The problem – the Eat Out to Help Out program does not include take out.
Writing on Twitter, a confused customer said, “Okay, I’m baffled by this Eat Out to Help Out program now. It is not valid for take out but is only valid for restaurants that collect? 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 for Drive Thru, Takeaway or McDelivery. ”
However, there could be a flaw, reports the Mirror.
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.
Of course, this is not in the spirit of the program and in many cases it still means you have to book in advance, but it does mean people can get cheap food from friends or from parents stuck at home if necessary.
Last week, Newcastle returned to attendance figures before the lockdown.
Italian brewery Babucho said the first day of its launch was “amazing” and there are signs of similar success in the region.
The success of the early days of the program was immediately picked up by NE1 Ltd.
Its communications director, Stephen Patterson, said that with awareness and word of mouth spreading about the Eat Out to Help Out offers, restaurants are now starting to fill up.
“The feedback we have received from the public and the restaurants so far has been incredible,” he said. ”
“It’s great to see more people coming back to the city and the restaurants filling up and getting back to business.”
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