Review: Taste Card
I must admit that I was a little sceptical when I first heard about Taste Card – a diners’ club which promises significant money-off deals at 5,500 restaurants across the UK.
For some time I had been an active Toptable reviewer and reward points hoarder, making great use of the site’s special menu deals and promotions – so what could a subscription with Taste Card offer that I couldn’t get for free with its competitor?
A considerable saving it seems.
Taste Cards are usually valid for a year and can be bought online for an annual fee of £79.95. I got mine for just £25 on a Groupon deal – I’ve had it for a year now and it’s been worth every penny, and more.
With an array of restaurants on its books from the you-know-what-you’re-getting Ask and Pizza Express chains, to the likes of the more upmarket Kettners and Marco Pierre White’s MARCO venture, you are never too far from a restaurant offering handsome Taste Card discounts (the handy iPhone app is great for finding restaurants close to you). Discounts vary according to the day of week and number of diners, but generally one card will accommodate a 50 percent discount for as many as 6 people, ordering from an a la carte menu Mon-Thurs (and some Sundays).
I made my £25 pounds back the first time I used my card, celebrating a family birthday at the trendy Kettners restaurant in Soho. Unlike Toptable, which rewards users with slowly accrued points, Taste Card whips money off the bill instantly; there’s no need for reviews and points accumulation – just eat and save!
- Kettners, Soho
- The Jam Tree, Kensington
- No 5 The Hemple, Bayswater
- Bellaria, Fitzrovia
- Walmer Cast, Notting Hill