The government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme has been even more successful than anyone could have predicted. Restaurants all over the country have been able to offer diners 50 per cent off their total food and drink bill (up to the value of £10 per diner) every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the whole month of August at no cost to themselves, resulting in a huge wave of people eating out at restaurants, pubs and cafes and making up for the lack of business during lockdown.
According to the BBC, diners used the scheme more than 64 million times in its first three weeks, which is equivalent to nearly every person in the country dining out. And restaurant booking website OpenTable reported the number of customers dining at UK restaurants between Monday to Wednesday during one particular week of August was 61 per cent higher compared to last year.
Now August is over, it’s no wonder that both restaurants and customers are going to heavily miss the discount, which made Monday – Wednesday the new weekend. In response, some restaurants and pubs are deciding to extend the 50 per cent offer throughout September and simply footing the discount themselves. It’s a smart move for those businesses that can afford it, especially as we head into autumn when darker, colder nights can make us think twice about heading out for a meal.
We’ve rounded up the nationwide UK chain restaurants who are continuing to offer the Eat Out to Help Out discount below. And if you really can’t be tempted outdoors, consider using Deliveroo’s Eat In To Help Out discount instead.
Continuing the standard Eat Out to Help Out offer until end of September at all its nationwide branches.
Introduced a range of reduced price schemes on a range of meals and drinks, Monday to Wednesday until 11 November. Locations nationwide.
The Coconut Tree
Unlimited 50 per cent discount on all food and and non-alcoholic drinks Monday – Wednesday throughout September. In October the saving will continue at lunchtime only. Locations in Oxford, Cardiff, Bristol, Bournemouth and Cheltenham.
Q Hotels Group
Eat Out to Help Out discount is being extended for every Monday – Wednesday until end of November. Available at all 21 sites across the UK, which includes The Oxford Belfry Hotel & Spa and Winchester’s Norton Park.
Hall and Woodhouse
The standard EOTHO discount will be offered at most of the chain’s 250 pubs across the south of England until end of September.
Running the same EOTHO discount throughout September, but guests must book directly through the restaurant to qualify. Branches in London, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow.
Continuing the standard 50 per cent off discount throughout September at all Gaucho restaurants. Several locations in London as well as Birmingham, Leeds, Edinburgh and Manchester.
Throughout September Franco Manca will continue to offer 50 per cent off food and soft drinks from Monday to Wednesday when you dine in. Several nationwide locations.
Get 50 per cent off pizzas (up to £10) until end of September on Mondays to Wednesdays. Available at all four open locations: Shoreditch, the City, White City and Marylebone.
Offering half price small plates every Monday until the end of 2020. Available at all 3 London locations.
Continuing to offer up to £10 off food and soft drinks per person, from Monday to Wednesday, at the Refuel Bar & Restaurant at The Soho Hotel, Oscar Bar & Restaurant at Charlotte Street Hotel and the Ham Yard Restaurant in the sunny courtyard.
Continuing the standard Eat Out to Help Out offer throughout September at all five London restaurants.
Continuing to offer the EOTHO discount every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in September. Available at the three London sites currently operating: Covent Garden, Tower Bridge and Oxford Circus.
All five Balans locations (Shepherds Bush, Stratford, Kensington and two in Soho) are extending the 50 per cent off food offer Monday – Wednesday throughout September.