Scores of West Norfolk businesses have signed-up for the government’s new Eat Out To Help Out initiative hoping it will encourage more diners through the doors as lockdown restrictions ease.
The scheme is open to all establishments which sell food for consumption on the premises not just restaurants but also hotels, leisure centres and office canteens.
Businesses have been urged to register their participation before the scheme goes live from Monday.
People who eat in will benefit from a 50 per cent discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, on food and non-alcoholic drinks on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August.
No voucher is needed and diners can take advantage of the offer as many times as they like during the month.
Outlets taking part will deduct the discount from the bill and be able to reclaim the discounted amount through an online service.
Ben Handley, chef and owner of The Duck Inn in Stanhoe, has welcomed the move.
He said: “I think it’s a very worthy idea and I think it will work well. Although at the moment there is no way of knowing and time will tell.”
Participating businesses will have window stickers to display and customers can look out for the logo.
Diners can find out all the outlets registered to take part in West Norfolk by using a new online Restaurant Finder available via the GOV.UK website.
Nationally, more than 53,000 outlets had signed up for the scheme by Tuesday.
Find out which local outlets are taking part at www.tax.service.gov.uk/eat-out-to-help-out/find-a-restaurant
You will need to type in your postcode or a postcode for the area you want to visit to locate the outlets which have registered for the scheme.