As September begins, the government’s popular Eat Out to Help out scheme comes to an end with more than 64 million meals having been claimed.
The scheme was meant to help the struggling hospitality industry during the coronavirus pandemic and saw diners enjoy a state-funded 50% discount on food and soft drinks on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in August, up to a maximum of £10 per person.
Independent businesses and larger chains were among more than 72,000 establishments to have taken part, and some have said they will continue to offer the price-reduction despite the government ruling out extending the scheme beyond its end date of 31 August.
Here are some of the restaurants that will continue the discount:
- Wetherspoons is launching its own reduced prices scheme on a range of meals and drinks from Monday to Wednesday until 11 NovemberBill’s will continue to offer 50% off items on its set menu throughout SeptemberApplebee’s Fish in Borough Market, London, will be continuing the offer on food throughout SeptemberHall and Woodhouse, which operates over 250 pubs across the south of England, will offer the discount at most of its venues until 30 SeptemberThe Signature Pub Group, which has venues across Scotland, will continue to offer the discountDaquise, London’s oldest Polish restaurant, will continue to offer the deal throughout SeptemberMamucium near Manchester Victoria station is offering 50% off throughout next monthLusitania, a Portuguese and Mediterranean restaurant in Wandsworth Road, will continue to offer the discount next monthLady of the Grapes wine bar in Covent Garden is offering the deal throughout SeptemberThe Refuge in Manchester is continuing the deal into SeptemberJose Pizarro, a Spanish restaurant chain in London, will keep the offer going in SeptemberToby Carvery is offering a 50% discount on main meals only until 9 SeptemberTrue North Brew Co, which runs 12 venues across Yorkshire, will keep offering the discount until 30 SeptemberHarvester is offering a 50% discount on main meals only until 9 SeptemberStonehouse Pizza & Carvery is offering a 50% discount on main meals only until 9 SeptemberThe Coconut Tree, a Sri Lankan food chain with venues across the UK, is extending the deal throughout September56 North, a bar in restaurant in Edinburgh, has decided to continue offering the discount on food into SeptemberPeru Perdu, a Peruvian-inspired restaurant in Manchester, has said it will continue offering the 50% discount throughout SeptemberCraft Dining Room, led by renowned chef Andrew Sheridan in Birmingham, will be offering the discount on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout SeptemberSIX, a skyline bar and restaurant in Cambridge, will continue offering the discount throughout SeptemberHarleys Smokehouse, a barbecue restaurant in Staffordshire, will continue offering the discount in SeptemberBrindisa, a Spanish restaurant chain, will continue the offer into SeptemberThe Comptoir and Roka in Mayfair will continue to offer the discountGaucho, a chain of steak restaurants, is continuing the discount into SeptemberThe Thomas Cubitt pub and Peggy Porschen cafe in Belgravia will both extend the price-reduction into September
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on the government to extend the scheme, which officially ends on 1 September.
Its chairman Mike Cherry said: “The Eat Out to Help Out scheme has been an overwhelming success in getting people back on their high streets and in their town centres.
“We now need to see it extended to continue the critical support that it is providing for small firms as we enter a period of economic make or break.
“Over the past few weeks, the scheme has been hugely welcomed by small businesses and their customers alike.
“A nationwide one-month extension would go some way to helping many firms which are still only just about managing in this time of crisis.”