If one slither of a silver lining has come out of Covid-19, it’s the camaraderie. From friends, colleagues and strangers in the street – it’s what’s keeping everyone’s heads above water. But there are a lot of independent restaurants who need a good helping of our support right now too, with some closing their doors after years of grafting to serve us the food we love.

We’ve got thousands of independent restaurants available on tastecard who need a boost, along with thousands more across the UK. But there are a few, simple ways you can do your bit to help the independent restaurants struggling – those both still open for business and those taking a pause. Have a read on to find out what you can do.

How to help restaurants.

1. Order delivery or collection.

We’ve still got a good few independent restaurants offering delivery and collection orders on tastecard. So if you’re craving that ice-cream drenched waffle stack or need a pizza fix from your favourite local Italian, you can get 2 for 1 meals or 50% off food on them all.

Find independent restaurants offering collection.

Find independent restaurants offering delivery.

2. Follow, like, share, watch.

Show your support via social media and if you’ve placed an order, tag the independent restaurant in a post or story to spread the word. If not, you can still like and share their posts to help boost their following.

Keep an eye for IGTV and Facebook Live videos too – a lot of independents are holding Q&As and online cooking classes.

3. Buy a gift voucher.

If you’re able to lend a helping hand financially, purchase a gift voucher from independent restaurants to either redeem now through delivery or collection or once they’re back up and running. A great solution for a “What do you get someone in self-isolation?” present too.

4. Leave a review.

Head to an independent restaurant’s website, Trustpilot or Google reviews to get good words out there with an all-singing, all-dancing review. It might not feel like much now, but it’ll make a big difference once we’re all back looking for Friday night restaurant recommendations.

5. Sign up to newsletters.

A small gesture, but it’ll help independent restaurants boost their customer base for future. And you’ll be the first to find out about opening hours, new dishes and general updates by signing up to their email newsletter.

6. Have a chinwag.

Whether you’re missing your favourite waiter or need a tip on how to get your guacamole just like your favourite Mexican restaurant, a quick DM, Facebook comment or email can go a long way.

7. Pay them a visit after Covid-19.

We’re foodies through and through at tastecard HQ, so we’ve got a list as long as our arm of the independent restaurants we’ll be diving into once the world’s back on track. And after a lull, personal and financial support will be a welcome sight for restaurants more than ever.

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