What we're about
Love eating out, love great conversation over delicious food – but can’t quite bring yourself to shell out for 3 Michelin starred restaurants when there's so much great food already available for less?
Then we’re exactly what you’re looking for!
BlackBelt Foodies is a group of friendly and talkative people, who meet to go to a variety of great places to eat! Places where the chefs, cooks and staff alike are passionate about what they make and serve it with a zeal. We will be trying at all sorts of restaurants, food adventures, supper clubs and pop ups - sampling all kinds of cuisines. From set menus to tea parties to Chinese, to pizza, to tasting menus to something completely eccentric – we’ll try it all! And all without costing the earth! It won’t just be for dinner; sometimes we’ll meet up for brunches, sometimes we'll go to an event, sometimes we'll go out for cocktails, sometimes we’ll meet up just to try a cute new venue creating a buzz on social media, sometimes maybe we'll even take a trip abroad - relaxed and fun – and hopefully, delicious! Week nights, week days, weekend - lunch, brunch or dinner - and possibly even the odd midnight feast! We're a friendly and welcoming group of people and we'd love to meet you.
Do we have any Meetup rules? While the anarchist in us despises endless arbitrary rules and red tape, we think it is important to set out some common ground so that we can all enjoy our meetups and minimise any embarrassment that could spoil an otherwise great meal out.
Our 8 Golden Rules are simple and you are welcome to check with any organiser should you have any questions:
1. Have a clear profile pic of your face
2. Rsvp 'yes' and complete any payment in order to reserve your place
3. Payments are non refundable, unless the event is cancelled/rescheduled
4. Don't "no-show" or cancel without finding a replacement
5. Arrive a little early
6. No mobile phones unless taking pics
7. Respect restaurant service charges
8. Rude, disruptive or overbearing behaviour isn't tolerated - please don't be "THAT guy".
That's it! Nothing onerous. :-)
Examples of where you'd go with us? Have a glance at our past meetups. Meets have included a trip to Paris, an exclusive deal just for the group at the OXO Tower, a trip to a bakery that ended up being an all day event, a fantastic meal with great views at the Duck & Waffle, and set menu deals at places like the Winter Garden. And of course, lots of Sunday lunches...
What sort of person comes to our meets? Every sort of person! The only thing we know we all have in common is that we love food and we all love to chat over a good meal. We've got members from all sorts of professions and all walks of life. London can be a tough place to meet new people (especially if you are new to London yourself). But don't worry about whether or not you'll fit in with us - if you're friendly and want to get to know people, of course you will!
So if you love to eat and you love to chat (at the same time, even!) then sign up to join us now! :)