BRITS are enjoying half price meals at participating pubs, restaurants and cafes thanks to the government’s new Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
The government is paying for half the bill, up to £10 per head, for your meal and any soft drinks on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August.
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This includes big high street chains as well as independent food outlets, which are also benefiting from a 15 per cent VAT cut.
The discount can also be used on top of other promotions so it will knock some serious cash off bills this summer.
But note that it’s only available when you’re eating in; you can’t use the offer on takeaway orders.
By midnight on July 26, a whopping 53,058 restaurants had signed up to the scheme, according to HMRC.
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.
Below are the major food and pub chains that have already registered to the scheme or promised that they will be taking part.
Which food chains are taking part in Eat Out to Help Out scheme?
All Bar One
All Bar One, which has 52 bars across the UK, has signed up to the discount scheme.
Italian food fans might want to pop by Ask Italian as the chain has also signed up to the Eat Out to Help Out offer.
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.
Beefeater customers will also be able to enjoy discounted meals in August.
Bella Italia is offering the 50 per cent discount in all of its re-opened restaurants – it applies to the main, kids and set menus.
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 customers.
- A.F. BLAKEMORE
- Accor UK
- Apple Green
- Atalian Servest
- Atlas Hotels
- Bannatyne Health Club
- Blue Diamond
- Buzz Bingo
- Center Parcs
- Compass Group
- David Lloyd Clubs
- Dobbies Garden Centres
- English Heritage
- Everyman Cinema
- Everyone Active
- Freedom Leisure
- Grosvenor Casino
- Hollywood Bowl
- ISS Mediclean
- Jurys Inn
- Kew Green Hotels
- M&S Cafe
- MacDonald Hotels
- Mecca Bingo
- Morrisons – Cafe and Barista Bar
- New World Trading Company
- Park Holidays
- Selfridges & Co
- Team Sport
- The National Trust
- Village Hotels
- Welcome Break
- Wilson Vale
Pubgoers will be pleased to know that Brewdog has registered with the Eat Out to Help Out scheme too.
Brown’s restaurants have also signed up – you can search to see if your local is open on the website or on the restaurant’s Facebook pages.
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.
He promised customers could get half price Whoppers Monday to Wednesday in August.
It cuts 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 restaurant chain is also signed up to the discount scheme and says it can be used in conjunction with the Breakfast, Kids and Rouge set menus.
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 eating-in on July 4.
The hospitality caterer operates over 750 locations across the UK and Ireland, including cafes and restaurants.
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.
Cookhouse + Pub
The pub chain has registered with the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
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 has confirmed it’ll take 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 Côte Brasserie restaurants, which is inspired by the brasseries in Paris, has 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 fish and chips will be able to get it for less as Deep Blue Fish & Chips has signed up to the scheme.
The sandwich chain, which was bought by Pret a Manger in 2019, has also registered.
Eds Easy Diner
The American restaurant chain also sells 1950s American diner style items.
The pub chain has registered with the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
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
The American-Italian restaurant chain told The Sun it will knock 50 per cent off the bill in August thanks to the scheme.
It means 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 Out 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 (GBK) is taking part in the discount scheme.
Another pub chain to take part in the Eat out To Help scheme is Greene King.
The chain has over 3,100 pubs across the UK.
The London burger chain has also signed up to the scheme throughout August.
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.
Mitchells & Butlers, the firm behind Harvester and Toby Carvery, has signed up to the scheme.
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.
The Hungry Horse chain of pubs has said that diners can enjoy pub classics on the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
The chain has even ditched the cap – meaning you’ll get 50 per cent off the whole bill excluding alcohol.
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 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.
Just bear in mind you’ll need to ask KFC for the discount.
The doughnut chain has signed up to the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
Fans can also get a box of 12 glazed doughnuts at half price for takeaway during August.
The pub chain has 58 pubs across the UK.
Not only is Las Iguanas offering the scheme, it can also be used in conjunction with some of the chain’s other offers so you could get a bigger bargain.
Some offers are excluded though so it’s best to check with your server before you order.
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.
Fans should 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.
This includes Harvester, Miller & Carter steakhouses, Slug & Lettuce, and Toby Carvery.
The motorway service chain has 45 locations across the country, featuring popular brands such as Greggs and KFC.
The Portuguese-style chicken house has signed up to the scheme.
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.
But you will need to ask staff for a code to get the discount.
The pub chain, which is one of the UK’s largest, has registered with the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
Oakman Inns launched Eat Out to Help Out two weeks’ early in its 28 pubs, with 50 per cent off until July 29.
Now that it’s August, it’s also taking part in the government’s scheme.
Ole & Steen
The bakery, which has restaurants across London and Oxford, is also registered for Eat Out to Help Out.
The O’Neill’s chain of pubs is offering discounts of up to £10 per person on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in August.
The chain says that customers can take advantage of the offer as many times as they want.
The cafe chain has 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 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, the chain warned 67 of its UK restaurants and 1,100 jobs at risk.
Pizza Hut has registered 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 and 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 discounts at £10 per person, and will 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.
The fast food chain specialises in chicken tenders and wings.
St Austell Brewery
The Cornish brewer operates pubs, inns and hotels across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.
Starbucks has just under 1,000 stores in the UK.
Stone House Restaurants
The chain has over 90 Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery restaurants across the UK.
Table Table is another pub chain that has signed up to the scheme.
TGI Fridays has also confirmed it’s taking 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 there are 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 chains including Wagamama, Frankie & Benny’s, Chiquito, and Brunning & Price.
The firm that owns Toby Carvery, Mitchell’s and Butlers, has signed up to the scheme.
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 though – instead, chefs will plate it up for you.
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, you’ll be pleased to know 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 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.
If you fancy tacos – head to Wahaca as the chain is offering Eat Out to Help Out in all its open restaurants.
Fancy some sushi? Wasabi has registered to take part in the scheme and it has 39 branches across the UK.
Spoons fans can get a burger and chips and a drink for just £2.50 as part of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
Wetherspoon has confirmed all its food items and soft drinks are included, but not alcoholic beverages.
Prices will vary slightly depending on your location, although you’ll still get 50 per cent off the original cost up to a maximum of £10 per person.
We’ve rounded up the full menu as well as some of the best discounts here.
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.
An Eat Out to Help Out postcode checker has been launched by the government to help you find places that are taking part.
There’s also an app that shows which places are offering the discount near you.
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