Eat Out to Help Out launches postcode checker to find restaurants offering the meal deal

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A NEW Eat Out to Help Out postcode checker has been launched by the government to help you find places that are taking part.

The new scheme sees diners get 50 per cent off meals and non-alcoholic drinks, up to £10 a head, in restaurants, cafes and pubs throughout August.

Eat Out to Help Out launches on August 3 and will run until August 31, with the discount applying on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

But businesses don’t have to sign up to the new scheme.

If you’re wondering if your favourite chain is offering Eat Out to Help Out, the government has launched a postcode checker to see what’s available in your area.

The Eat Out to Help Out restaurant finder is available on the GOV.uk website.

To find places near you offering the discount, simply enter your postcode and the webpage will bring up nearby businesses.

As of last week, 32,000 places had signed up to Eat Out to Help Out.

Big name brands that have already said they’ll be offering the discount include Wetherspoon, Nando’s and Costa.

When The Sun used the online checker today using one London postcode, we found more than 100 restaurants, cafes and pubs were taking part in the local area.

We’ve got a list of other chains taking part in the deal in the box above.

In addition, you can also use a new app to see what Eat Out to Help Out restaurants, pubs and cafes are near you.

This is separate to the government postcode checker.

In some cases, restaurants are offering Eat Out to Help Out on top of lower prices thanks to a VAT cut.

VAT was slashed from 20 per cent to just 5 per cent for businesses in the tourism and hospitality industries.

This means customers could benefit from both the VAT discount and Eat Out to Help Out – but again, not all places will slash prices following the VAT cut.

For example, you can get a quarter of Peri Peri chicken from Nando’s for £1.85 in August after the South African chicken chain decided to pass on its VAT cut to customers.

Meanwhile, Costa Coffee will be serving hot drinks from 32p next month if you’re using a reusable cup.

Eat Out to Help Out was announced on July 8 by Chancellor Rishi Sunak as part of his mini-Budget.

We’ve rounded up all the pubs and restaurant chains taking part.

Plus, here are the Eat Out to Help Out posters to look out for in restaurants to get 50 per cent off.

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