Kids eat free at Tesco Cafes this half term - how to bag a free meal

Kids eat free at Tesco Cafes this half term. Find out what’s included and how it works

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Tesco is back with their ‘kids eat free’ scheme for the February half term but there are a couple of things you must do to be eligible. We tell you the ins and outs.  

The scheme is available across 312 Tesco cafes until Friday 24 February, including one free kids’ hot meal deal or a cold pick and mix deal. 

Here’s everything you need to know from how to claim a free kids meal at Tesco Cafe and what meals are included. 

How to claim a kids' free meal at a Tesco cafe

A parent must spend a minimum of 60p to claim a free kids’ meal worth up to £3.50, and you must show your Tesco Clubcard at the till. 

If you don’t have a Tesco Clubcard, it’s free to apply for one on the Tesco website

According to the Tesco Cafe menu on Just Eat, the cheapest item you can buy in the cafe is probably sparkling water which costs around £1.50 or a side for £2.80 for example chunky chips or seasoned fries. 

This could vary from branch to branch, so it’s worth checking prices in your nearest Tesco Cafe. 

Free hot kids’ meals include beans or avocado on toast, fish fingers, baked chicken goujons or a vegetable side dish, and or a sandwich for the pick-n-mix option with a side of fruit. 

What are other supermarkets offering during half term?

Tesco isn’t the only supermarket helping parents out during this February half-term. 

Asda is offering kids a free bowl of Quaker Oats porridge across 205 of their cades during the half-term period. The free porridge can be claimed between 8am and 12pm everyday. 

This is in addition to the £1 main meal offer for over 60’s, which has been extended to kids' main meals until the end of March. 

Morrisons is giving out one free kids meal (for those under the age of 16 years) when you purchase any one adult meal costing £4.49 or more. A kids' meal includes a piece of fruit and a Tropicana Kids Orange or Apple drink or bottle of water. The offer does not include menu specials and cannot be used in conjunction with the Teatime meal deal. 

M&S is offering a ‘free kids’ munch meal’ (worth £4) when you spend £5 or more in an M&S Cafe. The kids’ meal deal includes a main meal, snack and drink- you can choose from jacket potatoes with beans and sausages, cheesy tomato pasta, pancakes with blueberries and honey and cheese toasties. The offer ends on 24 February. 

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Vaishali Varu
Staff Writer

Vaishali graduated in journalism from Leeds University. She has gained experience writing local stories around Leeds and Leicester, which includes writing for a university publication and Leicester Mercury. 

She has also done some marketing and copywriting for businesses.

When she is not writing about personal finance, Vaishali likes to travel and she's a foodie.