When does Eat Out to Help Out start? Date you can enjoy the 50% off at restaurants scheme, and how to claim it
You will be able to eat at some of your favourite restaurants for bargain prices in August, thanks to the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak hopes the scheme will help save jobs and keep businesses afloat in the hospitality industry, which has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus lockdown. However, critics have said it doesn’t go far enough.
People are being given the chance to cut their bills in half when they dine out, with certain conditions in place.
Here is everything you need to know.
When does Eat Out to Help Out start?
The scheme will be in place through August. However, it is only available from Monday to Wednesday, meaning the first day you will be able to take advantage of it is Monday 3 August.
There are 13 days in total on which you can use Eat Out to Help Out, but no limit how many times you can use it per day.
How does Eat Out to Help Out work?
The offer gives you 50 per cent off at all participating restaurants in August, with the following conditions:
- It is only available from Monday to Wednesday
- There is a maximum discount of £10 per diner
- It only includes food and non-alcoholic drinks – alcohol does not count
- The discount only applies to eating out, and cannot be used for takeaways
Some restaurants will also allow you to combine it with existing offers and vouchers. Pizza Express and Wetherspoon’s have both confirmed they will allow this.
How can I claim my discount?
Claiming the discount is easy – the money will automatically be taken off your bill at participating restaurants, so there is no need for any apps, cards or vouchers.
The Government will then reimburse the restaurant within five days.
Which restaurants are participating?
Here are the restaurant chains that have announced they are taking part:
- All Bar One
- Bella Italia
- Burger King
- Cafe Rouge
- Castle Pubs
- Ember Inns
- Frankie & Benny’s
- German Doner Kebab
- Hard Rock Cafe
- Honest Burger
- Las Iguanas
- Miller & Carter
- Oak Tree
- Ole & Steen
- Orchid Pubs
- Pizza Express
- Pizza Hut
- Pizza Pilgrims
- Premium Country Pubs
- Pret A Manger
- Sizzling Pubs
- Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery
- The Diner
- Toby Carvery
- Vintage Inns
- Wok and Fire
How to find participating restaurants near me
The Government has released an online tool that lets you find restaurants that have signed up in your area.
If you enter your postcode here you can see a list of all participating restaurants within a five-mile radius.
Restaurants may also display the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out posters in their windows to entice people in.
Two Manchester entrepreneurs have set up an app that flags up participating restaurants near you. You can find it by searching “Eat Out to Help Out” on your phone’s app store.