Best restaurant discounts and freebies as UK chains reopen for outdoor dining

To mark the reopening of restaurants offering outdoor dining, many chains are offering discounts and freebies to welcome back customers after a long lockdown.

Now we know it’s not summer yet, but us Brits are used to the cold, so grab your coat and head down to your favourite restaurants and pubs for a spot of al fresco dining.

From McDonald’s and Beefeater to Prezzo and Byron, there’s plenty of options to grab a drink or bite to eat outside for less and some chains are offering up to 25% off orders.

Boris hasn’t dropped the Rule of Six as of yet, so you’ll still only be able to book outside tables with five other people. Masks are also still essential when you’re not at your table and diners must make sure they are keeping to social distancing rules.

We’ve compiled a list of chains who are offering discounts and freebies to celebrate the reopening of their patio doors.

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1. Byron Burgers free Mac and Cheese Balls

Byron are offering customers free Mac and Cheese Balls to raise awareness for Testicular Cancer

Food chain Byron are giving away free Mac and Cheese balls throughout April to raise awareness for Testicular Cancer Awareness Month.

Testicular cancer affects 2,500 men in the UK each year, and during the pandemic missed screenings have resulted in cancers going undetected.

If you’re feeling brave enough, feeling brave enough, all you need to do is ask for “Mac and Squeeze balls, please” and the waiter will bring a portion to you for free.

Can’t get a table outside? You won’t have to miss out as you can get the freebie if you’re ordering through click and collection.

All you need to do is add a portion of Mac and Squeeze balls to your order and they will be free of charge – how great is that!

To find your nearest Byron restaurant you can use the handy store locator tool here.

2. 25% off at Beefeater and Brewers Fayre

Customers can get 25% off all food at Beefeater and Brewers Fayre restaurants
Customers can get 25% off all food at Beefeater and Brewers Fayre restaurants

27 Beefeaters and 26 Brewers Fayre branches are reopening for outdoor dining, and hungry diners can get 25% off food to mark the celebration.

The discount will be available to Blue Light Card and Defence Privilege Card holders, as well as customers who sign up to the restaurant newsletters.

If you sign up to the newsletter, then you’ll receive an email detailing the discount which you’ll need to show to a member of staff when you arrive at your local branch.

You can sign up to the Beefeater newsletter here , and the Brewers Fayre one here.

To find your nearest Beefeater branch you can use the handy locator tool here.

3. Prezzo three-course meal and drink for £20

Get a three-course meal and drink from Prezzo's set menu for just £20
Get a three-course meal and drink from Prezzo’s set menu for just £20

Looking to treat your friend to a three-course meal and drink – well now you can as Buyagift are offering a three-course meal plus a glass or house wine or soft drink for £20 from Prezzo.

Originally £30, when you add the voucher to your basket, select e-voucher for free delivery and pop in code ‘HUKD10PLIFT‘ at checkout, it will shed off an extra £10 – now that’s something to celebrate about. The promo code is available on money-saving website hotukdeals.

The deal starts from today (12th April) and can be used when dining outdoors at 183 locations to use seven days a week.

From crispy fried Mozzarella and Mushroom Pizza to Honeycomb Cheesecake and Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart, there’s plenty of options to tantilise your tastebuds.

To claim the deal, you must make your reservation online in advance by following the easy steps provided with your Buyagift voucher. Prezzo cannot accept Buyagift vouchers that are not pre-booked.

The voucher will be valid for 20 months and is fully refundable within 60 days of purchase.

To find your nearest Prezzo store, check out the handy locator tool here.

4. £5 off £20 orders at McDonald’s

Get the latest Monday McDonald's deal via their app now to get money off your next meal
Get the latest Monday McDonald’s deal via their app now to get money off your next meal

The Monday deals are getting bigger and better as the fast food chain is now offering customers a fiver off their order if they spend £20 or more.

You’ll have to be a My McDonald’s app user to get the deal though.

The app is free to download on Android and Apple devices, but you’ll need to register an account before you can order anything.

Then, head to the deals section of the app to get the offer.

To find your nearest McDonald’s store, check out the handy locator tool here.

5. PizzaExpress free Peroni with meal

PizzaExpress are offering a free Peroni, wine or soft drink with every main course
PizzaExpress are offering a free Peroni, wine or soft drink with every main course

If we already didn’t love PizzaExpress enough, the food chain is offering a free 330ml bottle of Peroni when you buy a main course when you dine outdoors.

To claim the freebie with your meal, customers will have to sign up to the chain’s mailing list to receive the code.

Not a beer fan? Fear not as you can even swap your Peroni for a 175ml glass of wine or you can opt for an alcohol-free option with a soft drink instead.

To find your nearest PizzaExpress store, check out the handy locator tool here for bookings, offers, opening and closing times.

6. Miller & Carter free glass of wine with any meal

Miller & Carter are giving customers a complimentary glass of wine to go with their meal
Miller & Carter are giving customers a complimentary glass of wine to go with their meal

Whether it’s for a birthday, anniversary or a dinner date to impress your special someone, Miller & Carter are helping you celebrate the end of lockdown with a complimentary 175ml glass of house selection wine with the purchase of one main course.

The offer is valid all day, every day so you can enjoy a free drink whatever the time – no one’s judging here.

If you’re not in the mood for an alcoholic beverage, an alcohol-free cocktail is also available upon request.

To claim the voucher, simply sign up to the Miller & Carter newsletter here and get enjoying your free glass of vino!

Find your nearest Miller & Carter Steakhouse store by using this handy locator tool.

Popular high street chain Costa Coffee is offering customers hot drinks for just 50p as part of the company’s 50th birthday celebrations.

From Tuesday 13th April until Thursday 15th April 2021, registered Costa Coffee Club mobile app users can scan the app when they purchase any hot drink at a participating Costa Coffee stores and receive their drink for just 50p. We’re already dreaming about out oat milk latte.

The Costa Coffee app is available for both Apple and Android users – so why waste any more time and download it to your phone now.