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Best iPhone apps: Five free iPhone apps for eating out

Let your smartphone improve your dining experience

You may not think it, but your smartphone can be an asset when you're eating out. Whether you want to locate your nearest restaurant, work out what's in the meals offered or even just decide what wine to drink with your meal, there are plenty of apps to help you. Some are even free. Here's five of the best for Apple iPhones.

UrbanSpoon

We love this app that has an unusual way of offering users a list of restaurants in the nearby area. Simply shake your Apple smartphone and UrbanSpoon will utilise the phone's GPS to suggest restaurants nearby. If you don't like the choices offered, just shake your phone again. The app's developers say it covers most major cities in the UK.

Restaurant Nutrition

This app makes it easy to see exactly what's in meals from a number of different eating establishments. Many of 250 chains are US based, but there are some global brands such as Burger King and Starbucks.

Selecting a Wine for Dummies

Confused about which wine you should be drinking with your meal? Fear not, this free app offers a tool that will help your pick which wine should go with your meal. Furthermore, it even lets you snap and store pictures of the labels of your favourite wines accompanied by notes on why you liked it.

Pizza Express

We love this app from one of the UK's most popular pizza restaurants. Not only can you search for a nearby restaurant and book a tablet, you can even access voucher codes straight from the app, ensuring it doesn't matter if you forget to print the voucher.

The Pub Finder

If you fancy a quick beer either before or after your meal but you're not sure where to go, then this app is ideal. The Pub Finder reveals the establishments nearest your current location.

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