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Are you inclined to take up the Government’s offer – ‘Eat Out To Help Out’?

The meal discount scheme which runs between Mondays and Wednesdays throughout August was launched by the Government this week in an effort to try and boost the economy after the Covid-19 lockdown.

The ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme offers 50% off eat-in meals, including non-alcoholic drinks, up to a maximum of £10 per diner, in a range of pubs, restaurants and cafés.

Vouchers are not required for customers but those eateries participating in the scheme will deduct 50% from the bill and charge the discount to the Treasury.

More than 72,000 establishments are taking part in the discount scheme including high street names such as Costa Coffee, Caffe Nero, Franco Manca, Fullers, Greene King, McDonald’s, Nando’s, Pizza Express, Pizza Hut, Pret A Manger, Starbucks, Wagamama and Wetherspoon.

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UK Hospitality hopes that customers will be tempted back by the scheme. She believes that confidence is key to securing the future of the hospitality sector.

According to the Treasury, around 80% of hospitality firms stopped trading in April, with 1.4 million workers furloughed, the highest of any sector in the UK.

“We hope that as many people as possible take this one-off chance to have a fantastic experience at a significant discount and rediscover eating out throughout August.” Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of UK Hospitality

Yet the accountancy and business advisory firm HW Fisher reports that many companies are worried that the scheme will actively encourage customers to spend less.

Mr Nathan from HW Fisher said the scheme had initially been “warmly received” by the industry but added: “Restaurants fear that the discounting will actively encourage customers to spend less, to fit within the limits.

“Many are already down to as little as 50% capacity due to social distancing, so the last thing they can afford is significant reduction in the average customer spend.

“Then on top of that is the admin of processing it and the deferred reimbursement at a time when cashflow is critical to their weekly survival.”

However, Mark Holmes, a restaurant owner from the Isle of Wight believes the ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme will revive the hospitality industry and says the Government are doing all they can to help business owners get through the crisis.

Mr Holmes said the coronavirus pandemic has left the industry “on its knees” and added: “I think the scheme is a really good incentive.”

What are your views? Will you be taking advantage of the discount scheme and ‘Eat Out To Help Out’?

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viking
14th Sep 2020
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It certainly seems that most pubs/restaurant owners will agree, it has certainly brought more footfall traffic and the tills being used once more.
Now the cheap eats have mostly finished and owners will look at the receipts hoping that it was'nt a storm in a tea cup. Possibly having to hire the extra staff and the cost of the protection systems now compulsory, etc.,etc., might make the outlook, not so rosy after all.
LiveWhileyouralive
7th Sep 2020
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As this is an older post, I have already taken advantage of this offer and thoroughly enjoyed it
SallyM14
30th Aug 2020
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As long as I feel safe, I am ok.
swaneldo
25th Aug 2020
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Nope - fed up with these smoke and mirrors gimmicks which are continuing to add to the dire financial state we are now in. All money should be managed better and spent on something worthwhile and useful. Eating out cheaply isn't a necessity; more funds for better care for the elderly; ill; and disabled is a far better recipient.
viking
23rd Aug 2020
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Nasty headline in a pop newspaper stating that diners out on the scheme may have been eating food which is 18 months old.
So lets hope that it is only covid to avoid and not lysteria as well.
sparrer
22nd Aug 2020
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Exactly how gullible are people? The tab is to be picked up by the treasury, but we the little people are going to pay eventually.
Not2grey
21st Aug 2020
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I wouldn't feel safe eating out we have rarely ventured out of shielding and when we havee we ahve been ismayed at the lack of social distancing and people with no awareness of their proximity to you .
The money could have been better spent . Some people are eating out every day sometimes twice a day and bragging about it . Whereas more vulnerable older people who have been shielding are unable /unwilling to risk eating out . They should have reduced business rates and le business es decide how to tempt people back in . The money could have been better used to subsidise Television licences fo the over 75's who have been tpld to self isolate . I am sure they would have appreciated this as the TV is their only contact and entertainment in these stressful times.
Pjktradinglivecouk
17th Aug 2020
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In this world there is never nothing for nothing!
SallyM14
30th Aug 2020
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2 Negatives make a positive, but I hear what you're saying.
Collette
14th Aug 2020
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My husband and I ate out last Monday evening and it was a lovely evening, and made us feel normal and like we were dating again, we have been together 35 years
Belize
14th Aug 2020
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Yes will definitely go out to eat again soon. Getting fed up with my own cooking and people watching is a great past time
SallyM14
30th Aug 2020
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I hear ya. I am alone and a terrible cook.
Yodama
14th Aug 2020
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Too much palaver for me, although I used to eat out quite a lot, I will wait until things subside before taking up this offer.

