The Chancellor’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which has seen tens of thousands of diners enjoy 50% off their meals, is coming to and end next week.
Since August 3, restaurant, cafe and pub customers have been able to claim up to a £10 discount per person on food, excluding alcohol, through an initiative aimed at saving thousands of hospitality jobs.
The government then foots the remaining bill, which firms can claim back through a HMRC portal.
The scheme was available to diners on Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays only and is due to come to an end on August 31.
But, that date is a bank holiday and some people may be wondering whether Eat Out to Help Out will be valid at all next week.
However, the good news is that the initiative is running up to August 31, with the final day of the month included in the scheme.
This means members of the public who wish to dine out on Bank Holiday Monday will still be entitled to 50% off their meals if they eat at participating restaurants.
The only difference might be that some restaurants change their opening hours – or do not open at all – because of the bank holiday. So make sure to check ahead of time.
“You do not need a voucher to use this scheme and you can use it at the same time as other offers and discounts. There is no minimum spend,” the government’s website states.
Alcoholic drinks and service charges are not included in the promotion.
In order to find out which restaurants near you are participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, all you need to do is enter your postcode on the dedicated page on the government’s website.
Once you click enter, you will receive up to 100 results within a five-mile radius of your chosen area.
You may also find that some of these chains are offering the discount for an extended period.
Rishi Sunak has rejected calls for an extension to the scheme.