Eat out to help out campaign

On the 8th July, the Chancellor announced ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ campaign. The restaurants participating in the scheme will be able to offer half-price meals every Monday to Wednesday throughout August.
9 July 2020

Registration for the scheme will be open from 13 July 2020 and close on 31 August.


You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme:

  • all day, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 31 August 2020

  • to offer a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to diners for food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in

  • to claim the money back from the government

There is no limit to the number of times customers can use the offer during the period of the scheme. Your customers cannot get a discount for someone who is not eating or drinking.

Alcohol and service charges are excluded from the offer.


You can register if your establishment:

  • sells food for immediate consumption on the premises

  • provides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in meals

  • was registered as a food business with the relevant local authority on or before 7 July


Once registered: 

  • You’ll be registered instantly and will receive a registration reference number - you’ll need this when you claim the reimbursement.
  • You should wait until you’re registered before you offer discounts to your customers. You cannot offer discounts before 3 August.
  • For each day you’re using the scheme, you must keep records of the total number of people, total value of transactions, total amount of discounts. 


Making a claim:

The service you’ll use to claim reimbursements will be available on 7 August 2020. The service will close on 30 September. You must wait 7 days from registration to make your first claim. HMRC will pay eligible claims within 5 working days. You will be able to submit claims on a weekly basis. You’ll still need to pay VAT based on the full amount of your customers’ bills. Any money you receive through the scheme will be treated as taxable income. HMRC will provide more guidance on how to make a claim when the registration service is open.


Contact HRMC

A dedicated phoneline and webchat will be available from 13 July 2020. This guidance will be updated.

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