UK restaurants extending their Eat Out to Help Out discount after its success in August 

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When the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced his plan to boost footfall in restaurants, pubs and cafes, not many people predicted quite the level of success the Eat Out To Help Out scheme has achieved.

Giving customers 50 per cent off food and non-alcoholic drinks, up to £10, on Mondays to Wednesdays, encouraged diners back into hospitality spots, drawn in by the discount. With 35 million meals eaten in just the first two weeks, some restaurateurs have dubbed Monday-Wednesday the new weekend. 

Yet August is coming to an end, and with it the government-funded discount. With the weather worsening, diners may start to think twice before heading out for dinner, especially if it will cost £10 more. Restaurants around the country, including many in the capital listed here, however, have decided that the benefits of a £10 discount, even if they foot it themselves, far outweigh the pitfalls. 

All the restaurants below will be offering 50 per cent off up to £10 on food and non-alcoholic drinks from Monday to Wednesday, unless otherwise stated. 

UK restaurants extending their Eat Out to Help Out offers

Peru Perdu, Manchester 

A South American inspired stalwart in the heart of Manchester, Peru Perdu offers Uruguayan steaks, a ceviche bar, an impressive vegan menu and, of course, an extensive Argentinian and Chilean wine list. 

“We were overwhelmed by the response to the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme and the support we’ve seen from our loyal guests,” says brand manager Jennifer Hughes. “We’ve built up great momentum and wanted to continue to give back to our following, and extending the offer seemed like the perfect solution to us.”

74 Princess Street, Machester M1 6JD; 01615490005; peruperdu.com

The Coconut Tree, nationwide 

This Sri Lankan mini-chain has branches in Bristol, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Oxford and Bournemouth. Its dishes, such as Jaffna goat curry with potato, and kotthu, have been praised by restaurant critic Jay Rayner, and the group has won all sorts of prizes.

After a surge in bookings in August, they have decided to extend the 50 per cent discount (this time unlimited) on all food and non-alcoholic drinks on Mondays to Wednesdays throughout September. In October, they will continue the saving, though at lunch only. 

Several locations; thecoconut-tree.com

Craft Dining Room, Birmingham 

Andrew Sheridan’s restaurant in Birmingham focuses on British classics with modern techniques, while showcasing English wine. It’ll offer the deal in its current format on Wednesdays and Thursdays, after experiencing huge interest during August.

“The EOTHO scheme has increased our midweek demand by 400 per cent (originally doing 40 covers, now it’s 160) and we want to ensure as many people who want to experience our dining experience can continue to do so,” says CEO Sam Morgan. “We had a significant amount of people not be able to book in during August and we felt compelled to give them the same chance as others.”

Craft, The Terrace, Unit 10 & 11, The International Convention Centre (ICC), 8 Centenary Square, Birmingham B1 2EA; 03337729329; weare-craft.co.uk

The Wilderness, Birmingham

Self-described as “rock and roll fine dining”, The Wilderness offers British food with influences from all over the world. (The “rock and roll” is a reference to the music played; expect fine dining in a very un-stuffy setting.) 

The format will be a simple £10 off the bill from Tuesdays to Thursdays, but head chef Alex Claridge is going one step further. On those days, throughout September, another £10 is being donated to the SIFA Fireside charity, of which Claridge is a patron. 

Claridge decided to donate to the homeless charity because, while the hospitality industry has received support, many other sectors haven’t. “As the moratorium on private landlord evictions approaches, there’s real peril for so many in the city,” says Claridge. “Restaurants don’t matter that much, it’s just food and just cooking. I am hugely grateful that we’re in a position to reopen, but it’s uncomfortable against the backgrop of a city that wasn’t on top of its homelessness crisis pre-lockdown.”

27 Warstone Lane, Birmingham B18 6JQ; 01212339425; wearethewilderness.co.uk

Chakana, Birmingham

Chakana, a Peruvian restaurant in Birmingham, is extending the deal into September, though only on Wednesdays. Fans of its ceviches, tiraditos and asados will be pleased, and spots are sure to book up fast. 

140 Alcester Road, Moseley, B13 8HT; 01214489880; chakana-restaurant.co.uk

SIX, Cambridge 

In a beautiful setting in Cambridge’s Varsity Hotel, SIX is a bar and brasserie that features an eclectic and extensive menu, from burgers and pizzas to salads. The restaurant will be offering the deal on Mondays to Wednesdays throughout September, owing to the fact that it served a record number of customers for an August, largely in thanks to the EOTHO scheme. 

6th Floor, The Varsity Hotel, Thompson’s Lane, Cambridge CB5 8AQ; 01223308030; sixcambridge.co.uk

Signature Group, Scotland 

The Signature Group runs a series of bars and restaurants across Scotland, including the Cold Town House and McLarens on the Corner in Edinburgh, and Church on the Hill in Glasgow. Its discount runs in the same way as the current scheme, which, depending on where you go, will allow guests access to cheaper steaks, pizzas and desserts. 

“There is something to suit everyone’s taste so we look forward to continue welcoming guests back to our bars and restaurants,” says director of sales and marketing Louise Maclean. 

Several locations; signaturepubs.co.uk

New Chapter, Edinburgh

New Chapter, which focuses on the finest Scottish produce, will fund the deal for another month, stating that EOTHO was a “lifeline” in August. “We are very worried that when August finishes, people will stop dining out as often as they do now, so we’ve decided to take the risk and extend the scheme further, even if it means selling the food at cost price.” 

18 Eyre Place, Edinburgh EH3 5EP; 0131556006; newchapterrestaurant.co.uk

Q Hotels Group, Nationwide 

With 21 sites across the UK, Q Hotels operates some of the country’s most impressive hotels, including the 17th century Crewe Hall in Cheshire, The Oxford Belfry Hotel & Spa, and Winchester’s Norton Park. It saw a large uptake in bookings during September, and will be extending the deal on Mondays-Wednesdays until the end of November. 

“We are delighted to be extending the Eat Out To Help Out scheme as it has been so very popular and successful,” says director of marketing Sally Greenaway. 

Several locations; qhotels.co.uk

Harleys Smokehouse, Kinver, Staffordshire 

Fans of Harleys’ American-style barbecue – think slow-cooked ribs and pulled pork – will be pleased to hear that Mondays-Wednesdays in September will see the same discount as in August. 

39a Dunsley Road, Kinver, Stourbridge DY7 6LU; 01384878899; harleyssmokehouse.co.uk

True North Brew Co, Sheffield

With 12 venues, such as The Broadfield, The Forum and The York, True North Brew Co is one of the Steel City’s largest food and drink operators. It has announced that it will continue the deal on the same days throughout September. While it is similar to the government scheme in that it will only apply to eat-in orders, the group have waived the £10 cap.

Several locations; truenorthbrewco.co.uk

Ibérica, various locations 

The popular tapas chain, with branches in Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow (as well as London), is running the scheme throughout September, provided guests book directly through them. Make sure to try the famous croquettes. 

Several locations; ibericarestaurants.com

Mamucium, Manchester 

Situated in the Northern Quarter, Mamucium serves British classics made with the finest local produce. After a strong month, it’s extending the scheme throughout September on the Mamucium Classics menu, which features the likes of fish and chips, wild garlic pesto linguine and beef and ale pie.

6 Todd Street, Manchester M3 1WU; mamuciummcr.com

 

 

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