HARVESTER diners are forking out as much as 15 per cent more for their Sunday roast depending on their location, according to new research.
The difference in price between the cheapest and most expensive Harvester restaurants varies by as much as £1.50 per roast – or £6 if you’re eating out as a family of four.
Star City Harvester in Birmingham charges £9.99 for its half rotisserie chicken, the cheapest roast on the menu which comes with potatoes, peas, green beans, carrots, cauliflower cheese, Yorkshire pudding and stuffing.
But the same meal costs £11.49 in The Madeira in Brighton, as well as The Ham Farm in Southampton, research from VoucherCodes.co.uk shows.
Restaurants in the same area are also charging different prices, with the Harvester Swan Centre – just 1.2 miles away from The Ham Farm – asking for £10.49 for their chicken roast.
It’ll come as no surprise that London is also one of the most expensive, with a chicken dinner at The Larkswood Harvester costing £11.49.
How to save money on eating out
GOING to a restaurant for a slap-up meal doesn't need to cost a fortune. Here are some ways you can keep the price down.
- Make the most of vouchers: Use websites like VoucherCodes.co.uk to find coupons and money off for the restaurant you plan on going to. Simply type the name of the place into the search bar and the website will bring up any current offers.
- Go early: Eating out earlier could save you money if the restaurant has a special "early bird" discount. Think of it like "happy hour" but with discount on food rather than drink.
- Get a birthday discount: If it's your birthday, chances are you could be in for some money off as a present. You usually need to be signed up to a restuarant's mailing list beforehand though, so make sure you prepare in advance. Not all places off discounts on your birthday, so don't be left disappointed.
- Take a doggy bag: While this doesn't save you cash on the day, you won't need to spend money the next day if you have leftovers.
- Drink water: If money is tight and you don't fancy alcohol, you can always stick to totally free tap water. By law, restuarants can't refuse to serve you water.
Glasgow and Swansea were at the lower end for their chicken roasts, charging £9.99 each.
Towns and cities in the middle were Leeds, Leicester and Derby, where you’ll pay £10.49.
It's also the same for their other roast options, with prices of the slow-cooked pork belly costing between £13.99 and £15.49.
While the beef brisket dish comes up anywhere between £14.99 and £16.49.
A Harvester spokesperson told The Sun it’s common knowledge that their prices vary across the country.
Anita Naik, lifestyle editor at VoucherCodes.co.uk, said: “It’s worth exploring your options in your local area before you head out to eat to make sure you’re getting a good deal.
“The fact prices can vary so much within towns, let alone across the country, shows it really does pay to do a bit of research beforehand."
It's not just Harvester where prices vary between locations.
Back in 2018, The Sun found Wetherspoon costs vary by up to 60 per cent at pubs that are just a six minute walk apart.
Plus here's how cinemas charge you almost DOUBLE to see the same film at screens a few miles apart.
The different prices you’ll pay across the globe for your favourite Starbucks coffee will shock you.
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