Eat Out to Help Out: How YOU can save £150 on new restaurant scheme

Eat Out to Help Out: How YOU can save £150 on new restaurant scheme

August 3, 2020

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Food lovers are in for a treat as thousands of the country’s favourite eateries will offer half-price meals. Starting on August 3 and running up until August 31, the new Government-backed scheme, introduced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, is expected to help the struggling hospitality sector. The Eat Out to Help Out initiative means the Government will subsidise half of your bill in more than 53,000 restaurants, cafes and pubs across the UK.

The scheme is setting the Government back more than £500million as part of a wider £30billion package to help the economy.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has also cut the price of VAT by a huge 15 percent, down to five percent from 20 percent, meaning your bill will be even cheaper.

The scheme is expected to save families a lot of money when dining out, with a family of four’s £80 bill being slashed in half down to just £40, for example.

Here’s how you could save £150 for a family-of-four by eating out on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with the scheme. 

Announcing the scheme, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “Our Eat Out to Help Out scheme’s number one aim is to protect the jobs of 1.8million chefs, waiters and restaurateurs by boosting demand and getting customers through the door. 

“More than 72,000 establishments will be serving discounted meals across the country, with the Government paying half the bill. 

“The industry is a vital ingredient to our economy and it has been hit hard by coronavirus, so enjoy summer safely by showing your favourite places your support – we’ll pay half.”

80 percent of hospitality companies are thought to have stopped trading in April, equating 1.4 million workers on furlough – the highest of any sector. 

Monday

Breakfast: Head to Costa Coffee and pick up two filter coffees with your reusable mug now at 32p each, plus grab 2 croissants – reduced from £1.35 each to 59p – and two sausage baps – from £2.95 cut to £1.29. That’s £4.40 for breakfast for four and a saving of £8.04 including the VAT education and Eat Out To Help Out.

Lunch: Pop out to your local Toby Carvery where their dinners with all the trimmings are now £4.50, reduced from £8.99. That’s a saving of £17.96b for a family of four.

Dinner: Grab a family platter of two whole chickens and five large sides for £38.25 – reduced from the previous price of £43.70 thanks to the VAT cut – plus add on a starter of ten piece peri peri chicken wing roulette for £9.60 and halloumi sticks for £3.45 for a total of £51.30, reduced to £25.65 after using the new scheme.

Total saving – £51.65

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Tuesday

Breakfast: Wetherspoons has announced that breakfasts in its boozers will cost £1.75 – normal £3.49 each. For four people, that’s a saving of £6.96.

Lunch: Two medium Big Mac meals now £4.59 plus two Happy Meals now £2.49 – a saving of £1.80, doubled to £3.60 with Eat Out To Help Out

Dinner: Head to Pizza Express for half price meals – order a margherita pizza, American hot, sloppy Giuseppe, and pollo ad astra for savings of £25. And the chain is also offering anyone eating in a free portion of dough balls with each main course – saving you an extra £16 (£4 per person).

Total savings – £51.56

Wednesday

Breakfast: Head over to Starbucks for breakfast today and get two frozen ice tea drinks, which are down from £3.40 to £1.70. Add two small lattes or cappuccinos, which now cost £1.38 instead of £2.76 each. And grab four all day breakfast rolls with scrambled eggs, sausages and bacon reduced from £4.32 to £2.16. That’s a total saving of £14.80.

Lunch: Burger King is offering its Whopper or Chicken Royale for just £1 instead of the usual £4.49 for the first two weeks of August – buy four, and that’s a saving of £13.96 straight away.

Dinner: Wagamama’s for dinner tonight – have two chicken katsu curries, a chicken and prawn pad that and a teriyaki beef donburi for £41.95, reduced to £20.97, a saving of £20.98.

Total savings – £49.73

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