Review: Groubook Valentine’s Package

Recently, I won one of Groubook’s Instagram competitions, in which I received a Valentines (or Gal-entines) package with their cooperating partners in Nottingham – all free of charge! To enter this, I simply liked their corresponding Instagram post, and tagged a few friends that I would like to win the evening out with. Tagging my friends in an Instagram post with the chance to win free food and drinks…how could I say no?

We started the evening off at Revolution Hockley, where we were greeted with a lively atmosphere (for a Thursday evening at 7.30pm) and the bar was relatively bustling. Happily, Emily and I were seated in a booth to the right of the main bar, a slightly more secluded spot – which I guess suited the romantically inclined aspect of Groubook’s package – but still within earshot of the speakers and other guests.

Within the package, we received two mains and two desserts, an ideal treat for an evening with your significant other (whether romantic, or platonic for me this time!). With a large range of options, ranging from fish to pizza, we both chose burgers and fries. Alongside this, we opted to treat ourselves to a few cocktails – it was two for £10, again, how could we say no?

In the city of Nottingham, certainly within the student viewpoint, Revolution is an ideal place for cocktails and I have attended many times with friends and family. Well-priced, a good variety and very aesthetically pleasing – ideal!

The dessert range was less varied (we were only offered the brownies) but did not disappoint. The thick and gooey squares were complimented beautifully by the vanilla ice cream, and presented classically with chocolate glazing. It was a perfect end to an evening in Revs.

We then faced a short walk to Glasshouse, a venue in which neither of us had visited before, but we were pleasantly surprised! Above the ground floor, overlooking the busy square where other attractions like Roxy Ballroom and Turtle Bay exist, there was an idyllic view of Nottingham night-life. Glasshouse itself was very Instagram-able, with neon lights, indoor picnic benches and astro turf; a perfect location for post-dinner drinks with your bestie.

The package entitled us to two free cocktails, and let me tell you, the porn-star martinis did not disappoint. The large glasses were greatly appreciated, and the drinks were made in front of us with the bar overlooking the view. Again, similarly to Revolution, we were surrounded by good music from speakers, and neon signs, suiting the vibe of the night well. Both cocktail venues were well priced, and the food looked interesting at Glasshouse too – definitely one to revisit.

Highlights: Revolution’s ‘Vodka Made Me Do It’ neon sign

Rating: 9/10