DINERS will be able to bag half price meals when they eat at a pub, restaurant or cafe in August – thanks to the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
We explain all you need to know about the scheme and the rules around takeaways.
What is the Eat Out to Help Out scheme?
Under the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, the government will pay for half the bill, up to £10 per head, for your meal and any soft drinks.
Before offering the discount, eateries must register with the scheme, which is open to all businesses that have a dine-in area.
This includes big high street chains as well as independent food outlets, which are also benefitting from a 15 per cent VAT cut.
How does the 50 per cent discount work?
The government will cover half of the cost of a meal out, up to £10 a head, including children’s meals.
The discount means that a meal out for one that costs £20 will be reduced to £10, but a £25 meal for one will be slashed to £15 because of the £10 cap per person.
There is no limit to the number of times you can use the discount, so in theory you can get half price meals on every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in August.
Eat Out to Help Out: Which restaurants, cafes and pubs are taking part?
THE following restaurants, cafes and pubs have already confirmed they’ll be taking part in Eat Out to Help Out.
However, it won’t just be big brands who’ve signed up.
Thousands of local pubs and independent restaurant chains will also offer the scheme – so make sure you check the restaurant finder to see what’s available near you.
More places could sign up in the coming days before the scheme launches on August 3.
For now, the following major food brands have confirmed to be offering Eat Out to Help Out. Check out the full list here.
- Ask Italian
- Burger King
- Caffè Nero
- Cornish Bakery
- Costa Coffee
- Côte Brasserie
- Five Guys
- Franco Manca
- Frankie & Benny’s
- German Doner Kebab
- Giggling Squid
- Gourmet Burger Kitchen
- Greene King
- Hard Rock Cafe
- Honest Burgers
- Joe & The Juice
- Oakman Inns
- Patisserie Valerie
- Pizza Express
- Pizza Hut
- Pret A Manger
- Stonegate pubs
- TGI Fridays
- The Athenian
- The Real Greek
- Three Cheers Pub company
- Toby Carvery
- Turtle Bay
- YO Sushi
Businesses will need to register with the scheme on GOV.UK before being able to offer the discount, as well as be Food Standards Agency approved.
Instead of issuing discount vouchers – which the government felt increased the risk of fraud – restaurants, cafes and pubs will be able to claim back the cash.
The refund will then been transferred into restaurants, cafes and pubs’ bank accounts within five working days.
Customers will only receive the discount if they eat out at a registered business.
Does it apply to takeaways?
No, sadly the scheme only applies to food eaten in restaurants so you won’t be able to get discounted takeaway meals.
Although, some businesses including Tesco’s cafes have gone further to offer 50 per cent off takeaway as well as dine-in.
Tesco said it’ll fund the full promotion themselves, rather then ask the government to reimburse them for any meals.
A Eat Out to Help Out postcode checker has been launched by the government to help you find places that are taking part.
There’s also a new app that shows which places are offering the discount near you.
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