Food Bloggers Tried To Score Free Meal At Restaurant, Served Humble Pie

Turns out, there's no such thing as a free meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant.

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Food Bloggers Tried To Score Free Meal At Restaurant, Served Humble Pie

Food bloggers who tried to score a free meal ended up being skewered on Twitter (Representational Image)

There's no such thing as a free lunch, as these food bloggers who tried to score a meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant quickly learned. After they proposed a free meal with the promise of "significant online exposure" in return, the unnamed bloggers were trolled on Twitter by many who found the request rather boorish.

Earlier this month, Campagne Restaurant in Kilkenny, Ireland posted a screenshot of an e-mail on Twitter.

"In exchange for a vegan meal for two (we would ideally like to try several items on the menu), we would be happy to provide significant online exposure on both our blogs and social media accounts," the bloggers wrote in the e-mail, promising to live tweet the experience.

Garrett Byrne, who runs the restaurant, tweeted a screenshot of the request, writing: "The start of another week in paradise."
 
"I don't normally tweet about them, but this one just struck a chord," Mr Byrne told The Telegraph, adding the restaurant receives about 10 such requests per year on average. "I don't think restaurants should entertain them," he said.

On Twitter, the reactions came fast (and furious):
    
Some travel writers and bloggers called the e-mail embarrassing:
   
Others defended "influencers" and said it was all part digital marketing:
   
Turns out, the bloggers did manage to get the restaurant "significant online exposure," with many writing they would love to eat at the restaurant (and pay the bill):
  
They just didn't get a free meal in return.

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