Are you Ready for the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out Scheme?

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme, unveiled by Chancellor Rishi Sunak during his recent summer statement, is part of a series of measures to get the UK economy back on track.  The scheme has been created to support the hospitality sector by offering diners 50% off their meals, capped to £10 per person.

Instead of issuing discount vouchers, which the government felt increased the risk of fraud, restaurants, cafes and pubs will be able to claim back the cash.

Whilst the scheme is available for food and drink, customers enjoying a non-alcoholic drink, with no food, will also be able to use the offer - so coffees will be included, so long as they are consumed at the establishment, not takeaway.  Here’s some other important rules:

You can use the Eat Out to Help Out scheme:

  • All day, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 31 August 2020
  • To offer a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to diners for food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in
  • There is no limit to the number of times customers can use the offer during the period of the scheme. Your customers cannot get a discount for someone who is not eating or drinking
  • Alcohol and service charges are excluded from the offer

You can register if your establishment:

  • Sells food for immediate consumption on the premises
  • Provides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in meals
  • Was registered as a food business with the relevant local authority on or before 7th July

The Government has created a series of posters and promotional material to help advertise the scheme, you can download them here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eat-out-to-help-out-scheme-promotional-materials

To register for the scheme follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/register-your-establishment-for-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme