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Auckland Castle turns up the heat for Valentine's Day

Chef Luke Orwin has created an exclusive collection of indulgent handmade heart-shaped treats inspired by the romantic festival

Loved-up couples can enjoy an extra dose of romance at Auckland Castle on February 14
Loved-up couples can enjoy an extra dose of romance at Auckland Castle on February 14

Loved-up couples can enjoy an extra dose of romance at Auckland Castle on February 14.

The former home of the regal Prince Bishops of England for more than 900 years, the Bishop Auckland castle’s tranquil and intimate Library Tearoom is wooing sweethearts with a luxurious afternoon tea package that includes a loving twist.

Chef Luke Orwin has created an exclusive collection of indulgent handmade heart-shaped treats inspired by the romantic festival.

Couples can feast on organic pink Prosecco sparkling wine while sharing an array of savouries, sandwiches, scones and cakes.

Charlotte Walton, Auckland Castle’s catering manager, says: “What could be a more romantic place to spend the most affectionate day of the year than at a beautiful Grade 1 listed country castle, set in acres of gardens and open countryside with sparkling wine on ice and the odd poetry book on the oak panelled library shelves?

“After you’ve enjoyed your wonderfully decadent afternoon tea you can go for a long, romantic walk in the 200 acre Deer Park overlooking the River Wear or stroll around the gardens.

“There’s plenty of space to lose yourself or to make your Valentine’s Day proposal - the perfect fairy tale end to the perfect date!”

The Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea is being offered between 2pm-4pm on February 14 and costs £20 per person. Pre-booking is essential by calling 01388 743750.

The Library Tea Room is also taking bookings for its Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea on March 15. It will feature homemade finger sandwiches, scones and a selection of sweet treats, and costs £14.50 per person. www.aucklandcastle.org

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