Mystery Dining - There's Nothing Like a Free Meal
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Mystery Dining - There's Nothing Like a Free Meal

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Found 18th Feb 2009Made hot 19th Feb 2009
Register and get accepted to go on mystery dines in return for submitting a detailed online questionnaire the day after. I thought I'd mention this because I'm off on another half term treat tomorrow, quite simply log in, see if there are any available dines in your area, book it up and enjoy a meal for 2+ people with reimbursement of upto £35 per time. There's really no catch, there is an on line application available. Is this in the right section? Is it a deal?

This is what they say :

As one of our team of mystery diners, you become a vital part of a quality assurance service that helps multi-national restaurant chains raise standards.

Our diners enjoy opportunities to enjoy reimbursed restaurant meals on a regular basis, in return for a completing a detailed questionnaire about each visit. Its fun and its good value, however were keen that our diners are interested in more than just a free lunch (or dinner)!

Suits me!

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sucks...none in northern ireland...hot though!

Thanks they need people in my area heated up and repped xxx

Anyone able to write me 250 word review on a restaurant!!!!

unofrtunatly no were near me but still a hot offer x

got to jump thro hoops for this one, bit concerned why they need so many details on your profession etc then a 250 word essay..........not bothered...... hot if u can be bothered

How do you find out where their looking for people except by giving your details?

Original Poster

normal;4421200

How do you find out where their looking for people except by giving your … How do you find out where their looking for people except by giving your details?



First page - Click here to apply (by bowler hat)

Next page - Click Apply now

Then there's a map of the UK and look at your region.

That wasn't really difficult was it? :?

Thanks Shark Girl. I hope they pick me.

what places have u been too?

I used to do this, but have now given up with it, having discovered that there really is no such thing as a free lunch.

The reimbursement is frequently quite a lot less than £35 (no travel or other expenses are paid), and that has to cover two people - often it doesn't even cover the cost of the meal. It also takes quite a time to write up the reports, and they're very fussy about the way in which they're written. Good English, and good grammar are essential, as is a good writing style.

And if you're outside London or the major cities, you tend to find the same restaurants coming up time and time again, though you aren't allowed to visit the same one too often, in case you're recognised.

It might suit some people in the large cities, but their requirements for diners are, rightly, quite strict, and my own feeling is that it wrecks the enjoyment of eating out and that you more than earn every penny of the 'free' meal. There are better ways of earning a few pounds, with a lot less effort.

A quick copy paste:

Central London
Bond Street
Covent Garden
Marble Arch
Marylebone High Street
Oxford Circus
Paddington
Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly circus

The South West
Barnstaple
Bridgwater
Cardiff
Exmouth
Falmouth
Moreton-In-Marsh
Swansea
Taunton
Torrington, North Devon
Truro
Weymouth
Yeovil

The Midlands
Boston, Lincs
Hereford
Kenilworth
Lincoln
Oswestry
Rugby

Greater London
East Putney
Lewisham
Tufnell Park
Vauxhall
Wimbledon

The East
Aldeburgh
Beccles
Clacton On Sea
Haverhill
Norwich
Stevenage
Watford
Woodbridge

Scotland Wales NI
Cardiff
Jersey
Livingston
St Andrews, Fife
Swansea

The South East
Banbury
Bicester
Broadstairs
Canterbury
Chatham
Dartford
Eastbourne
Fleet
Maidenhead
Maidstone
Milton Keynes
Oxted
Reading
Thame
Whitstable

The North
Scarborough
Wetherby

Airports
Heathrow Airside (past passport control)
Heathrow, Landside
Stansted, Landside Concourse
Sydney Int'l Airport


Cheers,
Gerard

Just applied fingers crossed

Original Poster

hawick;4421887

what places have u been too?



Wagamamas, Prezzo, Zizzis, Cafe Rouge, a Pasta one, Wetherspoons etc. Usually big chains, there's some I've not fancied so didn't apply for, it certainly made me sit up and notice customer service and what I was paying for. The £35 can include drinks if you wish and you can go over the amount and pay the additional sum yourself. I've got to say I find it quite hard to spend the money unless I'm having three courses and usually go at lunchtime with a girl friend rather than in the evening with my oh.

Not a single one in Merseyside, Lancashire, Greater Manchester or Cumbria then. Maybe they think we only eat fish and chips up here... and lard butties.

shaneomac;4419991

sucks...none in northern ireland...hot though!



i agree, poor relations as always!

