Free Tastecard & Gourmet Society trials & offers (September 2021)

Get a free Tastecard membership trial giving you 2-4-1 and up to 50% off meals and cinema tickets across the country.

Plus other deals and discounts, including Gourmet Society and Meerkat Meals.

Tastecard, Gourmet Society, Dine Card and Hi-Life Dining are the leading restaurant discount schemes, which often also come with saving at the cinema. Here are the latest offers, as well as more about how the memberships work and whether they are any good.

The bulk of these offers are for digital memberships, which means you access your card via the app on your smartphone. However at times there are a couple of deals which come with a physical card – but do check when you click through.

Tastecard deals

Top Tastecard offers

Most Tastecard offers are 2 for 1 or 50% off food. Often the trials are £1, but you can also get them for free.

Tastecard: 90-day free trial

You get three months for free with this offer. After the trial it will renew at £32.99 for a year – so cancel if you don’t want to pay this.

> Try Tastecard for free for 90 days

Tastecard: 60-days free trial

Alternatively here’s a free option for 60-days, better than the normal 30-day offer. This one renews at £34.99 for a year.

Try Tastecard for free for 60 days

Top Gourmet Society offers

On the surface, Gourmet Society looks like a similar offering. But as the deals can be different. For a start, they tend to be 25% off the full bill including drinks, which could work out as a bigger saving for you. So do check the restaurants and deals before deciding which is best for you.

Gourmet Society: 60-days membership for £1

The free trial seems to have been replaced by two months for £1. When the deal ends it will auto-renew at £34.99 for a full year.

> Get a 60-day Gourmet Society membership for £1

Gourmet Society: Free with Club Lloyds current account

You can get a year of Gourmet Society membership as a ‘Lifestyle Benefit’ via the Club Lloyds bank account. However, you might be better off choosing free cinema tickets or a magazine subscription. More details here on the account and the different benefits.

Other dining club deals

These are similar, if not the same, as Tastecard and might represent better value depending on where you live and places you eat at.

Meerkat Meals: One year for £1(ish)

If you buy a one-day travel insurance product via Compare the Market you get access to both Meerkat Movies and the new Meerkat Meals. It’s more restrictive than Tastecard and Gourmet Soc, but it’s not a bad deal when paired with the movie offer. I’ve written more in detail about what you get and how it compares.

Vodafone Eat Local: Free or £10

This limited time dining card is available to Vodafone customers via the VeryMe rewards programme. You can claim 12 months membership until 26 July 2021 an extended date of 24 September 2021. It’s powered by Gourmet Society so presumably it’ll be the same or similar offers.

If you don’t have a Vodafone SIM you can get a PAYG one and top up by £10 to get access, though there’s no guarantee you’ll get access once that top-up has expired (after six weeks). Here’s more about the hack.

Hi-Life: 30 day free trial

You can try this one for 30 days free of charge, but it’ll renew at a much more expensive £69.


What is Tastecard?

Tastecard restaurant offers

Tastecard is a membership scheme primarily offering money off at restaurants in the UK.

There are thousands of restaurants listed on Tastecard, from your local Indian to chains such as Pizza Express and Prezzo. They offer up to 50% off or 2 for 1 discounts. Do look for exclusions such as weekends or the number of people you can use the membership for on a table.

Your membership can either be digital, which you access via the Tastecard app, or full where you also get a physical card. it doesn’t make a difference to the deals you get whether you have the digital or full membership. You simply show the card in the participating restaurant, normally before you order and certainly before you ask for the bill.

Tastecard + cheap movie rentals

A recent addition to Tastecard is the ability to get £1 off e-vouchers to use on movie rental site Rakuten. 

Tastecard + cinema deals

You can also sometimes get Tastecard+ and Gourmet Society + included. Most of the savings here can be found elsewhere, but the cinema deals are worth a look. You can get cheaper tickets at Showcase, Odeon, Vue, Empire, Picturehouse and The Light. Though do always compare the discounted price with the box office price – it’s not always cheaper!

> More on Tastecard’s discounts on cinema tickets.

Gourmet Society and other schemes

Gourmet Society, High Life and Meerkat Meals are all run by the same company as Tastecard, and have a lot of similar deals. But each offers a slightly different discount and a few different restaurants, so it’s worth comparing them all to see which is best for you. I’ve compared the main schemes in this article.

