Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Show your loved one how much you care this Valentine's Day with one of these romantic gifts from Bury St Edmunds & Beyond...

Valentine’s day originated from a Roman festival celebrating the coming of spring and all the joy and warmth it brings with it. Of course now it is mainly celebrated by people in love; a chance to spend quality time doing something special and focusing on each other instead of the demands of daily life. Below you will find many ideas for things to do this Valentines day; with something to suit every budget and every size of family.


Valentine’s day is the perfect excuse for a relaxing stay away in a luxury hotel and there are many exclusive deals for couples and even families who want to take a break. 

The Black Lion, Long Melford

A roaring log fire will welcome you at the Black Lion in Long Melford this Valentine’s day, as well as glass of fizz for guests who take advantage of their valentine’s package. Prices start from £255 and include a stunning five-course meal as well as one of their cozy rooms and a selection of complimentary Bramley bath products to take home with you as a special gift. Take a stroll in the historic village or the Long Melford country park where you can take in the stunning views of the lake and forest.

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The Northgate, Bury St Edmunds

It doesn’t get much more romantic than a stay at the boutique Northgate Hotel. The opulent French theme that runs through each and every lavish room evokes a dreamy Parisian atmosphere to lose yourself in. Relax in the freestanding over-sized baths and afterwards grab a drink at the contemporary cocktail bar. If you book as part of the Valentine’s deal you will receive a glass of rhubarb and ginger fizz followed by a beautifully crafted five course meal with a special gift courtesy of Pinkster. The next day why not spend some quality time together, with a stroll through the peaceful Abbey Gardens.

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The Ickworth Hotel, Bury St Edmunds

Set amongst beautiful and expansive Suffolk parkland, and part of a national trust estate, The Ickworth Hotel is the perfect getaway for nature lovers. Gather the whole family and make the most of the free two hours of childcare available; taking some much needed quality time to yourselves over dinner or in the spa. There is plenty to do in the daytime, with kite flying, spring time crafts and acres of space for the children to run and play in the fresh air.

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Bedford Lodge & Spa, Bury St Edmunds

The four star Bedford Lodge Hotel and Spa is a chic and classy place for couples to spend some special time away. They offer several fabulous Valentine’s packages which include everything you need to show that special person just how much you love them. Upon arrival in your superior room or luxury suite you will find a bottle of Moet and Chandon Champagne and red roses or chocolates. Head down for a delicious three course dinner in the award-winning Squire’s restaurant and after a restful night’s sleep enjoy a full English breakfast as the perfect start to your day.

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The Angel Hotel, Bury St Edmunds

Take a romantic break at the opulent Angel Hotel where relaxation and luxury abound. From £295 per couple you can enjoy champagne on arrival, Belgian chocolates and sweet smelling Temple Spa products in your room as well as afternoon tea and later on, dinner in the Eaterie. Wake up to a glorious full Suffolk Breakfast and a late checkout the next day… bliss.

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The Swan Hotel & Spa, Lavenham

The Swan Hotel and Spa is nestled in the quaint village of Lavenham, surrounded by historic medieval houses and gentle walks. It is even the location of some of the scenes in the Harry Potter films- so the perfect surprise getaway if your other half is a fan! The Hotel itself just oozes splendour, with original beams and elegant décor throughout, you’ll feel quite at home. 

The Suffolk Escape package is perfect for a romantic weekend away. The 2-night package includes, a Fishers Gin and tonic with your evening meal in the Galley Restaurant, Try out some of our most divine dishes in our magnificent Gallery restaurant and a sumptuous breakfast on both mornings of your stay. For an extra special treat, why not book a treatment in their award-winning Weavers' House Spa and spend an hour or two soaking in the thermal pool with a glass of bubbly!

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What could be more romantic than fine dining by candlelight with your loved one? Many restaurants offer a special Valentine’s menu with a choice of delicious dishes to suit every palate.

