50% Off Restaurants In August From The Government!
Update - 10/7
Few places now confirming they are taking part - make sure you max your discount by taking advantage of existing offers and stacking your deals!
Burger King - Will take part but only those with facility to eat in - meal deals will work out cheaper than ordering individually
Nando's - Collect the points too towards your free burger
Frankie & Benny's
Pizza Hut - Big Sharer Meal Deal For 2 - £29.99 for sharing pizza, 2 sides, salad and dessert would be £15 with this
Toby Carvery - Sign up and get 25% off main meals Mon- Fri which will stack with this so a carvery for £8.99 will be £6.74 then £3.37 with the offer
What is it?
The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced as part of his mini-budget that you will be able to eat at restaurants for half price. The other half will be paid for by the Government, up to a maximum of £10 off per person. It includes food and non-alcoholic drinks.
When is it?
3rd August until 31st August.
Where can you get it?
Restaurants and pubs are all eligible, however, they have to apply to the Government. So we don't yet know which restaurants will be doing it but I am sure many will. It is open to both High Street chains and independent restaurants and pubs.
The campaign is called "Eat Out To Help Out". As an example, if you are a family of four, you can get £40 off an £80 restaurant bill including non-alcoholic drinks. You can only use it when eating in and it won't apply if you take your meal away.
The restaurant will give you the discounted price and then they will claim the money back from the government.
Make sure you check with the restaurant or pub before you go if they are accepting the scheme otherwise you may have to pay full price. It is not a legal requirement that they have to do this.
High street chains and independent restaurants and pubs are all eligible for it and when more details and where it will be available are announced, we will update this post so bookmark and check back later.
It is a Government effort to support the hospitality industry which has been particularly hard hit during the pandemic and, it is claimed, will help secure the jobs of 1.8 million people who work in that industry.
The Government has purposefully chosen the "quieter" days of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to keep business constant to help them get more staff back.
Businesses will need to register on a website from next Monday 13th July if they want to take advantage of the scheme. When they claim, they will get the money back within 5 working days.
Rishi Sunak also announced the Government will be cutting the VAT rate from 20% to 5% for the hospitality and tourism industry until 12th January 2021. Hopefully that means cheaper prices passed on to us, and it's an effort to get people visiting attractions such as theme parks.
I personally think this is a great initiative - will you be taking advantage of this offer? Let us know in the comments.