Here you'll find the answers to some commonly asked questions about The Gourmet Society.
If you can't find the answer to your question, please call us on 0845 257 4477 or visit our contact page.
How much can I expect to save by having a Gourmet Society Card?
There are no limits on the total savings that you can make throughout the year. The more you eat out the more you will save. However, on average Gourmet Society cardholders save £25 on each visit to a restaurant. If you eat out once a week that equates to over £1300 of Gourmet Society saving in a year! It's quite possible to save your entire membership fee in one visit to a restaurant, after that it is pure profit all year.
We are a couple, do we need two memberships?
No, one membership card will cover a couple. The membership card has a unique membership number and either person can use the card. You do not need to be dining together to get the discount.
Can we choose any dish from the menu?
Yes! From oysters to omelettes, the choice is yours.
Can I use my Gourmet Society card at any time?
Yes! With thousands of restaurants to choose from you are able to dine out at lunch, dinner, weekdays and weekends. Some may feature individual exclusions which are clearly indicated in your directory.
Are there enough participating restaurants in the Gourmet Society?
There's more than enough, with thousands of restaurants and more joining every week!
How do I find out about new Gourmet Society restaurants?
We are always adding to our directory of restaurants and to keep our members up to date we send out fortnightly e-newsletters including entertaining features and interviews, written by our award winning writers who are passionate about gourmet food. We also send an annual newsletter by post; however, the quickest way to find out about new participating restaurants is to regularly check out the news section on the website.
How do I know the restaurants will accept the card?
The Gourmet Society has signed exclusive agreements with all of the participating restaurants stating that they will give you the special offer. We have a dedicated restaurant liaison team that works very closely with restaurants to ensure the smooth running of the Gourmet Society. Furthermore, we eat out at the restaurants ourselves; thus we have built up fantastic relationships with the restaurateurs.
Why do so many restaurants participate in the Gourmet Society?
No restaurant has every single table full at every single sitting. Therefore they are not doing as much business as they could. Thus it would make sense for them to be a participant of the Gourmet Society. Restaurants that participate in the Gourmet Society have fixed costs for every sitting: staff, building and raw materials (By raw materials we mean food. Gourmet Society restaurants are not the sort of establishments that use frozen food thus if they do not sell the fresh produce they have to throw it away.) It therefore makes sense for a restaurant to have someone dining for half price than to have no one eating at all, as the fixed costs have to be paid whether the table is full or empty.
Will I be contacted directly by restaurants or other organizations?
Absolutely not! We will never pass your details on to anyone, unless you have specifically asked us to do so.
The Gourmet Society will not release members' details to a 3rd party, apart from to seek authorisation for a credit or debit card payment, or if the member specifically asks us to do so.
When I join the Gourmet Society what do I get?
All new members are sent a Gourmet Society membership card, Gourmet Society 384 pages restaurant directory, the latest newsletters and additional bonus features.
How long does it take for my new membership to be dispatched?
We aim to dispatch memberships the same day that your order is received. You should have your membership in your hands within 7-10 working days. However, if you need it urgently simply email our membership team and we will do our utmost to have it with you sooner.
How do I get started?
First you must join. Secondly, once you have your membership card and Gourmet Society 384 pages directory, pick a restaurant and take advantage of your special offer. It really is that simple!
What do existing members think about the Gourmet Society?
We think most members like the Gourmet Society as the vast majority renew their membership after 12 months. However, we do not rest on our laurels and are always striving to improve the Society and run regular feedback sessions.