My local pub/ restaurant has started to do takeaways and as I eat on my own anyway, I can eat their food at home.
pmnicholls
14th Aug 2020
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Have taken advantage of this offer to eat out with my daughter at Morrison’s.
Smithy57
14th Aug 2020
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I have taken advantage of the scheme a couple of times....tables had to be booked in advance ..social distancing was observed and felt very comfortable . Great idea to give the hospitality industry a much needed boost
jeanelliott14aolcom
12th Aug 2020
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I think that for those that live on there own this still does not encourage us to go out to eat . If I eat out I like to go with a group of friends and at this time it is not possible to do this.
SallyM14
30th Aug 2020
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I'm alone and with you on your opinion. I miss groups. I miss people. I miss those who simply walked though my life. At the same time, I realize what and why.
JulieR530
9th Aug 2020
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I would participate but feel there are other sectors that could do with a boost of funding such as the Travel Industry which is not earning anything at this time and receiving no direct help from the government.
I also wouldn't use a venue that hasn’t got the correct measures in place to guarantee the safety of its staff and customers.
BaW
8th Aug 2020
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Currently in my part of the world we are inundated with tourists, many of whom say they have come here 'to get away from the social distancing and coronavirus restrictions'. So, no. Not going out. I find it quite strange, in fact, that the government on one hand is saying we need to lose weight, yet they are permitting the fast food outlets (few of which use local suppliers and few of which provide 'healthy' low-fat options) to participate in the scheme.
SallyM14
30th Aug 2020
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Where on earth do you live that you are inundated with tourist? I want be there. I want the crowd.
viking
8th Aug 2020
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Personally speaking from someone who has had experience of owning in the restaurant trade, the scheme is very attractive for the consumer.
However the downside to this is having to be open with a small/large wage bill, but with less than half of of the normal through flow of customers due to lack of demand/social distancing etc. Plus the new amount of paperwork to make the scheme work.
Many now fear that it is mearly putting off the time when many restaurants will have to call it a day and close if covid goes on the rampage again.
SueC62
8th Aug 2020
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Personally, I would prefer to see financial support going to those who can't even afford to eat at home, never mind out. But I understand what it's about.

I've been toying with the idea of booking a meal out but will only consider places where you can only go to eat. Having seen the situation outside one of the local pubs I can see that social distancing doesn't exist.

Because there is no enforcement of mask wearing in the UK, I don't feel as safe as I did in Turkey, where I ate out at least 3 or 4 times a week. I don't go out at all here other than for my weekly shop as there is no respect for social distancing either.
SallyM14
30th Aug 2020
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understand!! It is so different from one place to the next. Respect. Go out, respect yourself and demand that others do the same.
MoiraC8
7th Aug 2020
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Still don't feel comfortable with the idea of being in a restaurant, (even socially distanced!) though we did normally love to eat out and feel huge sympathy with hotel and restaurant owners who face losing their businesses as a result of lockdown. 'Eat Out to Help Out' is a good idea but for us I'm afraid it's just too soon.
CoffeeCake
7th Aug 2020
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I have always enjoyed eating out and was very happy when restaurants were allowed to re-open. Getting money of the bill is a most welcome bonus!
JacquelineT5
7th Aug 2020
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We are participating, it has been a treat to eat out on the three days and we will continue to do this until the end of the month. What's not to like, we are socially distanced, no cooking and no washing up and saving on electricity. Best of all less trips to the supermarket.
Bald123
5th Aug 2020
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A great idea by Rishi. he may be young and rich but he has a ton of commonsense. This should kickstart the restaurant business. We are off to our local pub/restaurant this weekend with another couple.
SallyM14
30th Aug 2020
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Good for You! Unfortunately in my area and maybe my circumstance are not the same. Enjoy! Always enjoy! It is all we have. Here and now, just enjoy!
Munsterlander
5th Aug 2020
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We went out for a pizza yesterday and will be going out again on Monday. Best value for years.
Valleyman
5th Aug 2020
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Yes been out a few times and been great. Sounds like 2nd wave coming so fitting in a few days out. So sad, I miss our old lives. Thanks China.
SallyM14
30th Aug 2020
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Yep. I too miss old lives. However, current is all we have. The thief at your back will steal your time though regret and the thief in front of you will steal your time with worry. It is so important to stay here and now.
Valleyman
30th Aug 2020
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Dextes99
5th Aug 2020
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Went out for brunch at local restaurant which I couldn’t normally afford - great experience, helped me get used to Covid safety precautions in a relaxed environment. Recommended.
JE
5th Aug 2020
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Lots of the coffee shops and cafes taking part but surprisingly, not many of the local pubs and restaurants. Those that are involved are taking bookings only and it’s been difficult to get a date and time that’s convenient. Just managed to get in at a lovely Italian restaurant for 26 th and really looking forward to it.
ecarg
5th Aug 2020
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Yes particularly as it helping to keep staff in their jobs.
Chrissiem56
5th Aug 2020
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We just did. I'd forgotten about it so when I got my bill I was well pleased! It will encourage us to get out more if the venue and customers are following the rules and we feel safe.
Alistair1953
5th Aug 2020
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Excellent idea. Will go to places we have been to before lockdown. And works out well because our wedding anniversary is in a couple of weeks (on a Tuesday) so already booked in for then
Mazz66
4th Aug 2020
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Oh, just to go out even though we have been shielding all this time, I'm sure all the restaurants will be doing everything correctly
Lionel
4th Aug 2020
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No. Sadly, going out for a meal is no longer an option for us.

We grow as much as we can, mostly I cook and we both enjoy it in our present hermit-like existence.
everynameistaken
4th Aug 2020
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Not practical for me
sparrer
4th Aug 2020
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No as am still shielding and not inclined to put myself at risk by going to restaurants no matter how 'safe' the distancing is said to be.
Magallenic
4th Aug 2020
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It's a good initiative, but my husband and I don't feel ready to eat (or drink) out for a while.
jeffsoo
4th Aug 2020
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This is a great idea, what is there not to like......
Wilf
4th Aug 2020
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We will look at going to Wagamamas as we love it there but I am not sure how they will social distance.
Bald123
4th Aug 2020
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Yes we are going to our local restaurant this week for Pizza

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