The city is full of uncertainty at the moment, but as the UK moves into the ‘delay phase’ of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s likely that London’s restaurants are going to be a lot quieter.
In response to this, two London restaurant groups are trying to encourage punters to buy vouchers to use at the restaurants, by throwing in some extra cash. The idea is that Londoners can buy these now but use them at some point in the future when things have hopefully calmed down a little.
Kricket, which serves Indian-inspired small plates and has branches in Soho, Brixton and White City is offering an extra 20 percent on any vouchers over £250, which will be valid at all three branches until the end of the year.
Meanwhile, Harts Group, which owns Quo Vadis, El Pastor and Casa Pastor, as well as the four-branch chain Barrafina (where you’d usually struggle to get a table without waiting) has launched a similar scheme. In a newsletter, the group offered £1,000 vouchers that would be worth an extra 25 percent, meaning you’d have £1,250 to splash. Obviously, you’re not going to spend that kind of cash on a quiet meal for two, but it’s worth bearing in mind if you’re planning a group outing at some point over the next few months (coronavirus permitting).
Harts Group is also cutting the minimum spend in its private dining rooms by half and you’ll be able to re-book cancelled events up until 31 September 2020 (if cancelled within 72 hours of booking).
London’s restaurants and local businesses need your support more than ever, so if you can spare the cash, consider investing in a voucher. Even if you don’t use it for a while, your stomach will (eventually) thank you. And so will London’s food scene.
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