*Please note that we are only looking for people who can do Mon-Fri Breakfast and Lunch visits in the following locations:

* Liverpool Street
* Oxford Circus
* Piccadilly Circus
* Marylebone High Street
* Bond Street
* Covent Garden
* Reading
* Watford
* Wimbledon
* Lewisham
* Milton Keynes
* Dartford

Was gonna sign up, but the form reminded me too much of school questioning - basically where you write a load of [applicable] rubbish to fill the space, dropping in key words - and i cant be bothered with it all.

far too much writing for my liking.

Searcher2;4423419

Not a single one in Merseyside, Lancashire, Greater Manchester or Cumbria … Not a single one in Merseyside, Lancashire, Greater Manchester or Cumbria then. Maybe they think we only eat fish and chips up here... and lard butties.



I spotted that too, so rules me out! But there are tons in the southeast..... seems to be aimed at Londoners again.

Guess I will have to go back to me deep fried Mars-bar again tonight!

:whistling:

wizard5353;4423591

I spotted that too, so rules me out! But there are tons in the … I spotted that too, so rules me out! But there are tons in the southeast..... seems to be aimed at Londoners again. Guess I will have to go back to me deep fried Mars-bar again tonight!:whistling:



Or maybe none of their clients are based near you?

Applied and heat added - thanks for letting us know!

mugglesquop;4423536

far too much writing for my liking.



Wait till you see the length and detail of the report they require!

Used to take about half a day to complete it the way they wanted it, with all the extra narrative. Not just a question of ticking boxes - very far from it. And it just wasn't worth the effort for the very small reimbursement, which hardly ever covered the cost of two meals.

nowt in aberdeen.... only scottish one is St Andrews by the looks of things..

shaneomac;4419991

sucks...none in northern ireland...hot though!



none in the Isle of Man either:thinking:

Strange that the only places in 'The North' are Scarborough and Wetherby! Ah well, would have tried it if they had anywhere near Newcastle, don't mind writing if it means money towards food!

Sounds a good deal - hope they accept me after I have all the effort I have put in completing the application! Thanks!

Banned

Sounds like a good idea, nice one

mmmmmmmmmmm lard butties

Joined this over two years ago. Heard nothing since.......

Searcher2;4423419

Not a single one in Merseyside, Lancashire, Greater Manchester or Cumbria … Not a single one in Merseyside, Lancashire, Greater Manchester or Cumbria then. Maybe they think we only eat fish and chips up here... and lard butties.



...Or they've already got enough reviewers up there!

sheppo;4425276

Joined this over two years ago. Heard nothing since.......



They only accept a small percentage of applications, particularly when there's a flood after a posting on a 'bargain' site like HUKD. They say on the website "however we’re keen that our diners are interested in more than just a free lunch (or dinner)!" and they really are keen to avoid people just looking for free meals. The reports have to be written to an exacting standard, and it's only right that they should be, if their clients are to be retained.

Acceptance depends very much on where you live, what they're looking for at the time, the standard (written and otherwise) of the application, how many other applications are being received, your background and various other factors. It's a tough test, so don't be too concerned if you don't hear from them after the application.

Hope this helps, and good luck.

Nothing in my area, but voted hot. Good deal if you can get it!

Been doing this for a couple of years:thumbsup: Ive been to mostly Prezzo, Ask, zizzi, Wagamama, Blubeckers & Fishworks. Fishworks used to pay £100 for cost of the meal for upto 4 people, sadly wont get that one again now they've gone bust:-(
Reports normally take about an hour to complete. I really enjoy working for them:thumbsup: Loads of restaurants in central London:)

I have just been accepted for this was a bit worried giving out my sort code and account number for my bank....

No restaurants available yet, they are all in red at the moment, fingers crossed looking forward to a slap up meal :thumbsup:

I signed up to this about 6 months ago. I have done about 4 visits during that time, all for pizza places like Ask, Zizzi and Prezzo plus a take away pizza place.

The types of restaurants they have on their books are definitely not ones I would visit on a normal meal out. The report is a pain in the backside as it takes ages to do (usually one hour).

Most of the restaurants on offer have a 2 for 1 voucher so I never have to pay over the allowance and it's nice to get a free meal occasionally but it's not something I am going to continue doing on a regular basis.

none in or around sheffield either!

Has anyone submitted any reports since they changed their scoring scheme? I now get about 15-20 points deducted for my profile for the last two reports due to their ridiculously ambiguous questions where "I haven't ticket the correct box"!
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