EAT Out to Help Out launches next week and there’s a new app that shows which places are offering the discount near you.
As part of the scheme, diners can get 50 per cent off meals and non-alcoholic drinks, up to £10 a head, throughout August.
Eat Out to Help Out starts on August 3 and will run until August 31, with the discount applying on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak revealed the new eat out initiative in his mini-Budget earlier this month.
But as businesses don’t have to sign up, you may be wondering if your favourite chain is taking part.
To help diners out, two tech entrepreneurs in Manchester have created a new app which flags up places with the Eat Out to Help Out discount.
When you sign up to the app, you’ll be asked to choose your region and enter your postcode so it can track down nearby places.
On the home screen, you’ll then see a section called “near me” – click on this, and a list of all available Eat Out to Help Out eateries will appear.
When The Sun used the app today, it brought up several big-name brands that are already confirmed to be taking part in the scheme, including Wagamama and Wetherspoon pubs.
The app is separate to the official government Eat Out to Help Out postcode checker, which also launched today.
The app has so far listed around 3,000 restaurants, pubs and cafes – but it plans on adding thousands more over the next few days.
Restaurants can ask to be added, or they can add themselves.
In addition, the team behind the app are also manually adding businesses that are confirmed to be taking part.
Restaurants can choose to customise their profile to include menus and posts about new offers.
The app has been designed by tech entrepreneurs Michael Lawes and Jordan Ryan Madeley from Sancus, and the pair say thousands of customers have already signed up.
Michael said: “We decided to build something that made it easy to find all
the information at your fingertips.
“We think it’s a great scheme but the government seems to be relying on posters in participating restaurants – and we want to digitally empower it.”
The Eat Out to Help Out app is free to download now on the App Store or Google Play.
You’ll be asked to register with your email address to use it, as well as personal details such as your name and age.
As of last week, 32,000 businesses had signed up to Eat Out to Help Out.
The government postcode checker has a full list of businesses.
The Sun has rounded up all the pubs and restaurant chains taking part so far.
Plus, here are the Eat Out to Help Out posters to look out for in restaurants to get 50 per cent off.
Here are the 13 Eat Out to Help Out rules you need to know.