The X Factor boss Simon Cowell was thrilled after scoffing down a meal of scampi and chips with his contestant

Simon Cowell wasn’t joking when he revealed he loves a bargain on Saturday night as he arranged a dinner date with Stevi Ritchie on live TV.

The X Factor boss followed up on his word and was spotted at a Harvester restaurant on Monday night with his Over 25s contestant.

The pair looked like proper pals as they dined together minus an entourage at their table.

Simon seemed to be enjoying his greens from the salad bar and confessed that he loved how he could fill himself up on the stuff without paying extra, when a Twitter follower asked how his starter experience was. ‘All you can eat. Boom!’ he replied.

As for his main meal the music mogul had a £4.99 scampi and chips meal from the west London Boston Manor branch. It seemed Simon couldn’t wait to get his hands on some grub from the chain after specifically requesting the eatery when Stevi asked for them to bond outside of the studio for once.

And it looks like Stevi might have paid for the nosh too as Simon tweeted: ‘Thanks for dinner Stevi. Scampi and chips at the Harvester. Delicious.’

Stevi on the other hand was experiencing some butterflies in his tummy before they headed back out together.

He told Twitter followers beforehand: ‘Ok, so I’m having a meal at Harvester with the boss man himself Mr Simon Cowell and I’m sooooo nervous xx.’

However all went well on the lads’ night out and Simon was even kind enough to pose for snaps with the restaurant staff, as seen in a picture posted by someone on his PR team.

Stevi wrote afterwards: ‘Really enjoyed my lovely dinner with my best friend and mentor @SimonCowell it was amazing such a great night thank you bossman xx.

‘@SimonCowell thank you so much simon I had a great evening glad you enjoyed harvester xx.’

Stevi made sure to leave a special mention to One Direction‘s Louis Tomlinson too, who was spotted at rehearsals with Simon and Stevi last week.

Louis had asked via Twitter when they would be making the trip to Harvester after Stevi‘s request on Saturday, but it seems the guys forgot to send the boyband member a memo.

‘Now then @THESTEVIRITCHIE when me you and @SimonCowell going to harvester ?’ Louis tweeted at the weekend. Stevi finally replied on Monday.

‘@Louis_Tomlinson @SimonCowell off tonight and im mega nervous louie sorry your not with me and the boss man xx’

It looks like everyone wants in on the Stevi action lately as even EastEnders actor Shane Richie tweeted him last week showing some support for the singer who kind of shares his last name.

The father of Rixton‘s Jake Roche tweeted: ‘@THESTEVIRITCHIE hey buddy don’t you let the Richie’s down, me & Lionel are watching,enjoy the journey x [sic]’

Uh… we’re sure he appreciates the love Shane but your surnames are not quite the same!

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