Show love for your local producers this Valentine’s Day and give a gift made in Hampshire.
Sweeten things up
To keep things sweet The Hampshire Confectioner has created eye-catching milk and dark salted caramel hearts and strawberry ganache filled hearts and a selection of vanilla and raspberry macarons. Buy online and at farmers’ markets across Hampshire.
Winchester Cocoa has tempting handmade chocolates in various sizes and flavours including salted caramel and champagne. Buy online.
Or make the sweetness last with a gift voucher to spend on a chocolate making class with Chocolate Craft in Alresford. Find out more and book.
Southampton based Wow Cupcakes are putting the passion into cakes with Valentine-themed cakes made to order. Delivered locally or available to collect. Buy online.
You’re sure to melt hearts with the light and fluffy marshmallows from Harley Sweet. All gluten free and hand made without colourings or artificial flavourings. They are made with pure ingredients such as Hampshire peppermint oil. Order online.
Add some sparkle
When it comes to popping a cork make sure it fizzes Hampshire. In recent years the county has become recognised as a leading wine making region with ideal growing conditions. Think quality to rival champagne. Choose wine from vineyards located across the county including; Cottonworth Vineyard, Danebury Vineyard, Exton Park Vineyard, Hambledon Vineyard, Hattingley Valley Wines, Jenkyn Place Vineyard, Priors Dean Vineyard, Raimes English Sparkling and Somborne Valley Vineyard.
Brewing up to love
Beer lovers will love a tour of one of Hampshire’s local breweries or give a selection of craft beers to try. Choose from Andwell Brewing Company, Betteridge’s Brewery, Bowman Ales, Fallen Acorn Brewing Co, Flack Manor Brewery, Goddards Brewery, Hop Art Brewery, Irving & Co Brewers Ltd, Itchen Valley Brewery, MASH Brewery, Red Cat Brewing, Suthwyk Ales and Southwick Brewhouse and Triple FFF Brewery.
From local honey to lavender the Hampshire countryside is source of luxurious scents for toiletries and home fragrance. New Forest Aromatics brings the scents from the forest, country flowers and lavender to candles, diffusers and beauty products. Enter our competition to win their Warm Hug duo, a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day or Mothering Sunday.
A Basket of Bees specialises in products made from its own honey and beeswax. Choose your favourites and make up a gift bag of handmade products with free UK delivery for orders over £10.
Summerdown Naturally uses ingredients including mint and lavender grown on their farm near Basingstoke to make luxury toiletries and home fragrance products. They are offering discounts on their popular gift sets until 24th February.
The gift of learning
Hampshire has lots of talented chefs eager to share knowledge and skills. Honesty Cookery School offers a wide range of courses from curry to fish masterclasses. Uptons of Bassett near Southampton works with the talented and award-winning Lemon & Soul Cookery School running a wide range of cookery and butchery classes which all involve a meal together afterwards. Newlyns Cookery School near Hook has a popular range of courses for all ages and abilities, gift vouchers are available.
Season Cookery School at Lainston House Hotel has added half day and evening classes including breadmaking, pizza and fish sessions priced from £50. Lime Wood hotel's cookery school has classes focusing on getting the most from different meat cuts, charcuterie and dinner party preparations. Chewton Glen Hotel has teamed up with James Martin to launch a new cookery school opening early this year.