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We Tested Out Every Supermarket Valentine's Day Meal Deals So You Don't Have To

Grazia logo Grazia 11/02/2019 Georgia Aspinall
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Whatever your relationship status, everyone knows that going out for dinner on Valentine’s Day is a mug’s game; a faux romantic hellscape of overpriced set menus, enforced prosecco and – horror of horrors – possibly being gifted a single red rose as 25 other identikit couples look on. So, skip the cringe factor of going out and hunker down at home with something tasty instead.

But this year Valentine’s night falls on a Thursday and who has the energy to concoct a gastronomic feast after work? Thought not. Enter: the supermarket Valentine’s Meal Deal. Most of the big high street names are offering some kind of multi-course, fairly luxurious combination of shareable starter, fancy main and pudding this year – many of them with a bottle of fizz chucked in for good measure – and we’ve tried them all so you can pick your perfect match. Enjoy.

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Best for mixing and matching: Tesco Finest Valentine’s Day Meal Deal

a plate of food: Best for mixing and matching: Tesco Finest Valentine’s Day Meal Deal © Provided by Bauer Consumer Media Limited Best for mixing and matching: Tesco Finest Valentine’s Day Meal Deal

What’s the deal?

£20 will buy you a starter, two mains, a side, pudding and half a bottle of Champagne, or a bottle of wine, Prosecco or box of chocolates. Choose from dishes like Finest Chicken Liver Parfait, Flat Iron Steak with Black Pepper Sauce and Chicken in Champagne Sauce.

What we thought: The best thing about this deal is that you can choose two separate mains, which is perfect if one person is vegetarian or you simply fancy different dishes. We loved the classic Lamb Shank and the Lobster Mac & Cheese mains, and a giant Dauphinoise potato is always a good thing in our book. The Malbec in the deal is a perfect pairing to the meaty dishes too.

Available: 8th – 14th Feb

Best for mains only: Aldi Specially Selected Meal Deal

a sandwich sitting on top of a wooden cutting board: Best for mains only: Aldi Specially Selected Meal Deal © Provided by Bauer Consumer Media Limited Best for mains only: Aldi Specially Selected Meal Deal

What’s the deal?

Select a main, side and dessert for two from their Specially Selected range from £6.77-£10.47 depending on your choices. Dishes include Sirloin Steaks with Pink Peppercorn Butter, Triple Cooked Chips and Raspberry Panna Cotta.

What we thought: We tried the Truffle Macaroni & Cheese, which was suitably indulgent, and two hand cut Scottish sirloin steaks for £6.49 is incredible value any day of the week. This deal is great for non-drinkers as you’re not paying a supplement, and anyone after a tipple could pick up their Specially Selected Exquisite Australian Shiraz for £5.79 in any case.

Available: 12th Feb while stocks last

Best for choice: Asda Extra Special Valentine’s Day Meal Deal

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What’s the deal?

£15 for a starter, a main, two side dishes, a dessert and a bottle of wine, fizz, beers or soft drinks, with dishes like Extra Special Runny Scotch Eggs, Extra Special Sauvignon Blanc & Wild Garlic Mussels and Chorizo Wrapped Chicken in Chianti Sauce, paired with Smoked Garlic Fougasse and more to choose from.

What we thought: We were blown away by the quality and value of this deal. There are about 10 choices in each part of the deal, offering the most components of all the deals, and the dishes are inventive and impressive. We tried the Smoked Salmon En Croute (yum) with the Fondant Potatoes; have you tried making fondant potatoes yourself? It’s a hassle and these are a brilliant lazy readymade version. Get the Rose Cava with it all, you won’t regret it.

Best for a bargain: Morrisons The Best Dine In Deal

a piece of cake sitting on top of a table: Best for a bargain: Morrisons The Best Dine In Deal © Provided by Bauer Consumer Media Limited Best for a bargain: Morrisons The Best Dine In Deal

What’s the deal?

