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Eat Out to Help Out!

We are taking part in the UK Government's Eat Out to Help Out campaign, offering our guests up to £10 per person off food and soft drinks when they dine-in from Monday to Wednesday in August. 

No vouchers, no promo codes, no fuss. Just book a table with us for afternoon tea, lunch or dinner and the offer will be applied to your bill on the day.  All lunches, afternoon teas and dinners MUST be pre-booked.

Please note the Eat Out to Help Out offer does not apply to dinner, bed & breakfast packages.

Sales that are eligible

Expenditure that is eligible for the discount

The discount can be applied to food and/or non-alcoholic drink purchased for immediate consumption on premises, up to a maximum discount of £10 per diner (inclusive of VAT).

This includes soft drinks and/or packaged snacks, as long as they are for immediate consumption on the premises.

There is no minimum spend requirement.

Expenditure that is ineligible for the discount

The discount cannot be applied to the following items:

  • alcoholic drinks
  • tobacco products
  • food or drink that is to be consumed off premises
  • food or drink that is sold as part of a private party, event or function taking place within an eligible establishment

When you should offer the discount

When you register for the scheme, it is expected that you will offer it during the whole of your opening hours on all the eligible days that you are open and on all qualifying sales of food or drink.

If a customer leaves the premises after ordering food or drink to dine in

If a customer is dining in and then takes away the remainder of their meal, the discount will still apply.

If a customer only orders a non-alcoholic drink

The scheme discount applies to food or non-alcoholic drink for dining in.

Eligibility for ‘on-premises’ consumption

What counts as ‘on premises’

For the purposes of this scheme, the term ‘on premises’ means any area set aside for the consumption of food or non-alcoholic drink by that establishment’s customers, whether or not that area may also be used by the customers of other establishments.

If you operate a hotel with a restaurant

You can use the scheme for food and drink sold for immediate consumption on the restaurant premises. This does not include food and drink that is purchased as part of a wider service.

If you operate a hotel and provide bed and breakfast service

The scheme discount is only available to food and drink sold for immediate consumption on premises. This does not include food and drink that is sold as part of a wider accommodation service.

The scheme discount applies to food and drink sold separately to the bed and breakfast service.

If you operate a golf club and provide golf and dinner service

The scheme discount is only available to food and drink sold for immediate consumption on premises. This does not include food and drink that is sold as part of a wider golf package.

The scheme discount applies to food and non alcoholic drink sold separately to the golf package.

If you provide catering services for weddings and other events

You cannot use the scheme. The scheme discount is only available to food and drink sold for immediate consumption on premises. This does not include food and drink that is sold as part of a wider catering service.

If you are a restaurant and are selling food and drink as part of events, functions and private parties

You cannot apply the scheme discount to food and drink that is sold as part of a package, which includes private parties, events or functions. You can however apply the discount to food and drink sold in the normal course of the restaurant busines

Offering the discount

If you include a service charge on your bill

The service charge is not included in the scheme discount – the reduction only applies to spend on food and non-alcoholic drinks.

What counts as a ‘diner’

A diner is any person, adult or child, for whom food or drink is being purchased for consumption on premises. A diner does not need to be the paying customer.

What counts as an alcoholic drink

For the purposes of this scheme an alcoholic drink is a drink that contains more than 1.2% ABV (alcohol by volume).

Applying the £10 per person cap to a single bill

Where there is more than one diner on a single bill, the cap does not need to be calculated for each individual diner based on their specific orders. Instead, the discount that is applied to the overall bill should be capped at the number of diners multiplied by £10.

Example of applying the cap to a £60 bill

A group of four diners (2 adults and 2 children) spend £60, including £10 on alcoholic beverages. There is a 10% service charge bringing the pre-discount bill to £66.

Description

Price

Bill before service charge and discount

£60.00

Service charge

£6.00

Total bill

£66.00

Amount spent on alcohol

£10.00

Amount that discount can be applied to

£50.00

Discount to customers (50% of 50)

£25.00

Bill after discount is applied

£41.00

The total discount is £25, which is £6.25 per diner and is below the £10 per diner cap.

Example of applying the cap to a £100 bill

A group of four diners (2 adults and 2 children) spend £100, including £10 on alcoholic beverages. There is a 10% service charge bringing the pre-discount bill to £110.

Description

Price

Bill before service charge and discount

£100.00

Service charge

£10.00

Total bill

£110.00

Amount spent on alcohol

£10.00

Amount that discount can be applied to

£90.00

Uncapped discount to customers (50% of 90)

£45.00

Capped discount (£10 per diner)

£40.00

Bill after discount is applied

£70.00

The uncapped discount is £45, which is £11.25 per diner and is above the £10 per diner cap. The discount is therefore capped at £40.

Example of applying a discount without the £10 cap

One person dines at your establishment and the total bill is £4. No alcohol is purchased.  

Description

Price

Total Bill

£4

Uncapped discount to customers (50% of 4)

£2

Bill after discount is applied

£2

The £10 per diner cap does not apply to this claim.  

Example of applying the discount to a £50 bill

A group of 4 diners have a bill of £50 which includes £8 on alcoholic beverages at your establishment. There is no service charge. This means that the scheme only applies to £42 of the overall bill. 

Description

Price

Bill before discount

£50

Amount spent on alcohol

£8

Amount that the discount can be applied to

£42

Uncapped discount to customers (50% of 42)

£21

Bill after discount is applied

£29

The £10 per diner cap not apply to this claim.

Where the £10 cap applies

A group of 6 diners have a bill of £300, which includes £100 on alcoholic beverages, plus an optional 10% service charge, for a total bill of £330.

Description

Price

Bill before discount

£330

Amount spent on alcohol

£100

Service charge (10% of 300)

30

Amount that the discount can be applied to

£200

Capped discount (£10 per diner)

£60

Bill after discount is applied

£270

The amount you can claim

£60

VAT will be due at 20% on the alcohol amount of £100, so applying the VAT fraction of 1/6 = £16.67. VAT Will be due at 5% on the undiscounted amount for the rest of the meal of £200, so applying the VAT fraction of 1/21 = £9.52.

Paying the service charge in this example is optional, so this is outside the scope of VAT, no VAT is due on this amount

 

 

 

 

 

 

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