You don't have to go out to enjoy a delicious romantic meal this Valentine's Day thanks to our Extra Special meal deal for two. Category planning advisor Deborah Haigh blogs about why more people are enjoying indulgent treats in the comfort of their own home instead of eating out...

I think that traditions have changed around Valentine's Day – staying in has become the new going out with more and more people recognising they can celebrate just as well at home thanks to our fantastic Extra Special Valentine’s meal deal.

Staying in with the one you love is romantic, not an afterthought, and it’s much kinder on the purse strings too. Our meal deal is such good value and quality, why wouldn't you enjoy a little bit of indulgence on a special night in the comfort of your own home?

The deal is just £15 and you get a starter, main, two sides, dessert and a drink to suit most tastes, with options like wine, beer, Prosecco, Cava, non-alcoholic Nosecco or soft drinks like Fentiman’s Lemonade.

There are some fantastic dishes to choose from, including Sirloin Steaks with heart-shaped Pink Prosecco Butter, Hand-Finished Beef Wellingtons (a personal favourite of mine!) and a delicious Smoked Salmon En Croûte.

If you're looking to enjoy a vegan alternative meal this Valentine's Day you can pick up our Beetroot & Spinach Melts to start, followed by our delicious Portobello Mushroom & Lentil Gratin and sides like Smoked Paprika Fries or a Pea Crush. Then top it all off with our indulgent Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate Vegan Hearts for dessert.

For us it was really important that we feature inclusive options in the range. It’s important that for whatever reason, if it’s dietary or lifestyle, there are still dishes that meet people's diverse needs without compromising on flavour.

Our Extra Special Range gives customers a premium option all year round, but we love to go the extra mile to make it really special on Valentine’s Day. For example, our Beef Wellingtons are topped with a little pastry heart or our Profiteroles are finished with pink and white sugared hearts. The individual Lemon Meringue Pies are exceptional, with individually piped meringue peaks on a juicy lemon filling; the perfect sweet for your sweet.

As part of my role for the chilled meal solutions category I look to be the eyes and ears of our customers, to ensure we're providing the right products at the right quality and price. We have a fantastic product manager for Extra Special, Anna Schofield, and buyer on the range, Nicola Lees, who've both worked tirelessly to bring the Valentine’s Meal Deal to life. We improve and tweak the range every year, and we think 2019 is one of our best offers yet.

Our Valentine's Meal Deal for Two for £15 is available in selected larger stores and supermarkets from 7th to 14th February. Here's what's included:

Starters:
Cornish Camembert with a Sloe Gin & Cranberry Dip
Runny Scotch Eggs
Gran Antipasto
Sauvignon Blanc & Wild Garlic Mussels
Brussels Pâté
Hand Finished Tempura Prawns with Sweet Chilli Dip
Beetroot & Spinach Melts

Mains:
Slow-Cooked Lamb Shanks with Mint Sauce
Pork Belly & Apple Hoglets
Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken in Prosecco Sauce
Chicken with Chorizo in a Chianti Sauce
Smoked Salmon En Croûte
Hand Finished Beef Wellington
Sirloin Steak & Pink Prosecco Butter
Portobello Mushroom & Lentil Gratin

Sides:
Smoked Paprika Fries
Garlic & Truffle Mini Jacket Potatoes
Fondant Potatoes
Wkye Farms® Cheddar Mash
Garlic Stuffed Chestnut Mushrooms
Roast Root Vegetables with Shallot & Dijon Butter
Smoked Garlic Fougasse
Creamy Cauliflower Cheese
Asparagus, Tenderstem® Broccoli & Kale Medley
Pea Crush

Desserts:
2 White Chocolate & Berry Cheesecakes
Profiteroles
2 Red Velvet Melting Puddings
2 Caramel Cheesecakes
2 Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate Hearts
2 Lemon Meringue Pies
2 Dark Chocolate & Brownie Dome
2 Eton Mess

Drinks:
Extra Special Pinot Grigio
Extra Special Sauvignon Blanc
Extra Special Malbec
Extra Special Cabernet
Yellow Label Prosecco
Extra Special Rose Cava
Nosecco Twin Pack
Camden Beer
Fentimans Rose Lemonade Twin Pack