A starter, main, a side, a dessert and a bottle of fizz, wine, beers, soft drinks or chocolates for £15. The selection includes things like Garlic and Herb Tear & Share Bread with Camembert, Smoked Salmon Mousse, While Butter Basted Chicken with Pinot Grigio and Lobster & Cromer Crab Macaroni Cheese, followed by Strawberry & Prosecco Crumble, South African Sauvignon Blanc and even a four pack of GF Peroni.

What we thought: Again, the quality of the food and the price of this deal cannot be underestimated. In fact, we’re tempted to stock up on Beef Wellingtons and Rioja with all the trimmings and feast on them every weekend foreseeable. The Camembert Tear & Share Bread is perfect Valentine’s night fodder and the Belgian Choc & Salted Caramel Heart ticks all the cheesy romance boxes. Plus, veggie and vegan choices are actually tempting. Non-boozers have a fab range of presses and mocktails (hello alcohol free Caipirinha) too. Very good, Morrisons

Available: from 11th -17th Feb

Best for traditionalists: Sainsburys Surf & Turf Valentine’s Dinner

food on a table: Best for traditionalists: Sainsburys Surf & Turf Valentine’s Dinner © Provided by Bauer Consumer Media Limited Best for traditionalists: Sainsburys Surf & Turf Valentine’s Dinner

What’s the deal?

Pick up a bottle of Prosecco, Sweet Chilli Prawns, Rump Steaks with Heart-shaped Pink Peppercorn Butter, Triple Cooked Chips and GU Zillionaires Salted Caramel Cheesecake Desserts for two for the very unprincely sum of £18.25

What we thought: You’ve got all the big names here, so it’s a safe bet in a very good way. Rump steak isn’t our first choice usually and we were massively impressed by how tender, flavoursome and downright delicious these steaks were. Oh and the Edizione 789 di Mondelli Prosecco is a very decent one full of light apricotty bubbles.

Available: from 6th – 14th Feb

Best for showing off: Waitrose Dinner for Two

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What’s the deal?

£20 Includes a starter, a main, two sides, dessert and a bottle or wine or fizz or a box of chocolates, with extensive choices like Italian Antipasto, Vegan Beet Wellington, Stuffed Sea Bass and Cauliflower Cheese followed by Vegan Chocolate Tortes, Heston’s Bucks Fizz Swirls or, happily, Saint Marcelin Cheese. Then there’s a nice red or a San Leo Rosato to wash it all down.

What we thought: Not to encourage this, but if you were to have a date you wanted to impress you could very easily pass much of this off as your own to great effect. There’s some showy prawns in sea shells to start, and lots of ‘easy cook’ type mains that appear as if you’ve been slaving away instead of popping a Salmon En Croute in the oven or rapidly pan frying some beautiful venison steaks with a perfectly paired bitter chocolate butter. We tried the venison ourselves and it’s a revelation, but of course there’s safer dishes like a lovely Coq Au Vin or a well sourced Peppered Topside of Beef. The rose fizz is light and not too alcoholic at 10%, making for a lovely evening indeed.

Available: 8th – 14th February

Best for money saving luxury: M&S Valentines Dine In

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What’s the deal?

£20 for a starter, main, side, dessert, box of chocolates and a bottle of fizz, wine or soft drinks for two. The vast menu includes Cheese & Leek Souffle Tarts, Butterflied Sea Bass Fillets, Heart Peppercorn Steak Pies, Parmesan Mash and Profiterole Stacks chased down with a Conte Pruilli Prosecco.

What we thought: Choose right and you could save £19.30 and still be stuffed full of near-restaurant-quality M&S food. The original Valentines Dine In champions, you can’t go wrong with M&S and as ever, their choices are delicious and plentiful with decadent dishes like Coquille St Jacques (always choose these), a fabulous aged Sirloin and this year, vegan dishes that still feel really special.

Available: 12th - 16th Feb

Gallery: Valentine's main courses [Good Housekeeping]

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