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Unlimited Prosecco, dinner and film at The Mockingbird
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams enjoy the kind of super revved up romance Hollywood does best in Nick Cassavetes intense 2004 film The Notebook. Just the job for a spot of loved up Valentine canoodling. For the complete experience those imaginative culinary impresarios at the Mockingbird have lined up a three course meal and unlimited prosecco. Let those bubbles make your head spin and heart sing.
Wed 14 Feb 7pm at The Mockingbird, The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA £44.95 veezi.com
Romantic theatre: Brief Encounter at The Rep
One of the most enduring big screen love stories is that chance encounter at Carnforth railway station between Trevor Howard’s Alec and prim housewife Laura, played with clipped stiffness by Celia Johnson. Just what would have happened had Celia not got that bit of grit in her eye? Emma Rice’s stage adaptation of Noel Coward’s play has been touring the world since originally opening at The Rep, including successful runs in the West End and Broadway.
Until Sat 17 Feb at The Rep, Centenary Square, Birmingham B3 3HQ £15 www.birmingham-rep.co.uk
Gin Lovers Night at The Jekyll and Hyde
Settle in at the city’s finest gin parlour, nearly one hundred varieties available, for a romantic evening sipping on the finest juniper berry liquor known to man (and woman). Always a wonderful evening in the delightfully antique Victorian setting but for Valentine’s the J&H has pulled out all the sky juice stops, with a gin masterclass and cheese charcuterie experience provided by the esteemed purveyors of fine food from Colmore Row, Anderson and Hill.
Wed 14 Feb to Thu 15 Feb at The Jekyll and Hyde, 28 Steelhouse Lane, City Centre, Birmingham B4 6BJ £25 www.thejekyllandhyde.co.uk
Meat Lovers Valentine at The Dark Horse
Carnivores are romantic too and their flesh gobbling needs will certainly be satisfied at the Dark Horse’s meat loving date night. A choice of two enormous sharing platters starring either pig or cow and featuring such delicacies as smoked hog shank, brisket and burnt ends, and half pork ribs. Platters come with a couple of free craft ale pints or a bottle of wine. Coronary be damned and happy Valentine.
Wed 14 Feb 12pm – 10pm at The Dark Horse, 145 Alcester Rd, Birmingham B13 8JP £tba www.darkhorsemoseley.co.uk
Verve Festival of Poetry and Spoken Word at Waterstones
If your romantic literary prowess stalls at ‘roses are red’ type drivel then fear not for the Verve Festival of Poetry and Spoken Word runs for four days during Valentine’s week and features an impressive array of writers, poets and performers, exhibiting their work through live appearances and workshops. By the end you will be letting loose some quality love wordery on the subject of your Valentine affections. Check out our full preview here.
Thu 15 Feb to Sun 18 Feb at Waterstones, 24-26 High Street, Birmingham B4 7SL www.vervepoetryfestival.com
Romantic movie night at The Electric, Artrix
The simplest date nights are a visit to the cinema to enjoy a romantic film with your significant other and there’s plenty to choose from this Valentine’s week. Our pick would have to be the timeless Brief Encounter, all clipped accents and rigid stiff upper lips with just a hint of the occasional knee trembler. It’s a heart rending tale of love, loyalty and desire that still resonates powerfully. Both The Artrix and The Electric are screening David Lean’s seminal masterpiece. The Electric is also screening an eclectic mix of Valentine themed movies starring Casablanca, True Romance, Gone with the Wind and The Notebook.
Fri 9 Feb to Sun 18 Feb at The Electric, Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY £10.50 www.theelectric.co.uk
Wed 14 Feb 1pm & 7.30pm at Artrix, Slideslow Dr, Bromsgrove B60 1GN £14 uk.patronbase.com
*Sold out: Valentine’s dinner at The Edwardian Tearoom
There is a definite WOW factor to dining after dark in the city’s premier museum, taking place in the Industrial Gallery, a stunning space with its inspiring high glassed ceiling and fascinating exhibits. The impressive five course meal (vegetarian option of course) includes beetroot gravadlax, parmesan and thyme pancakes, but best of all gin and tonic sorbet. Serenading diners throughout will be local singer songwriter Robert Lane.
Wed 14 Feb 7pm – 9pm at The Edwardian Tearoom Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3DH £47.50 www.birminghammuseums.org.uk
Published on: Thu 1 Feb 2018