I downloaded the ‘Too Good To Go’ app a couple of months ago and have used it quite a bit in various places. I’ve seen mixed reviews about the app but my experience has been positive.
Having said that, there are pros and cons to this app. Firstly, you need to be having a look on the app and buying your Magic bag the evening before or first thing in the morning. They go very quickly!
Once you’ve placed your order and paid for it, you’ll get an email to confirm the order and the pick-up time. I’ve always been lucky and got a great bargain, but you do need to be prepared that there may be nothing left. Although they may advertise in the morning that there are five Magic bags for sale, there may not be enough food left at the end of the day to fill five bags. You will get a refund through the app, but this will take a couple of days to reach your bank account.
You may end up with more food in your Magic bag than you expected. You need to be able to use this up and it is pot luck, so if you are hoping for a bag of cakes and cookies from Costa, you might end up with a couple of pasta salads and a tomato soup, or vice versa!
I’ve bought from the following places and have only had one disappointment at Hendersons in Hanover Street.
- Nucleus Café – IGMM
- Ibis Hotel – St Andrew Square
- Costa Coffee – Craigleith shopping centre
- Hendersons Restaurant – Hanover Street (least successful)
Overall, I think it’s a good idea. Far too much perfectly edible food goes to waste and you can pick up a bargain and feel good about saving a meal from going into landfill.
You can find out more at https://toogoodtogo.co.uk/en-gb.