Eat Out to Help Out begins on August 3 – there are deals to behold

More than 53,000 outlets across the UK have so far signed up to the UK government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

As Eat Out to Help Out stickers and posters start to appear in the windows of restaurants, cafes, bars across the country, customers who want to take advantage of the scheme are advised to look out for the logo.

The scheme means diners will be afforded a 50 per cent discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, on food and non-alcoholic drinks, any Monday to Wednesday in August 2020 – and no voucher is required. Diners can take advantage of the offer as many times as they like during the month.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said: “Our restaurants, cafes and bars play a vital role in our economy, employing more than a million people. They have been hit hard by coronavirus, so it’s vital we do everything we can to help them recover.

“Our Eat Out to Help Out scheme is designed to get more customers through the door – protecting jobs by giving businesses the confidence to retain and hire staff. More than 53,000 businesses across the country have already signed up.”

Hosts of restaurants are taking part. To find out if a restaurant is participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme you can use the online restaurant finder now live on GOV.UK. Simply enter your postcode, or one near to where you want to eat out, to get a list of participating outlets within a 5-mile radius.

Some examples of the deals that will be around during the promotion: meat eaters seem to be doing particularly well…

Hawksmoor. No prizes for spotting this deal on steak and chips for £20 (so £10 with the deal). More than 5,000 diners made bookings within 6 hours of the promotion being made available! So you may have to look further down the list.

Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House. The £22 two-course set lunch menu will be reduced to just £11, and Cafe Murano, which does a £19 set lunch, which will cost just £9.50.

Bleeding Heart Brasserie. Lobster & Frites for £10, Cote de Boeuf for Two with Frites £19 (from £29) – or, in their tavern, Steak Baguette, or a Fish Cake, or a Bleeding Beetroot Burger with Chips and either a Pint of Adnams or a Glass of Wine for just £6.95.

The Chesterfield Mayfair. Guests can order a main dish and a dessert for £10 per head after the government discount (usual price £20 per person).

Boisdale. Dry aged ribe eye with chips & sauce for £21 (so guests will only pay £11)

D&D Restaurants. All 18 London restaurants will have a new three course menu priced at £25-40 (so £15-£30 post discount).

McDonald’s. Well it is a benchmark – a Big Mac will now cost £1.30!! Ah, takes me back…

Nandos. A half chicken with two sides will now cost £4.90 (and they are reopening 92 restaurants to help fill demand…)

Le Petit Citron W6. The £22.50 3-course set menu will be just £12.50 during the promotion.

The Cinnamon Club. Vivek Singh’s modern Indian restaurant will be serving a three course set menu for just £28 (post discount) throughout August.

Almost Famous, Manchester. Any of its burgers with fries, wings and a large soft drink for £10 once the discount is applied.

National Trust Restaurants. 80 of the Trust’s cafés are taking part – there is a separate checker for chains (which is how they count the NT) on the official scheme website.

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