The Government’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme is now live and runs right through August. Should you be rushing to book a table at your fave dining spot to take advantage of a few quid off?
‘Absolutely,’ says Trencherman’s editor Jo Rees. ‘The Eat Out To Help Out scheme gives diners a whopping 50 per cent off food and soft drinks – up to a maximum discount of a tenner each. So if four of you go out for lunch to one of the lovely Trencherman’s member restaurants, where dishes are, say, fifteen pounds for a main, even if you add a glass of wine and a coffee each, you’ll still probably end up spending no more than £18 each. That’s great value for two or more hours in a charming location.’
The scheme is only active on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in August, so you’ll need to get your skates on. ‘Don’t forget to book,’ says Jo ‘as this could be pretty popular and, if you can’t make it on the day, for whatever reason, please do call to cancel – it’s hugely important to the restaurateurs.’
It’s worth noting that service can’t be paid for by the discount, so it’s not worth skimping on the food with the hope of taking more off the bill. And you don’t need to take a voucher or anything like that as the restaurant will simply take the £10 off each person’s bill and claim it back from the government themselves.
Everyone can take part in this gastronomic opportunity – including children – and dining pubs, fine dining restaurants and hotel restaurants are all viable to run the scheme so, whether you’ve a penchant for Michelin-starred dining, posh fish and chips or a hand-raised pie in charming rural pub, you’ll find something to feed your desires.
Finally, there’s no limit to the number of times you can take advantage of the offer this month, so it’s an amazing opportunity to try out all those restaurants in the Guide that have been on your wish-list. ‘The only restriction may be the roominess of your waistbands,’ says Jo.
Discover which Trencherman’s restaurants are taking part in the scheme this month here.