Love is in the Air
8th February 2014
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Valentine's Day is the time when our thoughts turn to love and treating those special people in our life.However, although many people think that this is a modern day celebration, St. Valentine's Day has roots that go back to ancient Rome and the early Christians. It was, and still, is a Roman Catholic Feast Day commemorating the life of Valentinus who was martyred in Rome during the 3rd century AD. It is said that he wrote the first Valentine greeting whilst he was imprisoned, to a girl that he fell in love with, she was possibly the jailor's daughter, and signed it "From Your Valentine".


What ever you think about the possible origins of Valentine's Day you are sure to want to show your loved one how much they mean to you. Many couples like to go out for a romantic meal for 2 and we are lucky here in Birmingham to have an abundance of choice when it comes to eating out. Some of our recommendations here at thebestof Birmingham are:


VMF Restaurant at Villa Park. a unique restaurant with spectacular views across the football ground. The delicious food is cooked and served under supervision by VMF apprentices. With starters including such treats as Pan Fried Scallops with King Prawns, main courses such as Trellis of Salmon and Sole and desserts like Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake you will be spoilt for choice. Contact them on 0121 504 2167 to book your table or folow this link:


The Bartons Arms in Aston is an unusual combination of traditional Victorian pub and exquisite Thai restaurant. You can share a platter for 2 (it is Valentine's Day after all!) Or choose from one of the authentically cooked Thai dishes including Panang Curry, Pad King and Kee Moo Noodles. We have eaten here ourselves and the food is delicious and the staff are very welcoming. Telephone them on 0121 629 0836 to book a table or follow this link:


Novotel Birmingham Centre on Broad Street offers a relaxing meal in a friendly, stylish setting at their Elements Bar and Restaurant. Why not make a weekend of it and book an overnight stay. Explore the City, do a bit of shopping, take in a show. The rooms are all spacious and contemporary in design and you are right in the heart of Birmingham. Telephone the team on 0121 673 1979 to discuss your needs.


Nothing shows your love on Valentine's Day more than flowers and our favourite Birmingham florist C Z Handsaker Floral Designs has some fabulous offers for Valentine's Day. Follow this link:

or phone Clare on 0121 696 4153 to discuss your individual requirements.


Whatever you do to celebrate Valentine's Day make it a memorable one and enjoy the time spent with the special person in your life.

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