The Bushel, Bury St Edmunds 

The Bushel
 invites couples to share the love with a variety of offers for anytime of day. The brunch offer includes specials such as chorizo bake and egg and smashed avocado bagel and you can add a drink such as Prosecco or a Bloody Mary for only £3.50 extra. There is a lunch menu full of tempting sandwiches, which come with a choice of sides and a drink, and a dinner menu made up of different cuisines such as latino fries, bao buns and Cajun skewers. 

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The Angel Eaterie, Bury St Edmunds

The Valentine’s menu at The Angel Eaterie offers a charming three-course feast for £42 per person. Relax in the stylish, laid back setting and enjoy delights such as pressed ham and rabbit terrine and crispy duck egg with asparagus to start, followed by fresh pea and goats cheese ravioli or a trio of pork with mashed potato and onion pearls for main. The dark chocolate and cherry fondant would be perfect to share, but with rose and hibiscus cheesecake on the menu, why would you?

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1921 Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds

For award winning dining in an elegant setting, be sure to book a table at 1921 Angel Hill for a uniquely refreshing fine dining experience. Indulge in a decadent five-course menu, which guides you and your loved one through a sensorial adventure like no other. Head chef Zack Deakins has expertly crafted this Valentine’s menu, which includes an array of courses, each more exquisite than the last. For your pre-starter savor the flavor of cauliflower and cumin veloute, medjool dates and toasted almonds, followed by a choice of starters including Suffolk chorizo and confit chicken pressing with blood orange and carrot and torched mackerel, Yorkshire rhubarb, cucumber and horseradish. You will be spoiled for choice when it comes to main courses with 40 day aged Suffolk Sirloin, oxtail and artichoke, potato and truffle pressing, confit egg yolk and creamed watercress or fillet of Chalk Farm trout, oyster and fennel among the dishes on offer. Refresh the palate with lemon meringue parfait before enjoying a luxurious, rich chocolate dessert.

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The Weeping Willow, Barrow

The Weeping Willow’s Valentine’s menu is an intriguing mix of bold new flavours combined with classic French cuisine. Sample the smoked seared scallops with lime, radish and baby beetroot to start, or perhaps the breast of duck pickled pink, with oyster mushrooms salad. The cote de boef to share with dauphinoise potatoes and all the trimmings is the star of the show when it comes to the main courses, with an honorable mention given to the hallibut fillet with crab, pancetta and saffron mashed potato. The sweet toothed will enjoy the choice of deserts with bitter chocolate plate with honeycomb and raspberry sorbet, and passion fruit panna cotta amongst the treats on offer.

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If you're looking for something a little bit different to the usual dinner, flowers and chocolates, why not treat your Valentine to one of these days out and experiences!

Kentwell Hall

This Valentine’s day Kentwell Hall will be awash with gorgeous blooms as spring come’s ever nearer. The eagle eyed amongst you will spy Snowdrops and even Aconites amongst the fresh greenery. Fragrant Marhonia, Sarcoma and Hellebore are also to be found, and afterwards you can head to the Stableyard tearoom for a cup of tea and a piece of cake.

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Shirley Valentine at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds    

Treat your loved one to a night at the theatre and get your tickets for ‘Shirley Valentine’ playing at the Theatre Royal. Shirley is a housewife. Her kids have left home and she makes chips and egg for her husband whilst talking to the wall. Where has her life disappeared to? Out of the blue, her best friend offers her a trip to Greece for 2 weeks and she secretly packs her bags. She heads for the sun and starts to see the world, and herself, very differently.

Willy Russell’s heart-warming comedy premiered in 1986 and took the world by storm. It was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film. Theatre Royal’s own production of Shirley Valentine is a delightful discovery of herself, and a rekindling of her childhood dreams and youthful love of life. Keddy Sutton stars in a revival of this vibrant comedy.

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Valentines Crafts at Clare Castle Country Park

The whole family will be delighted by the Valentine’s offer at Clare Castle Country Park on Saturday 8th February. Drop in at anytime between 10am and 12pm and let the kids get creative with arts and crafts in the old goods shed; the perfect opportunity to create a Valentine’s card surprise ahead of the day itself.

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