It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow – the annual occasion in which star-crossed lovers the world over affirm their affection for one another by lavishing all manner of presents and treats on the object of their desire. More often than not, a romantic meal is on the agenda alongside all the trinkets, soft toys and cutesy cards. But, whilst taking the apple of your eye out for some high-end cuisine and fine wine might get you in the good books, visiting a restaurant on Valentine’s Day isn’t always the best idea. Here’s why…

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It’s excruciatingly expensive

Just imagine how many people in relationships there are in the world. Now imagine how many of them will be frequenting an eaterie on 14 February. Restaurateurs aren’t stupid and realise that demand outstrips supply on Valentine’s Day and price their offerings accordingly. That’s not to say that every dining out option means you’ll need a second mortgage but restaurants generally operate a fixed-price set-menu when Cupid’s in town, meaning that you choice is restricted and you could end up to paying for dishes that you might not actually want as part of the deal.

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The service might not be up to much

If you’ve read this far then you’ve already contemplated the sheer number of lovers there are on the planet. Now, consider how many of them will have jobs in the service industry. Quite a lot we’d say – waiters and waitresses, chefs and sommeliers have husbands, wives, boyfriends and girlfriends too, you know. As such, a lot of establishments struggle with staff on Valentine’s Day given that a lot of employees want to take their significant others out that night and will have booked the evening off. This can often result in less experienced or temporary front-of-house staff being bussed in and, coupled with the increased custom, makes for a drop in service levels.

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You might be publicly embarrassed

Nobody wants to be alone on Valentine’s Day – not having a special someone can be seen as embarrassing and swathes of singletons lay low until it’s all over rather than feel left out on 14 February. That might sound slightly tragic in itself but it’s far less so than being stood up. If you’ve invited a love interest to share an intimate meal it’s best to keep it as exactly that; intimate. If he/she doesn’t turn up and leaves you standing then the last thing you want is a restaurant full of couples staring over at you and muttering under their breath at what a hapless romantic you clearly are. Play it safe and have your partner come over for a special home-cooked meal, it’s much more personal and you won’t have to queue for the toilets.

If that’s put you off from venturing out tomorrow evening then don’t worry too much – we’ve got the perfect solution for those wanting to rustle up something special for someone special at home. Complied with the help of some of our favourite food bloggers, the Tower Valentine’s Cookbook is packed full of delicious yet easy to make recipes that you can follow and wow your lover with. Head over to our Tower Valentine’s Recipe Book post and download it now!

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