Huge queues at Norwich restaurants as half-price scheme launches

Huge queues at Norwich restaurants as half-price scheme launches

Mr Nathan, who said the scheme had initially been "warmly received" by the industry, added: "Restaurants fear that the discounting will actively encourage customers to spend less, to fit within the limits".

There have already been over 3.3 million hits on the Eat Out to Help Out restaurant finder since it launched last week, which shows what businesses are participating in local areas, and many restaurants have since seen a boost in bookings.

Diners visiting participating establishments on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday through August will receive a 50% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Restaurants reported a surge in bookings as Chancellor Rishi Sunak's "Eat Out to Help Out" scheme, giving diners up to £10 off a meal and soft drinks, has helped feed demand.

The offer is only available from Mondays to Wednesdays and people will receive a maximum discount of £10 per head. Other measures announced to protect, support and create jobs include cutting Value-Added Tax for tourism and hospitality by 15%, a £2 billion Kickstart Scheme and an £8.8 billion investment in new infrastructure, decarbonisation and maintenance projects.

To the delight of customers, you can use the discount as many times as you want, and there is no minimum spend requirement.

What can I claim the discount on?

"I am very pleased that 3,766 Scottish restaurants, bars and cafes have signed up".

Which businesses are taking part?

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You can search for participating restaurants near you by going on to the government website, where there is an option to put in your postcode and find restaurants within a five-mile radius.

And if you're not too stuffed after all that, you can end the day with a trip to your local Toby Carvery, where you can get Yorkshire pudding turkey wrap for just £1.88.

"More than 72,000 establishments will be serving discounted meals across the country, with the government paying half the bill".

It is then the restaurant's responsibility to claim the remaining money back from the Government.

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