M&S at Valentine’s… don’t go breaking my heart

So, I have to admit, it has been a while since my last post… I just don’t understand where the months are going! It will be Christmas again before we know it and I still need to write all about my Valentine’s experience with Marks and Spencer. So it may be a month too late but I’m going to share it nonetheless…

To me, Valentine’s Day is all about being with the people that you love – whether that’s your parents, partner or pooch. I am, personally, less interested in the balloons and bouquets of red roses and prefer myself a nice glass of red wine whilst enjoying a delicious, home cooked meal.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, S and I followed in the footsteps of thousands of others and opted for the Marks and Spencer ‘Dine in for £20’ deal. Now, let me start by saying, I love Marks and Spencer. I love their food and think that they are leading in the way with their Free From section. However, I was really disappointed with their choice of food on the Dine In offer. The majority of dishes on offer for starters, mains, sides and deserts included wheat and for those that didn’t, they included other ingredients that were high in FODMAPs, i.e. onion or garlic. Whilst I appreciate that it’s hard to create low FODMAP, pre-packaged food on a large scale for a mass audience, there could have been a lot more gluten-free options. Even the chips contained gluten!

Although I was unimpressed with the variety of options, we did end up having a really nice meal opting for chicken pate as a starter, followed by steak, broccoli and potato wedges for our main. This ended with a very indulgent white chocolate and raspberry bomb. It is very hard to criticise the quality of Marks and Spencer’s produce and this is not something that I am doing here. I am merely expressing my frustration that they let themselves down with their Free From options. For a brand that are getting it so right on the day to day aisle, why did they let themselves down on what would have been one of their busiest weekends for food shopping? Let’s hope that next Valentine’s, I’m more in love with their options.

 

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