There is no doubt the Eat Out scheme has been a resounding success, in fact it has been used over 64 million times since it began at the start of the month. 84,000 restaurants, cafes and bars have signed up to the government’s scheme. The question they are now asking is ‘is it really enough?’

Many small businesses have asked the Government for an extension on the scheme, to help them recoup some of the trade they lost during lockdown. For us too, its been a great incentive to get back out and enjoy a whole range of establishments. Let’s be honest, money is tight for all of us right now, so any savings are very welcome.

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme let restaurants give customers a half-price discount on food, up to £10 per person between Monday and Wednesday. The final day was yesterday, and many of our establishments recorded record trade.

Families eating out

The Federation of Small Businesses have also been calling on ministers to extend the scheme into September, the Government has said it is now definitely finished.

The federation’s chairman Mike Cherry told us……..

“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.

More than 35 million meals have been cooked and dished out across almost 50,000 restaurants and cafes who have been able to reap the rewards of this great initiative, but as we enter September with schools reopening and more people going back to their places of work, there are still strong merits to continuing this for one more month.

Additional support is still needed for certain groups in the leisure sector, especially pubs.

We need to see these community hubs fully brought into the Eat Out to Help Out fold, particularly as they have been excluded from the recent VAT cut for food.”

The Federation also believe the scheme should restart in areas that have gone through local lockdowns.

“We must do all we can to safeguard the futures of the small firms that make up 99% of our small business community. They will be pivotal to our recovery from this recession.”

Some restaurants say they will continue to offer the Eat Out scheme next month, funding it themselves, because it has been so successful.

THE COCONUT TREE – In Cardiff they will keep be running the deal in September. They are also removing the £10 per person cap, but alcoholic drinks will still be excluded. It’s even continuing its deals in October, but for lunchtime meals only.

TOBY CARVERY – Will extend the scheme for a further two weeks.

HARVESTER – Will also extend the scheme by a further two weeks.

TESCO CAFE – Offering reduced prices during September

BILL’S – As above will offer reduced prices in September

PIZZA HUT – Will also offer some September deals

PREZZO – Will be giving discounts for the month of September

DELIVEROO – In a bit of a scheme twist, they will offer 100,000 customers of small, independent businesses, £5 off a £20 order delivered on the first three days of every week in September.

Deliveroo boss Will Shu told us……

“Our restaurant partners play a vital role in our economy, just as they do people’s everyday lives, bringing people the food they love. We know they have been hit hard recently and we hope our eat in to help out scheme can play a part in helping their businesses through this difficult period.”

About 16,000 local restaurants would be involved in the scheme, Deliveroo said. Customers will be given a code to use to apply the discount.

Nationally there are many more – here is the full list in case you are travelling out of South Wales and want to make a bit of a saving.

  • Toby Carvery – The chain has said it will keep the discounts going for 2 weeks after the end of the scheme.
  • Harvester – As they are the same owners as Toby Carvery, will also extend its discounts into the first two weeks of September
  • Signature Pub Group – All 24 bars and restaurants run by the Signature group will offer the discount through September – covering the costs themselves.
  • Q Hotels Group – The Q Hotels Group – with 21 sites across the UK – has said that it will extend the scheme, but not time frame yet.
  • True North Brew Co – In Sheffield they have 12 branches across the city – including The Blue Stoops and The Punch Bowl – is extending the deal throughout September and waiving the £10 a person cap.
  • Cityglen pubs – The chain that runs six pubs in South East London – The Great North Wood, The Brookmill, The Portland Arms, The Great Southern, The Windsor and the Red Lion – decided it would extend the scheme itself. “We are offering 50% off food and soft drinks on the 1st and 2nd of September The maximum discount is £10 per person which here at Cityglen Pub co, we are happy to pay as a gift to say Thank You.”
  • The Coconut Tree – The Sri Lankan restaurant chain said it will keep be running the deal in September too. Branches in Bristol, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Oxford and Bournemouth are also removing the £10 per person cap, but alcoholic drinks will still be excluded. It’s even continuing its deals in October, but for lunchtime meals only.
  • 56 North – Edinburgh – The discount will keep working throughout September and October at the gin bar, distillery and kitchen throughout. “We are very worried that when August finishes, people will stop dining out as often as they do now, so we’ve decided to take the risk and extend the scheme further, even if it means selling the food at cost price.”
  • Smiths Restaurant – Uddingston – Smiths restaurant said it will continue to run the scheme from September 7th to September 30th.
  • Peru Perdu, Manchester – The South American inspired restaurant will continue to run the offer throughout September.
  • Craft Dining Room, Birmingham – Andrew Sheridan’s restaurant will offer the discount on Wednesday and Thursdays in September.
  • The Wilderness, Birmingham – The Wilderness will offer the deal on Tuesdays to Thursday in September, under the same terms. It’s also donating another £10 for every meal sold to to homelessness charity SIFA Fireside.
  • SIX, Cambridge – SIX will continue the deal throughout September.
  • Harleys Smokehouse, Staffordshire – Diners will be able to bag half price meals, including slow-cooked ribs and pulled pork, throughout September too. The same conditions apply.
  • Oakmann Inns – Oakman Inns manages 28 pubs and restaurants across the Midlands and Home Counties. Oakman Inns has now taken the decision to continue to offer 50% off (up to a maximum of £10 per person) all food and soft drinks consumed on the premises on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays – including breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner
  • Deliveroo – Deliveroo will offer 100,000 customers of small, independent restaurants £5 off a £20 order delivered on the first three days of every week in September.

There are of course savings to be made with some of the discount cards.

TASTECARD began life as tastelondon with 2 main aims; to help restaurants by encouraging people to eat out more often, and to help members by making eating out more affordable. Starting with just 150 restaurants in Central London they quickly grew and re-branded to tastecard in early 2010 as they reached 2,500 nationwide restaurants.

Today, with over 2,450,000 members and thousands of restaurants, they say members currently spend in excess of £600m annually in restaurants; ensuring that their dining co-operative proposition remains strong.

You do pay an annual fee for the card but if you like the idea of savings, they have a 30 day free deal at the moment. They also offer discounts on cinema and other attractions. For more details, go here. TASTECARD.

THE GOURMET SOCIETY offer a similar set up. You pay an annual fee and get discounts on food and entertainment. They have 6,000 restaurants with the society, including Michelin-starred, fine-dining establishments, independent eateries and popular chain restaurants. You can enjoy either 25% off the total bill, including drinks, 50% off food or 2 for 1 meals.

They have an introductory offer of try it for 60 days for £1 at the moment. For details go here. GOURMET.

MEERKAT MEALS/MOVIES offer 2 for 1 tickets at cinemas on a Tuesday and Wednesday and say you can tuck into 2 for 1 on starters, mains and desserts in some of your favourite restaurants Sunday – Thursday.

This discount card is given when you buy insurance and claim the reward via their App. Full detail here. COMPARE.

Bookmark this page and come back regularly, we will update as soon as we hear of any more establishments extending the scheme.

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