THE new Eat Out to Help Out scheme launches tomorrow, August 3, meaning Brits will be able to bag half price meals at participating pubs, restaurants and cafes.
The government will pay for half the bill, up to £10 per head, for your meal and any soft drinks on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the month.
Burger King was the first brand to say that it would sign up to the scheme
Burger King was the first brand to say that it would sign up to the scheme Credit: Getty Images – Getty
The new incentive aims to get Brits back to the pubs to boost the economy and save jobs in the hospitality sector, which has suffered huge blows as a result of the pandemic.
It’s part of a wider £30billion package to help the country’s finances recover after three months of lockdown, as businesses navigate new Covid-19 challenges.
Before offering the discount, eateries must register with the scheme, which is open to all businesses that have a dine-in area.
This includes big high street chains as well as independent food outlets, which are also benefitting from a 15 per cent VAT cut.
How will the Eat Out to Help Out scheme work?
THE government will cover half of the cost of a meal out, up to £10 a head, including children’s meals.
The discount means that a meal out for one that costs £20 will be reduced to £10, but a £25 meal for one will be slashed to £15 because of the £10 cap per person.There is no limit to the number of times you can use the discount, so in theory you can get half price meals on every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in August.Businesses will need to register with the scheme on Gov.uk before being able to offer the discount, as well as be Food Standards Agency approved.Instead of issuing discount vouchers – which the government felt increased the risk of fraud – restaurants, cafes and pubs will be able to claim back the cash.The refund will then been transferred into restaurants, cafes and pubs’ bank accounts within five working days.Customers will only receive the discount if they eat out at a registered business.
The discount can also be used on top of other promotions so it will knock some serious cash off the bill this summer.
By midnight July 26, a whopping 53,058 restaurants had signed up to the scheme, according to HMRC.
Below are the major food and pub chains that have so far said they will be signing up or have already registered to the scheme.
Which food chains are taking part in Eat Out to Help Out scheme?
Italian food fans might want to pop by Ask Italian in August as the chain has signed up to the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
Bakers + Baristas
If you have a big sweet tooth, you’ll be pleased to know that the bakery chain with its 63 branches has registered with the scheme.
Bar + Grills
Bar + Grills, which has eight restaurants across the UK, will also be taking part in the discount scheme.
The cafe and restaurant chain will offer discounted meals in August.
Pubgoers will be pleased to know that the pub chain has signed up to the scheme.
The British restaurant and bar chain has roughly 80 branches across the UK.
By taking part in the scheme, hungry diners will be able to get Bill’s fish pie for roughly £6.98, down from £13.95.
Black Sheep Coffee
The posh coffee chain has around 35 branches across the country.
Boparan Restaurant Group
Boparan Restaurant Group runs brands including Giraffe, Ed’s Easy Diner and Fishworks.
Brains is a major brewer in Wales and also has 200 pubs across Wales and the South West.
Which non-restaurant chains are taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme?
A NUMBER of non-restaurant chains have also registered with the scheme as they serve food for dine-in.
Bannatyne Health Club
David Lloyd Clubs
Dobbies Garden Centres
Kew Green Hotels
Morrisons – Cafe and Barista Bar
New World Trading Company
Selfridges & Co
The National Trust
Pubgoers will be pleased to know that Brewdog has registered with the Eat Out to Help Out scheme too.
Brunning and Price
The pub group was founded in the North West of England and North Wales, but now has branches in the South too.
Just hours after the Chancellor announced the scheme earlier this month, Burger King boss Alasdair Murdoch said that the chain will be signing up.
He promised customers could get half price Whoppers Monday to Wednesday in August.
It would cut the cost of the chain’s flagship burger down to £2.25, from £4.49.
If you’re craving a fancy burger during August, you’ll be pleased to know that Byron is taking part in the discount scheme.
The hospitality caterer operates over 750 locations across the UK and Ireland, including cafes and restaurants.
Caffe Nero fans will also be able to enjoy cheaper meals and discounts at the chain througout August.
The chain reopened 400 of its 800 UK stores for eat-in on July 4.
The British coffee house chain Coffee#1 was founded in Wales in 2000, and has been majority owned by Caffè Nero since 2019.
Company of Cooks
The Company of Crooks runs a number of restaurants, cafes and bars across the UK.
The Cornish Bakery
Fancy a Cornish pasty? Then you’re in luck because the Cornish Bakery has signed up to the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
Costa Coffee will take part in the Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme
Costa Coffee will take part in the Eat Out to Help Out discount schemeCredit: AFP or licensors
Costa Coffee has confirmed it’ll be taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme.
Caffeine addicts can pick up a coffee from as little as 32p in August as part of the money-saving initiative.
Crussh, which has 35 stores across London and the South East, has registered to take part in the scheme.
French food fans will be pleased to know that Côte Brasserie restaurants, which are inspired by the brasseries in Paris, have signed up too.
D&D London has a collection of 42 restaurants, bars and a hotel in cities including London, Leeds and Manchester.
Deep Blue Fish & Chips
Brits craving a fish & chips will be able to get it for cheaper as Deep Blue Fish & Chips has signed up to the scheme.
