Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

LOVED-up couples now have the option of dining indoors this Valentine’s Day, with supermarkets offering a range of restaurant-quality meals at bargain prices.

With drink or chocs usually included in the low cost, which deal is most likely to get you in the mood?

Loved-up couples now have the option of dining indoors this Valentine’s Day, with supermarkets offering a range of restaurant-quality meals at bargain prices

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Loved-up couples now have the option of dining indoors this Valentine’s Day, with supermarkets offering a range of restaurant-quality meals at bargain pricesCredit: Alamy

We asked writer and mum-of-three Lynsey Hope to sample the best of what’s on offer before the big day on Monday.

Tesco £15

One starter, one main, two sides, dessert and drink

For £15 in Tesco you can get one starter, one main, two sides, dessert and drink

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For £15 in Tesco you can get one starter, one main, two sides, dessert and drinkCredit: Oliver Dixon

WE TRIED: Tesco Finest feta and red pepper tartlets, Tesco Finest duck breast portions with Green ­Vegetable Trio and Tesco Finest raspberry and passion fruit cheesecake slices.

LYNSEY SAYS: “It was all delicious, although none of the Tesco items felt terribly romantic. It was lacking a stand-out option — something really special for ­Valentine’s Day. The duck was delicious though, and the desserts were very pretty. I loved the flavour of the cheesecake slices and would buy these again.”

Score

Value: 7
Taste: 6
Romance: 2
Total: 7

M&S £20

One starter, one main, one side, dessert and drink/chocs

In M&S for £20 you can get one starter, one main, one side, dessert and drink/chocs

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In M&S for £20 you can get one starter, one main, one side, dessert and drink/chocsCredit: Oliver Dixon

WE TRIED: Coquilles St Jacques scallops in a velvety white sauce topped with creamy mash and a cheddar cheese crumb, Pie Love You chicken pie with sweet potato fries and heart-shaped churros.

 LYNSEY SAYS: “This isn’t just any Valentine’s meal deal — this is an M&S Valentine’s meal deal.

“Everything is beautifully presented and it all feels rather special and romantic. The scallops were delicious — by far the best starter we tried — and the pie was tasty, too. The churros were lovely and felt like a bit of a novelty.

“I felt M&S has created some lovely romantic options for the big day. There are some very tempting items, including the Love Sausage, that aren’t included in the deal, so be careful to pick up the right things.

“Overall, it was one of the more expensive deals and not as plentiful as other offerings, but the food was both delicious and very pretty.”

Score

Value: 7
Taste: 9
Romance: 10
Total: 9

Sainsbury’s £15

One starter, one main, one side, dessert and drink

In Sainsbury's for £15 you can get one starter, one main, one side, dessert and drink

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In Sainsbury’s for £15 you can get one starter, one main, one side, dessert and drinkCredit: Oliver Dixon

WE TRIED: Italian antipasti selection, sirloin steak with heart-shaped butter accompanied by truffled Maris Piper mashed potato and New York vanilla cheesecake slices.

LYNSEY SAYS: “The steaks were tender and juicy — I really enjoyed them. The cheesecakes I could take or leave as they didn’t have a great deal of flavour.

“Sainsbury’s had less choice than most supermarkets and there definitely wasn’t as much on your plate as others were offering for £15. That said, with a bottle of wine thrown in this is still a great deal.”

Score

Value: 3
Taste: 6
Romance: 5
Total: 6

Waitrose £20

One starter, one main, one side, dessert and drink/chocs

In Waitrose for £20 you can get one starter, one main, one side, dessert and drink/chocs

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In Waitrose for £20 you can get one starter, one main, one side, dessert and drink/chocsCredit: Oliver Dixon

WE TRIED: Baking Camembert with red onion, No 1 fish pie with peas, cabbage and tenderstem layers on the side, ­followed by raspberry panna cotta.

 LYNSEY SAYS: “Waitrose has loads of choice, but I felt they were lacking a stand-out Valentine’s meal — something that felt a little bit special.

“The fish pie was delicious, but it wasn’t ­terribly romantic. I didn’t like the cabbage in the veg, and overall I didn’t think the Waitrose offering was great value for money compared to the other supermarkets. The raspberry panna cotta, I have to say, was exceptional . . . really yummy.”

Score

Value: 3
Taste: 7
Romance: 2
Total: 3

Morrisons £15

One starter, one main, two sides, dessert and wine

In Morrisons for £15 you can get one starter, one main, two sides, dessert and wine

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In Morrisons for £15 you can get one starter, one main, two sides, dessert and wineCredit: Oliver Dixon

WE TRIED: Camembert tear-and-share bread, beef Wellington with garlic bread and a green veg medley followed by crème brûlée for dessert.
 LYNSEY SAYS: “Morrisons’ Beef Wellington was my favourite of all the mains. It was a huge portion and the meat was tender. All you had to do was stick it in the oven, so it was easy to prepare.

“Most shops are offering Camembert to start, but the tear-and-share bread with this one made it excellent value. You’d have to buy bread on top for the others. The crème brûlée could have been better but, overall, I was impressed with Morrisons. There was a lot of yummy food.”

Score

Value: 10
Taste: 9
Romance: 10
Total: 9

Aldi £10 or less

No set meal but lots to choose from

In Aldi for £10 you can chose from a large selection of starters, mains, and deserts

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In Aldi for £10 you can chose from a large selection of starters, mains, and desertsCredit: Oliver Dixon

WE TRIED: 28-day matured British fillet steak (£4.49), extra-fine green beans (£1.19), specially selected ­strawberries-and-cream flavour cheese (£1.99) and ­Valentine’s fondue for two (£4.99).

 LYNSEY SAYS: “Aldi had sold out of almost everything when we went so I do believe their many heart-shaped offerings have been popular this year.

“It’s all great value, too. I loved my steak and fine beans and the fondue felt extra-special for February 14.

“The kids enjoyed dipping strawberries in the leftover chocolate the next day. I wasn’t a huge fan of the cheese, but it looked pretty.”

Score

Value: 7
Taste: 6
Romance: 6
Total: 6

Asda £15

One starter, one main, two sides, dessert and drink/chocs

In Asda for £15 you can get one starter, one main, two sides, dessert and drink/choc

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In Asda for £15 you can get one starter, one main, two sides, dessert and drink/chocCredit: Oliver Dixon

WE TRIED: French Neufchatel heart with honey and truffle drizzle, British sirloin steaks with pink peppercorn, garlic and herb butter, Dauphinoise potatoes, green vegetable medley and Sticky Toffee pudding.

LYNSEY SAYS: “You won’t be hungry after Asda’s three courses. The cheese was delicious and filling. The sirloin steaks were tender and the butter was lovely.

“I was stuffed before pudding, but had to try it. It was so yummy I had seconds and then had to lie down. I was impressed with Asda’s food and it was great value. If it’s romance you are after, avoid getting too stuffed.”

Score

Value: 10
Taste: 9
Romance: 6
Total: 8

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