From 3 to 31 August, there is a 50% discount available when you eat in at restaurants that are registered with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. This discount does not cost the restaurants as the government refunds the discounted amount directly to the restaurant.
At least 40 Michelin starred venues have signed up to offer some great deals to diners across England, Scotland and Wales. But neither of our Michelin Star restaurants here in Northern Ireland have signed up to the scheme as yet, per the government website.
As an operator in the hospitality industry, 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 7 July
You cannot register:
an establishment that only offers takeaway food or drink
catering services for private functions
a hotel that provides room service only
dining services (such as packaged dinner cruises)
mobile food vans or trailers
As a diner, you just need to eat out in a participating restaurant Monday to Wednesday during August and the discount will be automatically applied. Here's how it would work:
A group of 4 diners have a bill of £50 which includes £8 on alcoholic beverages. There is no service charge. This means that the scheme only applies to £42 of the overall bill. Alcohol is not included in the discount.
Amount that the discount can be applied to £42
Discount to customers (50% of £42) £21
Bill after discount is applied £29
There is no limit to the amount of times you can eat out and get the discount so you can sit in with your daily coffee and get it half price every Mon, Tues and Wed in August.