Okay, so quite a lot could say ‘I love you’ more than a ‘romantic’ candlelit dinner at Greggs this Valentine’s day, but whilst I originally thought it was worthy of a post in the ‘Shit London‘ Facebook group. It’s fair to say that there will be an audience for this, whether that be simply to do something different, break up with someone or give them an excuse to break up with you for taking them. On a side note: Is it just me or does the waiter look a lot like Martin Kemp?
Anyway, my personal favourite would be to take someone who protests that they really don’t care about valentines day. Just to see quite how much they really don’t care about it, my guess is that it’s more than you give them credit for.
To be fair to Greggs, their product offering is pretty good if you’re in a bind and it’s not all pasties and doughnuts anymore, plus they also have some pretty serious fans.
But at £15 a head, that’s 10ish pasties worth of spend, so what do you get in return for your cold-hearted cash?
Starter: A composition of canapés – seasoned pork and puff pastry slider, steak & blue cheese en croute, katsu tortilla wrap, Mexican chicken chipotle spoon, béchamel toasted honey cured ham square and tomato gazpacho
Main: Your choice of signature Greggs puff pastry parcel, freshly baked to order, accompanied by oven roasted spiced potato slices and a garnish of fresh Apollo and spinach leaves and sunblush tomatoes
Dessert: A brochette of miniature doughnuts paired with a rich butterscotch flavoured dipping sauce
Petits Fours and Coffee: Belgian dark chocolate brownie, raspberry and almond bite and caramel shortbread. Accompanied by freshly ground Fairtrade coffee made using our own unique blend of mild Arabica beans from Peru and Colombia and rich tasting Robusta beans from Tanzania
To drink: Italian prosecco, soft drinks, still or sparkling mineral water
Greggs seemed to have played to their strengths with the menu and where else could you get 3 courses, a glass of prosecco, Petits Fours and a coffee for 15 whole pounds each?
Bookings open on 7th February, and there are only 5 places in the UK that you can book via Open Table, which lists the London venue as Clapham, though actually, it’s Stockwell. So get the date in your diary because these are going to sell out fast.
But if you’re still not convinced, watch their ‘Don’t tell the bride’ inspired promo video.
Failing all else, M&S or Waitrose ‘dine for two’ valentine’s offers could be pretty good this year…