There’s nothing I like more than experiencing stylish restaurant decor on my evening out. Whilst I love good food, the surroundings and decorations are also important to me.
Recently I was asked to explore the offers available via tastecard in my local city and to experience a stylish night out.
Being unable to eat out during the pandemic years has fuelled my desire to find good restaurants to dine in.
And if you’re anything like me, you’ll enjoy planning your meal out, finding the perfect restaurant and giving yourself an experience to savour.
How to Experience Stylish Restaurant Decor with tastecard
Eating out statistics
The team at tastecard has done some really interesting research into our eating out habits.
Apparently, since the pandemic, the number of people searching for ‘restaurant near me’ has increased by 177%. That’s a staggering increase.
Clearly more people are looking for recommendations when it comes to eating out at a local restaurant.
It’s also become clear that people are searching for specific types of restaurants too. The interest in Italian restaurants as more than doubled, which is also the case for Indian restaurants and Spanish restaurants too.
How tastecard works
tastecard is your restaurant discount app which also offers deals on cinemas, activities and even some shops. Over the last 17 years, tastecard has been giving its members savings on the things they love, with a variety of discounts and daily deals to choose from.
Once you have the app, you choose your activity, or restaurant and then follow the guidelines for booking and using the offer. It’s very simple.
I hunted down all the 2 for 1 meals Nottingham offers as well as the 25% off deals to find us a lovely restaurant for a midweek meal.
Restaurant decor with tastecard
I actually chose a Pitcher and Piano; I do love their decor. But there are lots of independent restaurants near me to choose from too.
It was really easy to book, and to use the tastecard, with 25% off the full bill. What a treat!
Image: Visit Nottinghamshire
Pitcher and Piano, Nottingham
All Pitcher and Piano restaurants are in fascinating buildings and locations and my local one is no exception.
The Pitcher and Piano, Nottingham is housed in an old, majestic chapel in the Lace Market area of town.
The chapel, which was converted to the Pitcher and Piano restaurant in 1998, was originally a place of worship for Unitarians and dates back to 1876. It continued to be a place of worship until 1982 when it became the Nottingham Lace Museum for a time.
It’s a huge building, which also houses some impressive stained glass windows, famous in Nottingham’s skyline and a striking feature of the architecture.
In 2021, the Grade II listed building was chosen by local firm, GEOSlam as a site of historic interest and was digitally mapped out to show the stunning architecture in a new 3D light.
You really get a sense of the scale of the building when you see the digital reconstruction of its formation.
It’s this kind of history and background that always attracts me to a location and shapes my experience of a night out. Of course the food was good too!
Ambience and decor
For such a large building, it actually has quite an intimate feel. The design is one that incorporates ‘pockets’ of tables that allow the space to feel more compact than it is. Whilst the height in the main area of the restaurant is vast, the eating sections are much cosier creating a warm and vibrant atmosphere.
I was thrilled to see the restaurant so busy on a midweek evening too; a sign that people are still willing to eat out, despite the doom and gloom of the economy.
Stained glass windows are draughty though, so you might want a jacket if you’re sat directly under one.
What we ate
A Pitcher and Piano menu tends to be wholesome British food, sometimes with a twist. The portions are generous, and the food very tasty.
We ate the Steak, and traditional Fish and Chips with a 2 for 1 cocktail too. The night was finished off with a delectable Chocolate Praline tart with Cherry Sorbet.
Use a tastecard in your local area
We all love a good deal, and if you’re looking for offers on restaurants in your local area, get yourself a tastecard membership. You’ll find a varied selection of restaurants to suit all budgets and tastes.
I even used it to get a small discount on a cinema trip this week too.
Have you experienced a stylish restaurant recently? What draws you to a restaurant venue, apart from the food?