Where the scheme is available and how to check out if a restaurant near you is taking part
The Government’s new “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme launches in August, giving people the opportunity to get 50 per cent off their meal bills.
The scheme is an attempt to encourage the public to support the struggling restaurant industry as the economy looks to recover from the coronavirus lockdown.
How does the Eat Out to Help Out scheme work?
People who dine out from Monday to Wednesday in August will get 50 per cent off the price of their meals, up to the value of £10 a head. Alcohol is not included.
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This means a family of four can save £40 on a meal worth £80.
The rest of the bill is picked up by the Government.
No vouchers will be required. Instead, the establishments will claim the money back from the Government. The money will be transferred into their bank accounts within five working days.
Nando’s is one of the restaurant chains participating in the scheme, which gives diners 50 per cent off their restaurant bill, up to £10 per head (Photo: Getty)
Which restaurants are included?
Any hospitality business that serves food is eligible to sign up, whether it is a large chain or an individual business.
The discount only applies to eating out, and cannot be used for takeaways.
Here are the restaurant chains that have announced they are taking part:
All Bar One
Frankie & Benny’s
German Doner Kebab
Hard Rock Cafe
Miller & Carter
Ole & Steen
Premium Country Pubs
Pret A Manger
Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery
Wok and Fire
To find out if smaller chains and individual restaurants are taking part in the scheme you can enter your postcode here, and you will see a list of places nearby that are offering half price meals.
Announcing the scheme, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “I know people are cautious about going out. But we wouldn’t have lifted the restrictions if we didn’t think we could do so, safely.
“Each week in August, businesses can then claim the money back, with the funds in their bank account within five working days.”
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.