Love is (almost) in the air; as soon as Valentine’s Day rolls around, the nation will be awash with roses, soppy cards and boxes of chocolates, but nothing says romance like treating that special someone in your life to a delicious meal.
Whether you’re looking to cosy up at home or planning the perfect dinner date, treating your other half this Heart’s Day needn’t cost the earth. Don’t believe us? Check out our roundup of the best meal deals that are all under £20 from Marks & Spencer, Prezzo, Waitrose & Partners and more.
Here’s to love at first bite…
Marks and Spencer
Marks & Spencer’s seductive offering will have you choosing a main, a side, a dessert and either a bottle of wine or soft drink all just for £20. Fuss-free and purse-friendly? Yes and yes.
Our Best Ever steak pie – Handcrafted with slow-cooked tender British beef, traditional gravy and all-butter pastry.
Gastropub steak lasagne – Layers of rich ragu and Italian pasta topped with creamy farmhouse cheddar sauce.
Gastropub fish pie – Served with responsibility sourced cod, smoked haddock, salmon and king prawns.
Rotisserie chicken – Dressed in a sweet and sticky marinade.
Gastropub cottage pie – Tender minced beef in rich red wine, topped with fluffy mash.
Slow-cooked beef ragu pappardelle – Italian egg pasta with a rich beef and red wine ragu, finished with parmesan and fresh parsley.
Sirloin steaks – 21-day matured tender and full-flavoured sirloin steaks.
Rump steaks – 21-day matured tender and rich rump steaks.
Soy and ginger salmon – Two salmon fillets with soy, ginger and chili marinade, topped with parsley and red chili.
Plant Kitchen spaghetti bolognese (vegan) – A spag bol topped with a cheese alternative.
Carrot and swede crush (vegetarian) – Crushed carrot and swede with butter and delicious seasoning.
Ultimate potato mash (vegetarian) – Creamy potato mash with butter.
Broccoli cheese bake (vegetarian) – Broccoli florets in a cheese sauce topped with mature cheddar.
Sugar snap peas (vegan) – Crisp and sweet sugar snap peas.
Potato rosti (vegetarian) – Potato cakes made with shredded potato, onions and seasoning.
Red onion and fontal cheese pantofola (vegetarian) – Made using a slowly fermented dough, topped with sweet red onions and fontal cheese, then baked in a woodfired oven for a distinctive crisp crust.
Frites (vegetarian) – Seasoned potato fries.
Rosemary potatoes – Served with rosemary, parsley and roasted garlic.
Mini doughnuts – Eight fried wheat-flour doughnuts with a pot of butterscotch sauce and a sachet of sugar.
Lemon and mascarpone cheesecake slices (vegetarian) – A digestive biscuit base topped with mascarpone cheese and a Sicilian lemon glaze.
Fruity fiesta (vegetarian) – Pineapple, melon, grapes and kiwi fruit.
Bramley apple pie (vegetarian) – Sweet and tangy Bramley apple slices baked in light puff pastry.
Chocolate and cherry dessert pots (vegan) – Coconut milk and dark chocolate dessert pots topped with a cherry compote.
Strawberry jelly trifle (vegetarian) – Strawberries in strawberry jelly layered with sponge, creamy custard and whipped cream.
Cheese selection (vegetarian) – Tangy Blacksticks blue, full-flavoured farmhouse red Leicester and a mild creamy Lancashire.
Montepulciano, Italy – Ripe and fruity, this red wine with flavours of blueberry and cherry made from the Montepulciano grape in central Italy.
Gold Label sauvignon blanc, France – A fresh and zesty sauvignon blanc from the south of France with ripe citrus fruits which is perfect for pairing with fish dishes.
Froglet shiraz, France – A rich and spicy red made with shiraz grapes, packed with bold flavours of blackberry and plums which makes it great for pairing with rich meaty dishes like the rump steak or steak pie.
Champagne tasting at Selfridges
Treat your special someone (and yourself), to an exclusive champagne tasting at Selfridges in intu Trafford. Hosted by experts who will talk you through an assortment of champagnes, plus a food pairing board, all for a mere £20 per person, it’d be rude not to.
Happening from 7pm to 8:30pm on 13 February, there are limited slots available so you’d better be quick. Champagne tasting and snacks? Sounds like the perfect romance-infused evening to us.
Head straight to Chiquitos between 10 and 16 February and enjoy a two course meal from the Valentine’s specials menu for just £19.99. Choose from a starter or dessert and a main or opt for a three course meal for an extra £3. Yum.
Chorizo and cranberry – Jalapeno peppers, melted mozzarella, topped with sour cream and cranberry salsa.
Halloumi and japaneo jelly – Sliced jalapenos, melted mozzarella and topped with salsa, guacamole and sour cream.
Barbacoa beef crispy tacos – Three barbobao beef tacos, with rice and ancho sauce served with fries. Upgrade to spiced fries for 50p.
Roast chicken – A succulent half roasted chicken, served with fries and corn on the cob. Choose from Piri Piri or chimichurri, or upgrade to spiced fries for 50p.
Piri Piri chicken fajita – A classic chicken fajita with a twist of piri piri sauce, served with a sizzling skillet of seasoned peppers and onions, grated cheese, sour cream, salsa and guacamole.
