April 14, 2021

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How to get free and cheap food at restaurants by signing up to free subscription trials

HUNGRY Brits can get free and discounted food from restaurants and brands by signing up to free trials.

Ranging from free drinks at Pret a Manger to 20% off meals at Pure, the offers can come in handy if you’re trying to save money.

We round up how to get food discounts and freebies by signing up to free trials

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We round up how to get food discounts and freebies by signing up to free trialsCredit: Alamy

Hospitality venues, including pubs and restaurants, currently remain shut for dine-in due to coronavirus lockdown.

However, they’ll be able to reopen for outdoor service from April 12, with indoor service returning from May 17.

As restaurants prepare to reopen, we round up some of our favourite subscriptions to help you save cash.

Of course, keep in mind that as they’re all ongoing subscriptions, you’ll need to cancel when the free trial ends or you’ll be charged.

Some of them also offer discounts, rather than freebies, so make sure you don’t spend more than originally planned – or you won’t save any money.

Pure – 20% off food and drinks

Food chain Pure has launched a new membership scheme

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Food chain Pure has launched a new membership schemeCredit: Alamy

The healthy food-to-go chain Pure has launched a new membership that offers 20% off all food and drink.

To get the discount, you’ll need to click and collect via the Pure website or its free app.

There’s no limit to how many times you can take advantage of the discount.

The first month’s subscription is free, and after this you’ll be charged £4.99 a month.

On top of the discount, customers who sign up will also get access to exclusive offers and personalised rewards.

Pure has 20 branches across London, of which 13 are currently open. You can find your nearest one by checking its store locator tool.

Pret – five free coffees a day

Pret launched its subscription service in September, and you can get a free trial

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Pret launched its subscription service in September, and you can get a free trialCredit: Alamy

Pret a Manger’s subscription service, which launched in September, is giving customers free coffee for a month when they sign up.

Under the Your Pret Barista service, customers can get up to five drinks per day for a £20 monthly subscription – as long as coffees are purchased half an hour apart.

But new customers can get the first month completely free, and you’ll be able to cancel at any time, without charge.

At the time of launch, Pret said it hopes its subscription service will entice customers back into stores again following lockdown.

Tastecard – 50% off pizza

The Tastecard typically gives either two-for-one or 50% food at participating restaurants

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The Tastecard typically gives either two-for-one or 50% food at participating restaurants

Hungry diners can try a Tastecard subscription for free for 90 days.

The membership scheme typically gives either two-for-one or 50% food at participating restaurants, including pizza delivery.

Last year, it also launched its own delivery service to rival Deliveroo, Uber Eats and Just Eat – and customers can get a permanent discount of at least 10%.

Post-lockdown, the free trial will be reduced to 30 days so it could be worth giving it a go.

If you don’t cancel before your free trial, keep in mind you’ll be charged £4.99 a month, or £34.99 a year.

Gourmet Society – 25% off food and drinks

Gourmet Society is a rival to Tastecard offering similar discounts

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Gourmet Society is a rival to Tastecard offering similar discountsCredit: tastecard

Tastecard’s rival Gourmet Society offers similar discounts.

Customers can get 50% off pizza delivery, or you can get 25% off the whole restaurant bill including food and drinks.

Gourmet Society is set to launch a delivery and collection service too, which could come in handy during and after lockdown.

You can get a free Gourmet Society trial for 60 days, after which you’ll be charged £6.99 a month.

Graze – first snack box free

Healthy snack fans might like to try a subscription service by Graze

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Healthy snack fans might like to try a subscription service by GrazeCredit: Graze

If you’re after healthy snacks while working from home, you may want to consider a free trial with Graze.

The brand will send you snack boxes twice weekly, weekly or fortnightly, but you can get the first one, worth £4.49, for free.

Each Graze box contains four snacks, all of which you’ll get to choose.

There’s no extra charge for delivery, and you can cancel your subscription after receiving your first box. If you don’t, you’ll be charged £4.49 per box.

The hated 10pm curfew won’t return when pubs and restaurants finally reopen and punters won’t have to buy a scotch egg to get served alcohol.

However, social distancing will remain in place at least until autumn, with measures set to be reconsidered in the summer.

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