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.
Click on the current deals below to see what’s on offer now. And take a look at our TIP of the day to get a real bargain.
The Federation of Small Businesses have also been calling on ministers to extend the scheme, 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 continued to offer the Eat Out scheme throughout September, funding it themselves, because it has been so successful. They are fading fast, but we are scouring around to find you some current deals. Bookmark this page and come back regularly.
ALL BAR ONE – Have got a variety of deals on their website including bottomless brunch experience and a 50% off mains link. Check their site for details.
BEEFEATER – Have a load of deals, particularly if you download their App. If you collect points you can get money off food too and they are offering a £5 sign up bonus. Our link takes you to their Reward Club page.
WALKABOUT – Have a Lunch Deal running till 4pm and you can upgrade your drink for £1. Also a really nice Burger & A Drink Deal, that can can be a selected alcoholic one too. Our link points you to their offers page.
SLUG & LETTUCE – Have a 6 Dishes for £6 Each Deal running Sunday to Friday, these include – Fish and Chips | Lasagne | Halloumi and Chips (V) | Veg Thai Curry (VG) | Chicken and Bacon Salad | Burger (Vegan Options Available) – Cheese and Bacon Burger | Moving Mountains® Burger (VG) | Louisiana™ Chick’n Plant-Based Burger (VG) Our link takes you to that page.
TOBY CARVERY – Offer 25% off if you download their app.
HARVESTER – They too are offering 25% off if you download the app. We hear they also have a Kids Eat For £1 deal too.
BILL’S – As above will offer reduced prices. Up to 50% off the set menu from Monday – Thursday.
PIZZA HUT – Will also offer discounts for the month of October – or Oktober as they call it.
CHIQUITO – Have a special offers page, you do though need to sign up to see them. Our link takes you there.
PREZZO – Will be giving 2 courses for £10 Monday to Thursday.
TGI FRIDAYS – Offering a free appetiser with your main.
GOURMET BURGER KITCHEN – Running a student discount of 25%.
BREWERS FAYRE – Have a bonus club offering bonuses and treats.
LITTLE CHEF – If you’re travelling and need food, Little Chef are offering 20% off for students, on production of NUS card. They also have offers on pastries and bacon sandwiches.
HUNGRY HORSE – Have daily deals which are updated regularly. Things like, two meals for £10.49 Monday to Friday. Happy Monday, Curry Wednesday and kids eat for £1.00, worth a look.
SHAKEAWAY – Everyone loves a luxury shake. They have a special Royalty Card which is worth using and saving with.
GREGGS – This isn’t strictly a restaurant, but we all love a Greggs. Here in the SOUTH WALES LIFE office we tell everyone to download and register for their free app. You will get free stuff regularly, sent straight to your app – we’ve had cakes, coffees, Diet Coke and more. They also send you a free treat fro your birthday. Best thing is, there is no minimum or maximum spend.
GIRAFFE – If you’re travelling over the bridge Giraffe have some deals on offer including free-flowing prosecco with your favourite breakfast dish including the Giraffe Brunch, Avocado Smash, Eggs Benedict and more for just £22.95 until 4pm.
WETHERSPOONS – Running a Stay Out To Help Out scheme till November. The scheme will see prices on a range of meals and drinks reduced from Monday to Wednesday until Wednesday November 11th at Wetherspoon pubs in the UK.
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.
TIP OF THE DAY
If you’d like a little insider tip, maybe you just want to book yourself ONE DAY – UK TRAVEL INSURANCE, for one person. Nothing fancy, something which will be appropriate. This too would qualify you for 12 months of discounts. Maybe you’d like to take a look and see what that would cost you, think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Bring on those savings.
Bookmark this page and come back regularly, we will update as soon as we hear of any more establishments extending the scheme.