On the 1 October, several of Scotland’s leading producers and restaurants will unite to unveil their own version of the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
The Eat Out to Help Out deal, which sees restaurants, pubs and cafes offer 50 per cent off the bill, up to a maximum discount of £10 per head, Monday-Wednesday, has proved so popular and kept many businesses busy, that some are extending it and other discounts into October – without government help.
The initiative is being spearheaded by Barry Knight, director of The Full Range, which incorporates every element of the supply chain to create deals for diners up and down Scotland at a pivotal time for the industry.
Participating restaurants include:
Kildrummy Inn (Aberdeenshire)
Banchory Lodge (Aberdeenshire)
Queen Street Tavern (Forfar)
The Dunstane Houses (Edinburgh)
Ingliston Country Club (Bishopton)
The Auldhouse Arms (Glasgow)
Bukharah Restaurant (Glasgow)
The Butchershop Bar & Grill (Glasgow)
Bombay Blues (Glasgow)
Regis Coffee Bar (Motherwell)
Food Creations (West Lothian)
Porters Bar & Restaurant (Dundee)
Speaking of the scheme, Barry said: “By leveraging our unique position in the marketplace, we have been able to negotiate a support package across a wide range of suppliers and manufacturers which allow our partner restaurants to run promotions throughout the month of October, in turn, encouraging diners to eat out and sustain footfall at a particularly vulnerable time for hospitality."
The new scheme comes one month after the government’s popular Eat Out to Help Out scheme ended.
Used by diners over 100 million times, the government’s original initiative generated over £522 million in support for outlets UK-wide at a time of reduced consumer confidence and helped kick-start the hospitality industry post-lockdown.
Barry added: "As we approach the winter months, hospitality businesses need assistance once again which is why we have created our own version of the scheme.
"We have worked behind the scenes to generate additional support from a range of suppliers and manufacturers across Scotland, allowing outlets to offer their customers great deals which will help secure additional spend across the entire supply chain."
It is hoped that the initiative – which will be open to both eat-in or takeaway outlets – will help areas that didn’t benefit first time round due to local lockdowns and take away businesses who were limited to which offers they could include in the deal.
For more information, visit the dedicated Eat Out to Help October website, which is being regularly updated.
Restaurants not involved with The Full Range but who are still extending the discount include:
Van Winkle, Byres Road, Glasgow
Barolo, Mitchell Street, Glasgow
Glaschu, 32 Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow
Cranside Kitchen, 28 Tunnel St, Glasgow G3 8HL
Eighty Eight, 88 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow G11 6NX, are offering 25 per cent off Tuesday-Thursday, 5-10pm throughout October.