Lidl shopper sets himself challenge to buy luxury steak dinner for less than £5

Lidl was voted least expensive supermarket in Which?’s annual study.

So how cheap can you actually purchase dinner there?

MyLondon reporter Harry Walker decided to see for himself by heading out to his local Lidl in Bethnal Green.

He wanted to see if he could replicate a restaurant worthy dish – steak, potatoes and veg – without breaking the bank.

The journalist set himself a budget of £5 before whizzing around the supermarket with his trolley.

He said: “With steak on my mind and a rumble in my belly, I set out with a mission: to buy a gourmet steak dinner for less than £5.”

Here’s how Harry got on…

As I walked through the door, my eyes were drawn to the freshly baked goods on my left.

Donuts for pennies. Croissants for pocket change. A large loaf of rye sourdough for just £1.59!

I live in Bethnal Green. The nearest store to me that stocks sourdough charges £4.50 a loaf. Having now tried both, I can confirm the more expensive one is not worth an extra £2.91.

I picked my jaw up off the ground and carried on my quest. Eventually, I came to the steak fridge in Aisle 1.

Upon opening the door, I saw it staring at me. A 21-day matured British rump steak for a mere £2.39. I pulled one out and put it in my basket.

Just three more items to go: potatoes, greens and a peppercorn sauce.

At this point, I was totally confident I’d finish under budget.

I grabbed Lidl’s deluxe Alexandra potatoes and put them in my basket. They cost just 99p, leaving me with £1.62 left to spend.

Next, I grabbed the peppercorn sauce mix, which set me back 59p.

All that was left were the asparagus tips. I put them in my basket and headed straight for the till (after picking up some other bargains for myself, of course).

Altogether, my steak dinner steal came to a total of – drum roll please – £5.36.

The asparagus tips cost £1.39, leaving me a tad over budget.

But after making my steak dinner, I still had plenty of potatoes and asparagus left – which means the overall value of my gourmet meal probably came to below £5 in the end.

Impressive stuff!

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