If there’s one thing we know to be true, it’s that life is expensive. Whether it’s rent, taxes or spending dollar on your social life, the cost of living in the UK can quickly add up to be as tall as Peter Crouch.
Those never-ending life costs are a major part of the reason why we love all things deals, bargains and savings. In the last few years, Black Friday fever has gripped the nation, with millions of shoppers across the UK heading out to the high street or going online to find the best deals on offer in this one-day-only extravaganza.
Where did Black Friday come from?
If you’re unsure of what Black Friday is, don’t feel too out of the loop, as this shopping celebration was originally a Stateside affair.
Black Friday is the unofficial name given to the Friday following the American holiday of Thanksgiving Day, when shops offer massive discounts on their products as a way of luring in customers. The craze didn’t really take off in the UK until around five years ago, but is now an important part of the shopping calendar here. This year, Black Friday will fall on 29 November 2019 and the day originally got its name because the amount of shoppers arriving at stores to grab discounts often led to accidents and violence. These days though, there are measures in place to stop this sort of thing if you want to go and physically shop, while most people opt to grab their bargains online from the comfort of their own home.
If you’re on the hunt for a bargain, and you love all things cooking, food and dining out, our pick of the best Black Friday deals for foodies is bound to have something that takes your fancy. From restaurants offering complimentary dishes and discounted bills, to massive savings on normally expensive kitchen equipment, our Black Friday roundup has a little something for everyone. Check out our curated selection below and just remember that saving some pennies on Black Friday means more of a budget for fun Christmassy bits, like advent calendars, hampers and crackers.
Black Friday deals for foodies
While Black Friday is typically a time to buy new clothes and gadgets, the annual shopathon can also be used to purchase foodie treats. Whether its special menus, discounts or cooking gadgets, there are plenty of Black Friday deals for food lovers to take advantage of.
20% off advent calendars at John Lewis
What's the deal: To celebrate Black Friday, John Lewis is offering 20% off all of its food and wine advent calendars. The saving comes just in time for Christmas and you can choose from the likes of an Edinburgh Gin Advent Calendar or a Fizz Advent Calendar.
Where: The offer is avaialable exclusively on the John Lewis website
Buy a John Lewis food and wine advent calendar
20% off everything at Selfridges
What's the deal: Selfridges are joining in on the Black Friday fun by offering up to 20% off designer brands, including homeware and kitchen gadgets. To treat yourself, all you have to do is enter the code SELFCCE at checkout, and you'll receive up to 20% off selected items.
Where: The offer is availably exclusively on Selfridges website
Enjoy 20% off at Selfridges
What's the deal: It's well known that white truffle is one of the most expensive ingredients out there. For Black Friday, Pastaio will be offering up egg yolk tagliarini with fresh white truffle for the knock-down price of £20.
Where: 19 Ganton Street, W1F 9BN
Morty & Bob's, King's Cross
What's the deal: Morty & Bob's is best known for its cheese toasties and for Black Friday they'll be serving them at the discounted price of £5 each. The posh takes on the classic snack normally cost between £6-8, so snap them up while you can.
Where: 49 Coal Drops Yard, N1C 4DQ
What's the deal: Long-standing restaurant Roast is offering up to 20% off its gift experiences, with options including a classic roast for two or a tour of Borough Market followed by a three-course lunch. To get the discount, just add 'BFCM20' at the online checkout.
Where: Floral Hall, Stoney Street, SE1 1TL
Café de Paris, West End
What's the deal: Fans of cabaret will love the Black Friday deal at this West End powerhouse. Café de Paris is offering 50% off all 2020 tickets to their cabaret shows. Just enter the code 'BLACKCAB50' when purchasing online.
Where: 3-4 Coventry Street, W1D 6BL
What's the deal: Fine dining restaurant Gauthier Soho, which specialises in vegan tasting menus, is offering 20% off all gift vouchers to celebrate the annual shopathon – the perfect gift for the plant-based person in your life.
Where: 21 Romilly Street, W1D 5AF
D&D London Restaurants, various locations
What's the deal: D&D restaurants, whose locations include Sartoria, Coq d'Argent and more, are going all out for Black Friday. Buy a £100 gift card for any of their restaurants and receive £120 worth of value, or £60 of value when you buy a £50 gift card.
Where: Various locations
Galvin Restaurants, various locations
What's the deal: Black Friday is a great time to grab Christmas gifts at a discounted price, and Galvin Restaurants are getting in on the action by offering 20% off all of their gift experiences – including a tasting menu at Galvin at Windows and a Champagne afternoon tea at Galvin at The Athenaeum.
