You have your opinion which I consider to be wrong, you obviously don't eat out much or when you do you eat at sub-standard eateries. 2 for 1 Meals at restaurants have been around for a long time, most certainly before they were 'struggling with the recession' but if you think a restaurant can offer a 2 for 1 meal and give the same portions or the same quality of food (e.g not exchanging their usual 'chicken kiev for a cheaper brand...looks the same but costs much less) and still make money then you'd be wrong, genuine discounts are hard to find, most 2 for 1 deals are simply clever marketing ( similar to that of some of the escorts on AW) to snare you the paying customer in. For somebody so seemingly traveled you sure are gullible.
Wilf, what a load of tosh !!!! Total nonsense, what restaurants do you visit?
Restaurants are quite willing to give a meal away free and they give away the cheaper meal not the more expensive and yes they may not make a profit from it but they will probably not loses money, they make it the profit by selling alcohol.
I guess you must be thinking that a good restaurant will stock two different types of food and when the order is sent through to the kitchen it will indicate that it is a "cheaper" meal, I don't think so.... Yes 2-4-1 meals have been around for a very long time and it is only badly run establishments that would ever cheapen the quality of the meal or the portion. this would not be good as they would hope for you to return and tell your friends of how good it was.
We have eaten out on a regular basis for the past 20+ years and have often enjoyed promotions from restaurants and never once felt we were being cheated, well maybe once, that was probably the place you eat.
Two weeks ago we ate in a very good quality restaurant and the food bill was only £50 for two us, which was a real bargain for the food we ate, the drinks bill was far more.... But the house wine is £20+ a bottle
Sarah x x
PS Glad to hear WCL got his offer and surprised that it would be considered that he would not get a good service, again, the girl would want a two hr booking to enjoy himself and visit again.