Gourmet Society, tastecard, and hi-life Diners Club compared
Whether you love eating out as a family at Pizza Express or enjoy being the first among your friends to eat at a hot new restaurant, you could save yourself a few pennies with a dining discount card. There are a few out there to choose from, so check out our guide to see which one is right for you
What is a tastecard?
We all know that food definitely tastes better when it's free; to that end, tastecard is a membership service that gives you 50% off your food bill, or 2 meals for the price of one, at thousands of restaurants. Simply book a participating restaurant and mention that you're a member, then flash your tastecard at the end of your meal and enjoy the savings.
Should I get one?
If you love eating out as a family, or want to treat your partner to more date nights, then becoming a tastecard member is a great way to enjoy meals out without breaking the bank. Loads of restaurants accept tastecard discounts, including family favourites like Pizza Express, Prezzo, Chiquito (and lots more).
What's more, if you upgrade to tastecard+ membership, you can enjoy up to 50% off days out, 60% off entertainment and 70% off hotel stays – school holiday activities sorted.
tastecard membership usually costs £79.99 annually, but Mumsnetters can get their first two months free – find out more here.
However, if you've left your Pizza Express kid's menu days behind you, there are other dining cards out there that cater more to adults.
If you would like even more restaurants to choose from – including some that the kids might not be interested in
what a shame – then Gourmet Society is the membership for you. Gourmet Society members can enjoy 2 for 1 meals, 50% off the food bill, or 25% off the total bill (yes – including gin/wine) at 7,000 independent, chain, and Michelin star restaurants across the UK and ROI; participating restaurants include Loch Fyne, Cafe Rouge, and Hotel Malmaison – but there are also some family classics like Bella Italia and Strada thrown in for good measure. It's quick and easy to use the Gourmet Society app to check what offer is available at your restaurant of choice and whether you need to book.
As well as dining discounts, your Gourmet Society membership also gives you money off days out, afternoon teas and cinema tickets.
A year's membership usually costs £69.95, but Mumsnetters can get their first two months free – find out more here.
hi-life Diners Club
If your culinary preferences are on the fancier end of the spectrum, you could save a fortune by joining hi-life Diners Club. This membership guarantees you 20% off your total bill (including as many drinks as you like) at 2,500 top-quality independent restaurants across the UK and ROI, seven days a week. There's no need to book in advance, simply show your digital membership when you ask for the bill.
hi-life only costs £69.99 for an annual membership (so it quickly pays for itself) and Mumsnetters can give it a try for free for two months – find out more here.