If you celebrate Valentine's Day, we've pulled together this guide to help you find local inspiration, making the most of some of the many fabulous local independent businesses we have within 5 miles of Thame. If Valentine's Day is not your thing, it's a great excuse to treat yourself to some local goodies! The list below is far from exhaustive but we've done a little round up to get you started! You can find more via our Shop OX9 Directory under the Gifting and Food/Drink Categories.
If you'd like to find out more about the businesses featured below, simply click on their name (emboldened) and it will take you to their website(s). Enjoy!
IF YOU'RE NOT PLANNING TO COOK . . . .
Native Feasts (Thame) -Enjoy the Native experience at home with their weekly, globally inspired three course set menu, made with local, seasonal ingredients for you to eat at home over the weekend. No prep, no utensils, just simple re-heating instructions means you can sit back, relax and enjoy a restaurant quality feast in the comfort of your home. They have released their Valentine's Feast but be quick as their weekly menu's sell out quickly!
Ravenous Beasts - a new Thame-based business providing luxury meals to your door, to create the experience of eating out, in. Receive your 'Restauranting Box' ready to pop in the oven so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the table. Simple!
If you are looking for a complete package, Dido's Fine Food has teamed up with Every Special Detail and Flowers by Evangeline to bring you everything you need to make Valentines Day special.
Katie Ryder Richardson (Thame) provides delicious bespoke tailored menu's so you can create your own valentines meal delivered to your door.
Albanico (Thame) is a brand new business bringing you Spanish atmosphere and flavour to your home by chef, Carmen Barradas.
Along with being a great Cafe, What's Cooking (Thame) can provide you with the ultimate home dining experience. Their Skilled Chefs have devised a 3 course Valentines menu with 3 different options to choose from (including vegetarian and vegan options).
Cavendish Events (Long Crendon) continue to provide luxurious home dining to your door. They have curated a fabulous four course menu and are also providing bubbly and chocolates too!
IF YOU PLAN TO COOK . . .
At Newitt's you'll find a range of Valentine's specials including their tasty Beef Wellingtons!
Mama Dor's Kitchen (Chinnor) provides a tasty range of homemade spice blends so you can cook up your own authentic Indian meal from your kitchen.
The Pork Shack (Thame) have just launched their DIY home kits so you can rustle up Asian fusion inspired street food at home. If you are not in the mood to cook, order from their fresh new menu to either Takeaway or get delivered.
FOR AFTERNOON TEA LOVERS
Black Goo (Thame) are providing Valentines boxes full of freshly prepared sandwiches, homemade chunky sausage rolls, giant scotch eggs, chunky scones with clotted cream and jam, themed cupcakes, gooey brownies and homemade chocolates.
FOR CHEESE AND CHARCUTERIE LOVERS
Tuck in with the Graze Board (Thame) who create delicious boards full of locally sourced produce.
FOR CHOCOLATE LOVERS...
Rumsey's Chocolaterie (Thame) have a delicious range of homemade chocolates to pick from. You can also purchase chocolate lollipops which you can personalise with your own message
Wealden House Kitchen (Tetsworth) have created delicious chocolate Pinata's (yes you read it right) which can be filled with jellybeans, marshmallows and sweets of your choice. A mini timber mallet is included so you break into it to find the sweet treats inside! Valentines Day Afternoon Tea Boxes are also available .
Custom Cocoa Co (Haddenham) create big chunky slabs of chocolatey goodness which can be customised with a huge variety of fillings and toppings...alcoholic options too! You can also find bars in heart shapes (see below)
Sur Chocolates (Haddenham) are releasing a limited edition box of luxury Argentinian Alfajores especially for Valentines Day.
AND IF DRINKS ARE ON YOUR LIST....
Opened in 2020, BeerGinVino (Haddenham) stocks a huge range of beers, gins and wines (if you hadn't guessed from their name!). You can order online for home delivery or visit their shop at Bradmoor Farm in Haddenham. They also stock lots of locally produced alcohol including XT Beer and Ale, Rockfall Rum (new for 2020!) and Dinton Folly Sparkling Wine. You can also enjoy tasting evenings from the comfort of your own home!
If you've been to Thame Market recently you will have heard the talented musician Jess Cox playing her Cello. Jess is providing a series of online concerts for Valentines Day so you can tune in.
IF YOU GIFT.....
AND FINALLY...DONT FORGET A CARD!
If you are looking for something personalised and bespoke, The Oxford Calligrapher creates beautiful cards and poster prints from her home studio in Thame.
The Reversible Robin (Thame) creates beautiful handmade jewellery and cards - available for home delivery!
COVID has definitely put us all under a lot of pressure in so many ways. What about gift vouchers for local businesses which are currently closed which can be enjoyed when restrictions ease? There are so many fabulous businesses nearby who can help us relax, unwind and give us the time-out we all miss. Gift something to look forward to! Browse here.