Well, what a Valentine’s/Galentine’s this is shaping up to be, eh? If your February 14th is looking a little sad (so that’s all of us then) why not cheer yourself up with some decent grub? Here's our pick of food delivery boxes for the occasion. From our bubble to yours, chin chin!
HOSTE x Moët & Chandon's Galentine's Box, £55
Former Marie Claire columnist and founder of HOSTE Laura Jackson has done it again with her genius Galentine's box, crafted to celebrate the joys of friendship through food and champagne. The Make A Meal of It box contains a sumptuous three-course menu chosen by Laura with Moët & Chandon’s Rosé Impérial. Expect starters of whole baked camembert, beef short ribs (or veggie wellington) with celeriac, dauphinoise potatoes and buttered winter greens. But leave room for the Eton Mess with toasted hazelnuts and berry compote, obvs. Designed to taste and look great, each box includes treats like Pink Blossom Love candles by Wax Atelier, bespoke menus by Romeo and Jules and cocktail recipes. Available to preorder now, delivering nationwide. Go, go, go!
Oh Briehave's cheese bundles, from £60
Luxury grazing company Oh Briehave (see what they did there?) are launching their Valentine's Bundles this week. Cheese fan? You'll want in. Brainchild of fashion expat Tansy Paris, Oh Briehave promises to make date night on the sofa a very gouda affair indeed (sorry). The pink Brie Mine Deluxe Cheese Box (from £60) is filled with beautiful heart-shaped artesian cheeses, sugar cookies, layers of fruit and freshly-cut honeycomb with a bunch of gorgeous Salad Studios blooms. Or go all out with the Get Lit Valentine's Bundle (£80). It's a stylish black box made up of Black Truffle cheese, four types of charcuterie, salted black olives, relish and an Old Flame Clubs personalised 3D candle. Who knew cheese could be so chic? Delivery nationwide.
Panzer’s It’s A Date food parcel, £85
London’s original Jewish deli, Panzer’s have come up trumps with the most delicious Valentine’s Day food delivery box. It’s A Date is a beautifully-packaged food parcel containing treats like Bird In Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé, Kokoa Collection Madagascar Hot Chocolate, salted caramel truffles and Panzer’s Linzer cookies (heart-shaped, of course). Plus there's two heavenly Panzer’s mugs to keep. Delivery nationwide.
Lussmanns Sustainable Fish and Grill’s Celebration boxes, £95
Award-winning restaurant group Lussmanns Sustainable Fish and Grill are offering new Celebration Boxes for Valentine’s Day and beyond. Pick from the Luxury Steak Box, a Luxury Lobster and Steak Box or Luxury Lobster, Steak and Fish (!). Designed for two people, each box contains starters, mains, sides and puddings. Plus not just a bottle of red, but half a bottle of champs, too. The 28-day dry aged pasture-fed, free-range rib with a side of mac and cheese has got us drooling. Delivers to Hertfordshire and North London.
Tom Hunt and Danny Jack’s Regenerative Menu Box, £65
Eco chef Tom Hunt has collaborated with chef Danny Jack to create a special meal for Valentine’s Day based on his recent cookbook, Eating for Pleasure, People & Planet. Designed to celebrate organic and regenerative farming, the box is a five-course feast for two. It includes delicious morsels like caramelised salsify and shallots with thyme, rhubarb and hazelnuts, risotto with truffle salt and single origin chocolate fondant with walnut cream, rye and cacao breadcrumbs. Heaven. Delivers nationwide.
StarChefs’ Feasting Box, £165
New food platform StarChefs was founded by ex-Fat Duck chef David Swann, so you know the food is going to be top-notch. The first launch comes from Michelin-starred chef Andrew Wong to celebrate Chinese New Year. The Feasting Box contains 13 of the most incredible Chinese dishes (think seared Wagyu beef with three sauces, barbecued sweetcorn with beef XO sauce and whole seabass with ginger spring onion en papillote). Plus you're also sent festive decorations and playlist suggestions. Look out for more collaborations, meal kits, ready meals and specialist ingredients to come. Delivers nationwide.
