St Pancras International station is one of those spots in London that makes you feel you connected to Paris and at the same time, there are so many local things to do and explore in it. It’s not just a station, it’s very much a destination!
So when I got invited to Valentine’s dinner at Carluccio’s, I was very excited to spend the most romantic night of the year so close to Paris. I decided to bring my sister as my Valentines date as I haven’t seen her in a few days and we are incredibly close. St Pancras International is also conveniently located between both of our homes – we like that we can not only stop to get food but also buy all the bits that we need for the house. It’s a spot where dining, shopping and culture meets travel, all under that iconic, picturesque roof.
A meal for two at Carluccio’s
We arrived at Carluccio’s excited for our Valentine’s treat, and when I say a treat, I mean pasta. I’m a big fan, and if you have an opportunity, I highly recommend you pop down to Carluccio’s to try some yourself. It was the perfect spot for us to have Valentine’s meal and naturally snap a few photos, and the terrace is also a great place to sit down and people watch as they rush to where ever they are going! The seating also overlooks “The Meeting Place” statue by Paul Day of a couple locked in an embrace – very fitting for Valentine’s Day!
If you’re not aware – Carluccio’s originally started as a family business on Neal Street creating quality authentic Italian dishes that are sensibly priced in an informal setting. Because of this, it makes it the perfect spot to spend an evening in or simply pop in for a quick bite before your travel! Appropriately, we started our evening with That’s Amore Cocktail (Pampero Blanco Rum, strawberry, sparkling rose) which I’m not going to lie it set me up perfectly to enjoy our meal even more.
We decided to treat ourselves with starters too, opting for the Calamari Fritti and Antonio’s Chicken Liver Pâté. Both dishes were the perfect way to line our bellies – I particularly enjoyed the Chicken Liver Pâté, so tasty!
For my main, I decided to have two portions of pasta as I couldn’t decide what to choose. Eventually, I decided on the Lobster Tagliolini, which is a half lobster tail served with broccolini, tomatoes in a white wine and chilli sauce. For my other pasta dish, I went for Veganesca Spaghetti in puttanesca style sauce of olives, capers, tomato and I couldn’t decide which tasted better. I think the lobster edged it as my favourite dish as the sauce was divine and obviously, the taste of lobster takes any dish to another level. My sister opted for a healthy option, going for Beetroot & Butternut Squash Salad. She said it was very filling and yummy for a healthy option, but props to her for choosing salad over a delicious plate of pasta!
We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Carluccio’s, and if I hadn’t just returned from a trip, I would’ve been tempted to on a train to Paris, but St Pancras International always makes me feel like this!
Carluccio’s is offering a special Valentines menu from the 13th to 16th February and you can have a look at it here. It really is the perfect way to treat your loved one to a tasty, and romantic Valentine’s evening!
What are you up to this Valentine’s Day? I’m a believer that every occasion should be celebrated
as life is here for us to enjoy.
This post is in collaboration with St Pancras International, but the experience and thoughts are my
own as always.