The sandwich chain, which was last year bought by Pret a Manger, has also registered.
Euro Garages operates petrol stations and fast food outlets across the UK.
Fast food fans will also be able to get cheaper meals at Five Guys during August.
The chain has 104 restaurants across the UK.
The sourdough pizza chain operates around 50 pizzerias in the UK.
Frankie & Benny’s
Frankie & Benny’s will use the initiative to offer half price meals in August
Frankie & Benny’s will use the initiative to offer half price meals in AugustCredit: Alamy
The American-Italian restaurant chain told The Sun it will also knock 50 per cent off the bill in August thanks to the scheme.
It means that a Lasagne Al Forno, which normally costs £9.95, would set you back just £4.98.
Another pub chain to take part in the Eat out To Help scheme is Fullers.
Fullers has around 400 pubs across the UK.
The Scottish hospitality group has a collection of over 50 venues in locations such as Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews and Aberdeen.
The first GAIL’s bakery opened in London’s Hampstead High Street in 2005.
Today, there are 60 bakeries in neighbourhoods in and around London, Oxford, Brighton and beyond.
German Doner Kebab
German Doner Kebab, which has 42 restaurants across the county, told The Sun it’ll also take part in the scheme.
Giggling Squid offers Thai food from around 30 restaurants across the UK.
Gourmet Burger Kitchen
If you’re craving a fancy burger during August, you’ll be pleased to know that Gourmet Burger Kitchen is taking part in the discount scheme.
Another pub chain to take part in the Eat out To Help scheme is Greene King.
The pub chain has over 3,100 pubs across the UK.
Hall & Woodhouse
Hall and Woodhouse is a British regional brewery founded in 1777.
The company operates over 250 public houses in the south of England.
Hard Rock Cafe
The Hard Rock Cafe chain will also be taking part, with restaurants from London to Manchester and Edinburgh.
The artisanal coffee chain has around 41 stores in the South East, and is part of the Caffe Nero Group.
Harvester owners Mitchells & Butlers says that it will be signing its brands up to the scheme
Harvester owners Mitchells & Butlers says that it will be signing its brands up to the scheme Credit: Alamy
Mitchells & Butlers, the firm behind Harvester and Toby Carvery, has said that it is planning on registering with the scheme in the summer.
Prices vary depending on which Harvester restaurant you go to, but a classic beef burger and chips would typically cost you £10.99 but under the initiative it will set you back just £5.50.
Harvester reopened “the majority” of its 150 restaurants in England on July 4.
You can find your nearest open one by using its branch finder tool.
The burger chain has restaurants in London, Reading, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Brighton, Manchester and Liverpool.
Pub chain Hydes, which has its base in Manchester, has also signed up to the scheme.
Sushi chain Itsu, which has 74 branches across the UK, told The Sun it’s taking part in the scheme.
Fans of Wetherspoons will be pleased to know that the chain has registered with the scheme too.
It means a traditional fry-up breakfast will set you back just under £2.50 in a London branch during August, down from £4.99.
Prices at Wetherspoons vary between branches, so double-check on the app before you head over.
The brewery owns and operates 150 pubs, inns and hotels mainly in North West England and North Wales.
Joe & The Juice
Joe & The Juice is a chain of juice bars and coffee shops with branches across the UK.
Joseph Holt is a Manchester brewery and pub operator, with a wide range of beers and 125 pub locations in the North West.
The fried chicken chain has also registered with the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
It means a regular popcorn chicken and boneless banquet will set you back £6.09 in total during August, down from £12.18.
The pub chain has 58 pubs across the UK.
Leon customers will also be able to enjoy healthy fast food at a lower cost in August.
The cafe-bar chain has 146 venues in England and Wales.
Maccies fans will be able to get their hands on discounted meals throughout August, the firm has confirmed.
It means customers can nab a Big Mac for just £1.60, instead of £3.19.
McDonald’s hasn’t yet said exactly how many sites will run the Eat Out to Help Out scheme though, but it advises customers to use its online finder tool to get in contact with their nearest restaurant.
Pub owner Marston’s has also registered with the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
The chain reopened roughly 1,200 of its 1,400 boozers on July 4.
McMullen operates over 130 pubs, restaurants and bars across the UK.
Mitchells & Butlers
Mitchells & Butlers runs around 1,784 managed pubs, bars and restaurants throughout the UK.
The motorway service chain has 45 locations across the country, featuring popular brands such as Greggs and KFC.
Nando’s will be offering the discounts in August on top of its other promotions
Nando’s will be offering the discounts in August on top of its other promotionsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The Portuguese chicken house has said that it will be registering with the scheme too, meaning half price food for fans.
We did a comparison of how it will change the cost of your cheeky Nando’s based on prices at a London restaurant.
It would slash the cost of halloumi sticks and dip to £1.98, down from £3.95, and half a chicken plus corn on the cob and chips will cost £5.60, down from £11.20.
The deal will be available to use on top of other promotions, so you will still be able to collect Nando’s points when you order – and claim that free chicken burger.
