Here at the Red Lion, Bradley, near Stafford, we are gearing up for Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is undoubtedly one of the most popular dates for dining out as couples get together to celebrate their love and friendship with a romantic candle-lit meal for two.
St Valentine is believed to have been a third century priest from Rome. The then Emperor Claudius ll had banned marriage because he through all married men were bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret. When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death. There he fell in love with the jailers daughter and when he was taken to be killed on 14th February he sent her a love letter signed “from your Valentine” – the first ever Valentine card?
The Romans held an annual festival in mid February to welcome the start of spring. It is thought that during these celebration boys drew names of girls from a box and they would become boyfriend and girlfriend during the festival, which led sometimes to marriage. Later the church wanted to turn the festival into a Christian celebration and decided to use it to remember St Valentine too
However we choose to believe Valentine’s Day came about, and there are many more theories, there is no doubt that it is the most romantic day of the year. Celebrated not only in the UK but also in the United States, Canada, France and Australia, resulting in approximately 150 million card being sent annually. This makes it the second most popular card giving date after Christmas.
Back to the modern day though and at The Red Lion we will be serving our extra special Valentine menu for both lunch and dinner sittings. Lunch is available from midday until 2.30pm and Valentine’s dinner will be served at 6.30 and 8.30pm. You can view the menu and make your bookings by clicking here.
We look forward to welcoming all you lovely couples and helping you to celebrate in style.