Creative culinary experience this Valentine’s Day at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa

By Lucia Cappiello

For an indulgent Valentine’s dining experience, look no further than the opulent surroundings of Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa’s Wernher Restaurant.

On the Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire border, the 2 AA Rosette fine-dining restaurant exudes opulence at every turn with gold-plated mirrors, marble staircases, crystal chandeliers, tapestries and high ceilings. Upon arrival on Thursday 14 February, guests will be welcomed with Champagne and canapés before indulging in a very special five-course candlelit Valentine’s dinner.

Each dish has been specially designed by the Wernher’s award-winning head chef Ruth Hansom, playing on the delicious flavours of great British classics.

Ruth Hansom, head chef at the Wernher Restaurant comments on her menu; “I cannot wait for our guests to try our special Valentine’s menu, that has been carefully put together by myself and the Wernher team. Using only the very best, locally-sourced and in-season ingredients we have curated something indulgent, yet comforting and romantic, with great variety and in-keeping with the restaurant’s luxurious setting.”

Savour hand-dived Scottish scallop ceviche, with an avocado mousse, citrus and winter radish; pan-seared duck liver, with new season rhubarb, gingerbread, yoghurt and pistachio; chateaubriand for two with bone marrow, truffle creamed potato and a wild mushroom fricassee (£14 supplement); chestnut gnocchi sprouting broccoli with charred radicchio and a parmesan foam; and, a 70% cold chocolate & salted caramel fondant with nougatine, honeycomb ice cream and buttermilk. The starter, main and dessert courses will be accompanied by paired wines, enhancing and complementing the flavours.

Hansom continued; “I selected the dishes for a number of different reasons; the scallop ceviche is something light and refreshing, perhaps if you have a busy evening of dancing to follow, or if you’re just saving room for main and dessert! Beef chateaubriand is the premium part of the fillet and the perfect size for two portions, so we will cook it as a whole and then carve it table-side. For extra indulgence it is served with creamy truffle mash.”

Christopher Mouyiassi, executive head chef at Luton Hoo Hotel, said: “On no other day of the year is there as much pressure to impress your loved one as there is on Valentine’s Day, which makes it all the more important to choose a restaurant where excellence is guaranteed. Ruth’s menus are guaranteed to sweep your Valentine off their feet, and the ambience of the Wernher restaurant will set the perfect tone for a romantic evening.”

The magnificent Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa is steeped in history and romance, having been the location of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s honeymoon and is somewhere they continued to enjoy on wedding anniversaries. As well as being graced by royalty, the hotel was once owned by a diamond magnate and honoured by a visit from Sir Winston Churchill. Where better is there to celebrate Valentine’s than such an historical jewel such as Luton Hoo?

The Valentine’s dinner at Luton Hoo costs £125 per person.

Why not sweep your loved one off their feet this Valentine’s and book an overnight stay in a luxurious room? The Valentine’s dinner with overnight stay, breakfast and use of the spa and leisure facilities (based on two sharing), starts at £225 per person.

In the morning, take a romantic stroll through some of the 1,065-acres of Capability Brown-landscaped gardens and enjoy splendid, far-reaching views across the glistening 50-acre lake and beyond, or head to the on-site Country Club’s spa for some rest and relaxation.

To book, call Luton Hoo on 01582 698888, or visit for more information.