Valentine's at Wivenhoe House

enjoy a sumptuous four course dinner with your loved one this year, in the luxurious surrounding of Wivenhoe House

Indulge your romantic side this year, with a delicious four course dinner for you and your loved one, in the brasserie

Our Romantic History

In 1816 the then owner of Wivenhoe House, General Francis Rebow, paid John Constable 100 guineas to paint his family home and substantial grounds. It was a labour of love for Constable. The money helped secure his financial future and win the hand of his fiancée Maria Bicknell, whose father was not keen on the marriage. The painting now hangs in pride of place at the National Gallery of Art, Washington and with the recent £9.1 million sale of Constable’s The Lock as a guideline, it was 100 guineas well spent.

Follow in the footsteps of Constable and treat someone special this Valentine’s and enjoy a specially prepared four course menu in the brasserie including a Valentine’s cocktail on arrival


Cocktail on arrival


Salmon and crab roulade, keta, crème fraiche

Chocolate seared carpaccio of venison

Wild mushroom and artichoke risotto, truffle oil, crisp quail egg


Medallions of English beef fillet, pont neuf, caramelised shallot, bearnaise

Paupiette of sole, prawn and herb mousseline, bisque sauce

Sage roasted squash, spinach and potato pithivier, red pepper sauce


Passion fruit sorbet


Assiette of chocolate to share

Vanilla bean panna cotta, rosewater gel, walnut shortbread

Plate of local East Anglian cheeses, truffle honey

Menu available on Wednesday 14 February 2018.

How to book:

Make your visit extra special

If you are planning a proposal or would like to upgrade to a luxurious overnight stay then please contact on


find us, however you travel
By car:

Whether approaching Wivenhoe House from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133 then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road, then right again into Park Road. The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex but Park Road leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see the glorious house from the road.

For Sat Nav please use CO7 9HT and then follow signage to Wivenhoe House. Please note, some Sat Navs may direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park so please check our PDF Map

Download our PDF Map

By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.