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Eat Out to Help Out: Last few days to take advantage of money-saving dining scheme

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It’s the last few days to take advantage of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which offers money offer meals at thousands of restaurants, pubs and cafes.

Hundreds in the Cambridge are have signed up to the government initiative , which runs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays until Monday, August 31.

The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme starts today (Monday, August 3) (39782890)
The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme starts today (Monday, August 3) (39782890)

The scheme offers 50 per cent off your food and non-alcoholic drinks up to a total value of £10 per person if you eat or drink in.

South Cambridgeshire MP Anthony Browne said: “The Eat Out To Help Out scheme is a great way to boost local businesses and protect jobs across our hospitality sector – which has been hard hit by coronavirus – while allowing families to keep more money in their pockets. I encourage everyone in South Cambridgeshire to support their local restaurant.”

Amelie, at The Grafton shopping centre, is among the Cambridge venues taking part.

Alex Crepy, from the skinny pizza restaurant, said: “The scheme has been really good and worked well for us, with a steady flow of customers. It also allowed us to open at the beginning of the week again, whereas after lockdown we were only opening for a few days at the end.

“At the point when the scheme ceases, I do hope that it will have given people the confidence to continue eating out and bring success to independent businesses again.”

Amelie's signature flammekueche
Amelie's signature flammekueche

Since launching on August 3, Eat Out to Help Out has proved very popular nationwide.

Data from OpenTable shows that restaurants have been on average 27 per cent fuller than they were during the same period (Monday to Wednesday) in August 2019.

As of August 16, 85,000 venues had signed up, with HMRC already receiving 48,000 claims, worth a total of £180million, and representing 35 million covers.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said: “Today’s figures show that Britain is eating out to help out – with at least 35 million meals served up in the first two weeks alone, that is equivalent to over half of the UK taking part and supporting local jobs in the hospitality sector.

“To build back better we must protect as many jobs as possible, that is why I am urging all registered businesses to make the most of this by claiming back today – it’s free, simple and pays out within five working days.”

To find a venue taking part, enter a postcode at the gov.uk site.

Some of the Cambridge venues taking part

  • Pipasha, Navadhanya, Seven Days, The Corner House and The Wrestlers and Burleigh Arms, all in Newmarket Road
  • The Portland Arms in Chesterton Road
  • The Haymakers in Chesterton High Street
  • OtherSyde in Riverside
  • The Carpenters Arms in Victoria Road
  • Nanna Mexico in Fitzroy Street
  • The Snug Bar and Amelie at The Grafton
  • Thrive and the Box Cafe, both in Norfolk Street
  • Pepe’s Piri Piri on East Road
  • Efes and Stolen, both in King Street
  • The Maypole in Portugal Place
  • Stem & Glory in King Street
  • Sir Isaac Newton, The Castle Inn and The Architect, all in Castle Street
  • Bridges, Galleria, Fitzbillies and CrepeAffaire, all in Bridge Street
  • Thaikhun in Quayside
  • Cafe Abantu in Hobson Street
  • La Margherita in Magdalene Street
  • Hong Kong Fusion and Le Patissier in St John’s Street
  • itsu in Sidney Street
  • The Punter in Pound Hill
  • Noodles Plus, Tu Casa, Prana and Mr Ho’s, all in Mill Road
  • Hot Numbers in Gwydir Street
  • Baan Thai in Park Terrace
  • Vetomeato and Ta Bouche in Market Passage
  • La Raza in Rose Crescent
  • Sticks ‘n’ Sushi in Wheeler Street
  • The Rock of Virtue on Cherry Hinton Road
  • Parker’s Tavern at the University Arms Hotel
  • The Salisbury Arm in Tenison Road

.... plus many more.

Among the village pubs taking part are:

  • The Lion and Lamb and Brewers Arms in Milton
  • The Railway Vue in Impington
  • The Boot in Histon
  • The Plough and Fleece and The Crown and Punchbowl in Horningsea
  • Square and Compasses in Great Shelford
  • The Navigator in Little Shelford
  • The Three Horseshoes and The Rose in Stapleford
  • The Mill View in Hauxton and The Kings Head in Sawston

...along with many more.

Business venues signed up include:

  • The cafe at the Bradfield Centre on Cambridge Science Park
  • Marshall
  • Abcam
  • AstraZeneca

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