The ultimate British meal deal: The 5 best main, snack and drink combos, according to AI


Forget fish and chips or sausage, mash, and gravy – when it comes to British lunches, it’s the meal deal that rules supreme.

According to the latest figures, ‘meal deal mania’ is at a record high in the UK, with over of a third of Britons indulging in the offer at least once a week.

But with thousands of possible combinations of mains, sides, and drinks available, one key question remains – what is the ultimate British meal deal?

To answer this burning question, MailOnline turned to AI chatbot, ChatGPT, which came up with a list of five top combinations.

So, do you agree with its meal deal selection?

With thousands of possible combinations of mains, sides, and drinks available, one key question remains – what is the ultimate British meal deal? To answer this burning question, MailOnline turned to AI chatbot, ChatGPT , which came up with a list of five top combinations

The 5 best meal deal combinations, according to ChatGPT 

1. Classic Combo

  • Main: BLT Sandwich
  • Snack: Walkers Cheese and Onion Crisps
  • Drink: Coca-Cola

2. Healthy Option

  • Main: Chicken Caesar Wrap
  • Snack: Fresh Fruit Pot
  • Drink: Innocent Smoothie

3. Vegetarian Choice

  • Main: Falafel and Hummus Wrap
  • Snack: Graze Veggie Protein Power
  • Drink: Bottled Water or a Fruit Juice

4. Comfort Food

  • Main: Ham and Cheese Sandwich
  • Snack: McCoy’s Salt & Vinegar Crisps
  • Drink: Ribena Blackcurrant

5. Gourmet Pick

  • Main: Prawn Mayonnaise Sandwich
  • Snack: Kettle Chips Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar
  • Drink: San Pellegrino Limonata

The meal deal dates back to the 1980s, when Boots became the first flagship to offer pre-packaged sandwiches alongside a snack and a drink.

In the decades since then, the meal deal has become a staple part of many Britons’ diets, with outlets including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Amazon Fresh, and ASDA all offering options today.

The majority of meal deals include a main, a snack, and a drink for around £3.50.

To help you with your next meal deal, we asked ChatGPT for the best combination.

Within seconds, the bot revealed its five top combinations, albeit with an important caveat.

‘The best British meal deal combo often comes down to personal preference, but there are some popular and highly recommended combinations that people tend to enjoy,’ it said.

Topping the list is what ChatGPT calls the ‘Classic Combo’.

This includes a BLT Sandwich for the main, accompanied by Walkers Cheese and Onion Crisps, and a Coca-Cola.

The ‘Healthy Option’ includes a Chicken Caesar Wrap, a Fresh Fruit Pot, and an Innocent Smoothie.

Those of you hoping to cut down on your meat will be happy to hear that a ‘Vegetarian Choice’ has been included in the top five.

A falafel and hummus wrap is paired with Graze Veggie Protein Power, and a Bottled Water or a Fruit Juice.

Meanwhile, if it’s ‘Comfort Food’ you’re after, ChatGPT suggests you should choose a Ham and Cheese Sandwich with McCoy’s Salt & Vinegar Crisps and Ribena Blackcurrant.

Finally, its ‘Gourmet Pick’ includes a Prawn Mayonnaise Sandwich with Kettle Chips Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar, and a San Pellegrino Limonata.

The meal deal has become a staple part of many Britons' diets, with outlets including Sainsbury's, Tesco, Amazon Fresh, and ASDA all offering options today

The meal deal has become a staple part of many Britons’ diets, with outlets including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Amazon Fresh, and ASDA all offering options today

‘These combinations reflect a mix of classic British flavors, popular snacks, and drinks that complement the main meal,’ the bot added.

‘Depending on where you get your meal deal from (e.g., Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Boots), the specific items available might vary, but these general types are widely found across different stores.’

The meal deal choices come shortly after ChatGPT ranked the best crisps in the UK

Walkers (otherwise known a Lay’s) top the list, according to the AI bot.

‘A classic and widely available brand with a variety of flavours including Ready Salted, Cheese & Onion, Salt & Vinegar, and more,’ the bot said.

Tyrrells comes in next, followed by Kettle Chips, who ChatGPT notes are ‘famous for their thick-cut, crunchy chips.’

Despite technically being tortilla chips, Doritos are fourth on the list, closely followed by Pringles.

'The best British meal deal combo often comes down to personal preference, but there are some popular and highly recommended combinations that people tend to enjoy,' ChatGPT said

‘The best British meal deal combo often comes down to personal preference, but there are some popular and highly recommended combinations that people tend to enjoy,’ ChatGPT said

‘Although not strictly crisps in the traditional sense, Pringles are immensely popular in the UK with flavours like Sour Cream & Onion, Original, Salt & Vinegar, and Paprika,’ ChatGPT noted.

Seabrook comes in sixth place, before Hula Hoops, and Monster Munch.

Meanwhile, ChatGPT has given Sensations by Walkers their own ranking, coming in ninth on the list.

‘Offering a range of more exotic flavours inspired by world cuisines such as Thai Sweet Chilli, Japanese Teriyaki Chicken, and Mexican Fiery Sweet Chipotle,’ it explained.

Finally, the list is rounded out by McCoys, which ChatGPT praised for their ‘ridged crisps and strong flavours.’



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