Vesta curries

This was my Friday evening treat! After I had watched Rentaghost followed by John Craven's Newsround and when Crackerjack with Stu Francis (ooh I could jump off a grape!) had just started, my gran used to bring me in my Vesta beef curry. It looked like a tray full of string and cardboard with some chopped up rubber, but tasted devine. I can still taste the monosodium glutomate to this day!

I finished just in time for that quiz show with Angela Rippon (can't remember what it was called). This was pre Neighbours days remember! Life was so simple back then! P.S Morph and chaz were cool!

Robert Smith


I used to have a vesta curry now and then as it brough back memories of childhood. Sadly I have just tried the "new and improved recipie" beef curry. Only one word can describe it VILE! There are no meat chunks its bland and watery non fruity dish water. Why oh why do manufacturers do this? If it aint broken don't fix it! Wont be buying that again!
Cassie19-Jun-2013, 08:40:10 AM

Do doubt about it the chow mein was and still is the best rember how the crispy noodles used to make a crackling sond when put on the softnoodles and sprikeled with soy sauce,im going to buy some tomorrow.
cityboy17-Nov-2011, 06:37:31 PM

You can get them in Poundland now
sickthings09-Jan-2011, 11:42:04 AM

Has anyone ever commented on the fact that Vesta meals were originally made by 'Bachelor's Foods'? Hmmmm?
Dave T31-Oct-2010, 02:48:51 PM

Yes that was one of my favourites too!!! I also loved the Chow Mein with the Crispy noodles and can still buy it even here in Spain and also the Paella (nice) and the Beef Curry we can get here.

My brothers fave was the Cop Suey.

I remember when i had my first Chow Mein from a Cjhinese,it was completely different and i was dissapointed as the Vesta one was nicer.
nuttymoo26-Jul-2010, 05:20:56 PM

I saw Vesta Curries (Beef Curry and Beef Risotto) in the Pound Shop in Stafford's Guildhall shopping centre on Saturday!
wise_haystack26-Jul-2010, 03:25:04 PM

I have lived in the states for 21 yrs now and have been trying to find someone who sells these! My absolute favourites were the beef risotto and paella ones. I would always eat it with bread and butter, heaping spoonfuls onto the bread. Oh, it was sheer dehydrated chemically processed delight!
FAHREN451HEIT14-May-2010, 06:22:28 AM

Once upon a time Vesta meals were most people's only experience of "continental" food. In those days Indian and Chinese restaurants were still novel and a bit exotic; we didn't realise that there was more than one type of curry (or even rice for that matter.) Pasta usually came out of a tin (as did beef burgers), nobody had the faintest clue what a "baguette" was and as for things like "pain au chocolat" or even croissants, well, nobody had even heard of them.
I still like the odd Vesta from time to time - sure, they are about as authentic as a £14 note, but they actually taste ok in their own right and they certainly bring back memories...
Paul-b420-Oct-2009, 01:27:31 PM

i buy my vesta meals in maidstone,kent for only 99p great when your a bit skint ...not tried the chicken supreme or the chow mein yet.
sphynxboy16-Sep-2009, 06:25:29 AM

i buy vesta curries erc from a poundsaver in kent there only 99p
sphynxboy16-Sep-2009, 06:21:02 AM

I think the chowmwin is the best of the range with the crispy noodles, tastes totally synthetic but very moorish.
Kateb25-Feb-2009, 08:12:10 PM

Where can I find Vesta Beef Curries in Plymouth, England?
hampton273130-Jan-2009, 05:26:39 PM

I used to love Vesta meals but alas since they took all the E numbers out they don't taste half as good. Also they have bunged a load of soya in them now to pad them out but it kinda spoils the meal but they're still available in corner shops.
Chez F19-Jan-2009, 08:52:05 PM

i love the VESTA meals but whatever happened to VESTA CHOP SUEY' i cant buy it anywhere now, why did they stop making it?:>
m cruickshank06-Nov-2008, 05:41:43 AM

Anybody remember the Pasta Bolognese? This was once part of the Vesta range, and was basically a beef and tomato sauce (with very little beef in it!) with an accompaniment of small pasta spirals. This was actually my favourite of the Vesta products, with Chicken Supreme a close second. How ashamed I've been of that, since I discovered "real" food! OK, I'll admit that the Chow Mein and Paella are still on my list of very occasional guilty pleasures!
Marks25-Sep-2008, 08:46:06 AM

Yes, you can still get Vesta meals now, they are available in Tescos and most supermarkets, they were yummy, I used to like makin them, even though you had to do a lot of fiddlin about to make it, I used to make it in a large fryin pan, but it was worth the wait when it was ready.
80stvfreak05-Sep-2008, 11:24:23 PM

I still buy the chow mein, they sell it in the CO-OP. It was fantastic, and the crispy noodles soaked in soy sauce.... man, enough said!!!
atomheart30-Jun-2008, 06:14:53 PM

Sainsburys still sell them - although not the full range. Beef Risotto was like eating the contents of a Wild West saloon bar spittoon. And Chicken Supreme? What was 'supreme' about it? Chicken, mushrooms and bacon (?) in a creamy sauce - it was like licking the lid of a tin of emulsion paint. Having dissed the Vesta range so far I have to say that the Beef Chow Mein is one of my all-time favourite food memories. I loved it when my Dad popped the crispy noodles into the chip pan and dished them out between the four of us (the grown-ups always got more!). I can remember the whole Beef Chow Mein taste - it was great!
neilo6713-May-2008, 01:51:48 AM

OK, I ate the Vesta curry from Netto the other day. It was kinda like a chinese takeaway curry with dried up beef bits. Not too bad, but a takeaway would have been better. Made too much washing up for my liking!
sickthings07-May-2008, 05:16:10 AM

I saw a Vesta chow mein in Morrissons the other day.
vic06-May-2008, 07:36:03 PM

I just bought a Vesta Curry and a Vesta Paella from Netto after being reminded about them on this site. Haven't tried them yet, I bet they are foul!
sickthings21-Apr-2008, 04:22:11 PM

My husband used to eat vesta curry in the 70s, 80s and 90s. They were brought back from Scotland. Looking for them today. Any idea where to find vesta curry here in the U.S.?
dotpav6316-Apr-2008, 05:46:33 PM

the Wispa bar is back. I know cuz I have eaten around six of them in the past two weeks, they are here for a short period only so grab them while you can.
mandie22-Oct-2007, 11:00:27 AM

I think Tesco has them.
janie1405-Oct-2007, 03:27:49 PM

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