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Valentine’s Day 2021: best DIY meal kits to make at home

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The best DIY meal and dessert kits to celebrate Valentine’s day at home. 

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner but, unfortunately, there’s no chance of slurping oysters and glugging champagne at a fancy restaurant. However, there’s no reason why you can’t recreate the restaurant experience at home with a DIY meal kit

At-home restaurant kits have everything you need to make a romantic meal for two, with pre-prepared ingredients and, in some cases, a special bottle of bubbly, too. With not much else going on to entertain us, these kits provide more than just a delicious three-course feast, they’re a fun activity to do together. 

So, light a few candles, put on some music and pop open the champagne while you play chef for the night and celebrate Valentine’s Day at home.

DIY restaurant kits for Valentine’s Day

  • Mortimer House Kitchen

    Mortimer House Kitchen

    Manifest a romantic trip to Italy this Valentine’s Day from inside your kitchen with Mortimer House Kitchen’s tasty DIY kit.

    Whet your appetite with a cheesy aubergine parmigiana which has been fully prepared, ready to be popped straight into the oven. Next delve into a sumptuous porchetta roast with crispy roast potatoes and foodie favourite, purple sprouting broccoli.

    For dessert, it has to be the Italian classic tiramisu, laced with Amaretto, finished with crushed Amaretti biscuits and dark chocolate shavings. In the spirit of celebration, Mortimer House Kitchen is teaming up with Black Lines Drinks to include a 750ml bottle of pear and white tea fizz in each kit, to give you something to clink glasses with. 

    Oh, and if you have room later on there’s also crusty ciabatta rolls to fill with porchetta leftovers with lashings of onion jam. Yum!

    Tuesday is your last chance to order this feast in time for Valentine’s Day, so be quick!

    Shop DIY Valentine’s Day kit at Mortimer House Kitchen, £90

  • Petersham Nurseries Valentine's Box

    Petersham Nurseries

    The Petersham Nurseries, whether it be the tree-lined and fairy light-canopied al fresco original in Richmond, or the atmospheric restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden, is one of the most romantic places to enjoy a meal in London. 

    For Valentine’s Day you can get a little bit of Petersham Nurseries’ magic at home with the restaurant’s café dinner box, created specially for 14 February.

    Start with gnocchi alla romana with delica pumpkin, crispy sage, pumpkin seed and parmesan. For mains enjoy roasted duck confit leg topped with blood orange, honey and pink peppercorn sauce alongside potato and porcini gratinati, with heritage carrot with star anise, clove and chervil. 

    Finally, finish with rhubarb, orange and almond cake with vanilla custard. Plus some Winslade cheese, Petersham honey and Pane Carasau flatbread.

    This menu is served alongside a bottle of prosecco with crystallised rose petals and syrup perfectly recreating Petersham Nurseries’ signature Rose Bellini. There is also the option to include a potted David Austin English shrub rose, which will flower year after year.

    Shop Petersham Nurseries Valentine’s Box at Restokit, from £135

  • SMOKESTAK Valentine’s Day special boxes

    SMOKESTAK

    SMOKESTAK is an east London BBQ joint with a cool, underground aesthetic and an innovative approach when it comes to deliciously tender meat-focused dishes.

    This Valentine’s Day chef and founder David Carter has come up with a sumptuous menu, with two options to pick from depending on how hungry you think you’ll be. 

    The completely inclusive option includes: two rhubarb spritz cocktails, smoked cod roe with hand-pressed tortilla and salt-baked beetroot with goats cheese and toasted hazelnut.

    Meat-wise, there’s 1 lbs. beef brisket with pickled red chilli, 1 lbs. pulled pork with mustard barbecue and pickled cucumber. On the side, you have purple sprouting broccoli, ginger and green chilli slaw and crispy baby potatoes. And for dessert, it’s half a sticky toffee pudding loaf with salted caramel, as well as a bottle of gran cerdo tinto rioja to wash it all down.

    If you’re not sure you can handle that impressive amount of food, go for the slightly smaller box instead.

