Eat Out feast draws more diners than pre-lockout

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Restaurants are more than a quarter busier than they were before the lockdown thanks to Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Eat Out to Help Out program

Restaurants have been more than a quarter busier than they were before the lockdown on the back of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Eat Out to Help Out program.

Between Mondays and Wednesdays over the past two weeks, restaurants have been on average 27% fuller than they were on the same days last year, according to data from restaurant reservations service OpenTable.

Serve a feast: Between Mondays and Wednesdays over the past two weeks, restaurants were on average 27% more crowded than they were on the same days last year

These are the days when the state-backed scheme, which offers 50 percent off up to £ 10 per person for a meal, applies this month.

This led to a drop in the number of customers from Thursday to Sunday – but the numbers show that trading throughout the week has almost returned to normal levels.

The Center for Economics and Business Research hailed the restoration deal for providing a “much needed boost to normalcy”, which is bringing Britons back to socializing.

The CEBR estimates that in central London, spending in restaurants, pubs and shops fell by £ 575million each month between March and June. But that is expected to pick up slightly, falling from £ 178million in August – in part because of the schedule.

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