Piri Piri roasted vegetables and Oumph fajita (vegan) – Served with Violife vegan cheddar style cheese, Oatly creamy oat fraiche and unlimited tortillas.
Loaded churros – Four sticks of soft dough, fried until crispy and dusted in cinnamon sugar. Choose from: banana and Dulce de Leche, raspberries and cream or chocolate brownie and strawberries.
Waitrose & Partners
Choose one starter and one dessert, then select one mouth watering main and add two sides, and finish it off with either one bottle of fizz (or wine) or a box of chocolates from Waitrose & Partners – all for £20. BARGAIN.
Giant meatballs (gluten free) – With pomodoro sauce and shavings of Italian cheese.
Breaded mozzarella (vegetarian) – Served with pomodoro sauce.
Calamari – Served with a basil pesto and mayonnaise dip.
Italian hummus (vegetarian and gluten free options available) – Served with grilled flatbread.
King prawns (gluten free option available) – With a chilli pomodoro sauce and served with garlic bread
Chicken, bacon and avocado salad (gluten free option available) – With crispy prosciutto in a honey and mustard dressing.
Pesto pea penne (vegetarian and gluten free options available) – With basil pesto, peas, mint and lemon topped with creamy burrata cheese.
Aubergine penne (vegetarian, vegan and gluten free option available) – Marinated aubergine in a pomodoro sauce.
Spaghetti with king prawns (gluten free option available) – In a chilli garlic pomodoro sauce.
Mushroom risotto (vegetarian and gluten free option available) – With white wine, spinach and truffle-infused oil.
Grilled chicken breast with mushrooms – With Marsala wine sauce and fresh spinach, served with a side dish of your choice.
Sea bass (gluten free option available) – With tenderstem broccoli, beans, asparagus, peas, spinach, cherry tomatoes, roquito chillies and pesto sauce, served with a side dish of your choice.
Tre gusti pizza (gluten free option available) – Pepperoni, chicken and pancetta.
Goat’s cheese and red pepper pizza (vegan and gluten free options available) – Served with sun-blushed tomatoes, spinach, red and yellow peppers, olives and red pepper tapenade.
Vesuvio pizza (gluten free option available) – Double pepperoni with roquito chillies and mozzarella.
Honeycomb smash cheesecake (vegetarian and gluten free options) – Topped with crunchy honeycomb pieces coated in chocolate.
Raspberry sorbet (vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available) – Fruity, refreshing and pretty in pink, it’s the perfect frozen finale.
Salted caramel chocolate tart (vegetarian) – Topped with golden chocolate pieces, served with cream and fresh berries.
Tiramisù (vegetarian) – With coffee liqueur, Marsala wine, cocoa and mascarpone.
Tesco also has a full three course meal for two up for grabs at the purse-friendly price of £20. Simply book a Click+Collect or delivery slot for 12 to 16 February to bag the £20 meal deal, then choose your menu by selecting a starter, any two mains, one side, one dessert and one drink.
Looking for the perfect romantic meal for two? Look no further than Bella Italia and its unmissable three course meal offer for just £19.99. Available from 13 to 16 February, there are even vegan and vegetarian options available, just ask your waiter for alternative options when dining in.
Insalata caprese – Red and yellow baby vine tomatoes, marinated with olive oil and pesto and topped with bufala mozzarella.
Polpette – Pork and beef meatballs baked in a spicy tomato sauce, topped with melted mozzarella served with a ciabatta toast – there are even vegan options available.
Bruschetta – Toasted ciabatta topped with red and yellow baby vine tomatoes, red onions and marinated garlic olive oil and basil.
Whitebait – Lightly breaded and fried, served with gremolata aioli.
Mozzarella carrozza – Lightly crumbed mozzarella parcel served with red and yellow baby vine tomatoes and a smoked chili dip.
Campagna pizza- Goat’s cheese, peppers, onion, mozzarella and pine nuts all finished with rocket and a balsamic glaze.
Polpette americano – Spaghetti with pork and beef meatballs with roasted red onion in a spicy garlic and tomato sauce.
Salami dolcelatte pizza – Salami and dolcelatte soft blue cheese on Mascarpone mozzarella base, garnished with rocket and Granello cheese.
Gnocchetti sardi luganica – Miniature pasta shells served with Luganica sausage broccoli and pancetta in a spicy tomato sauce.
Risotto pescatore – Creamy risotto with mussels, king prawns and squid in a spicy lobster sauce.
10oz Sirloin steak – Served with sautéed mushrooms, rocket and your choice of fries or mixed salad, topped your choice of creamy mushroom or peppercorn sauce.
Tiramisu- Delicious layers of sweet mascarpone cream with Marsala and coffee soaked sponge.
Cookie dough alforno – Warm chocolate chip cookie dough filled with a melting chocolate middle, served with vanilla gelato and caramel sauce.
Gelato – Three scoops of delicious Italian ice cream, simply ask your waiter for the full list of flavours and toppings.
Lemon meringue pie – A zesty lemon meringue pie with white chocolate sauce.
Wine and dine at intu Derby
Many of us can agree that 90% of a relationship is deciding where to eat, so why not make things easier this year and share a winter board and a bottle of bubbly (or wine), for £20 at BEAR in intu Derby, while listening to live music by Marcia Lynette duo. Sounds like the perfect romantic evening to us.