Foodies fly the flag for Independents’ Day

As Independence Day is celebrated in America today, here in the UK we are celebrating our own ‘independents’ (and no, not in the form of Brexit!). Independents’ Day is a national initiative to celebrate independent businesses with the aim of championing local businesses and the benefits they bring to local communities.

With 60% of independently owned restaurants predicted to close within a year of opening as a result of high rental and business rates, this urge to support our local businesses is more important than ever.

Leading the way with support for local restaurants is Louisa Walters, mum-of-two and founder of The Restaurant Club. With 11,500 members, and increasing every day, The Restaurant Club has cemented itself as the perfect marriage of discerning foodies and independent restaurants. Louisa is encouraging foodies to do their bit and support their local restaurants on 4th July and throughout the summer.

Beginning on Facebook and expanding rapidly to developing its own loyalty card scheme, Louisa has led the way in facilitating an online community where recommendations and reviews are shared by foodies. But it is not only a consumer based group, restauranteurs also post to seek advice from customers on new locations, ideas of dishes and service feedback, proving the dual relationship The Restaurant club provides. is now live and offers detailed descriptions of over one hundred participating restaurants as well as the option to buy The Restaurant Club loyalty card for just £30. This entitles Londoners to a full year of exclusive discounts and offers at all restaurants and cafes that have signed up to the scheme.

Louisa urges foodies to ‘go out and support your local high street today!’ noting that ‘The High Street is under more threat than ever before and this Independents’ Day it is so important we encourage people to go out and support their local restaurants and cafés.’

Independents’ Day is all about celebrating the jobs and services our local traders provide and is also a beacon to encourage the next generation of restaurateurs, which is so vital to the future of our local economy.