HOW TO SUPPORT THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

Restaurants and the hospitality industry in general, are facing an incredibly tough time ahead so by supporting your favourite restaurants, pubs and bars you’ll help them be able to stay open. Some restaurants have already temporarily closed or are pivoting to focus more on delivery – and we have a separate article on our favourite dishes on demand – while others are offering incentives and initiatives to encourage diners to eat in. Lots of restaurants sell epic merchandise, so if you ever wanted to rep your fave spot, now is the time.

Below is a round up of current special offers that London restaurants are running which we’ll keep updated as we hear about them. 

DONATIONS

With so many places shutting, even temporarily, thousands of hospitality workers will be left struggling to pay their bills. Tom Brown has partnered with Hospitality Action for a campaign to raise as much money as possible to help people in crisis as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. If you were planning to spend money at a bar or a restaurant over the next few weeks, consider donating the amount instead. If your WFH and therefore saving money on commuting in, you can donate the cost of your journey to Hospitality Action to help support those who can’t work from home.

Lina Stores is running a crowdfunding campaign to help provide free food, in the form of pasta and sauce kits, to Londoners in need, including unemployed workers within the hospitality industry. With the Virtual Pints campaign you can donate the cost of pint (or a cocktail or even a whole round of drinks) to help support pubs and independent venues at risk of permanent closure.


COOKBOOKS

You may not be able to eat at your fave restaurants right now but you can still support them by buying their cookbooks. And we’re pretty sure that attempting the dishes will only make you appreciate the restaurants even more. If you’re missing great Indian food, have go at home with the Dishoom and Kricket books; go big and bold with recipes from Black Axe Mangal or classic with Quality Chop House; recreate your fave brunch with a little help from Caravan; pimp your homemade sarnies with some tips from Max’s Sandwich Shop; and do Turkish at home with Oklava.


VOUCHERS

A few restaurants have started to offer an extra bonus amount for free when you purchase a gift voucher. So if you’re willing to put up the cash now, you can use these vouchers in a few months time when things have (hopefully!) returned to normal. 

Kricket
Offering an extra 20% on vouchers over £250

Harts Group
A bigger minimum spend here of £1000, which will get you a voucher worth £1250. Great for a big group meal later in the year, or to split several meals between the groups many excellent restaurants including Barrafina, Quo Vadis, and El Pastor

Westerns Laundry
Offering 20% extra on vouchers over £100.

40ft Brewery 
We love the 40ft Brewery tap room in Dalston. They’re going to be closing up from this weekend but they are running a great offer for when they re-open: if you buy a bar tab now for future use, they will DOUBLE it. Purchase online here.

Patty & Bun
If you buy a £30 or £50 voucher, you’ll get a Patty & Bun Black Card which gets you 10% off P&B for life.

Bleecker
Bleecker Burger are offering a 20% bonus on gift card purchases.

Gauthier Soho
This week there is a 25% discount on ALL Gauthier Soho gift vouchers and experiences, use the code LOYALTY. Offer ends Sunday 22nd March. Current and new vouchers will have an extra six months in which to use them too.

Corrigan’s Mayfair
Offering an extra 25% on top of any gift vouchers purchased.