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Manchester Confidential Privilege Card launches...

The Privilege Card launches... 25% off at The Modern, Ramsons, Simon Rimmer's Earle, Sam's Chophouse and more....

Published on October 20th 2008.

Manchester Confidential Privilege Card launches...

Michael Caines at Abode

The Manchester Confidential Privilege Card is offered to readers who regularly enjoy everything our great city has to offer. We are kicking off proceedings by getting you privileges at what we consider to be the best 25 eateries in Greater Manchester. Primarily, owning a card ensures that restaurants recognise you as a Confidential reader. This is important because we know all too well that you all have opinions on everything and that you are not afraid to sing those opinions (good or bad) from the roof-tops on the rants section of Manchester Confidential.

As well as earning readers the respect they deserve, owning a Privilege Card means you get a standard automatic discount in our 25 favourite restaurants. That discount is a whopping 25% off the food element of a bill, for the whole table. Your pals will love you. You will notice from the list below that we tend to favour the independent local heroes of Manchester, such as Michael R’s one star Michelin restaurant Juniper through to Rob Owen-Brown's remarkable Angel Pub (Gordo’s tip: Try the pigeon!)

The Privilege Card works for the restaurants simply because they tend to have between 10 and 20% of their tables available on their quiet nights. Choosing 25 of the best restaurants to offer our readers the Privilege Card means that the restaurant can fill those seats to the detriment of their competitors; things are slowing down, so they are rolling their sleeves up. The restaurants are by invite only, on Gordo and Schofield’s recommendation. They do not pay. But they know the power of the Confidential readers.

Now, for the readers it works because you guys are, unlike other discount cards, well regarded by the restaurants; you tend to know how not to be a bore, you tip well for good service and you know your food and booze. When you book a restaurant and let them know that you are a Privilege Cardholder, that restaurant knows that it needs to be on its best behaviour with you.

We have worked out from a recent reader survey that, as well as ensuring platinum treatment, the card will save the average user £60 a month.

The restaurant is rewarding you for being a key diner. To make this work, and build up Confidential’s income streams (which in turn allows us to get even better writers, deals etc) we are charging the readers a monthly fee, paid quarterly.

Finally, the idea is that over the first quarter we shall invite a further 15 restaurants onto the system, having asked your advice. As you will see below, we have started already to be approached by other businesses to offer everyone genuine deals.

Which restaurants welcome the Privilege Card?

Manchester Confidential Privilege Cardholders get 25% off their food bill, starting 1 November, at:

  • The Angel
  • Brasserie Blanc
  • Choice Bar and Restaurant
  • Dukes Grill
  • Earle
  • Ithaca
  • Isinglass English Dining Room
  • Juniper
  • Linen
  • Lounge Ten
  • Market Restaurant
  • Marmalade
  • Michael Caines at Abode
  • Mr Thomas's Chop House
  • New Samsi
  • Numero at Manchester 235
  • Podium in the Hilton Hotel
  • Ramsons
  • Rhubarb
  • Sam's Chop House
  • The Fat Loaf (all three of them)
  • The Modern
  • The Northern Quarter Restaurant and Bar
  • Velvet
  • Walrus

And after four months, there'll be another 15 restaurants to add to that.

You also get 20% off at:

  • Barn//it Salon
  • Heaven Spa (and 10% off their products)
  • M20 Bar
  • Nicky Oliver
  • The Spa at the Lowry Hotel
  • Urban Retreat

Notice a beauty bias here? It'll be corrected shortly. We've got a number of the best property developers lining up to give a 10% discount on rental property. We're also in talks with gyms, shops, cinemas, car parks, concert venues, events promoters, and more. If we think you'll find them either fun or useful, we'll try our hardest to get them on board. And if you've got any suggestions, we will be asking regularly for your recommendations. Let’s use the power of numbers to get real deals.

Any small print?

Right then, the 'restrictions'. There's actually very few. Your 25% discount applies to food off the a la carte menu. For non-French speakers, that just means the normal menu. As in, not the special offer menu, or the all-you-can-eat-for-a-fiver menu (you've not noticed that at Brasserie Blanc recently?)

Likewise at M20 Bar you can't demand 20% off in happy hour when they're already serving you cheap drinks. You'd end up legless.

Which brings us to when you can use your card. Sunday through to Friday lunchtime in most places, with Friday nights thrown in at certain establishments. That's plenty of time to enjoy yourselves.

How do I get a card?

So if you want to save an average of £60 per month on dining out, looking good, nights out – on the cost of living in Greater Manchester in general – then get your Manchester Confidential Privilege Card by clicking the button below...

Or if you just want to get treated better and enjoy yourself more, for example by getting invites to account holder events at Harvey Nichols, and by having restaurant owners treat you like you're family – click the button to get a card too.

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