BARGAIN hunters are planning to eat three courses at different restaurants to “cheat” Rishi Sunak’s meal deal when it launches.
The Eat Out to Help Out scheme was announced yesterday by the Chancellor and will see the government pick up 50 per cent of the bill.
There is a cap of £10 per person, but it applies to all food and soft drinks orders that are eaten at the place that you bought them.
It means that an £80 meal out for a family of four will be reduced to £40.
But keen foodies say they’ll go beyond the £10 cap by hopping between restaurants for each course.
For example, if a customer racked up a £30 bill on a three-course meal at one restaurant, they’d be charged £20.
But if they visited three different restaurants and spent £10 at each place, they’d only be charged £15 – a saving of £5.
One person tweeted: “Rishi Sunak well done the new British pub crawl is the Great British Restaurant crawl!’
“Most main courses are towards £20, so you are encouraging a starter in restaurant 1, a main in restaurant 2 then pudding in restaurant 3.”
And another added: “Time for a restaurant crawl with 3 different places for starter, main and dessert.”
Meanwhile, one user suggested that eating breakfast, lunch and dinner out throughout August for £10.01 each time would cost him less than £1.
He said: “Spend to save – this is really going to kick start the economy.
“But if I eat out breakfast, lunch & dinner for the month of August making sure bill only ever comes to £10.01 it’ll cost me less than £1 to eat for the entire month!”
And a fourth Twitter user said: Safari Supper! Genius plan. Different restaurant for each course.”
The Sun has asked the Treasury whether it plans to close the loophole, and we’ll update this article once we hear back.
Meanwhile, government guidance states that there’s no limit on the number of times customers can use the scheme.
The money-off meal deal will only be applied to food orders placed on Monday through to Wednesday next month, kicking off on August 3 and running until August 31.
The discounted meals scheme is an aim to boost the hospitality industry post-coronavirus lockdown by encouraging Brits to eat out.
But foodies should be cautious about jumping between restaurants in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
Of course, while a discount is tempting too the meals aren’t free either so make sure you don’t spend more than you can afford.
Yesterday, chancellor Rishi Sunak also announced that VAT will drop from 20 per cent to 5 per cent from July 15 until January 12, 2021 for businesses in the hospitality and tourism sectors.
It means takeaway prices could fall by 12.5 per cent if the VAT cut is passed on in full.
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