It’s our annual Valentine’s Day special with discounts available on a collection of locally available products and services that can be delivered to a loved one (that includes you!) this holiday. The theme continues to be ‘keep it local’ when shopping for your nearest and dearest, in the process, reducing your carbon footprint — a true gift to yourself, your love and the planet!

When it comes to the gifts, begin with eco-friendly cards from The Little Mouse Company’s range or try saying it with cards featuring ‘hot dragons” by Ludlow Gothik. I’m loving the gift box goodies idea from Bee Biotic and would be content with the natural beeswax & honey skincare gift box (if my other half happens to be reading). I may even be tempted to return the favour with the “pink to make the boys wink” Ludlow Gin No. 4 or even push the boat out and add the real ale treat on offer from Hobsons seeing how groovy those stripy socks are.

Luckily, I can reach Mortimer’s Forest from my doorstep and it’s been a balm to frazzled nerves during lockdown, which is why I would gift artist’s Shelly Perkin’s print, “Spring Emerges” to myself because it’s embodies hope and positivity, a welcome change from a relentless year.

Finally, alongside the gift giving, order a meal from one of four wonderful options available: The Pheasant at Neenton, The Angel, Ludlow, Lalita Kumari’s Indian snacks and the I-am-so-ready-for-a-challenge 7-course extra special from Fishmore Hall. Here then is our gift to you: 11 things to choose from when you buy local this Valentine’s Day.

Claire H

Love from little mice


Tell someone you love them with a card from The Little Mouse Company! A range of delightfully different greeting cards, beautiful thank you notes and limited edition prints, featuring a little mouse, inspired by Picasso’s mouse and my own little mice — my children. All designs are hand drawn and digitally printed on high quality boards for a high-end finish and all come with free delivery. Customised cards and prints are available. Follow us on FaceBook or Instagram. Squeak, Squeak and Happy Valentine’s Day! The Little Mouse Company

Bee fantastic!


Bringing health from the hive, saying “Buzz Off” to plastic. Eco-friendly beeswax food wraps, natural beeswax and honey skincare, beeswax gifts. How about a “beespoke” natural beeswax & honey skincare gift box? You choose the contents, gift box size and ribbon colour and I will do the rest. Buzzed direct to your Valentine’s door. Free local delivery 12 miles radius or free for click & collect from DY140TP Bee Biotic

Hibiscus, orange & pink peppercorn No. 4


Pink to make the boys wink. Ludlow Gin’s Hibiscus, Orange and Pink Peppercorn Gin is a seriously smooth and intense spirit, carefully balanced, colourful, warming, delicately floral with just a little heat. It is a unique gin to truly savour with friends and perfect to share with a loved one this Valentine’s Day. Ludlow Gin

An edible Valentine


The Pheasant at Neenton located just outside of Ludlow are offering a 5-course Valentine’s dinner. Meals are freshly prepared with instructions for you to finish off at your leisure. All produce is locally sourced and freshly prepared on site, to create restaurant-quality food that you can enjoy at home. There is now a delivery option too. For further information regarding dietary requirements or delivery please get in touch below or leave a message on 01746 787955 The Pheasant

“Spring emerges” print


This 39 x 44 cm print features a small herd of the fallow deer that you often catch fleeting glimpses of when walking in Mortimer’s Forest. The fallow here are a rare subspecies, some having slightly longer, fluffier coats, especially notable are their long ear tufts. The fallow are set amongst a misty ethereal forest background with soft sunlight filtering through the trees and fallen leaves, snowdrops and scarlet elf cup fungus at the deers’ feet, a spotted woodpecker also flies through the scene. Hopefully the print brings back memories of woodland walks to any nature lovers or perhaps remind local people of time spent in this beautiful area during lockdown. Purchase online or in person at The Artists Gallery. Shelly Perkins

Nature + handcrafted

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Nurture yourself and loved ones with a natural and handcrafted gift this valentine. Handcrafting affordable collections of minimal jewellery, home décor and timeless statement pieces, that capture the essence of British woodlands. Each turned wooden element combines the unique grains of British hardwoods with the refined forms of 925 sterling silver, leather, and brass, to create a harmonious balance. Sourcing native hardwoods directly from local managed woodlands, milling, processing, and forming the timber in house. Local free delivery also available for that last-minute gift. Danielle Flowers

7-course Valentine’s Day dinner

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It’s supposed to be fun, so we’ve asked our chefs to do a lot of the hard work for you this Valentine’s weekend. Plus, we have added a little something extra to tempt those taste buds and to give you more bang for your buck with 7 courses.  In addition to your 3-course meal, we are sending you off with a canapé, an amuse bouche, pre-dessert and macarons. There is a DISCOUNT FOR LGL READERS: 15% on selected gift vouchers before 14th FEB use the code LETSGO. Fishmore hall

Snacks for my sweet


Samosas are a well-known monsoon treat. Its satiating veggie filling and chatpate flavour makes the Samosa both warm and exciting. It is one snack we are never bored of. Mouth-watering treats like Chatpate Aloo, chicken or lamb served with fried green chillies and tamrind chutney are equally interesting monsoon treats, ideally accompanied by a cup of steaming hot Cardamom Tea. Lalita Kumari

Hand-printed cards


Individually hand-printed Valentines cards from LUDLOW GOTHIK! All lovingly hand-printed on eco-friendly recycled card, so that you can demonstrate your eco-credentials as well as your love. From large cards (A5 size) in nice bright red envelopes, to more demure cards at A6 size. Featuring hot dragons and other suitable designs, all hand drawn and block printed right here in Ludlow. With a variety of wording, lots of ‘I love you Always’, but other wordings too; lots of ‘Hugs’ cards, ideal for that someone who just needs one. SPECIAL VALENTINE’S OFFER – until Feb 14th orders will include a FREE CARD OF YOUR CHOICE! Ludlow Gothik

A real ale treat

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Hobsons Mixed 6 Bottte Gift Pack and Hobsons Stripy socks is the perfect Valentine’s gift for a real ale connoisseur! A selection of six bottled beers in a Hobsons gift pack, with the added treat of a pair of Hobsons stripy socks. A great way to introduce Hobsons award-winning bottles brewed with the finest locally sourced ingredients. From a pale ale to a stout, this gift provides a mixture of beer styles. Head to our website for a full description of this product and to order! Make sure you order by 11th February for guaranteed delivery in time for Valentine’s Day. Cheers! Hobsons Brewery

I ♥ Valentine’s Day menu

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Free local delivery from Angel Wine’s Bar on Valentine’s Day orders. Nibbles enough for two, main courses with vegetarian options and desserts are available for order at the Angel Wine Bar. The Angel