80% of hospitality firms stopped trading in April, and 1.4 million hospitality workers have been furloughed – the highest proportions of any sector.
Now, restaurants are starting to reopen. To encourage people to safely return to eating out at restaurants, the government’s new ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ discount scheme will give people 50% off sit-down meals in cafes, restaurants and pubs across the UK from Monday to Wednesday every week throughout August 2020, up to a maximum discount of £10 per person.
The discount will be automatically available at participating establishments – you don’t need a voucher – and the restaurants will then be able to claim a reimbursement from the government for the discount they’ve given you.
The scheme has never been tried before in the UK. It means restaurants can attract more customers, while for diners it means money off the bill – welcome at a time when funds are especially tight.
The offer will run every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at participating restaurants originally between 3rd and 31st August – some now extending through September – and you can use it as many times as you like. And some restaurants are running extra special deals, too.
Below is a list of where you can use the 50% off discount.
And if you make a booking, please remember to let the restaurant know if you can’t make it so there are #NoMoreNoShows