Valentine’s Day 2024

Valentine’s Day 2024

It is time to be planning a Valentine’s day meal. Come in and see us for the ideal romantic ingredients. Place your order in advance and get just what you need for your perfect meal and avoid any disappointment.

Oysters for Valentine’s Day

Oysters must be one of the most common  features on any Valentine’s Day menu – probably because Oysters are traditionally known as an aphrodisiac. Whether there is any real scientific proof of this or not one definite fact is that they are a real tasty treat.


Eating raw oysters is one of the best seafood experiences. No other food conjures up a taste of the sea as much as an oyster. There are however quite a few differences among oysters depending on type and their location . Tastes can range from salty to floral, some have fruity hint, mineral flavours  Even oysters from the same estuary can vary in flavour depending upon exactly where they are grown. Ask in our shop and we can tell you more about the oysters we have on sale.

Carlingford Oysters

We source from the award winning Carlingford Oyster Company  They are a family business working in the heart of the famous Carlingford Lough in Ireland where oysters have thrived for many centuries. The award winning unique sweet taste and high meat content of the Carlingford Oyster is a real natural treat.

Eating Oysters

Many people insist that raw is the only way to eat an Oyster, perhaps with freshly ground black pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice or drop of Tabasco sauce.  For more information on keeping and shucking these shellfish have a look at our Oyster guide >>.

If that seems like a step to far for you, then why not try one of these recipes:

  • how to cook oysters au gratin

How To Cook Oysters Au Gratin

This recipe will show you how to cook oysters au gratin. Its quick and easy to prepare and cook. The addition of cheese and bacon is delicious.

  • Oysters for romance

Oysters For Romance

February the 14th is time for a romantic Valentine’s day meal. Traditionally know as an aphrodisiac oysters are without a doubt the sexy feature on any valentines day menu.

  • spicy oyster recipe

Spicy Oyster Recipe

This Spicy Oyster Recipe is very tasty and very very quick to cook. It's a simple twist on classic oysters that you can prepare in 5 mins but will look very impressive when you serve it to the table.

valentine's day lobsters

 Lobster for Valentine’s day

What could be better for a luxurious Valentine’s day treat than a fresh Lobster? Walter Purkis can offer our customers the freshest lobsters and in the very best condition. In our Muswell Hill shop we have a “Homarium”. This is a specialist tank that keeps live lobsters in ideal conditions.

We source our live lobsters from around the UK. Coldwater lobsters from our more northern seas are considered to be the finest quality. A large lobster will look very impressive but generally the smaller the lobster, the more tender it will be.

You will see in our tank that before cooking the lobster shell is a dark colour, with a blue green hue – it acquires the classic red-orange colour after cooking.

You can select you own or take your pick from the selection of our freshly boiled Lobsters which ever you choose  they are always delicious.

Treat your partner this Valentine’s Day with a special home-cooked meal. Whatever will make your perfect romantic dinner order now in our shops and you can pick it up in good time.

Caviar For Valentine’s Day

Valentines day is a time where we want to share something special with our partners. For a real luxury treat one of these Caviar pots will really hit the spot. Synonymous with luxury, and pure indulgence this Osetra caviar will be a wonderful treat (hopefully for sharing!).  A special shared moment that is combined with some of the finest food is a simple and classic expression of love and affection.

valentines day caviar

Delicate and Refined Flavour

For centuries Caviar has been regarded as one of the finest delicacies, enjoyed by early Persians, Greeks and even in Imperial Rome. Gourmets like to debate the subtle nuances and flavours in different caviar types. As these flavours are so delicate caviar is usually served using a mother of pearl spoon as it is inert, and does not impart any flavour or taint to the caviar.

Our caviar is from the Siberian sturgeon (acipenser baerii), It is a medium-grained roe recognised for its silky texture with a refreshing flavour that has a breathe of the sea. The grain colours range from black/grey all the way to black/brown tones. The caviar has been prepared using the traditional “Malossol” process.

By |2024-02-01T18:32:03+00:00February 1st, 2024|Categories: News, Shellfish|Tags: , , , , |

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