Where: The offer is avaialable across all Galvin locations
Cinnamon Bazaar, Covent Garden
What’s the deal: Available from 29 November to 2 December, guests at Cinnamon Bazaar can dine on a dish of Tandoori Cobia fish with squid-ink korma sauce, puff rice and picked onions for only £13, and add the special black naan for just £1 extra.
Where: 28 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7JS
Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea, City and Oxford
What’s the deal: Using Black Friday as an excuse to buy Christmas presents? Cinnamon Kitchen is offering its £75 voucher for £50 across all sites over Black Friday weekend – so that’s Battersea, City and Oxford.
Where: Arch 758, Battersea Power Station, SW8 5BN; 9 Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YL; Westgate, Castle Street, OX1 1NZ
What’s the deal: Fish! at Borough Market has teamed up with Sarson’s Vinegar to offer its first 100 Black Friday customers a limited edition black squid-ink battered fish and chips at half price (£9 instead of the usual £18).
Where: Cathedral Street, SE1 9AL
Gordon Ramsay Restaurants, various locations
What’s the deal: Across Black Friday weekend, Gordon Ramsay Restaurants is offering 25% off selected gifts and experiences to redeem between January-March 2020. Experiences include a Prosecco brunch at Bread Street Kitchen and a pasta masterclass at Union Street Café.
Where: Various locations
Online stores and shops to keep an eye on
There are lots of brands which participate in Black Friday. Below, we’ve listed a few places which always take part and are worth checking out on the big day to score some Black Friday deals.
Black Friday isn’t just limited to shopping malls you know, so check out our SquareMeal Offers page for set menus and discounted bills at UK restaurants. We keep this page updated all year round, so you can always find somewhere to eat without breaking the bank.
Not On The High Street
Not On The High Street is the go-to destination for charming and unique products, offering a raft of items from artisan traders. Not On The High Street’s products can often be personalised, and they have plenty of cutesy foodie-themed items which are sure to be on offer.
Argos takes discounts seriously, even boasting its own Black Friday Deals page on its website. In our opinion, Argos is particularly good for electrical goods – perhaps an Amazon Echo to help you with your grocery list, or a new TV to watch all of your favourite cooking shows.
Every year, John Lewis makes a promise to match all of its competitors’ Black Friday prices, so we’re expecting the same in 2019. The site has so much to choose from, whether you’re on the hunt for stationary to write up recipes or homeware to serve your favourite dishes in.
If you’re a fan of all things personalised and bespoke, Etsy is surely the website to visit this Black Friday. Among the site's offering of hand-crafted goods, you’ll find the likes of quirky Christmas crackers and tempting advent calendars, to help you prepare for the festive season.
Marks & Spencer
Marks & Spencer doesn’t officially take part in Black Friday, but it does normally host a huge clearance sale every year across the Black Friday weekend (which is pretty much the same thing). Expect money off fashion and beauty, as well as discounted cases of wine.
Like fellow high street staple Marks & Spencer, Selfridges also claims that it does not participate in Black Friday. However, it normally runs a ‘Christmas comes early’ sale around the same time, where you’ll find money off home accessories, wine and tech.
Anthropologie is so prepared for Black Friday that its website even features a digital countdown to the big day. Head here on 29 November to enjoy deals on homeware, accessories, clothing and more.
House of Fraser
Iconic department store House of Fraser loves to get in on the Black Friday action, which means you’re likely to find massive savings on the likes of Christmas goodies such as ornaments and advent calendars, as well as home accessories and electricals.
Encouraging shoppers to ditch the queues and stay at home, Amazon’s plethora of goods are exclusively found online. Black Friday is a big deal for the online retailer, with discounts available on everything from Christmas goodies and gifts to home furnishings.
Black Friday Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday is an unofficial holiday which originated in the USA. The celebration takes place annually on the first Friday after Thanksgiving Day (which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November), and involves several retailers offering massive discounts on their products.
When is Black Friday?
Black Friday takes place every year on the Friday following Thanksgiving Day (an American holiday which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November). Black Friday will take place on 29 November 2019.
How long does Black Friday last?
Traditionally, Black Friday lasts for one day only, and this year it falls on 29 November. However, some retailers choose to extend the deal across the entire weekend, so make sure to check the websites of your favourite shops to see exactly what deals they’re offering.
Where are the best Black Friday deals?
Finding the best Black Friday deals for you depends on what exactly you’re looking for. If you are on the hunt for cooking equipment, homeware or restaurant deals, our round up should have something for you.
If you love bargains all year round, check out our pick of the best cheap eats in London.