Is Eat Out to Help Out valid for takeaways? Rules of the 50% off government scheme explained - and how to find local restaurants taking part

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Diners can take advantage of the 50 per cent discount at participating restaurants, cafes and pubs throughout August

Thousands of diners across the UK have been taking advantage of the government’s new Eat Out to Help Out scheme following its launch on 3 August.

The scheme grants diners a 50 per cent discount off all food and non-alcoholic drinks at participating eateries, up to a maximum of £10 per person.

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But does the discount apply for takeaways and deliveries? Here’s how it works.

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How do I get the discount?

It may also apply in some work and school canteens, as well as food halls, and all diners in a group of any size can claim it.

The scheme will run until 31 August and diners will be able to enjoy 50 per cent off the price of their meal on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.

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With the discount applied, it could save a family of four up to £40 per meal.

No voucher is needed to claim the discount, as it will be automatically applied to your bill when you go to pay.

Establishments will then claim a reimbursement from the government for the discount that you have been given.

Where can I claim the discount?

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More than 72,000 establishments across the UK are offering the bargain deal, including several major chains such as Nando’s, Pizza Express, McDonald’s, KFC, Wetherspoons and Costa Coffee.

A number of local, independent eateries are also involved, and in some cases, restaurants are offering the Eat Out to Help Out discount on top of already low prices, thanks to the VAT cut.

Is the discount valid for takeaways or deliveries?

The discount only applies to food that is ordered and consumed inside a participating restaurant, cafe or pubs, and can only be accessed from Monday to Wednesday.

As such, diners who order their food to take away or have it delivered to their home will not receive 50 per cent off the price of their meal.

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Diners must eat inside an establishment for the discount to apply.

For those keen to cash in on the deal at McDonald’s, this means that you must dine in at a participating branch, as the discount does not apply for drive thru, takeaway, or McDelivery.

How do I find restaurants taking part?

The government has launched a new postcode checker on the website to help people find local restaurants that are taking part in its Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

To find restaurants, cafes and pubs near you, simply enter your postcode and hit search to find a list of all the businesses nearby that are running the scheme.