The UK Government has announced the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ Scheme in order to encourage a return of footfall within hospitality venues hit hard by the COVID-19 lockdown measures. The scheme will give diners money off their bill on certain days in August.
Unsure what it all means? Here’s a quick guide to some of the mechanics of the scheme:
How does it work?
- Diners will get a discount of up to 50% when eating food or drinking soft drinks in a participating venue.
- It will be valid all day Monday-Wednesday from 3rd to 31st August, in all parts of the UK that are not in a local lockdown.
- The maximum discount available is £10 per person when you eat or drink in.
- Food and drink will appear on the menu at full price, with the venue deducting the money off the bill and claiming it back from the government.
- The discount is only available for consumption on the premises.
- It can be used as many times as you like.
- There is no limit on how many people can use the discount in one party, and it includes children.
- Participating venues should offer the full 50% discount all day Monday to Wednesday and across the whole food and soft drink menu.
- There's no minimum spend and you don't have to order food to be eligible, for example a £3 coffee would cost £1.50 under the scheme.
- The offer can be used in combination with any other promotions and discounts being offered by the venue.
What venues are participating?
The promotion covers participating:
- Restaurants (including within hotels, leisure centres and holiday parks)
- Bars & Pubs that serve food
- Food halls with a seating area
- Members clubs
Establishments can choose whether to sign up, and can join the scheme at any point. If you would like to then you need to register online. You will be able to claim the money back and have it refunded within five working days.
To be eligible, you must have a designated dining or drinking area, or access to one, and have been registered with your local authority since at least 7 July 2020. Businesses that have used the furlough scheme can apply.
What is not included?
- The discount cannot be used on alcoholic drinks, service charges or food for a private function or event.
- As the idea is to encourage people to eat in, takeaway-only businesses are not eligible.
- Catering services, Bed and Breakfasts and mobile food vans are not included.
- Venues offering informal seating in an area that does not belong to them are not included – they must have the facilities for people to diner in to take part.
For more information, check out the Government website.