Food & drink deals (October 2021)

The best deals right now for some free or cheap food and drink!

From lunch discounts and vouchers to free samples and restaurant deals, read on for the best food and drink deals you currently available.

I’ve split the supermarket special offers over to a separate deals page as there are just so many!

Recipe box discounts

I’ve written about recipe boxes in detail here, but below are some special offers.

Gousto: Up to 95% off first box via Quidco or TopCashback

There are often voucher codes for Gousto, but if you’re new to Gousto and go via a cashback site you can save even more.

The deals seem to change fairly regularly and switch between TopCashback and Quidco, so it’s best to check both to see which is best.

At the time of writing, going via TopCashback can get 60% off your first box, and around £16.50 cashback on top. Combined that’s about 94% off that first box.

So the most expensive box (four meals per box for four people) would normally cost £47.75, but the code brings it down to £19.10. Add in the cashback and it’s just £2.60 for your first box.

If you’re also new to TopCashback then add another or £10 on top. Here’s more on getting these new customer cashback bonuses. Factor this in and you’re essentially getting paid to have the box.

There’s also the potential to add in an extra saving via any offer available via your debit or credit card. Or try Airtime Rewards which currently has 10% back on your first order via a connected card.

Hello Fresh: 50% off and £12 bonus cashback

There is a similar deal at Quidco (this one also switches between the two cashback sites, so check) for HelloFresh giving 50% off your first box and £12 cashback on top. If you order the smallest box (three recipes a week for two people) this brings the total down to just £3!

Here you can nab a new customer bonus in addition if you’re new to the cashback site.

Pasta Evangelists: £10 off

You can get £10 off these posh pasta meal boxes. They’re still not cheap, but will cost less than a takeaway.

The minimum spend to redeem the code is £13, but that’s the price of two portions of the cheapest meal.

To get free delivery and another 15% off you need to subscribe – but you can cancel and pause this online.

Shop deals

TopCashback: Free pumpkin

Use TopCashback to claim £2 towards a pumpkin or pumpkins at any shop or even pumpkin patch until 31 October 2021. You need to spend at least £2. The most you’ll get back is that two quid if you spend more than this. You need to upload your receipt (with date and time visable) to the TopCashback app (hit the “More” button, then “in-store” then “groceries) or via their website.

Hotel Chocolat: Free treat on your birthday

If you sign up to Hotel Chocolat’s VIP ME scheme you’ll get a free gift on your birthday (I got a free £5 voucher to spend), as well as other offers through the year such as 15% off your next purchase. You can only sign up in-stores.

Takeaway tea and coffee deals

Pret: Free month of coffee

For £20 a month you can get up to five hot drinks a day from Pret. Here’s more about how the subscription works, and how to get the first month free.

Leon: Unlimited coffee subscription

Leon’s cofffee subscription is cheaper at £15 a month and there’s no daily limit. Instead there’s a cap of 75 per 30 day period and £7.10 per transaction.

It’s a monthly service and will auto-renew if you don’t cancel. Also you can’t use it on motorway service stations or Euston, Kings Cross, Stansted, Heathrow T2 and Cheshire Oaks.

Sign up here, or read the full terms & conditions here.

Caffe Nero: Free hot drinks with O2

You can often pick up a free coffee from Caffe Nero with the O2 Priorities app. The offer right now gives you a drink once a week after 10am on either Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

If you’re not with O2 you can still get access with this trick as long as you add £10 credit.

Waitrose: “Free” tea or coffee (paused)

If you sign up to the My Waitrose membership scheme you can get a free hot drink when you buy something. BUT you’ll need to bring a reusable cup with you.

This offer is paused due to the pandemic.

Money off if you bring your own cup

This has been paused at most coffee shops during the pandemic.

If you take in a reusable mug you will get a 50p discount on hot drinks at Pret and 25p at other chains. In fact from mid-July you’ll pay 5p more at Starbucks for a paper cup, so bringing a reusable cup will save you 30p.

Restaurant deals

Tastecard: 2-4-1 or 50% off

You can save 50% with Tastecard at hundreds of restaurants. I’ve got a post which I regularly update with the latest Tastecard offers, often including one month free or a four-month trial for £1.

Well worth giving it a go and seeing if you think you’ll use it regularly. There’s also Gourmet Society which does a similar thing.

McDonalds: Daily deals via app

Download the McDonalds app and you can often get discounts on food and drink from the fast food chain.

MeatLiquor: 50% off food & drink

At certain points in the year, top burger joint MeatLiquor emails members of its list 50% off vouchers. These tend to happen on bank holidays and your birthday – so sign up now!

Leon: 30% off

Sign up to the Leon Lovers Club and you’ll get a voucher for a 30% off your next order. You used to also get a treat on your birthday.

Turtle Bay: Free £10 Turtle Bay gift card

Sign up to the Stevie discount card and you’ll get a £10 Turtle Bay gift card and access to further discounts at restaurants. Use the code BECLEVER to get this free rather than the usual £9.99.

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12 thoughts on “Food & drink deals (October 2021)

  1. Hi Andy,

    Quidco have declined my cashback as they said I put in a voucher code. That’s not the case- the 30% was applied automatically as a new customer. Quidco say Gousto make the decision and Gousto say Quidco make the decision! Is it worth me contesting as I feel very annoyed! Many thanks

    1. Yes, I’d definitely complain. Was this when they offered both the intro cashback and the money off?

      Has anyone else had this issue?

      1. Hi Andy,thanks for your email. I signed up on the 11/02/21 and had £20 cashback and 30% off via Gousto. I feel it’s Quidco being difficult and saying I used a voucher code when I didn’t and then saying Gousto make the decision…. I will raise a complaint. I wonder if anyone else has experienced it

        Many thanks

      2. And now the £23 odd I had in Quidco this morning has mysteriously disappeared! I haven’t withdrawn it. Has that happened before?

  2. Hi Andy,

    I just went via my existing top cashback account and then used a 50% off code and paid £23 for a vegetarian box for 4. My cashback is currently tracking at 68p which is the amount for an existing customer, I’ve never used gousto before so am a new customer with them, do I need to be a new top cashback customer to secure the £20 cashback they’re offering. My understanding from reading your guide above was that providing you were a new Gousto customer you were elligible, am I wrong?

    Many thanks

    Charlotte

    1. Sometimes it says on the cashback site that “Cashback may initially track at a lower or higher rate and update to the correct rate on confirmation”. Keep an eye on it and if it doesn’t change you can put in a claim via the Quidco portal.

      It also looks like the double offer has ended now – gutted I didn’t get around to making the order myself!

  3. Hotel Chocolate have run out of Millionaire Sundae’s it seems 🙁

  4. Hotel chocolat have pulled the icecream offer due to an unprecedented demand. I was planning to go on Sunday

  5. It might be worth mentioning that the BCWYC-223 Approved Food code doesn’t work, but if you register they automatically send you a working code for half-price delivery and I’ve been receiving promotional offers everyday since – all with half price delivery codes.

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