Oakman Inns launched Eat Out to Help Out two weeks’ early in its 28 pubs, with 50 per cent off until July 29.
From Monday, it’ll also take part in the government’s scheme.
The cafe chain has also signed up to the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
The company went into administration in January 2019, prior to a management buyout.
Pho offers Vietnamese street food and has also registered with the scheme.
Pizza Express customers will be able to enjoy discounted pizzas and other meals at the chain in August.
It means a margherita pizza will set you back under a fiver, instead of the usual £9.95.
Earlier this month, reports claimed that Pizza Express is set “to close around 75” out of its 470 UK restaurants as part of restructuring plans following the coronavirus crisis.
Fans can get half price meals at Pizza Hut in August
Fans can get half price meals at Pizza Hut in August Credit: AFP or licensors
Pizza Hut has said that it will also be registering for the initiative so hungry pizza fans can enjoy half price meals.
Prices vary depending on the restaurant that you go to, but a pepperoni meat feast in London will typically set you back £11.79.
But under the scheme, the same meal would cost just £5.85.
Pret A Manger
Pret a Manger fans will be able to enjoy treats at half-price in August, with a hand & cheese sandwich setting you back just £1.35.
The cafe chain has more than 500 shops across the UK.
The Italian restaurant chain Prezzo has 180 branches around the UK.
Prezzo told The Sun it won’t cap the discounts at £10 per person, and instead give 50 per cent off the entire bill, excluding alcohol.
Punch Pubs owns around 1,300 boozers across the UK.
QOOT restaurant group
QOOT restaurant group operates London brands including by CHLOE., The Lebanese Bakery and Dominique Ansel Bakery.
Revolution Bars Group
Revolution Bars Group runs cocktail Bars, restaurants and party venues across the UK.
Roadchef operates 30 motorway service areas across the UK, featuring popular brands such as McDonald’s and Costa Coffee.
Shepherd Neame operates more than 300 pubs throughout London and the South East.
St Austell Brewery
The Cornish brewer operates pubs, inns and hotels across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.
Starbucks customers will be able to nab its refreshing frozen iced teas for just £1.70, down from £3.40, when the discount scheme launches in August.
Starbucks has just under 1,000 stores in the UK.
TGI Fridays has also confirmed it’ll take part in the Eat Out to Help scheme to offer 50 per cent off.
This means Fridays fans can have a full-on wing fest with boneless wings from £3.38, with steaks available from £9.87.
Greek restaurant chain The Athenian has confirmed it’s taking part in the scheme at selected branches.
These are located in Bristol and London branches in Canary Wharf, London Bridge, Shoreditch, Tooting, Victoria, Wembley and White City.
The City Pub Group
The City Pub Group was founded in 2011 and now has 47 pubs across the southern half of England and Wales.
The Ivy Collection
The posh restaurant group serves classic British dishes from its branches across the UK.
The Real Greek
The Greek restaurant chain told The Sun it’ll also take part in the scheme in August.
The Real Greek has 17 branches across the UK.
The Restaurant Group
The group runs food chain including Wagamama, Frankie & Benny’s, Chiquito and Brunning & Price.
Toby Carvery will be running the half price meal scheme Credit: Alamy
The firm that owns Toby Carvery, Mitchell’s and Butlers, says that it will be signing up its most popular brands to the scheme, including the family favourite.
Prices vary depending on the restaurant, but typically a roast dinner costs £8.99 – and now under the scheme it will set you back just £4.50.
Due to the new government rules, customers won’t be able to serve themselves at its famous buffets – instead chefs will plate it up for them.
Tony Macaroni, Viva Italia
Tony Macaroni is a chain of restaurants, owned by Viva Italia, in Scotland and Northern Ireland specialising in Italian cuisine.
If you fancy tacos or burritos come August, you’ll be pleased to know that Tortilla has registered with the scheme.
You can also get a taste of the Caribbean at a discount by popping by the Turtle Bay restaurant chain in August.
Pub chain Wadworth has also registered with the scheme.
Fans of Wagamama will be able to bag half price meals throughout August
Fans of Wagamama will be able to bag half price meals throughout AugustCredit: Alamy
Fans of Japanese-inspired food will be able to bag half price meals at its 135 restaurants throughout August.
A chicken katsu curry and regular glass of fresh juice would normally cost you £13.25 (£9.75, £3.50) but under the Eat Out to Help Out initiative it would cost you just £6.63.
You can take a look at what Wagamama restaurants look like now that they’re Covid-19 secure, including a reduced menu.
Fancy some sushi? Wasabi has registered to take part in the scheme and it has 39 branches across the UK.
The hospitality giant owns Premier Inn as well as Beefeater, Brewers Fayre, Table Table and Bar+Block.
Wildwood has reopened more than 30 of its restaurants following lockdown and has already registered with the scheme.
Another sushi chain to register with the Eat Out to Help Out scheme is Yo Sushi.
The restaurant chain has 70 restaurants across the UK.
Young’s has more than 200 pubs and hotels in London and the South of England.
The Italian restaurant group has also signed up to the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.