Eat out to help scheme

Amity Island

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50% off bill up to £10 per head in registered restaurants and cafes in UK during August on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays.




Eat Out to Help Out: How the scheme works and the best way to use 'stacking' with other discounts to increase your saving

On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the month of August, Britons can eat out for a discount price.

At businesses participating in the scheme, diners will receive a 50 per cent discount, up to a maximum of £10 per head.

So if a meal costs £20, the diner will get £10 off, but if a meal costs £30, the diner will still only get £10 off.

Businesses will claim the money back from the Treasury, which is expected to spend £500million on the scheme.

Restaurants and pubs are expected to announce their involvement over the coming weeks.

The discount covers non-alcoholic drinks, but not booze.

Can you use OTHER discounts too?

Yes - you can 'stack' the discount on top of other offers to earn yourself increased savings.

The Government stipulates that outlets that sign up to the scheme must apply the 50% discount across the whole menu AND on top of any meal deals or vouchers on offer that day.

That means the only way a participating restaurant can avoid a double saving for diners is to axe their own discounts.

Chains including Wetherspoon and Pizza Express have all said they have no plans to change their existing offers.

Discount schemes such as the Tastecard will run throughout August too.

Money Saving Expert says this should mean you can stack the usual discount that comes with the car with the 50% off offer.
 

Pumper_Sue

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Made me laugh when this was announced one day they want people to lose weight the next they are offering junk food and cream teas at half price. The thinking is not joined up.
 

HenryBennett

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The thinking is not joined up.
It never is. And that’s a serious observation. Different departments have different objectives that frequently can’t be reconciled.
 

Felinia

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I suggested going with my social bubble friend, as a late birthday celebration. But she said she simply did not feel safe enough to, particularly with case numbers rising and the totally irresponsible behaviour of people. The responsible people are staying indoors.
 

Ljc

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I suggested going with my social bubble friend, as a late birthday celebration. But she said she simply did not feel safe enough to, particularly with case numbers rising and the totally irresponsible behaviour of people. The responsible people are staying indoors.
I agree with your friend. I am a sort of carer for my 94 yr old dad who has a few things wrong with him inc COPD , their is no way I want to bring anything nasty in so I am voluntarily shielding with him . Fingers crossed they will develop a vaccine soon .
 

Barbie1

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You don’t have to buy junk food and cream teas to benefit though. Any items on a menu except alcohol or takeaway will qualify.

and the list of participating venues is already available

and I would urge people to take advantage of it particularly at smaller independent eateries who need all the help they can get to just keep going
 

nonethewiser

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On government website you can enter postcodes, this will bring up search results of participating establishments.
 

Pumper_Sue

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As I never ate out before lockdown, I wont be starting now :)
 

Sharron1

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I agree with your friend. I am a sort of carer for my 94 yr old dad who has a few things wrong with him inc COPD , their is no way I want to bring anything nasty in so I am voluntarily shielding with him . Fingers crossed they will develop a vaccine soon .
I think the vaccine is the only answer. Just heard yet another scientist say the pubs and restaurants may have to close to ensure kids can go back to school in September. No pressure scientists...
 

SB2015

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We have booked a lunch at our favourite restaurant which is small has loads of spacing and screens between tables. We went last week and it was so well done. No junk food there, just delicious food with plenty of low carb options.
 

Robin

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A small pub in a nearby village, and a small café in another village are both doing it, both have outdoor seating, I think we maybe doing a few walks that stop for lunch half way round. Both of them do healthy, tasty food.
 

Amity Island

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So, months ago the government talked about a "bounce back" from the fully known and expected devastation to be caused by their decision to lock-down late, instead of using an early lockdown or/and using early social distancing and masks.
They then announce this "eat out to help scheme", I'd guess to try and bounce back the restaurant industry? At the very same time of starting the 50% eat out scheme on Monday 3rd of August they also announce that they will be closing the restaurants and pubs from 2nd Sept? (when the schools return) because they say they can't have both schools and restaurants/pubs open at same time to reduce transmission of sarscov2. They also announce an emergency lockdown in Manchester at same time.

Does anybody else understand what they are trying to achieve?

Come October, there will be huge swaithes of more redundancies after furlough ends, countless redundancies from all the employees from the restaurant and pubs due to closure, all the entertainment industry from the theatres, music, bands out of work, holiday industry staff made redundant and any other people laid off from any other professions/industries.
 

mikeyB

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Blimey. My next restaurant visit will be to Northcote Manor. £10 won't even cover the tip.
 

grovesy

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I read about a pub yesterday that has withdrawn from the scheme, as the customers were not social distancing.
 
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