The new cool for Lockdowners is the ‘Makeaway’ - dishes you order from your favourite restaurant which delivers all the pre-prepped ingredients for you to add the finishing touches at home, at a time to suit you.
Independent pub group, Oakman Inns - which owns and operates a total of 27 pubs in and around market towns in Southern England and the West Midlands - has launched their ‘Oakman At Home’ kits, initially featuring a brace of their most popular dishes, with plans to expand the service in the next few weeks.
This week, they’ve added a ‘Romantic Valentine’s Feast for Two’ which their Valentine’s guests would normally enjoy if they were spending the most romantic night of the year at their local Oakman Inn.
But this year, their award-winning Chef Director, Ross Pike, has created a special three course meal with what he hopes will infuse the evening with a little bit of extra love.
He said: “We’ve selected the most popular dishes that couples ordered last year on Valentine’s Day and, to ensure they are as simple as possible to finish at home, my team and I have trialled them ourselves at our own homes to perfect the prepping and the all-important instructions and video.
"The last thing we want to do is create a lover’s tiff in the kitchen.”
The Valentine’s Meal Box, available for delivery nationwide, includes a bottle of prosecco, which can be upgraded to champagne, and up to four courses of lovingly prepared premium quality produce.
Pop the cork to accompany nibbles while the first course - Aubergine Parmigiana Ravioli served with Focaccia is baking.
This is followed by a choice of two main courses - Dry Aged British Sirloin Steak with triple cooked chips and peppercorn sauce or a Baked Mushroom Wellington – both of which are accompanied by Caramelised Onion Cauliflower Gratin, Cavolo Nero and Roasted Garlic.
Share the tantalisingly sweet Baked Vanilla Cheesecake with passion fruit (of course) and hot white chocolate sauce.
To help celebrate the day and spread the love, Oakman has launched a search to find a special Valentine’s Day Couple.
They are asking their customers via social media to nominate a couple living near one of their pubs who deserve a Valentine’s Day to remember or a big thank you.
Maybe a nursing neighbour, whose partner has been educating the kids while they’ve been working at the local hospital; a couple forced to celebrate a silver or golden wedding anniversary on their own or a couple who deserve a token of love from their grandchildren.
The winning couple will receive an Oakman At Home four course Valentine’s Day Feast for Two with champagne, plus a £100 voucher to celebrate in their local Oakman, once pubs and restaurants are allowed to open again.
Oakman at Home Valentine’s Meal Boxes must be ordered by midday today (Monday), details click here.
OAKMAN RUNS THE FOLLOWING VENUES IN OUR AREAS:
White Hart, Ampthill
Beech House, Amersham
Beech House, Beaconsfield
Cherry Tree, Olney
The Akeman Inn, Kingswood
Betsey Wynne, Swanbourne
The Polecat Inn, Prestwood
King’s Arms, Berkhamsted
Banyers House, Royston
Beech House, St Albans
The Red Lion, Water End
The Akeman, Tring
The Navigation at Thrupp Wharf, Cosgrove
The Crown & Thistle, Abingdon
The Old Post Office, Wallingford
Blue Boar, Witney
The Globe, Warwick
The Four Alls, Welford-on-Avon.