Eat Out To Help Out has officially ended, but many venues have chosen to continue their own discount schemes. We’ve compiled a running list of bars, pubs, and restaurants keeping the spirit of the initiative alive
The arrival of September marks the end of the government’s Eat Out To Help Out (EOTHO) scheme, which gave diners a 50% discount, taking up to £10 off their bills, at participating outlets from Monday to Wednesday for the month of August.
Though it faced criticism from wet-led venues due to its food-driven nature, the initiative has had a measurable positive impact on the hospitality industry. According to data from scheduling management system S4Labour, weekday sales in the final week of the scheme were up 82.4% from the week prior to its introduction; research firm CGA found that food sales in the third week of EOTHO were up 15% compared to the same week in 2019.
In fact, the scheme was so well received that many outlets have decided to keep it going. Here, in alphabetical order, are some of the venues funding their own discounts for the month of September...
Aqua Restaurant Group
The group behind London restaurants Aqua Shard, Hutong and Aqua Kyoto is funding its own take on EOTHO. All the details are the same as the government’s version, with one adjustment – the restaurants now require a minimum spend of £30 to activate the discount.
Arabica, the Middle Eastern restaurant with locations in Borough Market and King’s Cross, is continuing the EOTHO initiative throughout September.
Fancy a chilli pizza at half price? You're in luck: bar group Arc Inspirations has switched up its discount scheme for the month of September, offering 50% off food with no £10 cap on Mondays and Tuesdays.
For a taste of Tel Aviv, head to Bankside restaurant Bala Baya, which is keeping up the EOTHO discount for the month of September.
Casual dining group Balans is maintaining the EOTHO discount across its five sites in London through September.
Tapas restaurant Camino’s extended EOTHO initiative has the same 50% off, £10 cap format as the government’s offer, but it’s now available on Thursdays, as well.
The Culpeper Group
East London pub operator The Culpeper Group is carrying on with the discount scheme across its four pubs, The Culpeper, The Buxton, The Green, and The Duke of Cambridge.
The Bloomsbury Hotel's flower-filled restaurant is offering a 50% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks with a £10 cap during September. The only caveat? You have to order a main.
Why mess with a good thing? Sourdough pizza chain Franco Manca is holding on to the discount’s original format through September.
Hall & Woodhouse
The Hall & Woodhouse pub chain is continuing the EOTHO scheme across many of its locations, using the same Monday to Wednesday format as in August.
Food stall-turned-pizza empire Homeslice is keeping up the original scheme throughout the month at its Marylebone, Shoreditch, City and White City restaurants.
Wine bar and retailer Humble Grape is sticking with the classic EOTHO formula through September.
Pub megachain Wetherspoon has developed its own Stay Out To Help Out scheme, reducing prices on certain meals and drinks from Monday to Wednesday until 11 November. Deals include a pizza and soft drink for £3.99 and a beef burger, chips and a soft drink for £3.99 – prices that the company claims are cheaper than those of Domino’s Pizza and McDonald’s.
The Mandrake Hotel’s Yopo restaurant will continue to provide the EOTHO discount on its menu of South American-inspired dishes on the Jurema terrace.
Chef Atul Kochhar’s Mayfair restaurant Kanishka is offering a 50% discount with a £10 cap on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. On Sundays, the offer will be available too, but only on a la carte dishes.
Head to the Mexican restaurant at Treehouse London in Marylebone on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for 50% off dinner with a £10 cap.
The restaurant of this urban hotel chain’s Hackney location is offering an extension of the government's original discount.
Paladar, the Latin American restaurant in London's Elephant & Castle, is matching the government’s scheme through September. It is also reducing the price of its set lunch so that, with the discount, the three-course menu will cost just £10.
Qoot Restaurant Group
Qoot, the owner of Instagram-friendly restaurant chains By Chloe, The Lebanese Bakery and Dominique Ansel Bakery, is extending the scheme across the sites of those three brands.
The Real Greek
The Real Greek is giving diners 50% off its lunch menu and 50% off its Filoxenia dinner menu Monday to Wednesday, with a discount cap of £10.
Sager + Wilde and Fare
Wine and pasta haven Sager + Wilde and its little sister Fare are keeping up the 50% food discount and £10 cap on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays across their three locations.
Restaurant group Shoryu, which specialises in ramen and Kyushu cuisine, is extending the government’s scheme through September for its Carnaby, Liverpool Street, Regent Street, Shoreditch and Stratford locations in London.
Chef Peter Lloyd’s southeast Asian restaurant in Waterloo, London, is also sticking with the original EOTHO formula.
Slug and Lettuce
Slug and Lettuce, the national bar and restaurant chain owned by Stonegate Pub Company, is keeping up the government’s EOTHO scheme with one very appealing amendment: no cap on the 50% discount. The offer is automatically applied to all food, soft drinks and hot drinks.
For customers craving Spanish food, Brindisa is extending the 50% discount through September across its tapas restaurants. In order to receive the discount diners must quote ‘comemos’.
Following the success of its retail pivot during lockdown, north London restaurant and wine bar Top Cuvee is offering guests 25% off their food bills every Wednesday during September.