Thrifty eats

Some of the best dining out deals during January

Pay what it's worth at d'Arry's

King Street restaurant d’Arry’s is taking a unique approach to dining out this January, offering a “pay what you think it’s worth” deal on their new lunch menu. Throughout the month, diners will be able to feast on indulgent dishes like crispy chicken and cheese fondue, French onion soup with warm focaccia and triple-stacked burgers. 

 “We’re so proud of the new menu that we want as many people as possible to try it out,” explains general manager Ben Harker. “These days too many people work through lunch, so we hope this will be a good way to get them to leave their desks and have a great meal. By allowing people to pay what they think the food is worth they have nothing to lose! Hopefully they will then think about trying us again.”

The offer will be running in both the restaurant downstairs and the Liquor Loft upstairs. To take advantage of it, simply pre-book your table.

An Italian feast at The Three Horseshoes 

A long-standing favourite on the Cambridgeshire dining scene, The Three Horseshoes at Madingley is bringing a little Italian indulgence to the rather gloomy month of January. From 3 to 20 January, diners will be able to enjoy a sumptuous Italian-themed set menu priced at £18.50 for two courses or £24 for three (both lunch and dinnertime, excluding only Saturday night and Sunday lunch).

The offer includes a glass of top-quality Italian fizz, and features dishes like beetroot and thyme risotto, spinach, ricotta and pecorino cake with chicory and walnuts, and panna cotta with blood orange for dessert. Sounds good to us!

2-4-1 at Las Iguanas 

Infuse your new year with a hearty dose of Latin American flavour at Las Iguanas this January, where they’re laying on some purse-friendly special offers.

Sign up to their mailing list to get two for the price of one on mains for the whole month, leaving you free to feast on delicious dishes like loaded nachos, melty quesadillas, scrummy empanadas and more.

Best of all, Las Iguanas runs a near-constant happy hour – what better antidote to the January blues? 

Vegans or those trying out Veganuary can enjoy two for one on all vegan dishes throughout January too: vegetable chillis, fiery salads, luscious veggie-packed curries and more. Both offers are available Sunday to Thursday at the Cambridge branch which is located on Quayside.

2-4-1 at Thaikun 

Make your January extra tasty with a trip to Quayside favourite Thaikhun, which is offering two for the price of one on main courses from 3 January to 31 January (Sundays to Thursdays). Diners can feast on discounted deliciousness from the Thai street food-inspired menu which features curries, dumplings, stir fries and authentic Thai salads.

With its colourful cocktails and fun Bangkok-themed look, a trip to Thaikhun is sure to brighten the bluest of January blues, and with awesome value like this we think it’s a no-brainer for a new year feast. To take advantage of the offer, book online quoting TKPASS. 

Two mains for £20 at Station Tavern 

Nestled in the gleaming square outside our newly revamped train station, Station Tavern will be offering a hard-to-beat bargain of two main courses for just £20 during January.

You can choose from lamb faggots, celeriac, horseradish and crème fraiche mash, or herb roasted sweet potato with spinach and celeriac filo pie. They’ve got board games, comfy seats and tasty beers and wines, too, making it a perfect place for idling away a rainy afternoon.

Main for £1 at Carluccio's

Add some January joy at Carluccio's with a main meal for £1 when ordered with a full-price main dish. Their winter menu puts vegetables in the spotlight, perfect for anyone looking to nourish their body after December indulgence. 

Delicious plant-based options feature the finest Italian ingredients, with January special spaghetti di zucca e cavolo nero featuring wholewheat spaghetti with butternut and kale sauce. Veggie favourite penne giardiniera, Carluccio's iconic past dish with crispy spinach balls, courgette chilli and garlic is back, while a spicy stew of cod, prawns, mussels and clams in a tomato and fennel sauce, stufato di pesce, may tempt those keen on a fish option.

The offer runs from 4 January to 8 February. Visit to download a voucher. 

Hotel du Vin 

A fabulous 50 per cent off food on Hotel du Vin's a la carte menu is served up until 3 February. Simply apply for an evoucher here and two or more people can take advantage of the offer.

From the dinner menu we like the look of Herdwick lamb shank tagine, or perhaps Devon crab cake. For dessert, the baked chocolate and pear pudding sounds scrumptious.

By applying, you'll be entered into a draw for one of five gift cards for £500 valid at any Hotel du Vin in the UK.

Get £10 off for every £30 spent at Pint Shop

Head down to the The Pint Shop soon to take advantage of £10 off your bill for every £30 you spend. Why not try their spit roast beer-brined chicken and chips, or gin-cured sea trout with buttermilk pancakes. Alternatively, there are lamb, fish and veggie options in a range of coal-baked flatbread kebabs, plus steaks and curries to tempt you.

The offer runs until 11 January and tables must be pre-booked. Quote 'January Sale' in the special requests box when booking online, or when booking over the phone. Maximum party size of six people, with a total discount up to £60.

Café Rouge 

Deals on food, whether for breakfast or later, are served up at Café Rouge until 12 January. Before 12 noon there's a 2-for-1 on the Rouge breakfast or Rouge Vegetarian. If you're ordering after midday, you can get 40 per cent off your food. Coq au vin, tagine and pulled beef burger are just some of the tasty treats you could choose. Go to the website to download a voucher, then show your code when you arrive. One voucher per table, valid for up to six diners.

And, if you fancy a free glass of fizz, Café Rouge is offering a complimentary glass of prosecco with their set menu between 23 January and 4 February.