31 August 2020 14:37
Although the hugely popular Eat Out to Help Out scheme comes to an end after bank holiday Monday, many restaurants have decided to extend the deal into September. The scheme was designed to boost the struggling economy and encourage people to start getting back to normal after lockdown restrictions across the UK were eased. The deal enabled people to get 50% off their meal, Monday to Wednesday throughout August, with the government offering a maximum discount of up to £10 per person. More than 80,000 establishments reportedly signed up to the original scheme, with the most recent figures showing 64 million discounted meals had been served in the first three weeks alone. Some pubs, restaurants and chains have been so impressed with the return of customers that they have decided to extend the scheme into September - by funding it themselves.
For the full list of restaurants which are continuing to use the scheme in September in Surrey, see below. Address: 3 Downing Street, Farnham, GU9 7NX The Lost Boy, a restaurant inspired by the magical world of Peter Pan in Farnham, is continuing to use the scheme throughout the whole of September. The enchanting eatery, part of Oakman Inns, replaced the former Loch Fyne fish restaurant in Downing Street, tucked away from the town's main retail strip. A statement on the pub's website reads: "We know how much you've all been enjoying the Eat Out to Help Out offer, and whilst the government support ends in August, Oakman Inns have decided to extend the offer until the end of September. "Dine with us on Monday through to Wednesday, from Tuesday, September 1 to Wednesday, September 30, and enjoy up to *£10 per person off your bill at The Lost Boy.
The branches which are offering the scheme include The Yeoman in West Byfleet, The Bulldog in Ashford, The King's Head in Frimley Green, and The Two Rivers in Staines. A statement on The Yeoman's Facebook pages reads: "2020 needs more treats like half price skewers, so we're giving you 50% off mains Mon-Weds from 1st until 9th September. Toby Carvery - Frimley, Redhill, Epsom We all love a hearty Sunday roast, and at Toby Carvery you don't have to wait until the weekend to get your Yorkshire pudding fix, as Surrey's branches are open all week. The Toby Carvery branches which will be offering the discount until September 9 include Frimley, Redhill and Epsom. A statement reads: "2020 needs more treats like half price Toby Carvery, so we're giving you 50% off mains Mon-Weds from 1st until 9th September. Dine in only and offer not valid with any other discount or promotion." (Image: The Goat Stonehouse Pizza and Carvery) Address: The Goat, 47 Upper Halliford Road, Shepperton, TW17 8RX The restaurant in Shepperton is extending the scheme until Wednesday, September 9. A statement on their Facebook page reads: "The government Eat Out To Help Out scheme is coming to an end on bank holiday Monday but we will be continuing this great offer with 50% off in September. "The offer goes live on September 1 and is available Monday to Wednesday until September 9. "You will also have access to other 'exclusive' app offers, including a great dining reward plus can book your table right there on the app." The Plough Inn in Cobham is extending the scheme for the whole of September. A spokesperson said: "The government's Eat Out To Help Out scheme has been an unquestionable triumph, with huge numbers of diners ensuring our industry gets back on it's feet. "In fact, the scheme has been so popular with guests that we've decided to extend it under our own steam for the whole of September. "From Monday to Wednesday you will be able to quote #KEO20 for 50% off your bill to a maximum discount value of £10 (food and non-alcoholic drinks only)." In a twist on the scheme, Deliveroo will offer 100,000 customers of small, independent restaurants £5 off a £20 order delivered on the first three days of every week in September. Under the initiative diners have been able to claim 50 per cent off the cost of food and non-alcoholic drinks eaten-in at participating businesses. Some 84,000 restaurants, cafes and bars signed up to the government's scheme, which applied all day Monday to Wednesday from August 3 until today. Many restaurants have been fully booked, and some have enjoyed such success that they are continuing the scheme in some form at their own cost. Scroll down to read about national chains extending the offer One of those businesses is The Alb in Shrewsbury, which will run the scheme on Wednesdays during September. I think it's helped with it being this time of year with the weather and it being the school holidays. We've been doing 150 covers a night, which might not sound a lot, but for a little restaurant like us, it's huge." The Eat Out to Help Out scheme has been a shining light at the end of this dark tunnel. Not only has it helped support us through this time but it has also given people a chance to try our new food offering and rewarded regular customers who have supported us over the years. "We have turned away so many bookings and tables that we have decided to carry on the scheme, in a limited capacity, in September. Our customers will be able to enjoy 50 per cent off food on Wednesdays for the month of September – this is obviously at our cost this time around but we feel it is a good way to thank everyone for their on-going support." National chains continue discount deals A number of national chains have also taken it into their own hands to continue the Eat Out to Help Out discount the Government has financed through August. Pub operator JD Wetherspoon is launching a scheme that will see prices on a range of meals and drinks reduced from Monday to Wednesday until November 11. Pizza Hut, Bill's and Pizza Pilgrims are among restaurants to say they will continue with the 50 per cent discount next month, despite the state-backed programme coming to an end today. Bill's has said it will keep offering the discount through September, while it will also be launching a discounted set menu starting at £10. Popular chains Toby Carvery and Harvester have also said they will continue the offer through the first two weeks of next month after seeing strong customer numbers. Q Hotels Group, which runs 21 sites, said it will also extend the scheme, with plans to have reductions on meals until November. Takeaway delivery giant Deliveroo also announced that it offer customers a discount in September to encourage them to "eat in to help out", after the subsidy scheme ends next week. It said would offer £5 off an order of £20 or more during the first three days of each week in September. The Federation of Small Businesses has become the latest organisation to call on Government ministers to extend the scheme into September after hailing its success in helping a hospitality sector that saw 1.4 million workers furloughed. The UK's Eat Out To Help Out scheme has seen hundreds of thousands of people flock to their favourite restaurants and cafes over the last month, in an effort to restart the hospitality industry following lockdown. The scheme, which gives people the opportunity to eat out for 50% off their bills on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, began at the start of August, with many restaurants across Northern Ireland taking part. Over 84,000 restaurants took part across the UK, with as many as 64 million meals being eaten at a discount price during the month. Does the scheme still apply on Bank Holiday Monday? Today, August 31st, is a Bank Holiday in Northern Ireland. For those wondering whether the Eat Out To Help Out scheme will be still apply on this day - the answer is yes, the scheme still applies today. This is also the final day that diners can avail of the scheme, as tomorrow brings an end to August. Despite this, various outlets across Northern Ireland have indicated that they will be continuing the 50% off scheme right throughout September, as it has attracted so many customers. Among those who have said that they will be continuing the scheme are local favourites like Cutter's Wharf, Deanes restaurant, Bengal Brassiere, The Nest Lisburn, Castello Italia, and many others. We'll be updating our list of restaurants which are continuing the Eat Out To Help Out scheme throughout September regularly.