Ongoing deliciously discounted dining in the New Forest
After "Eat out to help out" many restaurants are continuing with their own efforts and offers
The Government's "Eat out to help out" scheme in August helped to get struggling cafes, restaurants and pubs back on their feet. The scheme was aimed at helping businesses closed due to the coronavirus crisis by encouraging customers to dine in, with establishments able to claim the money back from the government.
That scheme is now over but let's recap what it was about and why it's so vital to continue to support restaurants, pubs and cafes into the autumn.
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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 were able to provide a takeaway service during the lockdown. But this often meant lower average spending per head and fewer people employed, and was not an option for some businesses.
The Government's "Eat out to help out" scheme for August targeted the month when most of these businesses had re-opened if shakily with social distancing. It was hoped that many people would be in holiday mood if not actually on holiday, and of course, many people holidayed in the UK rather than abroad this summer.
By most accounts, the scheme was a resounding success with according to Treasury figures more than 100 million meals claimed for. Jes Staley, chief executive of Barclays, said spending data collected by the bank suggested the scheme had given a "real boost" to the hospitality sector.
Keep eating out to help out and help local businesses
The scheme is now over and autumn beckons. But a number of local businesses have decided to make special offers in the bid to encourage customers to dine out through autumn and beyond.
The Turfcutters Arms in East Boldre is so grateful to customers for their support through August that it has decided to offer a whopping 20% off food and soft drinks Monday-Fridays throughout September, October and November. https://www.the-turfcutters-new-forest.co.uk/food/
And the following as sent in by our reader Hugh:
We are pleased to inform you that The White Horse is continuing with the EAT OUT TO HELP OUT scheme for the month of September (50% off, up to £10) Mon-Wed (*Terms Apply) - http://www.whitehorsenetleymarsh.co.uk/
To get 50% off any main meal* from Monday to Wednesday until 9th September, simply book your table in advance and give the following code to your server when you arrive: UPGWRNSW https://www.themillatgordleton.co.uk/
Finally, a word of reassurance from the Haven Restaurant in Lymington in advance of the new "maximum 6" restrictions
"From Monday, tables will be restricted to a maximum of 6 guests in-line with the new law. But rest assured, you’re still guaranteed the same warm welcome and smiling faces for your visit!
"If you have a future reservation for more than 6, we will contact you shortly to discuss your booking.
We’ve updated our guidelines to ensure we are safely operating as well as providing a great dining experience for everyone. You can read our guidelines here.
Don’t forget, our Haven To-Go menu is still available if you’d prefer to enjoy a great meal from the comfort of your own home or on-the-go. https://www.havenrestaurant.co.uk/restaurant#takeaways
We look forward to welcoming you soon!"
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