It can be a real effort to pick the right place for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.
Everywhere is busier than you anticipated, with staff often overstretching themselves to provide the perfect experience for guests, and you spend the week before the big day living in fear that something will go wrong.
It’s tempting to just pack it all in and order something at home, or cook a meal yourself from scratch, but you’ve probably never considered heading to the place you grab your lunch from when you’ve got no money left at the end of the month.
Yes, that’s right, we’re taking about Greggs.
The high street bakery, which last year rolled out a summer ‘diet plan’ and a drive-thru service, has launched a one-day only menu for the most romantic day of the year.
It’ll cost £15 per couple, and comes complete with mood lighting, table service and a glass of prosecco each.
That’s right, table service at Greggs. No more walking up to the till to order like a chump. We’re living in the future, people.
Sure, you might not associate the chain with haute cuisine, or even with sitting down, but this would definitely be a novelty. And it’s only £15.
Now, I know you’re wondering what constitutes a romantic four-course dinner. Will Greggs be introducing fancy restaurant staples, or will they be working with the foods they know best?
It’s the latter. Because you’re not booking a table at Greggs with the aim of avoiding pastry.
You’ve got canapés to start, including seasoned pork and puff pastry slider, steak & blue cheese en croute, katsu tortilla wrap, Mexican chicken chipotle spoon, béchamel toasted honey cured ham square and tomato gazpacho.
The main event is a baked-to-order signature Greggs pastry parcel, with potato slices, leaves and sunblush tomatoes. No more getting a hot pasty when the next batch is ready – you’ll be treated like royalty here.
Dessert is a brochette of miniature doughnuts paired with a rich butterscotch flavoured dipping sauce, while the menu is rounded off with coffee and petits fours.
Bookings can be made via OpenTable from 7 February, with the promotion running at five Greggs branches around the UK on Valentine’s Day only.
Londoners can visit the Stockwell branch on Clapham Road, while the other two options in England are Manchester’s City Tower and Newcastle’s Grainger Street.
Welsh diners can head down to Queen Street in Cardiff, while Glasgow’s Argyle Street rounds off the options.
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