Quick read post today for those looking to take up the Government’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme in Birmingham.
I had quite a few questions about this over on Instagram this week so hoping the following is helpful. The Government website has a page dedicated to how the Eat Out To Help Out scheme works along with how to find out which venues in Birmingham are taking part (you can view that here) but I’ve popped some info for you below in case it’s useful.
What is the Eat Out To Help Out scheme?
Simply put, the scheme is designed to get you guys out spending money and supporting the economy through your favourite restaurants, cafes and bars. The Gov will cover *50% of your food bill (and non alcoholic drinks) up to the value of £10pp.
– if your meal comes to £30 you would pay £20
– if two of you were eating and it came to £50 you’d pay £30 (as discount is £10pp)
– if your coffee and cake costs £10 you’ll pay 50% (£5)
The venues claim back the discount directly from the government, so the hospitality industry is supported during a tough time but you also get a bargain.
*It does not mean 50% off your entire food and drink bill – don’t go to a fancy place and expect to pay half for a tasting menu and a bottle of champagne.
When is it available?
The Eat Out To Help Out scheme in Birmingham starts on Aug 3rd and ends Aug 31st. It’s available every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (depending on which days venues are open and choose to offer it) and runs daytimes and evenings.
Who can use it?
It’s open to literally anyone and will be valid for each person your dining with. You can take advantage of the scheme in any open and participating venue. You can only use it as a dine-in customer though – it’s not available for takeaway or delivery.
Which venues are taking part?
Lots of local and independent places! Don’t just use this to go to Pizza Hut. There’s a search bar on the Gov website (link above) you can use to find places in and around your postcode – you will get results within a 5 mile radius. Keep an eye on the social media channels for your favourite venues who will no doubt be shouting about their offerings too.
Some popular local and independent venues I love taking part include Harborne Kitchen, Rudy’s Pizza, Laghi’s Deli, Arch 13 and Tiger Bites Pig. But you’ll also find places including Michelin star restaurants Opheem and Adam’s. The list of those taking part grows daily so do your research.
Do I need to book?
That depends on the venue – best to look online, call or ask on social media. It might be easier to book in advance to guarantee a table, but walk ins are usually fine. Please remember, if you can’t make a reservation: cancel it. Even if it’s last minute – I cannot stress how much it’s killing the industry to have so many no shows. If you can’t go just say so.
Do I need a voucher?
No – you don’t need a voucher, an app, or a magical unicorn called Moonbeam – there’s no secret pass codes or treasure maps. You just need your wallet to enjoy the Eat Out To Help Out scheme in Birmingham and the Midlands.
How do I get the discount?
It’s automatically applied to your bill. It’s that simple.
How many times can I use it?
As many as you like. You could eat out every Mon-Weds 3 times a day and still get 50% off (up to the value of £10pp) the bill. You’d be fat and poor but Boris would probably be well happy with you.
Does it include kids meals?
Yes – apparently they eat too!
Any advice for using it?
Do your research ahead of using the scheme – there’s plenty of info online. If you’re safety conscious (it’s a big focus for many right now) you may want to ask your potential venues about their COVID measures ahead of visiting. Be polite and patient with the team serving you – and TIP THEM WELL.
Enjoy dining in the new normal, be kind to each other, wash your hands. If you have any questions on the above feel free to contact me.
Are we friends on Instagram yet? Come say hello there where I’ll be sharing posts from venues involved in the scheme.