The usual Durham Valentine's Day meal scene will take place in restaurants across the city centre this February 14: packed restaurants full of couples, smartly dressed and a lit candle between them.
If you want to book somewhere high-end, though, you can end up paying a lot to take part in this yearly event unless you track down some Valentine's Day deals - or if you leave it too late you might even fail to get a table altogether. Recriminations ensue.
Never fear, as ExplorAR's Durham Cityguide has got you covered. We've looked around and found a few tasty looking options, including a few Durham Valentine's Day meal offers. Have a look through and see what's to your taste.
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Durham Valentine's Day meal offer #1: Ramside Hall
Valentine's Day falls on a Thursday in 2019, so you might be able to take advantage of Ramside Hall's Surf & Turf Thursdays. For £47.95 per couple, you can get two 8oz rump or rib eye steaks with a giant king prawn, and a 75cl bottle of Ramside Hall's house wine.
If you're feeling flush, you could instead go for an overnight spa stay for £165 per person, or if you're counting the pennies then the early bird carvery (Monday to Saturday 3-6pm) with a meal and dessert for £8.95 might be more your thing.
You can contact Ramside Hall on 0191 386 5282.
Durham Valentine's Day meal offer #2: Crook Hall
If you'd rather head out for the afternoon rather than face the packed ranks of evening restaurant-goers, then try Crook Hall sparkling afternoon tea. Have a wander around the gardens and then head to the Georgian Drawing Room for a glass of fizz and canapes. After that, you'll get tea or coffee and a three-tiered stand of sweet and savoury treats.
The Valentine's Day Crook Hall afternoon tea costs £24.50 and takes place on Thursday and Friday February 14-15, 12-2.30pm. As with most Durham Valentine's Day meals, pre-booking is a must. Call 0191 384 8028.
Durham Valentine's Day meal offer #3: Walworth Castle
Going beyond Durham city, Walworth Castle near Darlington is offering food, drink and entertainment for lovebird couples on Valentine's Day weekend. For £35, you can have a glass of fizz in Walworth Castle's lounge, followed by a three course meal in the candlelit courtyard, to the strains of a singer performing live.
Walworth Castle's Valentine's Day meal deal is on Saturday February 16. Call 01325 485470 to book.
Durham Valentine's Day meal offer #4: Rockcliffe Hall
If you're looking to really impress - or maybe if you're planning to pop the question - then your partner is bound to feel special at the Durham Valentine's Day meal event at the 4AA rosette Orangery in Rockcliffe Hall. The Valentine’s Day Dinner includes a six-course tasting menu with a wine pairing for each course. This impressive event comes at an impressive price too - £110 per person. It takes place on Thursday 14th February 2019 from 6pm. Call Rockcliffe Hall on 01325 729 999 or email email@example.com