While around 72,000 establishments have signed up for the 50% discount offer, many people still end up paying full price or leave hungry.
The problem, Mirror Online reports, is that the Eat Out to Help Out program doesn’t include take out food.
My experience of Eat Out to Help Out at Sankey’s in Tunbridge Wells
Writing on Twitter, a baffled customer said, “Okay, I’m baffled by this Eat Out to Help Out program now. It is not valid on take-out, but is only valid for restaurants doing the collection? What is the difference ?! ”
A second wrote: “I feel totally cheated by Eat Out to Help Out because it’s not take out (called OUT as far not in as INSIDE restaurant) but still enjoyed my paneer masala dosa from my favorite in Tooting. “
A third said: “Apparently the ‘Eat Out’ discount only applies to meals in and not to take out ?! So shouldn’t they have called it ‘Eat In to Help Out’? ”
McDonald’s even got involved when someone asked ‘where’s my food for half the price’ – responding, ‘We are part of the government’s Eat Out To Help Out program. This program only applies when dining at a participating branch. This does not apply to Drive Thru, Takeaway or McDelivery. ”
However, there could be a loophole.
Indeed, although the program only offers discounts for people who dine there, nothing prevents you from taking some of the food home with you in a doggy bag if you don’t finish it.
As long as you start your meal in a dedicated dining room in the restaurant section, you are free to take what is left at home.
While this might not be in the spirit of the program, and in many cases it still means you need to book in advance, it means people can get cheap food from friends or to parents stuck at home if necessary.
Règles Key Eat Out to Help Out
- 50% off food and drinks at participating restaurants
- £ 10 per person reduction limit
- Alcoholic drinks and service charges not included
- Applies only to people ordering food to eat on site
- Only applicable on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in August
- Can be used as often as you like on these days
- Automatically applied at checkout, no vouchers required