Restaurants get boost through discount scheme for half-price meals during August

Wed, 08/07/2020 - 16:11 -- Editor

A new discount scheme has been announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer which allows us to eat out for half price during August.

The government will cover the other half of the bill through the Eat Out to Help Out scheme to boost the hospitality industry post-coronavirus lockdown.

The discount will be valid at 130,000 cafés, restaurants and pubs across the UK and equate to 50% off, up to a maximum discount of £10 per head and children are included.

Businesses will need to register with the scheme on Gov.uk from next Monday, June 13, before being able to offer the discount, as well as be Food Standards Agency approved.

For customers, the discount can be used an unlimited number of times from Monday to Wednesday during August but only applies to your food bill - alcohol must be paid in full.

"To encourage people to safely return to eating out at restaurants, the government’s new eat out to help out discount scheme will provide a 50% reduction for sit-down meals from Monday to Wednesday every week throughout August 2020," said Chancellor Sunak.

Takeaways are not included, the discount applies to sit-down meals only. It will see an £80 bill for a family of four reduced to just £40.

Further details on the scheme and how to access the discount are due to be announced on 13 July.