If you want to show a loved one how much you care, here are five things to do for Valentine’s Day in Otley.
Check out the love locks on Otley Bridge
The River Wharfe, the slowest running river through the Yorkshire Dales, runs through the centre of town and provides plenty of scope for romantic riverside strolls. Check out the love locks on both Otley Bridge and the White Bridge over the river. Like those once seen in Paris on the Pont des Arts over the River Seine, star-crossed lovers put an inscription on the lock, fasten it to the railings and throw away the key as a symbol of their love. Bridge St, Otley LS21 1BQ
Say it with chocolates from Patisserie Viennoise
Yorkshire celebrities’ favourite chocolatier and cakemaker is Trevor Backhouse of famed Patisserie Viennoise – the town’s resident Willy Wonka having created the wedding cake of heptathlon star Jessica Ennis among others. Visitors can gaze through the open-plan windows as the chocolate machines whir and whisk, and then pop in for some of the most amazing truffles. Favourite flavours selected, the team will box and gift wrap them for a truly unique present bound to melt a loved one’s heart as the chocs melt in their mouth.
Patisserie Viennoise, 32-34 Westgate, Otley LS21 3AS. See patisserieviennoise.co.uk
Couples massage treatment at Soma Wellness
Those looking to really relax for Valentine’s Day could visit Soma Wellness on Kirkgate for a couples’ massage courtesy of Equilibrium Therapies. There are two options to choose from, a 30-minute back massage for £45 per couple, or a full-body, 60-minute treatment for £75. Treatment slots are available from 12.30pm to 6.30pm. Booking fees are extra.
Soma Wellness, 57a Kirkgate, Otley LS21 3HN. See soma-wellness.co.uk
Dine out with river views
The River Wharfe is one of Otley’s highlights and you have a romantic Valentine’s meal overlooking its waters as they flow over the weir opposite Buon Apps restaurant. The high-end Italian is offering a special Valentine’s menu from Tuesday February 11 to Sunday February 16 that includes sharing platters (meat or fish), fresh oysters, and Tomahawk grilled rib of beef (for two). Deserts include chocolate and raspberry truffle, and passionfruit and orange cheesecake. Starters from £9.50pp, mains from £18pp and deserts from £5.95pp.
Buon Apps, Hartley House, 50 Mill Way, Otley LS21 1FE. See buonappsotley.com
Say it with flowers
There are a number of great, independent florists in Otley to pick up a bouquet if you want to say it with flowers. Casa Vitae on Boroughgate provides bespoke bouquets and also offers gifts, and a café with great food from local Yorkshire produce, while Flowers by Lynn is a florists that works from home and also offers bouquets and a full wedding planning service for those planning to take Valentine’s a little further. New to town is Orchard Florist on the corner of Orchard Gate and Market Street. Check them out.