A Sailors Valentine

Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world: it is a time to show your nearest and dearest that you care. But did you know that sailors used to create beautiful gift boxes whilst away at sea for months on end for their loved ones?

The tradition started in the early 19th century, and continued until the start of the 20th century. It is said that seamen used to bring glass-covered octangular boxes made of wood which had sea-shells glued inside in beautiful patterns. The boxes were glass-covered so that they would be preserved against the harsh weather conditions prevailing in the oceanic waters and the beauty of the box and its contents would be intact for their loved ones to hold and admire.

Nowadays, it is of course much easier to be in contact with each other at special times of the year, but we should spare a thought for all our servicemen who are away from home this Valentine’s Day. Not easy. If you are lucky to be with your valentine why not consider spreading the JackSpeak love and buy a gift from us? We have a great range of T’s, jumpers and much more to choose from.

If you are planning a visit for the big night to Dartmouth, we have a great choice of places to stay and eat (and shop!) to celebrate the ‘love’! Check out Discover Dartmouth to pick somewhere marvellous to stay; we love Bayard’s Cove Inn, located in the historic Bayard’s Cove area of Dartmouth, it is picture perfect. The Royal Castle Hotel is a truly romantic place to stay, right in the heart of Dartmouth with four poster beds, roaring fires and dating back to the 16th century. For a luxury break, you could check out the Dart Marina Hotel & Spa. With amazing views of the river, superb rooms and a classy restaurant, you will definitely be in the good books if you book a break here. All are offering a special Valentines Night menu.

If you are a foodie and fancy pushing the boat out, the Seahorse and the Angel, Taste of Devon restaurants offer superb dining choices. If you are after a more low key affair, then the ever popular Kendrick’s is hard to ignore, some of the best ribs and steaks can be enjoyed there, or you could try one of our many fabulous pubs, either in Dartmouth or Kingswear.

We think Dartmouth is the best place to enjoy at any time of the year, but it is a wise choice to show you care for nautical style Valentines eating, drinking and smooching!

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