Eat Out to Help Out site goes live

Operators can register for discount scheme at UK Government website



BAR, pub and restaurant operators can register to take part in the UK Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme from today (July 13).

A new page on the UK Government website went live this morning, allowing businesses across the UK to register for the scheme, which will subsidise venues to offer a 50% discount on meals every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in August.

The discount will apply to all food or non-alcoholic drinks ordered to eat or drink inside a venue, up to a maximum of £10 per person. Venues can claim the money back from the UK Government, with the money then paid into the business’s bank account.

Operators can register for the scheme here.

In order to register businesses will need: a Government Gateway ID and password (this can be created if a business doesn’t already have one); the name and address of each establishment to be registered; the UK bank account and sort code for the business; the address on business bank account. A VAT registration number, employer PAYE scheme reference number and corporation tax or self assessment unique taxpayer reference may also be required.

Jim Harra, chief executive of HMRC, said: “The hospitality industry is among the sectors worst affected by COVID-19. The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme will deliver support to around 130,000 businesses, including restaurants, cafés and bars serving food and drink, helping to protect 1.8 million jobs across the UK.

“Registering is easy, and we urge businesses to sign up early so they are ready to use the scheme when it starts on August 3.

“Businesses have made great efforts to re-open their sit-down services safely in line with social distancing guidance, so people can feel confident to dine out again.

“Businesses can find information about the scheme and how to register online at”