A rule around the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme has been branded confusing as it has left diners scratching their heads.
Diners can get big discounts on meals at eateries taking part in the scheme. The Government then makes up the difference to the business.
But there is one problem a fair few people have spotted – the ambiguity around taking your food off site with you once you’ve ordered.
“Okay, I’m confused by this Eat Out to Help Out scheme now,” one Twitter user wrote.
They then asked: “It’s not valid on takeaways but is valid on restaurants doing collection only?
“What’s the difference?!”
The scheme has proven doubly confusing because plenty of fast food restaurants are participating – including McDonald’s and Nandos.
Independent stores and high street names such as McDonald’s, Pizza Express, Costa Coffee and Nando’s are among more than 72,000 establishments who are taking part.
A second, meanwhile, chipped in: “Feel totally cheated by Eat Out to Help Out because it’s not for takeaway (called OUT like away not in like INSIDE restaurant) but nevertheless enjoyed my paneer masala dosa from my fave.”
“Apparently the ‘Eat Out’ discount only applies to dining in and not takeaway?! So shouldn’t they have called it ‘Eat In to Help Out’?” a third asked.
But people have worked out a clever workaround, because most eateries participating will give you a doggy bag if you fail to finish your grub.
The main rules of the scheme are a 50 per cent reduced bill at participating eateries, with each diner allowed £10 off – but not including alcohol or a tip.
The scheme only applies to food ordered and consumed on site, and can only be accessed from Monday to Wednesday.
The scheme is automatically applied at the till, with no voucher needed, the government has confirmed.
There’s an ever growing list of venues signing up to the scheme so to make things a bit easier, we have teamed up with our local listings website InYourArea to create this very handy widget.
Simply enter your postcode below (click ‘View On InYourArea’ if results don’t display automatically) to find details of participating businesses on your doorstep.
Foodies should check with their chosen restaurant for details of the days any deals are available and if walk ins are accepted.
It’s probably best to book if you can.
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