Cake or Death's Letterbox Brownies, from £17
OK, so not strictly a meal per se but Cake or Death's Letterbox Brownies deserve a shout-out purely for their squidgy deliciousness. The East London Cake or Death bakery (named after an Eddie Izzard sketch which makes us love them even more) are fudgy and moreish. And - as luck would have it - vegan, too. Their peanut butter flavour gets rave reviews. Why not order a box for somebody special this V-day? Delivers nationwide through the letterbox.
Farmison & Co's Dine-In for Valentine's boxes, from £25
Created by Michelin-starred chef Jeff Baker, these high-end dine-in boxes from Farmison & Co promise to bring a little Parisian romance to your living room. Turn your living quarters into a French restaurant for the night with the French Dine-In box (£49.95). Enjoy a 32-day dry-aged heritage breed Cote de Boeuf with bearnaise butter and beef dripping Koffmann chips. There's also an Italian box (a slow-cooked pasta dish that comes with a lovely bottle of Chianti). Plus an Indian box and Chinese too. Just try looking at the Half Crispy Peking Style Duck without drooling, JUST TRY.
Marie Claire Newsletter
Celebrity news, beauty, fashion advice, and fascinating features, delivered straight to your inbox!
Sophie Goddard is the Entertainment Editor of Marie Claire UK, as well as working across other titles in a freelance capacity. She has over 10 years journalism experience working on both digital and print platforms and prior to Marie Claire, worked at Glamour and Cosmopolitan magazine. Sophie writes about a number of topics, specialising in celebrity interviews and features. At Marie Claire, she is responsible for booking and interviewing cover stars and other celebrity interviews and is always open to pitches from publicists (she is always open to discussing sausage dogs, too).
The biggest dating trends for 2024 might just get you back on the apps
Feeling jaded by modern dating? Take a look at this
By Lauren Hughes
The jeans all the cool girls are wearing have just dropped at NET-A-PORTER
This is the denim brand you need to know about
By Natalie Hughes
Hairstylists are calling 'caramelised hair' one of 2024's most universally wearable colour trends—here's the best inspiration
Sign us up
By Lucy Abbersteen
"I'm a Black barrister working in a broken justice system"
Alexandra Wilson is a 26-year-old barrister speaking out about sexism, racism and class inequality at the very heart of the legal system. She shares her disturbing experiences, and why activism will make a difference.
By Alexandra Wilson
Feeling sad this week? Learn about the 5 steps of grief, plus how to avoid it consuming you
As the nation mourns Her Majesty The Queen.
By Ally Head
Pride events: 7 IRL and virtual celebrations to add to your calendar for 2021
Ready to celebrate?
By Rosie Grant
Coronavirus versus cold symptoms: How to know whether you've got COVID 19 or a common cold
This is important. Read guidance from the experts now.
By Ally Head
How COVID-19 made us forget our morals on plastic
Pre-pandemic, we cared about our habits of plastic use. Lockdown changed all that - but it's not too late to continue the fight
By Olivia Adams
Catherine Mayer on women's rights: 'I see how much is to be done and how urgently'
Co-founder of the Women's Equality Party, Catherine Mayer, was married to influential musician Andy Gill until his death in Feb 2020. This International Women's Day, Mayer shares with affecting honesty how grief adds clarity to her life-affirming activism
By Maria Coole
Tanya Burr shares her top 6 resources for educating yourself - and growing - this IWD
The theme of this International Women's Day is Choose to Change - let Tanya help you become a change-maker with her top resources.
By Ally Head
Catherine Bohart: 'I’m frightened of losing what I found in lockdown'
Award-winning writer and comedian Catherine Bohart shares what her own lockdown mental health journey helped her discover
By Sophie Goddard