Our reader Josephine got in touch to ask about finding an early bird deal for Valentine’s Day:
Hubby & I have tickets to see The Classic Beatles in The Tivoli Theatre Francis Street on Feb 14th. When I booked the tickets I didn’t reallise what day it was.
I think I need to book a table somewhere in order to be sure that we will get something to eat before the show.
Can anyone recommend a good restaurant within walking distance of the theatre, preferably one with an early bird menu.
I feel your pain Josephine! Even the loved-up don’t necessarily want to do the whole big elaborate Valentine’s dinner out thing. Unfortunately enough people do, that I think it’s unlikely that they’ll find an early bird. Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest days of the year for restaurants, and most will have a more expensive special menu on. But there’s a few spots around Parliament St, Cow’s Lane and Christchurch that might feed a couple of concert-goers without outrageously overcharging them:
- The Larder on Parliament St is lovely and very good value, and they’re probably the most likely to have an early bird on as they have a number of excellent deals
- There’s a nice, cosy little Italian place called La Dolce Vita on Cow’s Lane. I’ve had a very good lunch there and their evening menu looks reasonable
- If you don’t mind keeping it simple, Arthur’s pub on Thomas St does decent basic comfort food and is a lovely bar
- The Bull and Castle on Lord Edward St does food, it’s nothing special though so I’d only recommend it if you’re stuck. It’s not exactly a romantic spot so is unlikely to be booked out by Valentine’s diners!
Anyone else have any suggestions for a cheap eat within walking distance of the Tivoli?