Perhaps it is little surprise that, by and large, London’s restaurants aren’t going in for the January sales as keenly as they once did. Whereas in previous years, places across the capital would lay on special offers to tempt diners into the grey January air, this year there’s much less of it about — likely because the expected Christmas rush was all but thwarted by Omicron-panic.
Still, a few places are persevering. Some deals are stranger than others — Poke House, for instance, from next week will offer everyone who buys a poke bowl a free spray tan. Good for those that missed out on any winter sun, possibly. Others aren’t discounting their meals but do still have offers on: Honey & Co have discounts across their home-ware and pantry-fillers. They have some beautiful bits. Italian food hall Eataly is offering a fair number of its supplies — pasta, oil, antipasta and the like — at half price.
Don’t forget to scout for set lunches and dinners, either. Hawksmoor’s £22-for-two courses, £25-for-three lunch and early supper menus remain a bargain, and for corkage of just a fiver, there’s BYOB on Mondays. Here’s to cheap eating.
Yard Sale Pizza
Rightly popular Yard Sale — who recently teamed up with James Acaster for a special pizza — are having a flash sale. At all of their sites, across the entire menu, they’re offering 22 per cent off. Weirdly precise. Be speedy: it’s running this week only.
Across London, yardsalepizza.com
Every Monday at the Brixton outpost of Kricket, the acclaimed modern Indian, both bookings and walk-ins will get the bill cut in half — taking, say, the venison, beef fat and date kebab down to just £6, and the much-coveted KFC (that’s Keralan fried chicken) to £4.75.
41-43 Atlantic Road, SW9, kricket.co.uk
The three Blacklock chophouses offer some of the best value meat in London, but now are upping the stakes and dropping the prices on Mondays. Each week, and throughout the year, the restaurant’s are running “Butcher Price Mondays”, where the Philip Warren-sourced meat listed on the blackboards, which includes prime rib, bone in sirloin and porterhouse cuts, is sold at the same price as if customers had gone to the butcher.
W1, EC2, EC3, theblacklock.com
The Market Hall food court in Fulham is likewise leaning in to little prices to kick off the week, running what they dub Carefree Mondays. It’s a pretty straightforward concept: the seven traders, including Fanny’s Kebabs and Made of Dough pizza, are all serving £5 dishes and £5 pints.
472 Fulham Road, SW6, markethalls.co.uk
The Stratford outpost of American-style barbecue and lobster spot Big Easy is offering deals throughout the week. On Mondays, £24.50 buys unlimited platters of barbecued classics, all pork and chicken, plus a free glass of wine or bubbles, or a two-pint stein of beer. Tuesday, it’s the same price, same drinks but the unlimited dish of the day is the southern shrimp boil. Wednesday, same gig, with the choice between unlimited chicken wings or hog roast. On Thursday and Friday nights, it’s not unlimited but that £24.50 buys a lobster slathered in garlic butter, with a glass of prosecco, a beer or a slushy cocktail.
158 Westfield Avenue, E20, bigeasy.co.uk
Popular Spanish group Iberica has founded its reputation on its tapas; the likes of tiger prawns, padron peppers under a snowfall of salt, croquetas bulging with serrano ham. For January, at each of the five London restaurants, four plates and a glass of wine are going for £20 — given the tapas start at £7 a plate, it’s a decent deal. Available in the evenings on Mondays and Tuesdays, and at lunch from Monday to Thursday.
Across London, ibericarestaurants.com