The ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ 50% discount scheme starts todayPosted on: 03 Aug 2020
Get up to 50% off food and soft drinks in venues across Bristol.
The government's Eat Out to Help Out Scheme gets underway today.
The scheme aims to stimulate the country’s hospitality industry, which has been hit hard due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Some of Bristol’s best-loved independents have signed up for the scheme, including restaurants, cafés and pubs. Here’s what you need to know.
What is the scheme?
From Monday 3 to Monday 31 August, diners will get a 50% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks when they eat in at participating venues.
The offer is only available every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout August, and diners will receive a maximum discount of £10 per head.
The discount also applies to children and groups of any size, and diners can visit a participating establishment as many times as they would like.
Businesses will be able to claim the money lost from discounts back from the government.
Will I need a voucher?
Nope! The discount will be applied automatically at participating restaurants.
What can I get a discount on?
Diners can get a discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks when they eat in at participating venues.
This includes soft drinks and packaged snacks, as long as they are to be consumed immediately on the premises.
Diners won’t be able to claim a discount on alcoholic drinks, tobacco products or service charges, or takeaway food and drink.
Which Bristol restaurants are taking part?
Loads! No, really.
Plenty of local eateries are taking part in the scheme, including some of the city’s best-loved independents.
Tuck into some Indian cuisine at Dhamaka, build your own burger at The Burger Joint, or indulge in a sweet treat (or two) at Mrs Potts Chocolate House.
To find out which Bristol restaurants are taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, visit the government website.
Here, you can enter your postcode and find participating restaurants within a five-mile radius. Here's the link: www.tax.service.gov.uk/eat-out-to-help-out/find-a-restaurant/.
Will I need to book?
Officially, no. You won’t need to book in advance at any participating establishment to make use of the scheme.
However, expect the scheme to be popular. To ensure you can Eat Out to Help Out at your favourite restaurant, it might be worth booking a table in advance.
Is there anything else I need to know?
No, not really! But last week, we compiled a handy guide which explains how you can get behind the city's hospitality industry post-lockdown.
It’s no secret that the city’s food and drink business has been seriously impacted by COVID-19.
Whilst some of the city’s top restaurants have closed for good (Wilks, Flour & Ash and Birch), others have seen a surge in no-shows.
So, have a read through the guide before you Eat Out to Help Out to learn about tipping, booking and new safety rules.
Kate Hutchison, Content Editor of 365Bristol.com
Get in touch with Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org.