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What with post-Christmas credit-card bills mounting up, must-buy sales bargains in the shops, and a long way to go until pay day, January can be a depressing month with little financial scope for socialising. Never fear – restaurants in London and the UK are on your side, with special deals for January diners and lots of little extras.
Tom and Ed Martin’s smart City gastropub is offering a January set menu to kick off the New Year. The special menu includes tempting options such as potted Morecambe Bay shrimps with watercress-and-orange salad; Yorkshire venison hotpot with Savoy cabbage and braising juices; and treacle tart with crème fraîche sorbet – all at a finance-friendly £20.12. The set menu is available for dinner every night and for lunch on weekends.
This City big-hitter is offering two courses for £16 and three courses for £19, both including a winter martini aperitif – enough to coax even the thinnest wallets out of hibernation. The offer is available at lunch or dinner throughout January.
Daphne’s set menu, which is usually only available at the perennially popular Italian restaurant (pictured, left) during the day, can also be enjoyed for dinner this month only. The weekly changing seasonal menus offer two courses for £17.50 or three for £19.50 – a steal for fashionable South Kensington.
Book a table for any Sunday to Thursday before 31 January and quote '50% off' and that’s exactly what you’ll get at Lily’s. The seafood restaurant in Clapham is offering half-price food from its à la carte menu at lunch or dinner, excluding drinks.
For one month only, diners at Edinburgh’s Restaurant Mark Greenaway can pay what they think their meal has been worth. Throughout January, the restaurant’s ‘Market’ and à la carte menus will carry a 'suggested price', but it will be up to individuals what they decide to pay for their food. The offer excludes drinks and is valid from Tuesdays to Saturdays, excluding 25 January. Diners must book in advance and quote the code PWYW (maximum 4 people per booking).
With the New Year upon us, Renaissance pubs including The Avalon, The Rosendale (pictured, right), The Stonhouse, The Abbeville, The Bolingbroke and The Tommyfield have set diners looking for a deal a canny challenge. Place your order before 8.12pm (20:12 – geddit?) from Monday to Wednesday (plus Thursdays at selected venues) and you’ll receive 50% off your food order. All you need to do is download this voucher to present to staff when you order. The offer ends on 31 January.
Dine in the heart of Knightsbridge this January without breaking the bank. The Rib Room is offering diners a posh rib-of-beef burger and a drink for £12 all month in the bar. The bargain burger – which contains a burger made from Casterbridge Aberdeen Angus rib of beef, honey-glazed onions, mustard, Sussex Crumble cheese and homemade ketchup – is served with French fries and your choice of beer, wine or a soft drink.
Shoreditch’s Rivington Grill (pictured, left) is staging its own January sales this month, with 50% off food from the à la carte menu all day, every day. The offer must be booked online, is extended to groups of six people or less, and excludes steak or crab dishes. The same offer is available at Rivington Grill, Greenwich, from Monday to Friday.
Diners who order a minimum of two courses each will receive a 50% discount on food at City stalwart Swithins every evening until 31 January. The fish restaurant excels at cold platters, fresh shellfish, and light, elegant dishes such as baked whole sea bass with fennel sauce – a perfect salve to the annual Christmas binge.