Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

The Government has published the Guidance of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme including how businesses can register to be part of the Scheme.

The key details of the scheme: 

  • The scheme will run from 3rd to 31st August 2020 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • It is a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person
  • It applies to food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat consumed on the premises
  • Alcohol and service charges are excluded from the offer.
  • There is no limit to the number of times customers can use the offer during the period of the scheme
  • The offer applies individually to all members of a group who are eating or drinking together – so it can’t be applied where a person in the group in not eating (ie., if a couple have a baby, they can only a get a maximum of £20 discount on their meal)

Eligible Businesses

Eligible establishments are those in which food is sold for immediate on-premises consumption. This could include:

  • restaurants
  • cafés
  • public houses that serve food
  • hotel restaurants
  • restaurants and cafes within tourist attractions, holiday sites and leisure facilities
  • dining rooms within members’ clubs
  • workplace and school canteens

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How to Register 

To claim the discount from Government, businesses must register. Registrations are now open and will close on 31st August

You can register if your establishment:

  • sells food for immediate consumption on the premises
  • provides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in meals
  • was registered as a food business with the relevant local authority on or before 7 July

You cannot register if your establishment:

  • only offers takeaway food or drink
  • provides catering services for private functions
  • is an accommodation business that provides room service only
  • dining services (such as packaged dinner cruises)
  • mobile food vans or trailers

If you are registering 25 establishments or less, you must provide the details of each branch and will need:

  • the Government Gateway ID and password for your business (if you do not have one, you can create one when you register)
  • the name and address of each establishment to be registered, unless you are registering more than 25
  • the UK bank account number and sort code for the business (only provide bank account details where a BACS payment can be accepted)
  • the address on your bank account for the business (this is the address on your bank statements)

You may also need your:

    • VAT registration number (if applicable)
    • employer PAYE scheme reference number (if applicable)
    • Corporation Tax or Self Assessment unique taxpayer reference

The registration will be instantaneous with businesses receiving a reference number to use to claim reimbursement from the Government. They will also receive downloadable promotional materials to use to let your customers know they are part of the scheme.


Promotional Materials for Businesses to Use

The Government has produced a range of promotional material that businesses can use to promote their participation in Eat Out to Help Out. These include

  • a set of posters and a ‘table talker’ for use at on business premises
  • images and digital files for use on websites and social media channels