Throughout this month, diners will be able to make the most of the Chancellor’s “eat out to help out” scheme whereby a 50% discount is available at participating restaurants. We look at what the vouchers can be used for and how to make the most of them this month.
As part of a series of measures to kick-start the economy and help businesses across the country, Rishi Sunak has introduced the “eat out to help out” scheme – what this essentially means is that people can get up to £10 off per head if they eat out from Monday to Wednesday. For a family of four with a food bill of £80, this would be reduced by half to just £40, using these vouchers.
There is no method needed in order to claim the vouchers as customers – it will be up to participating establishments to claim back the 50% discount from the government directly via an online portal. This is to reduce the risk of fraudulent vouchers and also for ease of use for diners themselves – you will just have to look out for participating restaurants.
What are the restrictions?
- They can only be used on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
- Alcoholic drinks are not included in the vouchers
- They cannot be used for takeaway food – just eating in
- There is a limit of up to £10 per person discount
- It can be used on top of other discounts which an establishment may be running
- Hot drinks like coffee are included, as long as they consumed on-site and not taken away