For those who often read my blog or follow me on social media, you’ll be more than aware that I have an absolute obsession with eating out. I may only look tiny, but I sure can tuck my food away, enjoying nothing more than lunching out or booking in to a lovely restaurant on a weekend evening. However, it can obviously be a pricey ‘hobby’, so I’m often one of those who tries to search out the best food offers and deals in and around Manchester. 2 for 1 and 50% off promotions are by far the most beneficial – but where do you start trying the find the best ones?
I recently joined Gourmet Society, which is a members society providing all the best discounts and offers when it comes to dining out. When you sign up, you become a member either through your own Gourmet Society card, or via a digital in-app membership. It basically lets you search from so many eateries – from Michelin-starred fine dining establishments to national chains and local family favourites – to see what offers they currently run for Gourmet Society members. Then, you just chose your favourite, go along, and enjoy 2 for 1, 50% off or 25% off the total bill.
So what happened when I- Manchester’s most food loving blogger (in my opinion!) – was let loose with the Gourmet Society card for 24 hours? I had a full on busy day last week, which needed lots of food and coffee breaks, so here is how I filled my tummy…
Breakfast and brunch
I’m annoying when it comes to breakfast, as I can be quite picky with certain breakfast items. I’m not a huge fan of eggs, and bacon/sausages are sometimes are bit too ‘meaty’ first thing in the morning. But give me a stack of pancakes and a soya latte and I’m over the moon! I started my day at an American style diner near the Manchester University area of the city, called Grand Daddy’s Diner. I was there for a brunch meeting, so the 2 for 1 offer was more than handy!
During the afternoon, I was around the South Manchester area, and wanted to indulge in a bit of junk-food-type lunch to keep me going. It was a Friday, and we are totally allowed to be unhealthy on a Friday lunchtime, right? I tucked into a fried chicken burger with lots of sauces and fries on the side at Bourbon and Black, another American style eatery. I am such a sucker for fried chicken, and this gem of a meal kept me fueled up for a busy afternoon. Although I put this little Gourmet Society challenge forward as a Manchester thing, I then had to shoot off to Liverpool in the evening, but I of course continued the dining out challenge and found myself a great little place to indulge in an evening meal, taking advantage of the 2 for 1…
Myself, my mum and my sister arrived at Liverpool’s Amalia Italian restaurant for a bit of pasta and pizza before heading out for the evening. I am such an Italian fan – I sometimes think I could literally dine on Italian cuisine all day everyday and never get fed up. Amalia is a cute little independent restaurant hidden away off the main road, situated in a pretty little square. We shared two starter dishes, and then I opted for a sun-dried tomato and prawn ravioli main course, and my sister ordered an amazing four season pizza, with a mixture of toppings. My Mum went for the traditional lasagna, which was made with real authentic thick pasta sheets, definitely a ‘proper’ version. A pleasant atmosphere in this busy and bustling eatery, and the 2 for 1 very much came in handy split between three of us…
If you like to dine out, no matter what city you live in, then I’d recommend checking out Gourmet Society – especially if you like to save like I do! It just comes in handy for those days you may wonder around a city center and feel a bit peckish, but want to make sure you pop into somewhere that can offer worthwhile discounts. You can take a look online whenever you are out and about, and if you find that your favourite restaurant runs a 50% offer, you really are winning!
Hopefully I’ll find some other great deals for this upcoming weekend. Such a greedy girl!