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It’s February and that means Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us! Even if you aren’t big into the day itself, we have so many fabulous local businesses on our doorstep, it’s worth keeping a few ideas in your back pocket for the next time you want to treat someone, just because!


Looking for something quirky and a little different to the cards you find in most high street shops? Why not pick up one of these vintage-style Valentine’s cards from Georgina’s Vintage Couture?

£3.50 each and available from Georgina’s shop in the Harris Arcade or here in her Etsy store.

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Vintage Style Valentine’s Cards from Georgina’s Vintage Couture

Is food more your thing? For a mere £25 per head, you could feast like a Georgian on a fabulous three-course meal, just a short stroll from the town centre on Sidmouth Street. Event details can be found here.

Georgian Feast
Georgian Feast’s Valentine’s Menu

Bigger budget? If you’re looking to go all-out, why not head over to Michelin-starred L’Ortolan? Their Valentine’s tasting menu comes in at a cool £125 per head, with an optional £70 per head for the wine pairing. You’ll receive 5* service there and the restaurant is in a beautiful building…perfect for any romantic questions you fancy asking! Details available here.


Prefer to give a gift you can wrap up? Check out these gorgeous options…

A personalised candle from Cucumber Wood Candles:

Cucumber Wood Candle
£12.95, Cucumber Wood Candles

Something for the book lover in your live from The Literary Gift Company:

Pen Nib Cufflinks, £12
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Enamel Pin Set, £16

And if you’re splashing the cash, why not head down to Jacobs the Jewellers in town? Their knowledgeable team of experts will help you find just what you need. As well as brand new pieces, they also have a stunning collection of antique and second-hand jewellery. This gorgeous pendant is IR’s absolute fave!

Second-hand Pearl, Ruby and Diamond Pendant; £1,995

Happy, “remember to show the people you love, that you love them” day. That applies no matter when you read this article, because it should be a daily occurrence!