A number of chains and independent restaurants will continue to offer 50% off food as the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme comes to an end.
More than 64 million meals were claimed since the scheme was launched at the start of August to help the struggling hospitality industry during the coronavirus pandemic.
Diners enjoyed 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.
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 November
- Bill’s will continue to offer 50% off items on its set menu throughout September
- Applebee’s Fish in Borough Market, London, will be continuing the offer on food throughout September
- Hall and Woodhouse, which operates over 250 pubs across the south of England, will offer the discount at most of its venues until 30 September
- The Signature Pub Group, which has venues across Scotland, will continue to offer the discount
- Daquise, London’s oldest Polish restaurant, will continue to offer the deal throughout September
- Mamucium near Manchester Victoria station is offering 50% off throughout next month
- Lusitania, a Portuguese and Mediterranean restaurant in Wandsworth Road, will continue to offer the discount next month
- Lady of the Grapes wine bar in Covent Garden is offering the deal throughout September
- The Refuge in Manchester is continuing the deal into September
- Jose Pizarro, a Spanish restaurant chain in London, will keep the offer going in September
- Toby Carvery is offering a 50% discount on main meals only until 9 September
- True North Brew Co, which runs 12 venues across Yorkshire, will keep offering the discount until 30 September
- Harvester is offering a 50% discount on main meals only until 9 September
- Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery is offering a 50% discount on main meals only until 9 September
- The Coconut Tree, a Sri Lankan food chain with venues across the UK, is extending the deal throughout September
- 56 North, a bar in restaurant in Edinburgh, has decided to continue offering the discount on food into September
- Peru Perdu, a Peruvian-inspired restaurant in Manchester, has said it will continue offering the 50% discount throughout September
- Craft Dining Room, led by renowned chef Andrew Sheridan in Birmingham, will be offering the discount on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout September
- SIX, a skyline bar and restaurant in Cambridge, will continue offering the discount throughout September
- Harleys Smokehouse, a barbecue restaurant in Staffordshire, will continue offering the discount in September
- Brindisa, a Spanish restaurant chain, will continue the offer into September
- The Comptoir and Roka in Mayfair will continue to offer the discount
- Gaucho, a chain of steak restaurants, is continuing the discount into September
- The 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.”