Eat Out to Help Out opens for claims

With the first week of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme now concluded, the online portal is opening for pubs, bars, restaurants and certain other hospitality venues to claim funds from the scheme.

The scheme offer grants covering the whole cost to restaurants, cafes and pubs that sell food of providing a 50 per cent discount, capped at £10 per head, on food and non-alcoholic drinks purchased for consumption on the premises from Mondays to Wednesdays in August.

Eat Out to Help Out is open to businesses that were registered with their local authority as food businesses on or before 7 July 2020, provides or shares a dining area for eat-in meals and sells food for consumption on the premises.

Those offering the scheme have been able to register since 13 July to take part, however, it has only been possible to make claims from the scheme since 7 August 2020.

Participating venues can only claim seven days after registering and can only claim once each week, with payments being made within five working days of claiming.

The deadline for making claims is 30 September 2020.

To claim, venues must record and submit:

  • total number of diners who have used the scheme discount
  • total value of all eat in food and non-alcoholic drink sold where the scheme discounts were given
  • total value of scheme discounts given and claimed for

Venues must submit claims themselves and cannot use an agent to do so on their behalf.