Whether you love or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is a perfect excuse to indulge in chocolates and champagne. Here's our pick of the finest fizz and edible treats
1. Artisan du Chocolat Whimsical Chocolate Assortment
Gerard Coleman's Artisan du Chocolat was described as 'the Bentley of Chocolate' by Gordon Ramsay. This playfully illustrated, heart-shaped box is inscribed with the words: “Love can be like a fairytale. Some people find their happy ending in the first person they meet. Others have to fight a dragon and some have to kiss a frog.” Inside, find 30 exquisite dark, milk and white chocolate confections.
2. Champagne PIAFF
Impress your plus one by pouring a glass of PIAFF this Valentine’s Day. The boutique champagne house is popular among London’s oenophiles-in-the-know and was the drink du jour during last summer’s Hampton Court Palace festival.
PIAFF has recently unveiled a sublime new Blanc de Blancs, made from 100% pure chardonnay grapes. Soft floral notes are complemented by a hint of almond and fresh hazelnut for a smooth, sparkling tipple that showcases PIAFF's delicacy, freshness and finesse.
PIAFF Rosé NV Brut is priced at £42; Blanc de Blancs is priced at £48, champagnepiaff.com
3. Harrods Chocolates
Nothing delights like a Harrods box, and this one comes packed with a medley of melt-in-the-mouth, handcrafted truffles in dark and milk chocolate, with a liquid salted caramel centre. You can also opt for a smaller selection of four truffles, packaged in a keepsake, heart-shaped tin.
The heart tin is priced at £6.50; truffle assortment is priced at £32, harrods.com
4. Veuve Clicquot Champagne Clicqu'call Rosé Bottle
What is better than a box of Veuve Clicquot? A box that plays a pre-recorded message when opened. Serenade a loved one with this interactive champagne gift, which includes a bottle of sparkling rosé champagne.
5. Cutter & Squidge Biskie Box
Feeling frisky for a biskie this Valentine’s Day? Cutter & Squidge is packing its signature delicacy into a special gift box. A biskie is a sweet hybrid of biscuit, cookie and cake, sandwiched with soft buttercream. The all-natural Soho bakery has also created a beautifully decorated, limited-edition Lady Bug style, with a sweet and sticky, strawberry jam core.
From £12.90 for a box of four, cutterandsquidge.com
6. Dom Pérignon 2005 Rosé Champagne
King of cuvées, Dom Pérignon, has released a grand new 2005 Rosé. This luxuriously complex, copper tipple is a tribute to pinot noir, finessed for more than 10 years in the historic Moet & Chandon cellars in Epernay. Pop the cork this Valentine's Day for a delightfully memorable pour.
7. Charbonnel et Walker Truffles
Charbonnel et Walker sets the bar (no pun intended) for luxury chocolate, endorsed by none other than Her Majesty The Queen. Select from royally good sea salt caramel hearts or pink champagne truffles this Valentine’s Day, packaged in an illustrated gift box.
8. Bottega Sparkling Brut Rosé
Add a dash of glamour with this smooth and fruity, premium prosecco, housed in a lustrous rose gold bottle. Distilled in Bibano di Godega in Italy, Bottega blends mixed berries, currants and strawberries for a lively and full-bodied, delicious sparkling wine. All customers to purchase instore at Selfridges will receive a complimentary necklace, featuring a red heart-shaped Murano glass pendant.
9. Ladurée Macarons
Chic Parisian chocolatier Ladurée has restyled its signature macarons for Valentine’s Day. Heart-shaped shells are packed with chocolate ganache and Joséphine tea, beautifully packaged in an ornate, patterned box. For a romantic showstopper, opt for the decorative heart-shaped cake made of hazelnut praline, chocolate mousse and soft biscuit, which tastes as good as it looks.
Box of 6 macarons, £16.30; Valentine's Day cake, £16; laduree.co.uk
10. Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve
Help Valentine’s Day go with a pop by picking up a bottle of Charles Heidsieck Rosé champagne, a typically full-bodied, fizzing pink tipple bursting with strawberry, raspberry and blackberry flavours.
The sparkling rose is the tipple of choice at The Ritz on Valentine’s Day, accompanying with a decadent three-course meal for £275. The sublime Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 2004 is also available by the glass exclusively at The Ritz throughout February.
Charles Heidsieck Rosé champagne is priced at £55, fortnumandmason.com
11. Fortnum and Mason Chocolates
Fortnum and Mason’s intricately hand-iced biscuits are a playfully perfect gift for Wednesday 14 February. Or dial up the glamour with the opulent Valentine's Chocolate Box, featuring two tiers of luxurious truffles, milk and dark chocolates.
Biscuits are priced at £15; Valentine's Chocolate Box is priced at £50, fortnumandmason.com