Restaurants extend Eat Out to Help Out scheme into September

Restaurants have announced that they will continue to offer the Eat Out to Help Out scheme in September, funding it themselves, because it has been so successful.

The aim of the scheme was to help boost the economy, offering people the chance to enjoy up to £10 off their meals if they ate out at a participating restaurant on Monday to Wednesday in August.

According to restaurant booking website OpenTable, the number of customers at UK restaurants between Monday to Wednesday last week was 61% higher than last year.

More than 84,000 restaurants, cafes and bars signed up to the government's scheme.The owners of the restaurant, cafe or pub could then claim back the discounts from the government.

According to the latest Treasury figures, diners used it more than 64 million times in its first three weeks - equivalent to nearly every person in the country dining out.

While the scheme is planned to end on Monday 31 August, many restaurant owners and diners called for the scheme to be extended, following the positive effects on trading.

About 80% of hospitality firms stopped trading in April and 1.4 million workers were furloughed.

Industry body UK Hospitality says around a third of restaurants and bars have still not reopened despite the easing of lockdown.

Eat Out to Help Out has helped protect the jobs of more than 1.8 million employees in the hospitality industry by encouraging people to return to local eateries where social-distancing rules now apply.

Some of the restaurants extending the scheme

Meanwhile some of the restaurants participating into September include Pizza Hut.They will be doing two for one on mains Monday to Wednesday from 7 September - but only if you're signed up to their newsletter.

Toby Carvery and the Harvester chains are also extending the Eat Out To Help Out scheme for an extra two weeks.

Bill’s has also announced it is extending its Eat Out to Help Out scheme, offering customers 50 per cent off meals on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout September.