How Can I Use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme?

As society begins to open up its doors following lockdown, members of the public are excited to be back out and about, experiencing some sort of normality after months stuck inside. With hospitality being one of the hardest-hit industries during this global pandemic, restaurants, pubs and cafés are amongst those businesses desperate to reopen their doors and welcome customers again. However, after 80% of hospitality venues were closed and 1.4 million industry workers were placed on furlough, finances have suffered immensely. Not only that but families up and down the country have been affected in various ways and are likely to have experienced financial uncertainty. Therefore, going out and spending money may not be as appealing as before or at the top of your list of priorities.

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However, in order to encourage people to go out to eat and to support the hospitality industry following a tough few months, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has introduced the “eat out to help out” scheme.

What is the “eat out to help out” scheme?

Aiming to boost business within the hospitality industry, the new “eat out to help out” initiative applies a 50% discount off of your bill on any food or soft drinks, with a maximum discount of £10 per person. The scheme is in place from 3rd to 31st August across the UK and is only available Monday to Wednesday each week. Prices may appear as normal on the menu, however, the money will be deducted from your final bill and the venue will be able to claim this back from the government afterward.

A win-win situation for all involved, this new scheme will create massive savings for you and hopefully a huge surge in the number of people going out to eat.

But, if you still feel as though eating out in any capacity would bring a strain to your finances, Ealing Trading offers Love 2 Shop vouchers, great for any occasion or as a gift.

Who is taking part?

Over 72, 000 restaurants up and down the country are taking part in this new initiative offering customers 50% off on meals out. However, you may want to do your research beforehand and double-check that your eatery of choice is part of the scheme in order to avoid disappointment when you receive your bill.

Multiple chain restaurants are taking part, including; Ask Italian, Bill’s, Costa Coffee, Five Guys, GBK, KFC, McDonald’s Nando’s, Wetherspoon, Zizzi, and many, many more. A full list can be found here. Depending on where you live, there may be smaller, local restaurants and cafés also joining in. To help find them, the government has created this handy restaurant search tool, allowing you to enter your postcode and see which establishments in your area are participating.

Eating at a restaurant using the eat out to help out scheme

Extra info…

Some extra information you may be interested in;

  • The discount only applies to those eating in the restaurant or café. It does not apply to takeaway.
  • As mentioned the maximum discount that can be applied for each person is £10, however, there is no minimum spend. There is also no limit on how many people can use the discount per party, and it includes children.
  • The deal doesn’t just apply for food, popping into Costa for just a coffee still allows for the same discount!
  • If the venue is offering any deals or promotions themselves, they can still be applied alongside the scheme.
  • There is no limit on how many times you can utilise this scheme so indulge 3 times a week if you wish and eat to your heart’s content!

If the coronavirus has hit you and your family particularly hard, there is financial help available. Get in touch to discuss your options.

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