You can always get great restaurant deals in January and early February because it's a slow time for establishments. Fewer tourists and people dieting, paying off debts or giving up the booze all dent profit margins and booking numbers, so the restaurants go further out of their way to tempt extra customers in with lower prices or free added extras.
Look out for vouchers and special menus from the big high street chains, luxe offers from the upmarket chefs, and short-term 'dine in' offers from the big supermarkets.
IN THE SHOPS
As far as the supermarkets go, by far the most popular deals are from Marks and Spencer
. When I went in on Saturday for the latest deal the shelves had already been stripped bare so you have to be quick off the mark! If you want to hear about the next deal in advance, text FOOD1
to get M&S Food & Drink Club free text alerts. (to opt out just text STOP to 65006). More delails about this service below:http://www.marksandspencer.com/Dine-in- ... /198933031
Rival supermarkets Tesco, Wairose and Sainsbury's will undoubtedly all follow suit with a range of similar offers (including cheaper and less fancy 'two dine for £5' deals). Keep a regular eye on their special offers pages.
HIGH STREET EATERIES
There are umpteen offers out there, and I'm not going to list them all. Why? Because being a bon viveur on a budget is not about getting a discount on a cheap nasty burger or badly-made greasy, soggy pizza - I'm sticking just to places that I'm currently happy to endorse (either cheap and cheerful or posher-for-less).Loch Fyne
£10 set lunch
£10 off a £30 spend, or £20 off a £60 spend with voucherhttp://www.lochfyne.com/Livebait
30% off with voucherhttp://www.livebaitrestaurants.co.uk/offers.htmlPizza Express
50% off any pizzahttp://www.pizzaexpress-offers.co.uk/La Tasca
Two dine with wine for £15, no voucher needed
Ends 31 JanYo!Sushi
(for the main courses)http://www.zizzi-offers.co.uk/Giraffe
(for the kiddies)
40% off with voucherhttp://www.giraffe.net/Chez Gerard
30% off all food from 5pm onwards. (Brasserie Gerard has up to 50% off main courses with voucher too)
Offer ends 31 Janhttp://www.chezgerard.co.uk/offers.php
OTHER RESTAURANTSGordon Ramsay
Big discounts at the majority of sweary Gordon's eateries. These are doing big business at TopTable this month.http://www.toptable.com/en-gb/feature/?id=2230