Thursday, 28 July 2011

Tastecard

If you are like me and enjoy going out to restaurants a lot, you might be interested in purchasing the Taste Card. It's a membership scheme that provides discounts at restaurants that have joined the Taste Card scheme. Even if you don't go out that often purchasing the card at the right time you can save a lot of money- afterall Tastecard offer membership at half price at certain times of the year, and often offer one month trials for free! I purchased the card for my partner for Christmas (which is a great gift), as they had a half price promotional offer on. This meant the card had paid for itself on the first restaurant we visited.

The deal offered is normally 50% off the food bill or 2 for 1 on starters and main courses. There are restrictions on the amount of people who can dine together with restrictions on Fridays and Saturdays, but some restaurants offer deals 7 days a week, so it's always good to check the website first. If you have an iPhone you can download the app, which is very handy to have, as most places request that you book in advance stating you have a Taste card. On more than one occasion we were in a particular area and found a restaurant on the app. We then rang the restaurant, booked a table and turned up 10 minutes later, even though we were just around the corner.

You are restricted to the places that have signed up to the scheme, but with over 5000 restaurants you are going to find more than enough restaurants- just check out the website for more information. We have found restaurants located within Hotels will accept the card on Fridays and Saturdays. But, be prepared to be in the place on your own- often these restaurants aren't busy. When we have been to places in hotels we have booked a table for 6-8 people and with 50% this can be a big saving. It is also very nice to have a restaurant to yourself because you can't offend anybody if you get a little drunk ;-)

Their website is very easy to use and has all the relevant information you need on how use the card. You can also leave reviews on any restaurant, but be advised, we have written both positive and negative reviews, but it appears only the positive ones where published.

For more information go to their website at http://www.tastecard.co.uk/

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