Are dining membership cards worth the money?

At full price (£79) I don’t think a Tastecard is worth the money, but around £30 isn’t a bad price as you’ll be even after a couple of meals out. Then the savings start. I’d definitely try a trial offer first just to see whether you’re likely to use it.

Before buying, check the Tastecard site to see what restaurants are included near you. If that looks good, take advantage of the offers below and go grab it!

If Tastecard+ is included, even better. However, I’d only use it for the cinema discounts. I don’t rate the theatre and hotel offers as you can get the same or better elsewhere.

For more details check out my comparison of all the different restaurant cards.

Cancelling your Tastecard

In the past, there have been issues with people forgetting to cancel before their free trial or year’s membership ends.

Tastecard auto-renew your membership and you need to call up or go online to stop that happening. To be safe I’d do this more than four days before your renewal date. I’ve written more about how to cancel here, or watch the video below.

30 thoughts on “Free Tastecard & Gourmet Society trials & offers (September 2021)

  1. I just tried the one month membership free trial without payment details b ing entered. Only ,my mobile number – I am guessing there is no automatic renewal with this ?
    Thanks

    1. Yeah I guess so! That’s good. You might want to double check with them just in case…

  2. If you go for 90day free trail, does your membership start from trail date?

    1. Good question. I’d have thought the 12 months starts from when the 90 day period ends. But check the terms and conditions before you sign up just to make sure

  3. Write your cancellation date on your wall calendar like you do your doctor and dentist appointments . Its not Andys fault if you forget to cancel. Its YOURS.

  4. Just bought the 120 day Tastecard+ for £1. In the order confirmation it informs you it’s a digital Tastecard rather than a physical one. This wasn’t mentioned on this site or during the ordering process. Not a lot of use without a smartphone!!!

    1. Right, thanks Clive, I’ll add that to the information here, but it’s worth getting in touch with Tastecard and seeing if they can do anything – especially if they don’t mention it at all.

  5. Hi, I’m trying to apply for one month free taste card but it’s not recognising my application, can you help please, I’d like to use it on 18 September, I’d be able to use it if I had confirmation email from taste card.

    Many thanks

    1. Hmm, have you contacted Tastecard? I think that’s probably your best bet. Let me know if you have any luck

  6. I ordered a trial card for my son his email was [email protected] it never arrived so please cancel

    1. Hi there, I’m afraid you’ll need to contact Tastecard directly via its website – I simply hunt for the best offer so I’m sadly not able to help. Do make sure you do this before the 30 days is due to expire so you don’t get charged the full amount.

    2. the ‘trial card’ is digital (or mine was anyway) and i got an email with a membership number for the app on my phone. no physical card.

  7. I have had Tastecard before and I love it. So I tried to take up your offer to join quidco to buy a Tastecard for £29.99 with a £15 cash back. Firstly when i click through the Tastecard price is £39.99 and the quidco cash back is £3.95. I correctly connected via your link. Please help!

    1. Thanks Gary, I’ll take a look. Tastecard have been known to switch the offers on their links all the time! As for Quidco, there’s a £15 bonus on top, so that’ll actually make it £18.95 cashback!

  8. I had a free taste card will they bill me for full member ship when trial ends

    1. Yes they will Susan, so you need to cancel four or five days before the trial ends. It’s actually really easy to do nowadays.

      1. Be certain that you get the cancellation in writing; if you cancel by phone, they’ll deny all knowledge of it. Contact your bank to block the payment as well.

        1. Is this what happened to you?

        2. I did mine on phone they cancelled it as i thought then charge me ,when i rang them they said they could see i had cancelled it and apologised,money went back in bank and also gave. Me a year free membership,result, now i ring up and ask for confirmation by email

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  15. hi just to let you know I saw your post about getting an NUS card without being a student & clicked onto their website. By putting ecareers in as my place of study it let me buy a card & have it sent to my home address for £1 extra but I didn’t even bother buying an ecareers course! So just wanted to let other readers know that you don’t even have to purchase anything from ecareers. Just pay £12.00 plus the £1 postage for the NUS card 🙂

    1. That’s great Billy. Have you received the card in the post ok?

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  17. Just ordered this today and link still working!

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