Whether you’re local or from out of the county, a Valentine's Day in Lewes, East Sussex, makes a romantic location to get away whether for a day or the weekend. The historic county town of Lewes has something for everyone, you could simply have a stroll up and down the High Street & Cliffe High Street where there is an eclectic mix of shops from clothing boutiques, interior and antiques shops, jewellers and more…For the historians there is Lewes Castle, the Town Museum, the Priory Ruins and Anne of Cleves House to keep you entertained all day long.
From ladies who know Lewes well, here are our recommendations for a Valentines break to remember. Why not start the day well with a delicious breakfast at our favourite bistro Le Magasin, (temptingly opposite our Darcey Lewes Boutique if shopping is on the cards). Alternatively, you could book into the fashionable Pelham House boutique hotel where they have a Valentine special weekend including a delicious evening meal menu with and a glass of Valentine Fizz to start. Have a look at their web site and see some of the stylish bedrooms available.
Sometimes a night in for just the two of you can be just as special. Pop the champagne in the fridge early, take extra care when laying the table, get the lighting right with table lamps and candles and choose a menu that won’t keep you in the kitchen too long. Mary Berry’s new book Foolproof Cooking is another source of recipes that really work and have ingredients that aren’t too difficult to source. She recommends her Salmon fillets with herbs and red pepper as an easy and quick supper to impress, followed by the easy peasy Latte Panna Cotta.
We couldn’t write a Valentine’s day blog without mentioning one of the loveliest florists in East Sussex. Church Lane Flowers in Seaford has an ambiance of rustic elegance. A shop hard to pass by due to the beautiful bouquets, plants and chalkboards…. Yes we always have to read the latest quotes, quips and proverbs. Established in 2009 by the hugely talented florist Helen Thomas, Church Lane Flowers have grown quickly yet offer a personal touch to all wedding and corporate events. They are an ideal place to buy a gift or treat yourself to a bouquet to complete your Valentine diner table.
Oh and don’t forget your card, at least make someone smile with a carefully chosen Valentine card. For a card of distinction visit Leadbetter and Good at the bottom of Cliffe High Street, it’s always a joy to look at all their gifts and home accessories too .
There is no excuse now, you have all the knowledge you need for a perfect Valentine's Day in Lewes, East Sussex. One final thought, don’t forget to look at our New In section on our website for that perfect outfit. New stock is gradually taking over from the sale stock and we are so relieved to see some spring colours to chase away this winter weather.