Be contrary to be clever. Say you work in a central business district. You know the restaurants are packed out at lunchtime, but if you can stay in town when the rest of the suits are on the train home, you’ll find some cracking restaurant special offers.
The Larder restaurant in Clerkenwell currently has a huge 50% off food in the evenings only.
Top-rated Bonds Restaurant by the Bank of England has an irresistible three courses for £19.50 – evenings only.
Even long-running spots like Glasgow’s La Bonne Auberge with its AA rosette is offering three courses with a bottle of wine for two people for £39.95 – evenings only.
Treat Monday or Tuesday as dine-out nights. That’s why we created ‘toptable Tuesdays’. Even the best restaurants have quiet evenings and they’re most often at the beginning of the week. Gather some mates, book a special offer table, and start the week as you mean to go on.
Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows in London has three courses for £39 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
Diner favourite The Chancery in EC4, has 50% off food on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday evenings only.
The gorgeous Villandry in London W1 offers 50% off food all evening on Monday nights, but early or late seatings only the rest of the week.
Watch for food festival special offers. A mass of food and restaurant festivals has broken out all over Britain, from ‘taste of London’ to the BBC’s UK-wide Love Cooking festival to the London Restaurant Festival and more. High-profile restaurants are willing to create incentive menus at special prices around festival times, so if you’re seeing publicity about a food festival near you, check out the toptable deals to match.
Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s, one of London’s prime dining experiences, is offering three gorgeous courses at lunchtime for £30 during the London Restaurant Festival.
The extraordinary – and top diner-rated – Tigerlily in Edinburgh is offering 2 for 1 main courses in honour of the Love Cooking festival.
Follow us on facebook and keep track of us on twitter. Sometimes a restaurant will ring us with a one-night-only special deal because they’ve had a big cancellation or it’s unexpectedly quiet. So keep an eye on the toptable pages for amazing deals.
Eat early, eat late, eat lunch. Some of the best restaurants in the UK, the real destination spots, are the places where everyone wants to dine at 8pm on Friday or Saturday evening. They’re also the restaurants that feel it most when the expense-account bunch is pinched. Good news for you. These are the spots that are keen to lure you in to gastronomic bliss at a discount as long as you don’t mind eating outside the busiest seatings.
Take Michelin-starred Benares in Berkeley Square: two courses for £19 at lunch and from 5.30 – 6.30 pm every day. Amazing.
Or Michelin-starred l’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Covent Garden: two courses for £22 at lunch and from 5.30 – 6.30 pm every day.
At Michelin-starred Chez Bruce in Wandsworth, Monday through Thursday lunch is a ridiculous £19.95 for three courses.
Subscribe to the toptable newsletter. Not shameless self-promotion: the toptable newsletter is all about special offers full stop. And if you subscribe (it’s free) you’ll be the first to hear about offers centred around your location, whether you set it for home or work or wherever you’re headed on holiday.
Think groups and parties. When you book your group dining event or party through toptable, we reward you with 1400 top rewards points – enough for a free meal for you — for every ten people you book. And restaurants love large groups, so they’re offering special deals to encourage you to book, even some of toptable’s highest-rate favourites.
For instance, Patterson’s in Mayfair offers your group a free champagne and canapé reception when you book a meal in the restaurant’s lovely private room for between 8 and 24 people.
At this moment, there are more than 1400 special offers running on toptable, from meals under £10 to Michelin-starred nosh at a silly price to free wine and champagne when you dine. Use our tips to find the best deal for you, then let us know how it went.