Enjoy deliciously discounted dining in the New Forest
How to make the most of "Eat Out to Help Out"
The Government's "Eat out to help out" scheme is being introduced to help get struggling cafes, restaurants and pubs back on their feet. The scheme is aimed at helping businesses who were closed due to the coronavirus crisis by encouraging customers to dine in, with establishments able to claim the money back from the government.
Hospitality is one of the UK's biggest employers and has been hit especially hard by the lockdown measures. In April, 80% of venues closed, and 1.4 million hospitality workers have been placed on furlough at some point since then.
Some venues have been able to provide a takeaway service during lockdown. But this often means lower average spending per head and fewer people employed, and it is not an option for some businesses.
The Government's eat out to help out scheme for August targets the month when most of these businesses have re-opened if shakily with social distancing. It is hoped that many people will be in holiday mood if not actually on holiday, and of course many people are not going abroad this summer. August is also the month when most people are likely to be taking days off at home.
Eat out to help out and help local businesses - how it works
The scheme gives a 50% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks, up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3rd and 31st August at participating businesses.
Participating venues are supposed to offer the full 50% discount all day Monday to Wednesday and across the whole food and soft drink menu. Food and drink will appear on the menu at full price, and the restaurant will deduct the money off the bill and claim it back from the government.
The discount is only on food and drink that you intend to eat on the premises, so does not apply to takeaways.
Use the discount as many times as you like!
There is no limit on how many times you can use the discount, or for how many people, and it includes children.
There's no minimum spend and you don't have to order food to be eligible. For example, a £3 coffee would cost £1.50 under the scheme.
The offer can be used in combination with any other promotions and discounts being offered by the venue.
You can dine out as many times as you like and can afford,
Which New Forest restaurants, pubs and cafes are taking part?
To view participating restaurants local to you, the easiest thing is to go to the Government find a restaurant page here, and simply type in your postcode.
Do check opening times; most businesses are also recommending that you book.
Consider splashing out on somewhere you wouldn’t normally go – at £10 off it could make the normally unaffordable suddenly rather appealing!
Just a couple of things to be aware of
It's been reported that at least one local New Forest establishment signed up but is now not honouring the scheme - so first we would strongly advise that you call beforehand and check that the restaurant, pub or café really will apply the discount.
In case you’re considering dining somewhere you haven’t previously and are concerned about hygiene and food standards there is another government website where you can check it out, just follow this link: https://ratings.food.gov.uk/ and search for the establishment you wish to check.
One more thing: we are receiving reports also that at least one pub was not taking contact details and also was felt to be too full; we don't feel it's our role to name and shame when we haven't verified this information so again we'd say that if you are concerned, check their processes when you call them.
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