Red roses, chocolates and the perfect bottle of wine! Valentine’s Day is around the corner, which can only mean one thing… showering your significant other with love and heart shaped gifts.

While it’s a celebration of love and romance nowadays, Valentine’s Day hasn’t always been about red roses and grand gestures of affection. In fact, 14 February was originally a day to honour martyrs who went by the name of Valentine. Emperor Claudius II executed two men – a priest and a bishop – on 14 February in different years. Both men were called Valentine and were later recognised by the Catholic church with a celebration called St. Valentine’s Day.

St. Valentine’s Day also coincided with the Roman celebration of Lupercalia between 13 and 15 February. A feast about fertility, Lupercalia involved being drunk and naked, while couples were matched together for the entirety of the festival!

In the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I tried to ban the pagan ritual of Lupercalia, but some of the festival’s traditions ended up becoming mixed up with the St. Valentine’s Day celebrations instead. This was the first time there was any hint of St. Valentine’s Day being an occasion about fertility and love.

Nowadays, an estimated £2 billion is spent every year in the UK alone on Valentine’s Day cards, flowers, chocolates and gifts. In a modern twist compared to Roman times, mobile phones are now the most popular way Valentine’s Day gifts are organised. According to the National Retail Federation, 25% use their phone to buy a Valentine’s present, 18% use it to book a meal and 17% use it for special Valentine’s Day hotel bookings.

This year at The Priest House we will be showcasing our Valentines menu for the whole weekend! Why not make a night of it and stay overnight with us? Our bed and breakfast package starts from just £89 for two people.

Interested in our dinner package? Why not enjoy a three course dinner with glass of fizz on arrival for only £29.95 per person. You’ll be able to eat, drink and romance the night away whilst enjoying some one on one time with your loved one. Wow them with delicious food and bubbles to show how much you adore them.

Click here to view our delicious menu.

To book call us on 01332 910 649 or email: reception@thepriesthouse.co.uk