The best meal deals for a romantic Valentine’s Day evening in this year

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My fiancé and I wouldn’t normally make a big fuss on Valentine’s Day.

Usually we’d just go to our local pub but in these strange times we’ve decided to go all out, restoring our dining table from a make-shift office to its former glory.

The supermarkets have some brilliant dine in for two deals to celebrate the romantic occasion ranging in price from £7.50 and £20, with a wide range of choices for your starters, mains, sides, desserts and fizz.

So we put a few of the many menu combinations to the test…

M&S

£20 for Best Ever starter, main, side, dessert, fizz/wine and box of chocolates.

Menu: Prawn cocktail, tenderstem broccoli, Love linguine & meatballs, plant kitchen heart churros with chocolate sauce with Conte Priuli Prosecco Rose and Love Bug Mini Chocolates

Verdict: Juicy prawns in a rich, creamy sauce was a good start.

On the linguine, for best results put it in the microwave – we did ours in the oven and it dried out the pasta, but the meatballs are succulent and the sauce is delicious.

The vegan churros – like doughnuts – with dipping chocolate are also incredible. Washed down with a lovely, light sparkling rose.

Love hearts: 4/5

Morrisons

£15 for The Best starters, mains, two sides, a drink and dessert

Menu: Camembert tear and share bread, vegan mushroom and leek bake, green vegetable medley with jersey butter, ciabatta bread sticks, Dulche de Leche cheesecake with Chilean merlot

Verdict: The starter and the pudding were brilliant on this deal, but we’d pick a different main next time as it wasn’t the tastiest bake we’ve ever had.

You can never really go wrong with Camembert, and this was a tasty way to start.

The highlight was definitely the cheesecake – a generous portion – and the smooth merlot.

Love hearts: 3/5

Co-op

£15 for Irresistible starter, main, side, dessert and wine

Menu: Antipasti platter, margherita pizza, matured cheddar & balsamic onion flatbread, thick cut chunky chips, panna cotta with Irresistible prosecco

Verdict: One of the nicest supermarket pizzas we’ve had. The tomatoes were full of flavour and there was a generous amount of cheese.

The chips were really fluffy and the garlic bread was very garlicky.

It was a very carb heavy meal, so the light starter of olives and cold meat was a great way to begin.

The panna cotta was creamy, lovely with a sweet prosecco.

Love hearts: 4/5

Sainsbury’s

£20 or less for Taste the Difference starter, main, side, dessert, drink and chocolates

Menu: Scallop gratin, sirloin steak with heart butter, triple cooked chips, GU Zillionaire’s cheesecake with Mondelli Rosato rose and Coca & Co Truffles

Verdict: Top marks on the scallop gratin; soft and juicy and the sauce is creamy but not too heavy.

Cooked in heart-shaped butter, the steak is tender and melts in the mouth and the fluffy chips are just like ones from the pub.

And you can never go wrong with a GU pud, but the chocolate truffles give Sainsbury’s the edge. The rose is light and goes down very well, too.

Love hearts: 5/5

Asda

£15 for Extra Special starter, main, two sides, dessert, wine or Thorntons chocolates

Menu: Breaded Camembert with cranberry and port dip, cheddar and roasted garlic flatbreads, beef and roasted garlic and mushroom en croutes, cheddar mash, sticky toffee layered pot with Bordeaux sauvignon blanc

Verdict: The Camembert and flatbreads were very filling starters and there was a lot of beige here.

Pastry on the main was lovely and light but the beef inside had a burger texture which tasted out of place.

If you’ve got a big sweet tooth, this is the pud for you. Lovely, crisp wine.

Love hearts: 3/5

Tesco

£15 for Finest starter, main, two sides, dessert, wine or Thorntons chocolates

Menu: Smoked salmon and watercress tartlets, pesto and parmigiana reggiano breaded chicken, Wicked potato and butternut gratin, leeks petit pois and savoy cabbage, millionaire tarts with prosecco

Verdict: Great value for money. The tartlets are really rich and creamy and the main is juicy and tender from the pesto inside the chicken.

The gratin is a tasty and healthier alternative side to mash or chips.

And the chocolate tart finished with a glass of prosecco was perfection.

Love hearts: 4/5

Aldi

Deals start range from £7.50 for starter, main, dessert to £17 for the seafood option with starter, main, side, dessert and prosecco option

Menu: Scottish oysters, king prawns & scallops gratin, Scottish salmon en croute, vegetable medley, white chocolate & raspberry cheesecake with Prosecco Frizzante

Verdict: Such a romantic meal and worth spending the extra few pounds.

The oysters, king prawns and scallops made it feel extra special.

The gratin was creamy and full of flavour, while the en croutes had a really big portion of tender salmon inside.

Worth noting the oysters aren’t opened, so you’ll need an oyster shuck. The sweet cheesecake went down extremely well with the fizz.

Choose either the oysters or gratin for your starter – we’ve been lucky enough to try both which are equally excellent.

Love hearts: 5/5

Waitrose

£20 for starter, main, two sides, dessert and wine

Menu: Prawns in garlic, Charlie Bingham’s lasagna, rainbow salad, frites, Sicilian lemon tortes and The Ned pinot grigio

Verdict: You get a lot of food with this one on products which are normally a bit pricey so it’s a good treat.

Enjoy the prawns hot or cold and a lasagna that tastes homemade.

The tortes are restaurant standard too and the wine would normally cost a tenner, so a good deal all round. Delicious.

Love hearts: 5/5

JOINT WINNERS: ALDI & SAINSBURY’S