Terence Conran, widely recognised as the UK's leading restaurateur has played a
significant role in changing the way we eat out. In the last 10 years, he has created 11 unique restaurants, each with their own distinct character. This year, a further two will open in London and one in Paris.
From Monday January 5th until Saturday February 28th, the listed establishments are offering readers a two course lunch or early evening supper for just pounds 10.
How to Book
To participate in the offer simply collect one token (tokens will be printed every day until Saturday February 28th) and then telephone the restaurant of your choice quoting yourself as an Independent diner. On your arrival at the restaurant you should present your token in order to qualify for the offer. Each token is valid for a complete table booking. The tokens will be valid for one week only, and will be dated accordingly. To continue to participate in the offer, simply collect a token from the week in which you wish to dine.
Pre-booking is essential and all bookings are subject to availability.
A special discount is available on selected items in the Bluebird and Le Pont de la Tour shops on presentation of the token.
Bluebird: 350 King's Road, London, SW3 5UU. 0171 559 1000
Bluebird is an Epicurean experience for lovers of food and drink: a large restaurant and bar, together with a food market, chef shop, traiteur, cafe and luxurious dining club. Since opening last year, it has become a popular choice for those who want to enjoy good food and wine in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The menu combines the best classic and contemporary flavours and techniques, and readers can enjoy dishes from the grill, rotisserie and wood-fired oven.
Lunch 12pm-3pm, Early evening supper 6pm - 7pm.
Blue Print Cafe, The Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YE. 0171 378 7031
Blue Print Cafe is a favourite destination from many in the city. Admired for its spectacular view, good food and relaxed atmosphere, the restaurant looks out over the Thames and Tower Bridge and was the blueprint for the Butler's Wharf Gastrodrome. Blue Print's food is simple and light reflecting influences from around the globe and the menu changes frequently to take advantage of seasonal produce. New for 1998, Blue Print Cafe plans to introduce a set lunch menu and Independent readers will have the opportunity to be one of the first to try the new offer at the special price of pounds 10 for two courses.
Lunch 12noon - 3pm, Early evening supper 6pm - 7pm.*
Le Pont de la Tour Bar & Grill: 36d Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YE. 0171 403 8403
The centrepiece of the Butler's Wharf Gastrodrome, Le Pont de la Tour overlooks the River Thames and is situated by one of the most famous bridges in the world - it's namesake, Tower Bridge. The entire complex includes an elegant restaurant, lively bar & grill and series of splendid shops. At the Bar & Grill, the menu is a mix of regional French, Irish, British and Italian dishes in simple, generous style. For Independent readers the chef has created a new set menu (pounds 10 for two courses or pounds 13.50 for three courses) full of classic Bar & Grill dishes. Lunch 12pm-3pm, Early evening supper 6pm -7pm.
Mezzo: 100 Wardour Street, London, W1V 3LE. 0171 314 4000.
"When we opened Mezzo in September 1995, we wanted to make people feel good, to add to the quality of life in London and to bring something completely different to Soho," says Terence Conran. Described as the largest restaurant in Europe, Mezzo is in fact a collection of complementary, food related activities all gathered together under one enormous roof: Soho's only bakery, a patisserie, cafe and four bars, as well as two different restaurants - Mezzo and Mezzonine. Mezzo is reached by an impressive staircase which winds down through a dramatic double height space where the kitchens create a spectacular stage. The food is a fusion of east meets west, northern and southern hemispheres, where chef John Torode shows his passion for mixing ingredients with flair and innovation.
Lunch 12pm - 3pm, Early evening supper 6pm-7pm.
Quaglino's, 16 Bury Street, St James's, London, SW1Y 6AL. 0171 930 6767
Celebrating it's fifth birthday on February 14th this year, Quaglino's has been described as ".......the talk and taste of London, a place so polished and swanky it could only have come from Terence Conran." Vogue Entertaining Guide June/July 1993. Despite opening in the depths of the recession, this glamorous restaurant has been one of London's most successful establishments. Inspired by the great brassieries of Paris, the menu is predominantly a mix of British, French and Italian dishes.
Lunch 12pm-3pm, Early evening supper 5.30pm-6.30pm.
Zinc Bar & Grill, 21 Heddon Street, just off Regent Street, London, W1R 7LF. Tel 0171 255 8899
Zinc Bar & Grill is a lively and informal restaurant and bar, in the heart of London's West End. Just seconds away from the hustle and bustle of Regent Street, Zinc Bar & Grill provides an oasis from the West End frenzy, a place to meet friends for a quick drink, a light lunch or a relaxed dinner. The menu is simple and reasonably priced with the majority of dishes cooked on the grill and rotisserie, on view to restaurant customers. Exclusively at Zinc, readers will be able to enjoy three courses for just pounds 10 between 12 noon and 7pm.*
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