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How the Chancellor's meal discount scheme will work in Harrogate

How the Chancellor's meal discount scheme will work in Harrogate

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 6:31am 12th July 2020.

The government has released details of it's 'eat out to help out' scheme.

  • Diners will get a 50% discount off their bills on Mondays to Wednesdays during August, up to £10 per person
  • Businesses can then claim the money back from the government 
  • People can take advantage of the offer as many times as they like

The government has released details on how restaurants, cafés, and pubs in Harrogate can register to its “eat out to help out” discount scheme.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak this week unveiled the scheme to give diners a 50 per cent discount off their bills during August under plans to bolster the embattled hospitality sector.

How will it work for customers?

The deal means people can get up to £10 off per head if they eat out from Monday to Wednesday.

There is no limit to the number of times customers can use the offer during the period of the scheme.

Alcohol and service charges are excluded from the offer.

Customers cannot get a discount for someone who is not eating or drinking.


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How will it work for businesses?

Businesses can claim the money back from the government and will be able to register through a website that opens on Monday, July 13.

Takeaways, catering companies, mobile food vans and hotels that provide room service only are not eligible for the scheme.

Businesses must have their own or shared dining areas and be registered with the council on or before 7 July to be able to register.

Businesses that sign up will be able to download promotional materials and will be added to a public list of registered establishments.


What do they think? 

Sara Ferguson, who is the acting chair of Harrogate BID and also owns Italian restaurant Sasso, said she hopes the scheme and safety measures put in place by businesses will bring diners back to the table.



Sara Ferguson said:

“Like my colleagues in the hospitality trade, I hope ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ will have the desired results and bring customers into pubs, bars, cafés and restaurants.

“Many people are still hesitant about going out, but hopefully by next month, coupled with this inducement and the measures businesses have gone to in ensuring the safety of customers and staff, they will venture out.

“Coming at the beginning of school summer holidays is good timing and limiting it to beginning part of the week makes perfect sense, as these are traditionally quieter days.

“It will also hopefully have a beneficial knock-on effect for the retail trade, with people taking the opportunity to shop in addition to eating and drinking. This in turn will help boost the local economy and safeguard jobs and livelihoods.”