appreciation to your favourite people, and what better way to do that then eat and shop locally in Sevenoaks and support the high street?