From today you will be able to eat at some of your favourite restaurants with a discount of 50 per cent in August, thanks to the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak hopes the scheme will help save jobs and keep businesses afloat in the hospitality industry, which has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus lockdown. However, with the scheme restricted to Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, critics have said it doesn’t go far enough.

There are 13 days in total on which you can use Eat Out to Help Out, but no limit how many times you can use it per day.

The offer gives you 50 per cent off at all participating restaurants in August, with the following conditions:

  • It is only available from Monday to Wednesday
  • There is a maximum discount of £10 per diner
  • It only includes food and non-alcoholic drinks – alcohol does not count
  • The discount only applies to eating out, and cannot be used for takeaways
  • Some restaurants will also allow you to combine it with existing offers and vouchers. National chains like Pizza Express have already confirmed they will allow this.

To get the discount, customers don’t need to have any apps, cards or vouchers, as the discount will automatically be taken off your bill at participating restaurants.

The Government will then reimburse the restaurant within five days.

The Government has released a handy online tool that lets you find restaurants that have signed up in your area.

If you enter your postcode here you can see a list of all participating restaurants within a five-mile radius.

Some restaurants may also have the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out posters displayed in their windows to help you know if they are participating in the scheme.