Now into our 6th Valentine’s together we’ve learnt to avoid the restaurants on Valentine’s Day full of expensive set menus and forced couple’s environment! Instead we opted for Primeur in Canonbury which their exact words when booking was ‘We don’t do any of that Valentine’s bollocks’ – right up our street.

Primeur

To book a table you have to message them on Twitter and the restaurant recently got great reviews in Time Out so on a rainy Valentine’s Eve we popped on over. Opening the door I was treated with the sight of a gorgeous pug dog sat with his owners curled up on his blanket, a dog friendly restaurant, if only we had a one!

Primeur

The atmosphere is relaxed with just one menu that changes daily and is up on a chalkboard. This does mean some of the seats haven’t got a very clear view of the menu so the waiters advise you take a picture to use as reference back at your table. The menu is split in smaller dishes and larger ones all aimed at sharing among your party.

Primeur N5

Primeur N5

By candlelight we dived straight in with wafer thin Jesus sausage then an incredibly fresh dish of squid, capers, lemon and parsley.

Primeur N5

Primeur N5

One of the unexpected winners of the smaller dishes was also the sprouts and brown butter sauce. Starting to think there’s always a time in the year for sprouts, not just Christmas!

Primeur N5

Onto the large dishes, which just got better and better, lamb shoulder, carrots and harrissa. Moist lamb that broke away so easily once you put a fork through it.

Primeur N5

My favourite was probably the John Dory and chicken wing sauce which was an absolute joy to taste. Perfectly cooked fish which brings back smiles just thinking about it.

Primeur N5

To satisfy our sweet tooth we shared the chocolate mousse and almond caramel, perfect ending to a wonderful meal. I’m hoping to go back soon and hopefully the wing rib and dauphinoise dish for two will be gracing us with it’s presence!

Primeur N5

For Valentine’s Day itself we’d booked a slot at Hemel Hempstead Snow Centre to have a practice run down the slope ready for March’s ski trip. After 15 years since my last ski trip it was safe to say that I was rather rusty. The snow centre is obviously different to real slopes but it’s a great place to practice skiing and only 30 minutes north of London in the car. Well worth a trip / lesson if anyone needs some practice or is a newbie to the world of skiing or snowboarding.

Hemel Hempstead Snow Centre

It was a lovely weekend and glad we could yet again avoid the forced Valentine’s of most restaurants in London. Hope everyone else managed to enjoy themselves, no doubt many 50 Shades of Grey viewings as well!

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