The concept of celebrating Valentine’s Day goes back many centuries, but the celebrations as we know them today are a little more modern. While the more cynical among us will point to the over-commercialisation of a specific random point in the calendar, it should be noted that, despite rumours to the contrary, it wasn’t simply invented by the greetings card industry.
These days, Valentine’s Day represents an opportunity to spend some time with those we love, and perhaps to exchange cards and gifts. For some, the best way to celebrate is with a cosy night in and a romantic movie, but for others nothing beats a night out in a Sussex gastropub, especially if there’s a thick, juicy steak on the menu along with a great selection of fine wines and craft beers.
There are an estimated one billion Valentine’s Day cards purchased around the world each year, with around 25 million in the UK alone. While the cards we send today are manufactured from card, their predecessors were originally made with embossed paper lace. During Victorian times, postage costs were exceptionally low, and this helped the sending of cards to become increasingly popular.
If you’re thinking of proposing, be careful!
Valentine’s Day seems to bring out the romantic in many of us, although this is the case with some more than others. Every year, somewhere around 10% of all marriage proposals occur on February 14th, although a recent survey suggests almost 90% of women think it’s not a good idea to use this particular day for that all-important proposal.
It’s commonly accepted that the first Valentine was created by Charles, Duke of Orleans, during his time as a prisoner in the Tower of London. He’d been captured at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, and he remained incarcerated for 24 years. His message to his wife started and finished with:
I am already sick of love,
My very gentle Valentine,
This year, we celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Shepherd & Dog in style. Our mouth-watering streaks from Trenchmore Farm in Cowfold are cooked to perfection on our coal-fired barbecue. Needless to say, we also offer a comprehensive range of alternatives on our menu, along with a superb selection of drinks to complement the whole occasion.
The Shepherd & Dog in Fulking offers the type of fine dining Sussex is famous for. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic meal.