Isle of Wight restaurants can now register for Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme

The Government scheme to encourage diners back into restaurants brings with it a 50% reduction, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to all diners who eat and/or drink-in throughout August

plate of quiche and salad, cup of coffee at restaurant table

Restaurants and other establishments serving food for on premises consumption can now sign up to a new government initiative aimed at protecting jobs in the hospitality industry and encouraging people to safely return to dining out.

The Eat Out to Help Out registration page went live this morning on the Government’s Website, allowing businesses to join the scheme announced last week by Rishi Sunak MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer.

£10 per person covered by the Government
Restaurants, bars, cafes and other establishments who use the scheme will offer a 50% reduction, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to all diners who eat and/or drink-in throughout August.

Customers do not need a voucher as participating establishments will just remove the discount from their bill. Businesses simply reclaim the discounted amount through an online service, supported by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Claims can be made on a weekly basis and will be paid into bank accounts within five working days.

Open throughout August
The scheme is open to eligible establishments across the UK and can be used all day, every Monday to Wednesday, between 3rd and 31st August 2020.

Businesses will receive a window sticker to show they are using the scheme and can download promotional items from the Government’s Website.

Sunak: Quick and easy to register
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said:

“Restaurants and other eligible establishments are now able to support jobs by signing up to a place on the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

“HMRC’s quick and easy registration page will soon have you on your way to welcoming back your customers with discounted dining on every Monday to Wednesday throughout August, with a simple process to reclaim these discounts back from the Government each week.”

Harra: People can feel confident to dine out again
Jim Harra, Chief Executive and First Permanent Secretary 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, cafes 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 3rd August.

“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.”

Who can register?
You can register for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme if your establishment:

sells food that is intended for consumption on the premises when purchased

provides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in meals

has registered as a food business with the relevant local authority on or before 7 July.  

How to register
Businesses can register to be part of the scheme online on the Government’s Website.

A searchable restaurant finder tool will be available to the public before the scheme launches on 3 August.

The scheme can be used by diners who order food and/or drinks for consumption on the premises. Alcohol is excluded from the offer.

Further information for businesses, including how to register and make a claim, is available online on the Government’s Website.

Image: Melissa Walker Horn under CC BY 2.0

Monday, 13th July, 2020 11:07am



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11 Comments on "Isle of Wight restaurants can now register for Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme"

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This is a massive invitation to fraud. How many ‘meals’ will be served? How many times will a ‘customer’ return over and again? Ker-ching for the fraudsters


By the time a participating eatery has claimed back the £10, I wonder how much it will actually be worth to them, taking account of time it takes, ease of access online, etc… There will be a lot of people who can’t afford to go out to eat, despite the £10 discount. This will be for the better off…


On the contrary, say the meal comes to £10 normally. Charge £20 and give the customer £5 back. Restaurant makes £5 plus usual margin. Customer gets £10 meal for £5. Only loser here is the taxpayer again

I can’t think of many places where the bill comes to only £10 per head. Fast food; coffee shops. I agree that this is open to abuse. It would have been better to send out vouchers and let the restaurants redeem them for cash. Also agree with Rockhopper and Tamara that £10 discount will not be sufficient inducement for many people who still cannot afford to go… Read more »

And we, the taxpayers, will be subsidising meals for the better-off. I’m happy to support foodbanks and for my taxes to go on free school meals for children from hard-up families, in the school holidays and in term-time, but not to subsidise meals out for those who can afford to pay for them, and would probably have done so anyway.


The £500 million budget for this shambles will have been swallowed up by the fraudster before any law abiding subject will be able to order a prawn cocktail.

I think people are missing the point here. The aim is to induce people who following the lockdown are reluctant to go into eating establishments, to go in and spend money, so providing income for hospitality providers who have had months of no customers. Some people will be able to afford it, others won’t, but it is to induce more of the can afford its into the… Read more »

It’s aim might be to entice people into restaurants but the result will be a 500 million quid bonanza for criminals.


Since VAT is payable on the whole meal (including the subsidy)there will be some ability of HMRC to see that the figures are in the right sort of area.


Unlikely as the cash is paid into the bank account within five days. The’cafes’ will be long gone before the taxman gets a whiff


How many cafe owner’s spouses will be in at 7am for their £20 cup of tea, and stay there all day re-ordering the tea. This scheme will only line the pockets of the criminals.