    Shop Valentine’s Box at SMOKESTAK, from £75

  • The Mitre Hampton Court Valentine's hamper

    The Mitre Hampton Court
    Best Valentine's day DIY meal kits to make at home

    Fancy a touch of luxe this Valentine’s Day? This opulent hamper comes from one of the UK’s most beautiful hotels and is stuffed full of romantic foodstuffs to cook and enjoy on the 14 February.

    Inside you’ll find a starter of seared yellowfin tuna sashimi, an almighty ‘surf & turf’ main of half a lobster and 28-day aged ribeye steak, a watercress salad, and hasselback potatoes with a parsley, lemon and garlic gremolata. To round off, a French classic of apple tarte tatin with a balsamic crème fraîche. Topped off with a bottle of Laurent Perrier Rose.

    Shop Valentine’s hamper at The Mitre Hampton Court, £120

  • Lanson Valentine's gourmet food box

    Lanson Valentine's Gourmet Food Box
    Best Valentine's day DIY meal kits to make at home

    Post Box Bakery has teamed up with Lanson and HG Walter, one of London’s leading butchers and supplier to Michelin starred restaurants, to put together a gourmet Valentine’s meal box. 

    The starter is oak-smoked salmon from Ritchie’s of Rothesay with horseradish crème fraîche, pickled cucumbers, beetroot and apple remoulade served with sour rye kernel bread and cultured whipped butter

    The main course is HG Walter’s Hereford beef fillet wellington, crispy pomme Anna, sprouting broccoli, carrot purée and bone marrow beef jus. While dessert is chocolate fondant, salted caramel sauce with chantilly cream.

    All of the courses have been sourced and prepared to match with Lanson’s Rosé Champagne, of which you’ll receive a bottle. 

    Each box comes with a menu and easy to follow step-by-step instructions so that you can cook at home.

    Shop Valentine’s gourmet food box at Lanson, £130

  • Ormer Mayfair’s Valentine’s banquet box

    Ormer Mayfair
    Best Valentine's day DIY meal kits to make at home
    Swanky Mayfair haunt Ormer has pulled together a delicious Valentine’s-themed DIY kit for this special time of year.

    Start your romantic feast with a creamy pumpkin soup and scallops, followed by côte de boeuf to share with sides of aged beef ragout, foie gras, truffled wild mushrooms, caramelised shallots and triple cooked chips, before rounding off with Ormer’s signature apple crumble, and handmade chocolates for a sweet after-dinner treat.

    Delivery is available within M25 from 12pm – 7.30pm on 11 February to 14 February and orders must be placed at least 48 hours in advance.

    Shop Valentine’s Banquet Box at Ormer Mayfair, £159

DIY dessert kits for Valentine’s Day

  • Krispy Kreme love creations Kit

    Krispy Kreme
    Best Valentine's day DIY meal kits to make at home

    As there isn’t exactly a lot going on to keep us entertained this February, this cute kit is a creative way to pass the time on Valentine’s Day. 

    Each kit comes with two original glazed doughnuts and two heart-shaped doughnuts stuffed with sherbert kreme. Use pink and yellow icing and colourful sprinkles to make your own customised doughnuts, covering them with messages of lurve.

    Pre-order love creations Kit at Krispy Kreme for delivery after 1 February, £14.95

  • The Mindful Cook chocolate making kit

    The Mindful Cook
    Best Valentine's day DIY meal kits to make at home

    Buying a box of chocolates is so last year, instead, we think it’s fun to try and make your own. The Mindful Cook uses nutritional ingredients and heart-shaped moulds to help you create your own melt-in-the-mouth truffles. 

    Each kit includes all of the ingredients you need to make the truffles as well as equipment such as a mini whisk, spatula and silicone heart-shaped moulds. You will also get product info and recipe cards, as well as an online tutorial. 

    Shop chocolate making kit at The Mindful Cook, £47

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Megan Murray is a senior digital writer for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about homeware (particularly candles), travel, food trends, restaurants and all the wonderful things London has to offer.

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