With the Covid-19 lockdown still firmly here, most of us are looking for any excuse to celebrate and Valentine's Day is no different. Valentine's Day centres around gourmet food for many couples, but this year you'll have to find an alternative to the usual romantic gestures in restaurants for Valentine's Day. Our money-saving foodie solution? Kicking back with your favourite person to enjoy one of the best supermarket Valentine's Day food deals.
By now, you've probably stumbled across a Tesco meal deal during your weekly shop, but there may be alternative dine at-home options that you didn't know existed. Valentine’s Day supermarket deals usually include a discounted meal deal price for a main, side, vegetable, dessert and drinks for two (or an alcohol-free alternative), but some supermarket brands are even more generous.
While the rest of the world seems to be dipping in and out of flexitarianism, for some, only meat will do. If you're opting for a meat-based meal deal, go for a good-quality supermarket option at a discounted price. Our pick is the premium M&S Valentine’s meal deal, all endorsed by First Date’s Fred Sirieix. Opt for duck croquettes, followed by a rack of lamb main with mustard, honey and herb crust and truffle mash, finished off with a profiterole stack.
There are two options for vegetarians—three if you're pescatarian—at Co-op, including pizza, vegetable pasta bake or salmon en croute, with a tempting mature cheddar and balsamic flatbread. There are two puddings on offer: sticky toffee and velvety, melt-in-the-middle chocolate. Add a bottle of vegan-friendly rose prosecco for a truly indulgent but affordable veggie meal for two.
The Tesco Valentine's meal deal is the most inclusive by far, giving the growing number of countrywide vegans some love and attention this year. Two Wicked Kitchen Wicked Wellingtons are up for grabs with this meal deal, as well as a Wicked Kitchen Potato & Butternut Gratin and a rich Wicked Kitchen Chocolate Love Brownie. A vegan-friendly Tesco Finest Pinot Grigio will polish off your meal nicely.
The Sainsbury's meal deal, Valentine's day version, is one of the more established offerings. This supermarket consistently includes mid-range bottles of wine within its meal deal, with many Valentine's Day versions including a bottle of fizz and three courses for £20 per couple. This year, Sainsbury’s is offering wine-friendly camembert and scallop gratin, paella and strawberries, all of which would pair beautifully with a premium bottle of prosecco. Not a fizz fan? There’s a Rosato, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot to wet your whistle too. View the full range of options, all available to order online from 10 February.
It's not surprising that Asda comes out top for the most affordable supermarket meal deal. For £15, you can get a full range of items from their Extra Special Range, including an antipasto platter, steak, potatoes with rarebit butter and a melting chocolate dome. Their most expensive bottle of wine is £8, with the entire budget-friendly meal saving you around £7.50—enough change to buy an extra bottle of wine from the menu.
Morrissons is well-known for the freshness of its produce, which is why you can guarantee that their umami-rich, three-course steak dinner with garlic and cheese stuffed mushrooms will win you major brownie points with your Valentine. But what sets this Valentine’s Day supermarket meal deal apart is the included delivery cost. What you see is what you get with this deal, with no hidden extra prices. As most of the other deals included in our guide will likely be purchased as part of a larger supermarket delivery slot, this is the discounted meal deal to choose if you’re only looking to purchase dinner direct to your door.