In this post, I’ve reviewed my experience with the Tastecard membership to find out if it is honestly worth signing up to. It’s renowned as the card that gets you 2 for 1 or 50% off your meals. I cover the tastecard restaurants available, what the tastecard plus offers, the tastecard experience, the tastecard App review and a real life tastecard eating experience with my dad. Plus I’ve bagged a 3 month free trial for GreatDealsMadeEasy readers to test out for yourself.
About Tastecard Offers
Over 3.7 million people use the app with over 6,000 restaurants participating across the UK. According to the site the average saving is £18.88 per meal (which isn’t bad) and the main age is 24 – 35 who use it. The cost is £39.99 a year annual subscription (once the GreatDealsMadeEasy 3 months free trial is over). Spread that cost over 15 months and you are paying £2.67 a month (including the GreatDealsMadeEasy offer). All memberships come with Tastcard+ which includes up to 40% off all cinemas, up to 55% off days out and more.
What are the Tastecard restaurants?
The tastecard restaurants include popular restaurants include Beefeater, Pizza Express, Café Rouge, Joe’s Kitchen, Frankie and Benny’s, Prezzo, Zizzi’s, Belgo and Yo Sushi. There are also quite a few local independents covering Italian, British, Indian, modern European, French and Thai food. The availability is for deals from Sunday to Monday (Albeit check the terms and conditions as some restaurants only have Sunday to Thursday).
With membership, you can also benefit from fantastic discounts of up to 70% on any of the 400,000 hotels and resorts globally with the tastecard+. There are hotel companies like Haven, Hotelogical and Cottages.com
What are the Tastecard Plus offers?
As well as discounts on the restaurants above, you also get tastecard + with your membership. This includes Fine Dining, Days Out, Hotels and Entertainment. You benefit from 40% off cinema (covering the Odeon, Vue and the Picturehouse *you do pay a 45p admin charge per order with Tastecard Cinema), up to 55% off days out on Tastecard attractions (from a family photoshoots to Drayton Manor to London Dungeon to Thorpe Park to even Paintballing) and other benefits include car rental, razor and even airport parking discounts.
Tastecard App review
The app is quite easy to navigate around. Once you’ve signed up, you just need to download the App and add your name, email and membership number. Then you have two categories: Discover (covering tastecard restaurants) and Plus (Tastecard attractions, tastecard cinemas and more). CityAm likes the Tastecard as it attracts more customers to restaurants — which they desperately need, especially during the current sector downturn.
Things I like:
-Under discover section, once you add in your area, you can easily filter by your favourite type of restaurant and whether you are looking for 50% off or 2 for 1 discount.
-The App is quite simple in its layout, which makes it easy to navigate around.
-Once you click on the restaurant, the app syncs with Google maps, to make it easy to get to you location.
-There are some really good 2 for 1 restaurants discounts and the majority of cinema outlets are covered for the 40% discount.
-I would say the App could be quicker, particular on the Plus category, you wait a while for loading up the offers.
-The app doesn’t appear to offer many discounts for a singles person looking for 50% off, unless you like Domino Pizza (not so healthy). I sense the Tastecard is more for social meals out with friends and family, than a meal for one saving (unless you have a huge appetite).
Is the Tastecard worth it?
If you rarely go out ever to restaurants *say once/twice a year, you cook at home a lot for the family and you go to the Cinema just a once a year, I’d say leave it. The membership of £39.99 could not make back the saving on just those two outings alone. However, if you eat out 3+ times a year at popular restaurants and/or you are an avid cinema goer, I’d say go for it – you will save money. It’s also good if you are looking for day trips to see in the UK with the family. Regardless, I’d say give it a try with a free three month trial here (make a note of the expiry date in case you barely use it, you can cancel it and you won’t get charged).
My Tastcard experience.
I popped up to Soho, London with my dad for a whisky tasting tour as birthday present. After a few drams (and more) of Scottish whisky in Soho, I used the App and found a nearby Tastecard restaurant Belgo opposite the pub, offering 2 for 1 meal. After a tasty meal, I presented the app and we got £15 off the menu, making it a lot more affordable for the pocket. Had I had a full paid membership, essentially another 2 meals that year and the savings would be in the positive.