Not to be deterred, and always on the hunt for a bargain, I was already aware of the Wriggle app when the guys behind it contacted me to see if we could work together. It must've been fate! Or a mutal love of a good deal and tasty meal.
Wriggle offers exclusive deals for its users at handpicked independent eateries around Bristol, Brighton and London. Basically, it's a way of discovering new places around your city and trying them out for lunch or dinner (or both) without having to spend quite so much money.
HOW DOES IT WORK?Deals change all the time and are only available that day or for a set period of time - e.g. 12-3pm or 5-9pm. They vary in price and cover everything from granola breakfast deals to takeaway noodles and full evening meals for four.
I've had a couple of occasions when the app has frozen on me but on the whole, it's really well designed and very easy to use. You simply select your day (i.e. today/ tomorrow / next day) and scroll through the offers. Find one you like and click onto it for more info. Then, if you want it, click on 'buy now'. You'll be given a purchase code to show when you arrive at your chosen place and thats it!
I'm not sure that Wriggle would like the comparison but I guess it's kind of like a small scale groupon for independents but without the hassle of having to call up and book. Having browsed the Bristol app, there are already some really well regarded independents on there - including Proven, Biblos on the Hill and Spoke & Stringer. I'm sure the number of places on here will only grow as Wriggle gets more widely known too.
WRIGGLE TO THE TEST!All sounds good right? I went out last week for a wriggle lunch to test the process. I'd purchased two lunch deals the night before for Station Kitchen. A 'daily lunch special' cut down from £6.95 to £5.50.
On arrival we were greeted by a friendly waitress and when I told her we were 'wrigglers' she found our names on her list and cross checked it with my wriggle code. So easy! She then explained what we could have with our deal - the daily special with some of their salads on the side. We paid for some drinks and sat down to await our feast.
I would suggest that fussier eaters check all the details on offers before purchasing as sometimes choice is limited and you may not discover what you've ordered until you arrive. Personally, I love this - after all, it's about discovering new independent places and their food.
TRY WRIGGLE FOR YOURSELF!If you want to give this a go and discover indie Bristol restaurants, visit the Wriggle website or download the app.
When you download the app (available for both android and apple), make sure you use the referral code gingeyb3. This'll add a £3 credit to your account to help get you started!
Remember, Wriggle is available in London, Brighton and Bristol. If you download the app, I'd love to hear your experiences and where you eat first!
*Wriggle commissioned me to write this sponsored piece. However, all opinions are my own as you would expect*