The M&S Dine In deal has always represented great value for money. For around £20 (or £15, if you count 2020’s New Year special) you’re able to pick up a main, side and dessert for two, plus a bottle of wine to toast to your savvy shopping.
It’s a combination that’s won the hearts – and stomachs – of customers up and down the country for years. Now the retailer has announced a ‘new and improved’ Dine In promotion that costs an even thriftier £10, and they’ve even got First Dates’ very own Fred Sirieix to talk you through the menu, and suggest some wines to sip alongside your meal.
But there’s one major change you should know about before you dash to your nearest store – the wine is no longer included in the price.
M&S unveiled the new promotion on its Instagram account, writing: ‘Bring the restaurant home with our new-and-improved Dine In offer: get a delicious main, side and dessert for two for just £10. Find out what @fred_sirieix picked from the menu this month. Fred not included (sorry).’
The line-up of dishes is undoubtedly delicious – from beef bourgignon and potato gratin dauphinois to lasagne, paella, chicken in red wine sauce and even a gooey macaroni cheese, there’s tons of choice with something for everyone. If you’re a vegan (or taking part in Veganuary this month), you can enjoy butternut and red onion en croutes with green beans or seasoned peas on the side, with an indulgent dark chocolate torte for dessert.
However, shoppers on social media were disappointed to find that they’ll now only be getting food, and no drink, for their spend. ‘Great offer for dry January, but then please bring back the vino! ?,’ said one on the brand’s post, while another wrote: ‘Why would you remove the wine? That’s what made it a good deal…’
We reached out to a spokesperson for the brand, who confirmed that this £10 offering is an ongoing change for M&S. However, there will still be seasonal menus around events such a Valentine’s Day, so it’s possible that you may see wine options return for special occasions.
In the meantime, we still think a deep dish mac and cheese and stack of profiteroles make for a pretty great way to treat ourselves for a tenner this weekend. You can browse the full menu here.