NICK FRAME’S LIGHT BITES: Tesco is a guilty pleasure

Right or wrong, you just can’t ignore Tesco. They seem to have cornered the market when it comes to most things- clothes, fuel and food. It’s only a matter of time before they begin selling houses and cars.

Quick lunch food is a market they conquered a long time ago, specifically with their meal deals in which a sarny, crisps and soft drink are offered at a knock-down price.

And through gritted teeth, I have to say they are quite good. Okay, they are not the freshest of sarnies as such, no pick ‘n’ mix options and I’m certain they’re not made on site, but for a quick grab and go option, it’s little wonder why they prove popular.

There are plenty of pre-packed options, but the chorizo, chicken and chipotle mayonnaise on a sun-dried tomato bread is the pick of the bunch. Judging by how quickly they fly off the shelves, I’m not the only one who thinks this.

The downside is, of course, you’re filling the coffers of the much-maligned scourge of the high street rather than supporting a local trader, and every bite is tinged with guilt.

Then there’s the price- it was up until recently £2.50 for the meal deals, but they’ve jumped up to £3, which for me takes it firmly out of the bargain bracket.

But if sarnies are not your choice, then there are more ‘hot cabinets’ creeping into Tesco stores now, selling pasties. Not only are sandwich shops in Tesco’s line of sight, but bakeries clearly are as well.