Thousands of Scottish restaurants and bars sign up for discount scheme

Daniel Fowler
August 4, 2020

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said: "Our Eat Out to Help Out scheme's number one aim is to help protect the jobs of 1.8 million chefs, waiters and restaurateurs by boosting demand and getting customers through the door".

Chancellor Rishi Sunak set up the scheme to help struggling businesses in the hospitality sector by encouraging the British public to eat out again, whilst also reassuring people that it's safe to do so following months of lockdown.

A spokesman for Fuller Smith & Turner, the parent company of Fuller's pubs, said: "We have seen a definite upturn in bookings for the early part of the week - and we are grateful to the Treasury for launching the Eat Out to Help Out scheme".

The offer, which is only available between Mondays and Wednesdays, will be capped at £10 per diner and does not apply to alcohol.

UK Hospitality said that its survey of business leaders suggests that 84% of restaurants are taking part in at least some of their locations.

Claims can be made on a weekly basis and will be paid into bank accounts within five working days, however, businesses must wait seven days from registration to make their first claim.

No, you do not need a voucher to use the scheme and you can use it at the same time as other offers and discounts.

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The discount applies to food and non-alcoholic drinks, including soft drinks and packaged snacks, as long as they are consumed immediately on the premises.

There is now no limit on how many times people can claim the discount and it is also available for children.

More than 72,000 businesses have signed up to take part in the scheme, including independent eateries and well known restaurants such as Nando's, Pizza Express and Costa Coffee.

There's no minimum spend and you don't have to order food to be eligible for the scheme, for example a £3 coffee would cost £1.50 under the scheme.

It is worth remembering that some large chains, such as Starbucks, are franchises, so not all branches may be taking part.

The government wants to encourage customers to head back to restaurants, which have been hit hard during the coronavirus pandemic.

Establishments will then be able to claim a reimbursement from the government for the discount.

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