Over 1,600 pubs, restaurants and cafes in the North East are offering discounts through the government’s ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme.
Designed to give a boost to the hospitality sector, the scheme, which launches on Monday, offers people up to £10 per person off food and non-alcoholic drinks on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August.
While 1,664 individual businesses in the region have signed up, the actual number of restaurants where you can take advantage of the scheme is much higher, the Government says, because many large chain restaurants which have branches in the North East are also involved.
How does the scheme work?
Anyone eating at a participating business on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday in August will automatically get 50% off the price of food and non-alcoholic drinks, up to a maximum of £10 per person.
There is no minimum spend and the discount can be used at the same time as other offers and discounts. All diners, in a group of any size, will qualify for the automatic discount, you don’t need to do anything to get it. HM Revenue and Customs will pay the discounted cost back to the restaurant.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said: “Our Eat Out to Help Out scheme’s number one aim is to help protect the jobs of 1.8 million chefs, waiters and restaurateurs by boosting demand and getting customers through the door.
“More than 72,000 establishments will be serving discounted meals across the country, with the government paying half the bill. The industry is a vital ingredient to our economy and it’s been hit hard by coronavirus, so enjoy summer safely by showing your favourite places your support – we’ll pay half.”
Diners should still be careful to follow all social distancing rules and no one should go out if they have any symptoms of coronavirus.
Which restaurants are taking part?
Whilst big chains like Nandos are taking part, the scheme could also be an opportunity to support the small local eateries who may have found lockdown especially hard.
You can find restaurants near you by searching your postcode (or the postcode of an area you want to go for a meal in, such as Newcastle city centre) at https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/eat-out-to-help-out/find-a-restaurant/. You’ll get a full list of all the nearby restaurants taking part.
You can search separately for the chain restaurants taking part in the scheme at https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/eat-out-to-help-out/find-a-restaurant/restaurant-chains