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UK Government launches discount scheme to feed summer dining numbers

The Eat out to help out scheme launches across the UK on Monday and has been hailed by Rishi Sunak as a lifeline for the beleaguered hospitality industry. It will give diners 50% off food and soft drinks, with a maximum discount of £10, on certain days in August. Here is a guide to the scheme.

What’s the deal?

If you dine out on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday this month you can save up to half the price of your meal – subject to some terms and conditions. You must eat at the venue. The discount is not available on alcoholic drinks and does not apply to the service charge on the meal. It is also capped at £10 a person – so if you splash out on £50 worth of food with your partner you will only get £20 knocked off your bill.

The government has told businesses that it is expecting the offer to apply all day, and on all qualifying food and drink. The deal applies to children and there is no minimum spend. There is no limit to how many times each customer can use it. In theory, you could eat out multiple times a day and get the discount each time.

The scheme runs for 13 days in August. A family of four who chose to eat out every Monday could save up to £200.

Where can I go?

Companies can sign up throughout August, so it’s worth keeping an eye out if your favourite place is not offering the deal at first.

Where can’t I go?

The discount doesn’t apply to takeaways and you won’t get it at mobile food vans. Hotel room service and catering for private functions are also excluded.

Do I need a voucher?

No. You don’t need to take a voucher or remember to turn up by a particular time to make use of the scheme. You just go along to the restaurant or cafe, and it applies the discount…

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