So, it's day four of my two-week emergency diet and self-imposed alcohol ban. To make matters worse, the whole of Manchester has seemingly shut down today under its blanket of snow, and I find myself housebound, eyeing up various Christmas chocolate sundries and trying to resist the lure of the toaster.
This time of year is always tough for bars and restaurants; people are tightening their belts and nursing their livers and waistlines after the festive bingeing, and the bad weather (more to come, apparently) will only make matters worse as people sensibly decide to stay in instead. I plan to investigate the following offers once the alcohol ban lifts (16th Jan - and counting):
1. Room restaurant in Manchester is once again running its Great Winter Sale, offering 50% off your food bill from now until Thursday 11th February. The offer is available on the a la carte menu between 12noon and 7.30pm Monday to Friday, but does require pre-booking and a special card that can be acquired by visiting the Room website at www.roomrestaurants.com. I've long been a fan of this restaurant, which offers an enticing champagne list as well as interesting and original food (beware negotiating the stairs after too much of the enticing champagne list though).
2. Loch Fyne, the fish restaurant with branches in Didsbury, Alderley Edge and Knutsford, is also offering an array of tempters, including a £10 two-course set menu. Much better is to sign up via their website to receive offers; they've just sent me two vouchers, one offering a £20 discount when spending £60 on food and drink, and £10 off a £30 spend - www.lochfyne.com.
So put your wellies on and venture out; I'm keeping my fingers crossed for another snow-day tomorrow.