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Supermarket Meal Deals Rated

Tom Doorley (Photo by Alan Betson, The Irish Times)

Tom Doorley (Photo by Alan Betson, The Irish Times)

In today’s Irish Times, food critic Tom Doorley taste tests supermarket meal deals, and he’s pretty impressed with them all.

This time last year, the idea of a decent quality three-course meal with a bottle of wine costing €10-€12.50 simply didn’t cross anyone’s mind. Back then, ready meals were an afterthought, not something you might plan your weekend’s dining around.

Then, unexpectedly, M&S changed everything with their dine in for two option. Dunnes and Tesco followed, while Superquinn devised its own unique version – Meal Deals for four. Do you like these meal deals? What do you think stands out?


  1. We got the Tesco Indian Meal Deal at the weekend. €11.50 for 2 sides (Bombay potatoes & Onion Bhajis) 1 main (Chicken Jalfrezi) and 4 bottles of Cobra. Pretty good value and the meal was lovely as well. My boyfriend commented that he’s often had alot worse from a takeaway.

    I was very impressed, we’ll get one again for sure.

  2. Myself and my “war office” love them – particularly the M&S ones. They do a lovely gammon, super sides, and yummie puddings and the wines are always passable.

  3. Had the delicious M&S gammon and vegetable side over the weekend. With a few baked potatoes, the main easily stretched to three people.

  4. loving the m&s, cant fault it at all…..however the Tesco ones are dreadful! will never buy again.