Eat Out To Help Out

An “eat out to help out discount” to encourage consumers to spend at restaurants and cafes will mean that meals eaten at any participating businesses, from Mondays to Wednesdays in August, will be 50% off up to a maximum discount of £10 per head for everyone, including children.

The aim of the scheme is to incentivise customers to eat out on quieter days of the week by supporting restaurants and other eating establishment in offering a discount which they can then claim back from the government.

Find out how to register on GOV.UK.

Establishments that are eligible

Eligible establishments are those in which food is sold for immediate on-premises consumption. This could include:

  • restaurants
  • cafés
  • public houses that serve food
  • hotel restaurants
  • restaurants and cafes within tourist attractions, holiday sites and leisure facilities
  • dining rooms within members’ clubs
  • workplace and school canteens

Expenditure that is eligible for the discount

The discount can be applied to food and/or non-alcoholic drink purchased for immediate consumption on premises, up to a maximum discount of £10 per diner (inclusive of VAT).

This includes soft drinks and/or packaged snacks, as long as they are for immediate consumption on the premises. There is no minimum spend requirement.

Expenditure that is ineligible for the discount

The discount cannot be applied to the following items:

  • alcoholic drinks
  • tobacco products
  • food or drink that is to be consumed off premises
  • food or drink that is sold as part of a private party, event or function taking place within an eligible establishment

When you register for the scheme, it is expected that you will offer it during the whole of your opening hours on all the eligible days that you are open and on all qualifying sales of food or drink. You can only offer the discount on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Find out how to register on GOV.UK.

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