Whether you’re hoping to fan the flames of love or simply want to hunker down with your housemates, Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to celebrate with your nearest and dearest, and tuck into some tasty food.
Want to give busy restaurants and overpriced menus a miss this year? The good news is that it’s never been easier to enjoy a slap-up meal from the comfort of your own home.
Supermarkets have been getting in on the V-Day action for years now, serving up full-course dinners for low prices so you can create a dining experience to remember, with everything from top-quality steak to Belgian chocolate profiteroles on offer.
Most meal deals are designed for two people to share and include some kind of multi-course combo – think a shareable starter, fancy main, dessert and even a bottle of fizz chucked in for good measure.
Plus, by buying these dine-in romantic bundles, you’ll see a purse-friendly saving compared to buying products individually, or ordering a takeaway, with prices starting at £12 and none costing more than £20.
M&S Valentine’s meal deal
This isn’t just any Valentine’s meal deal, this is an M&S Valentine’s meal deal. The ultimate in luxury at-home dining, this year’s offering includes more than 30 products, meaning customers can create over 200 different combinations. Plus, depending on which items you choose, you could save yourself up to a whopping £16.50 compared with buying the items individually. The menu includes leek and cheese souffles, duck parfait, ham and cheese crumpets or prawn cocktail to start, while there are an impressive nine mains to choose from, such as rump steak with peppercorn sauce, rack of lamb, prawn ravioli and chicken forestiers. On the side, there’s asparagus or a truffle mash, which immediately caught our eye. For pudding, there’s cheesecake, tarte au citron and a raspberry profiterole stack. Wash everything down with a bottle of wine or prosecco or, if you’re not a big drinker, indulge in a box of Swiss chocolates.
For plant-based foodies, the supermarket is also offering an entirely vegan menu, including vegan duck croquettes, smokey saffron aubergine steaks, sweet potato fries, churros and a bottle of Prosecco. You can buy the range at your nearest M&S store or online at Ocado.
Tesco Valentine’s meal deal
Catering for a picky eater? Fear not as Tesco’s meal deal includes more options than ever before, with 32 products in the offering (that gives 76,000 combinations). Kick your evening off with vegan crispy mushrooms, an antipasti platter, calamari or feta and red pepper tartlets. When you’re ready to move on to mains, tuck into duck breast with raspberry hoisin sauce, burgers with heart-shaped cheese or vegan wellingtons. Unlike in 2021, Tesco is allowing customers to choose two sides from a selection that includes heart-shaped potato croquettes, a green vegetable trio and a vegan potato and butternut grain. Rounding off the meal, desserts include millionaire’s tarts, raspberry and passion fruit cheesecake slices and a vegan chocolate brownie. All these tasty treats deserved to be washed down with equally as delicious drinks, with either a bottle of wine or prosecco, a four-pack of beer, or a non-alcoholic alternative such as a passion fruit martini.
Morrisons Valentine’s meal deal
There’s an extensive menu on offer at Morrisons this year, which includes lots of new products and a fully vegan option, too. Starters include scallops and prawns, a camembert tear and share bread or roasted mushroom pâté. This is followed by a main of classic beef wellington with buttery pastry, a British pork fillet wrapped in prosciutto or a rolled sole with a duo of smoked haddock and salmon with a mature cheddar and prosecco sauce. You get to pick two sides of which there are seven on offer, our top pick being the creamy dauphinoise potatoes.
Finish it all off with a dessert – will you choose creme brulee or vegan pink gin jelly shots? Wash it down with a bottle of white, red, prosecco or opt for a fruity raspberry lemonade if you’re not a drinker.
Asda Valentine’s dine in deal
Asda has raised the steaks (sorry, not sorry) with its Valentine’s meal deal this year by not only offering customers a range of food from its premium “Extra Special” range but by throwing a free Sky Movies voucher into the mix too.
For starters, you can choose from five options including an antipasto platter, tempura prawns or vegan crabless croquettes, followed by a host of delicious mains like slow cooked lamb shanks, chicken parmigiana, vegan coq au vin pie and more. Sides include heart-shaped garlic flatbread, triple cooked chips and a green veg medley, while desserts span everything from Parisian-inspired macarons to raspberry panna cotta.
When it comes to drinks, there’s plenty to choose from too – including prosecco, red and white wine or, if you don’t drink booze, snap up a box of Lily O-Brien chocolates instead. It’s a great offering at a budget-friendly price.