Five great deals for January dining

Peter Morrell picks five restaurants that will make your food pound go further

Crockers Folly

Crockers Folly



BON VIVANT- French onion soup

Bon Vivant

Bob Bob Ricard 2

Bob Bob Ricard

L'Ami Malo

L'Ami Malo

50% Off at Crocker’s Folly

It’s that time of year, the festive bubble has burst, the ‘new year new you’ stuff is already wearing thin, and pay day is still a long way away. Fortunately, help is at hand. Add some spice and inject some middle eastern sunshine to 2018 with 50% off all food on weekdays throughout January at Crocker’s Folly, St. John’s Wood.

There’s no need to stay inside if you’re worried about spending the money – we all love a bargain, especially when we’re eating out and tucking in to some good food. Surround yourself with the decadence and beauty of this north London Gin Palace as you tuck into piles of mezze dishes, spiced meats, beautiful breads and beautifully seasoned fresh vegetable dishes for a fraction of the price. Start with pumpkin kibbeh, deep fried croquettes of pumpkin and bulgur wheat with a delicately spiced filling, or maqaneq, mini lamb sausages, pan-friend with fresh lemon, butter and pomegranate molasses.

Follow the first course with mains of charcoal grilled meats or the delicious Koussa warak inab and stuffed aubergine, vine leaves, courgette and aubergine stuffed with rice, minced meat and parsley, cooked with lemon juice. Accompany your dishes with in-house-made breads and pastries from the bakery, and tuck in.

After an indulgence December, a month of half-price food in this beautiful setting is just what you need to start your year right. Quote CROCKERS50 to receive 50% off your total food bill.

Crocker’s Folly
24 Aberdeen Place, St. John’s Wood NW8 8JR

Free blue plates at Yo! + 47 dishes at £2.80 until 26 January

Cold winter weather, failed New Years resolutions and Christmas feeling like a distant memory are just some of the reasons why Dr Arnall claimed the third Monday in January is the most depressing day in the year. To help raise spirits on this year’s bluest day, YO! will be offering the nation a FREE blue plate each in selected YO! sites all-day on Monday January 15th.

In a bid to shake you from all the doom and gloom that January can bring, YO! is giving away its delicious blue plates. From classic rolls and sashimi, to hot plates such as Pumpkin Katsu Curry and Spicy Pepper Squid, the offer is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face on the bluest day of the year!

But if you don’t manage to get yourself a free blue plate on January 15th, fear not, as YO! continues to keep spirits high by offering 47 of its favourite dishes for just £2.80 from Monday-Friday until 26th January.

OFFER Terms & Conditions
Maximum one free blue plate per person in-site. Minimum spend £10
To redeem say ‘Bluest Monday’ to your sever when paying for the bill
Valid on Monday 15/01/18 at selected YO! sites nationwide

New Menu with 50% off at Bon Vivant

2018 kicks off with real French savoir faire at Bon Vivant with the arrival of its new brasserie-style menu, bringing, a more informal and affordable experience to this Bloomsbury favourite. Be one of the first to try the restaurant’s fabulous Frenchy food and enjoy an ènorme 50% off food* Monday to Thursday from 8th – 31st January. Valid on reservations only, book your table here:

New dishes include starters of French Snail Cassoulet with garlic butter, parsley and shallots; Honey Baked Camembert; and classic Fish Soup served with Gruyère d’Alpage cheese, rouille sauce and croutons. Whilst tempting debut mains include the likes of Chicken Escalope with mushrooms and dauphinoise potatoes; Roasted Salmon accompanied by fennel and a leek velouté, and Bon Vivant’s ‘Dirty Burger’ packed with cheese, baconnaise, tomato, onion and French fries.

In addition to the 50% off, Bon Vivant have launched a range of weekday specials. From 5.30pm, enjoy Steak Frites on Mondays, Moules Frites on Tuesdays and the Alpine favourite, Tartiflette, on Wednesdays; all for just £12 each with a glass of wine or beer.

Start your year a la française and get a taste of Bon Vivant’s new French classics.

Bon Vivant
75-77 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AP

Bob Bob Ricard introduces ‘Off Peak’ Pricing – ongoing from January

Since opening its doors nine years ago, Bob Bob Ricard has been at the forefront of introducing value to special occasion dining, from low margins on fine wine and champagne to keenly priced caviar. Now, eager for even more people to enjoy everything his Soho institution has to offer, owner Leonid Shutov is introducing the concept of ‘off-peak’ pricing.

Says Leonid Shutov, “Off peak pricing is standard practice across much of society; we pay less for a luxury resort if we visit off season, we get a better deal on a business class seat if we fly off-peak. Yet restaurants charge the same on a Monday lunch as they do on a Friday dinner.

“When restaurants do offer special menus, these are inevitably pared-down, budget versions of their normal fare – not quite the same as having the real deal at a better price.

“It is time top-end restaurants fully embraced ‘off-peak’ pricing, so from now on Bob Bob Ricard’s entire menu will be noticeably better value at lunch versus dinner, and at dinner on certain nights of the week, with ‘off-peak’ prices as much as 25% below those on the regular menu. This will be a permanent state of affairs, not a one-off promotion or a limited-time offer.

“The entire à la carte menu will be offered as ‘off-peak’ (circa 25% off the regular food menu prices) and ‘mid-peak’ (circa 15% off). Diners will simply be handed menus listing applicable prices; they will not need to concern themselves with unseemly calculations. The Bob Bob Ricard website will provide details of menu pricing applicable at any given time.”

Bob Bob Ricard
1 Upper James St, Soho, London W1F 9DF

L’Ami Malo – A modern taste of Brittany comes to Spitalfields in January

This January, a modern interpretation of a classic French crêperie comes to Spitalfield’s Artillery Passage with the opening of L’Ami Malo.

Before opening officially on 29th January, diners can enjoy a sneak preview of this chic crêperie and bar by taking advantage of L’Ami Malo’s soft opening offer of 50% off food between 16th – 27th January.* By reservation only, please book by visiting

French owners Emilien Lesourd and Vincent Couvreur, alongside Breton-born head chef Williams Guillemot, have created a stylish all-day eatery and bar inspired by France’s northwest and the traditional town of St Malo in Brittany, famous for its delicious galettes.

The innovative menu elevates the humble galette by using buckwheat – favoured for its healthy, versatile and gluten-free properties. Suitable for sharing, savoury galettes take a unique Asian twist and come delivered in ‘maki’-style rolls, with signatures including Bayonne ham with Comté cheese, tomato tartare, roasted hazelnuts and baby spinach; and smoked salmon, avocado, lemon cream cheese and sunflower seeds.

Larger, more traditional galettes are topped with impeccably sourced ingredients in delicious combinations such as confit duck leg with caramelised pear and red wine jus; Morteau sausage, leek fondue, Jersery Royal New Potatoes and French mustard; or Hepburns smoked ham, duck egg, maple cured bacon and Comté cheese.

Naturally, classic sweet crêpes will also feature and come with fillings from classic lemon and sugar to apple compote, butter sauce and salted caramel.

L’Ami Malo
14 Artillery Passage, London. E1 7LJ