Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme launches

Andrew Cummings
August 4, 2020

A spokesman for Fuller Smith & Turner, the parent company of Fuller's pubs, said: "We have seen a definite upturn in bookings for the early part of the week - and we are grateful to the Treasury for launching the Eat Out to Help Out scheme".

Discussing the scheme, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak told the Commons during his economic update: "Meals eaten at any participating business, Monday to Wednesday, will be 50 percent off, up to a maximum discount of £10 per head for everyone, including children".

Although many businesses who use Just Eat may be taking part in Eat Out to Help Out, discounts from the scheme do not apply to deliveries placed through the service.

"Many are already down to as little as 50% capacity due to social distancing, so the last thing they can afford is significant reduction in the average customer spend". To register business owners will need: a Government Gateway ID (this can be created during registration); the name and address of each venue being registered; the United Kingdom bank account number and sort code for the business; the address on the bank account for the business (it appears on the bank statement); and the date the business started trading.

No, you do not need a voucher to use the scheme and you can use it at the same time as other offers and discounts.

Here's everything you need to know about the scheme - and which firms are taking part.

The discount applies to food and non-alcoholic drinks, including soft drinks and packaged snacks, as long as they are consumed immediately on the premises.

"I am very pleased that 3,766 Scottish restaurants, bars and cafes have signed up".

In theory, you could eat at multiple restaurants on the same day and claim the discount.

You can search for participating restaurants near you by going on to the government website, where there is an option to put in your postcode and find restaurants within a five-mile radius.

Restaurants will offer the discount on the total bill, regardless of how much your individual meal costs.

Operators will then be able to claim the discount back from Westminster.

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