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Mervyn Desir from Beefeater

Shiny new addition to tastecard and Whitbread brand, Beefeater introduced us to Mervyn Desir, their Lead Development Chef, for our Meet the Chef series. He gave us the scoop on the new menu additions as well as telling us a bit more about him. Meet Mervyn Gushing over his role, Mervyn told us what his typical day at work is like: “Working as Lead Development Chef for Whitbread is great! I love what I do daily, as [...]

By | 2019-05-14T15:35:57+00:00 May 14th, 2019|Categories: Chains, Meet The Chef, News|0 Comments

What The Fish is Sushi?

Raw fish, rice and seaweed: sushi might not sound the best, but we promise, it’s a total delight. Hailing from Japan back in the 8th century, sushi originates from fish being fermented in rice to preserve it. And eventually, people began to eat the rice as well as the fish. Interesting, hey? Nowadays sushi comes in all different flavours, shapes and sizes and is served in a whole load of restaurants. And if you aren’t a fish fan, you [...]

By | 2019-05-13T11:08:06+00:00 May 13th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

What films are out this May?

May’s set to be a real corker for films. From live-action reboots to animated sequels, we’re pretty much planning on spending the whole of May in the cinema. Think we’re joking? Come back to us once you’ve seen what’s out below. Oh, and don’t forget, you get up to 40% off cinema tickets with tastecard. Happy watching. Tolkien Telling the tale of J. R. R. Tolkien (played by Nicholas Hoult), famous for The Hobbit, The [...]

By | 2019-05-02T15:32:01+00:00 April 29th, 2019|Categories: Chains, News, Restaurant of the Month|Comments Off on What films are out this May?

Restaurant of the Month: Chiquito

It’s Restaurant of the Month time again. And up this month, it’s Chiquito. So, get ready to don a sombrero and tuck into some tasty Tex-Mex grub at the family favourite chain. Along with the trusty Chiquito classics, they’ve got a bunch of new dishes to spice things up, including veggie options. Want a sneak peak? Here’s a few of our faves… New dishes. New tastes. Mexican Lettuce Cups Fancy swapping out the carbs [...]

By | 2019-04-26T14:20:34+00:00 April 24th, 2019|Categories: Chains, News, Restaurant of the Month|Comments Off on Restaurant of the Month: Chiquito

Best Independent Restaurants in Birmingham

At tastecard, we've got a whole load of independent restaurants onboard that you've just gotta try, as well as national chains. This month, all eyes are on which independents to visit in Birmingham. From a cereal-stacked haunt to award-winning Thai spot, feast your eyes and bellies on a few of our faves. And don't forget, you get 2 for 1 meals or 50% off with your tastecard. Not bad, eh? The Cereal Bowl With Oreo [...]

By | 2019-04-17T16:03:26+00:00 April 13th, 2019|Categories: Birmingham, News|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Best Independent Restaurants in Birmingham

What films are out this April?

Wondering what you can catch at the big screen this April? We've rounded up a few of the blockbusters to watch. And don't forget, you can bag up to 40% off cinema tickets with tastecard+. Pet Sematary When Dr. Louis Creed, his wife and their two children up and move to Maine, they have no idea they’re letting themselves in for a whole load of spooky goings on. Moving into their new house, the woods [...]

By | 2019-04-17T15:40:17+00:00 April 4th, 2019|Categories: Cinema, News|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on What films are out this April?

Ciara Grace from Pizza Hut Restaurants

For the second instalment of our Meet the Chef series, we chatted to Pizza Hut Restaurants’ Senior Menu Innovations Manager, Ciara Grace. She tells us all about her role as well as the new menu they’ve just launched. And vegans, you’re in luck – because there’re plenty of vegan delights on there. Pizza Hut Restaurants Ciara tells us herself, “Everyday is different at Pizza Hut Restaurants”. Life as the Senior Menu Innovations Manager means some [...]

By | 2019-04-17T15:54:29+00:00 March 29th, 2019|Categories: Chains, News|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ciara Grace from Pizza Hut Restaurants

Restaurant of the Month: Pizza Hut Restaurants

Who is Pizza Hut? Founded back in 1958 by brothers, Dan and Frank Carney, Pizza Hut have been masters of pizza and pasta for a long time. And they’ve got a pretty good side dish and dessert offering too. Starting out in America, they’ve now got a whopping 18,400+ restaurants worldwide. And lucky for you, we’ve got 253 of them on tastecard. So, you can enjoy 2 for 1 meals everyday excluding Friday and Saturday. Great deal, even if [...]

By | 2019-03-26T14:22:39+00:00 March 26th, 2019|Categories: Chains, News|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Restaurant of the Month: Pizza Hut Restaurants

What to eat if you’re going vegetarian this Veggie Month

This March, it’s Veggie Month. We all know there’re plenty of reasons to turn your palate green, like getting full-on animal-friendly, helping the planet and taking care of our bodies. But it can be tricky to figure out what to eat for your new veggie diet. So, in the spirit of all things green, we've rounded up five veggie-friendly foods to keep your iron and protein intakes up, as well as some must-try products. Green [...]

By | 2019-03-12T16:26:48+00:00 March 12th, 2019|Categories: Chains, News|Tags: |Comments Off on What to eat if you’re going vegetarian this Veggie Month

Emma Gregory from Prezzo

International Women’s Day is here, just in time for the first instalment of our Meet the Chef series. So, in the spirit of all things girl power, we’re putting female foodie, Emma Gregory, in the spotlight. As Food & Drink Innovations Manager at Prezzo, she heads up everything new, exciting and delish they have to offer (which might just be our dream job.) To find out more about life at Prezzo, her day to day and what inspires her, [...]

By | 2019-04-17T15:55:35+00:00 March 8th, 2019|Categories: Chains, News|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Emma Gregory from Prezzo