Welcome to The Manchester Restaurant Club and thanks for your interest in our meetup group. We look forward to you joining our group and welcoming you as one of our “Specials” at an upcoming meetup event.
The Manchester Restaurant Club is not a business. We are just a group of friends who have set up the nonprofit Manchester Restaurant Club in their spare time as we love food and sharing good company. We are in no way affiliated to any of the venues/third party organisations etc where we arrange our meetups. Therefore, The Manchester Restaurant Club is not for you if you intend to use the group and/or its members for the purposes of networking for and/or promoting any type of business venture.
The Manchester Restaurant Club’s membership is open to everyone and we warmly welcome members from Manchester’s diverse communities. Therefore, members and their guest(s) will be expected to respect the diversity of all our members when attending our events.
Failure to do so will result in you being removed from our meetup group.
Once or twice a month we'll get together to sample some of the best of Manchester’s independent eateries, as far as possible, rather than a chain restaurant. We aim, where possible, to eat local produce and support our local businesses. We aim to arrange events to cater for all tastes, so let’s be the ones recommending to other people where to find and eat at the best local places in Manchester.
At times, we will also organise other events such as drinks & dancing socials, galleries, museums, gigs, films, festivals etc.
Even when the organisers/event hosts are unavailable to host events, we will still arrange meetups so members and their(guest(s) can use the site as a point of contact to arrange link ups, if they wish, with other members attending the same event(s). So, plenty to keep us busy with...
MEMBERSHIP GUIDELINES(subject to regular reviews and updates).
Personal safety and wellbeing.
The Manchester Restaurant Club takes seriously the personal safety and wellbeing of our members when attending our meetup events. The Manchester Restaurant Club has no facility to vet members, so we trust that you have no reason to misrepresent yourself to either the organisers or our members when you apply to join our group.
Therefore, the organisers of The Manchester Restaurant Club will not hesitate in removing any member from our meetup group who is found to have in any way misrepresented themselves to the organisers and/or our members, or who does in any way disturb the harmony of our friendly, diverse and welcoming group.
When applying to join our group you must do so in your given first name or the first name you are known by.
An up to date profile photo, of just yourself only, (preferably PASSPORT STYLE) in which you are directly facing the camera and from which you are easily recognizable, is now a mandatory requirement for existing and new members of this meetup group. Understandably, like yourself, our organisers/event hosts/members will want to see who is posting messages and who they are dining and socialising with when you RSVP to one of our events. So no profile photos of couples/groups/avatars/etc please. Also, no photos posing with a child(ren) please, as this is a meetup group aimed at adults, and we feel, in the circumstances that it is inappropriate for members to include a child(ren) in their personal profile photo.
So, if your profile photo does not meet the above requirements when you book onto an event, then your RSVP will be changed to NO pending you updating your photo as required.
Meetup, The Manchester Restaurant Club, its Organisers and Event Hosts accept no responsibility and/or liability for any situations that may occur at our meetup events or in your own private time if you choose not to take personal responsibility for your own personal safety and wellbeing.
You will be expected, when our attending our events, to be aware of the "Drink Aware" guidelines and also to take full and total personal responsibility for exercising caution and common sense if you choose to share your personal details with and/or arrange to meet fellow members and/or their guest(s) either on meetup events or in your own private time.
You order it/You pay for it!
In common, with other meetup groups, The Manchester Restaurant Club operates a "you order it/you pay for it!" policy, so please ensure you bring sufficient funds ie cash and/or credit so that you are able to pay for any food and drinks(plus tip) that you order at each event you attend.
Dietary requirements/food intolerances & allergies etc.
When you RSVP Yes to a meetup, the organisers/event hosts will expect that you have taken personal responsibility for contacting the meetup venue in advance to notify them of your dietary requirements/food intolerances & allergies etc that you need catered for at each event you attend.
Similarly, if you have any accessiblity requirements when attending our events, the organisers/event hosts will expect that you have taken personal responsibility for contacting the meetup venue in advance to ensure your needs are accommodated.
You will be expected to attend if you RSVP Yes to our events. A minimum number of confirmed attendees will be required at each meetup and this minimum will be stated in the event details. The organiser/event host will post a message on the site to cancel any meetup which does not achieve the minimum number of attendees by the RSVP deadline.
A few days before each meetup, the organiser(s)/event host(s) will always request that you post a message on the site to confirm your RSVP, as the relevant venue(s) will always expect us to confrm our booking(s) in advance of the scheduled meetup date(s).
However, if due to unforeseen circumstances you are unable to attend an event you've RSVP'd Yes to, then you will be expected to update your RSVP to No and/or notify our organiser(s)/event host(s) no less than 24 hours before the scheduled meetup event. Failure to do so will result in you being removed from our meetup.
Members who are regular "no shows" ie they book onto events but always cancel and never actually attend any meetups will also be considered for removal from the meetup group. The unreliability of regular "no shows" causes unnecessary inconvenience to our members, event hosts, organisers and the venues with whom we organise our events.
*Membership dues and event payments:
Event payments(Payable by Paypal only).
Event payments such as meal deposits etc will now be payable in advance by Paypal only, as no cash payments will be accepted for these events and neither will organisers/event hosts disclose their bank details for these payments. So before you RSVP to an event, you will need to ensure you have an active Paypal account to make these payments for yourself and any guest(s).
You will note that your RSVP will be changed to NO if you book onto an event without having an active Paypal account. Your RSVP will remain at NO pending your confirmation that you have, as required, set up an active Paypal account.
Meetup membership contribution(Payable by Paypal only).
Running a meet up group is not free unfortunately, so to help the group survive, members and their guests(s) will need to make a very small non -refundable contribution, to the* upkeep of the group(which includes Meetup website fees) as detailed below;
Members non-refundable meetup contribution rate:
£2.50 due in each calendar year. You will pay this by Paypal when you RSVP for your first meetup in each calendar year.
Guest(s) non refundable meetup contribution rate:
£2.50 payable by Paypal for each guest(s) and at each meetup event your guest(s) attends.
This non-refundable meetup membership contribution will be payable by you and any guest(s) in addition to any deposits/entrance fees/ticket prices etc charged by third party organisers/venues etc where we arrange our meetups.
* Current Meetup Website fees:-
Fees of £57 payable by the Main Organiser every 6 months.
Organisers review our membership records on a regular basis. So, any member who, in nearly 3 months or more, has neither visited the site or attended a meetup event will be removed from the group to ensure that it remains active and viable.
So, if you’d like to join The Manchester Restaurant Club, and you are happy to abide by our meetup group's membership guidelines (which we review and update as required), we look forward to welcoming you as one of our “Specials” and enjoying with you some good food and good company.
Maureen & Mark
The Manchester Restaurant Club.