Co-op meal deal: top picks in the £5 frozen food offer

The Co-op Food meal deal lets you choose five different items from the freezer for just £5. Here's how the offer compares to some of the more popular dine-in offers available from rivals.

Co-operative Food is offering a meal deal for two as a cheaper alternative to the Marks & Spencer Dine In for Two and Tesco Finest Meal Deal.

The Co-op’s ‘Frozen Meal Deal’ allows you to choose five different items, including pizza, garlic bread and Magnum ice cream for just £5. 

The supermarket says the deal will save you more than £8 compared to buying the items individually, so it certainly seems a good deal.

But if you're interested you'll need to be quick, as the latest Co-op meal deal will only be around until 28 May. 

Let's take a look at what's on the menu, before comparing it to rival offers.

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What you can get and what you can save

If you’re interested in picking up food that will keep, the Frozen Meal Deal includes:

  • Goodfella's thin crust margherita pizza (485g);
  • Birds Eye chicken popstars (150g);
  • Co-op garlic baguettes (310g);
  • McCain ridged crispy dippers (650g);
  • Magnum Classic (four pack).  

Co-op says the deal will save you a whopping £8.40 on the cost of buying the items separately.

The offer is available in selected stores until 28 May. 

Co-op's £5 meal deal. Image: Co-op.

How it compares to rivals

The Co-operative Food meal deal is half the price of the M&S Dine In and Tesco offer. However, it has to be said it's offer is also far more limited.

Marks & Spencer's lets you choose a main, side dish, dessert and a bottle of wine (or non-alcoholic alternative); while Tesco offers a Finest main, side, pudding and bottle of wine or pack of soft drinks.

Both are complete meals that are good to go, while the Co-op offer is more about picking up items to use gradually as parts of other meals.

So it's not really a like-for-like comparison, although the Co-op also has another meal deal for two priced at £8, which is similar to what its rivals offer.

Ultimately it comes down to personal taste and preference... however, given most of the wines on offer are worth well over a fiver on their own, you have to say the Co-op meal deal probably isn't as good value as the other two.

Finally, and forgive us for pointing out the blindingly obvious here, the Co-op option is purely frozen. So if you want flexibility on when you eat it, the Co-op deal has a clear advantage.

Which store do you think offers the best meal deal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Take a look at Tesco Finest meal deal: what you can get in the £10 food offer for more.

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