Local Business Heroes - Valentine’s Offers

Last week we featured the gorgeous Valentine’s menus and treats being offered by the Cardamon Tea Lounge (which are still available, by the way!), and we promised you some more Valentine’s offers to get you all loved up.

Mersea Road hairdressers, Models Hair and Beauty  have come up trumps with a cracker of a deal – treat yourself to a Hollywood wax, Brazilian manicure and a wash & blow dry, all for just £60. This offer is only valid until the day after Valentine's Day and the conditions are one deal per person and all elements of the package must all be done on the same day.

Thai 1, the long-established East Hill restaurant, has a special set menu for Valentine’s Day which looks guaranteed to impress – crispy duck pancakes, chicken satay, lamb Thai curry, prawns in sweet chilli sauce… Let’s be honest, you had me at crispy duck! It’s a very reasonable £19.95.

Or do you fancy staying in? Colchester Oyster Fishery, based on Mersea Island, has some gorgeous options for a seafood supper at home, including an opulent oysters and champagne package. They offer next day delivery of you order before 12pm, and their website even has recipes if you’re in need of a little inspiration.

Or how about using Valentine’s Day to treat others? At Secret Hamper they like to do things a little differently… Ditch the overpriced roses, chocolates and cards and show the one you love your caring side by sending a box full of cakes and biscuits to your local care home. Surprise a group of elderly people that may not have their loved ones anymore and bring a smile to their faces. Or maybe you have an elderly neighbour that you’d like to surprise? They have a dedicated hamper just for them too. Secret Hampers start from only £34.95 and £1 from every order goes to Secret Hamper’s nominated charity, which this month is AgeUK Essex. Perfect.

(And pssst! If next week doesn’t scream ‘romance’ to you, but rather ‘Half term! Oh, my God! What am I going to do with the kids?!’ Cardamon Tea Lounge have that covered too – a special half term treat for your little one in the shape of an Alice Visits the Chocolate Factory brunch which includes a teapot sandwich with filling of your choice, fruit salad, sweets, mikado sticks with candy floss, kinder mini chocolate, mini croissant with chocolate filling and a mini milkshake. £5.50 per child. Available only during half term from 11-19 February. Bookings and full payment required – call Izabela on 01206 504180 and good luck!)