The impact of the Covid 19 coronavirus has had a devastating impact on local businesses, particularly those in the hospitality sector – and Belfast has been no exception to that.
Many cafes, restaurants and bars were unable to open for months due to the global pandemic, but now most have been able to reopen. But it’s still tough times for restaurant owners.
That’s why the government has introduced the Eat Out to Help Out scheme – in which diners can get 50% off the price of food and non alcoholic drinks at venues which have signed up to the scheme.
Here’s everything you need to know about Eat Out to Help Out in Belfast, including what restaurants are taking part
What is Eat Out to Help Out?
The Eat Out to Help Out initiative was brought in by the UK government in order to provide a much needed boost to the hospitality sector following the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic.
Restaurant visitors will be able to get a 50% discount per person up to a maximum of £10 when they visit during the length of the scheme, providing an increased incentive for people to eat out in Belfast and other areas of the UK.
When is Eat Out to Help Out taking place?
The scheme is due to run from Monday 3rd August until the end of August, with the discount only available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at selected restaurants.
Do you have to use a voucher?
According to the government, no additional vouchers will be required when visiting restaurants in order to avail of the offer, and can be used as many times as you want and there will be no minimum spend.
What restaurants are taking part in Belfast?
The short answer – a lot! With practically no downsides for restaurants in signing up in what is considered to be generally the least busy time of the week, most places in Belfast are jumping on board with the new scheme.
A full list of the participating restaurants is available online, while the government has also introduced this handy postcode checker to find all the participating venues close to you.
Some of the places we are planning to check out in the next few weeks which have signed up to the scheme are:
Edo – Edo is quickly establishing itself as an unmissable part of the Belfast foodie experience. Charcuterie boards and sharing plates are the standard here, while their range of seafood tapas would leave even the proudest Spaniard happy.
Kamakura Sushi & Ramen – Formerly a hidden gem, Kamakura Sushi & Ramen on Donegal Pass has a menu choc full of Asian favourites and growing in popularity every day. Top quality sushi and the ramen ain’t bad either – also BYO!
Ryan’s Bar & Restaurant – Their famous 2 courses for £11 deal means that with the Eat Out to Help Out scheme you can get two courses for £5.50! Now how could you beat that?
Madame Pho – Covid 19 couldn’t have come at a worse time for this Botanic Avenue Vietnamese noodle soup joint, which was gaining a sterling reputation among Belfast foodies – now they are back open no better time to check out this amazing pho spot.
Deanes – All the Deanes restaurants have signed up to the scheme – meaning no better time to knock a few quid off your bill at Meat Locker, Love Fish or any of Michael Deane’s other hotspots.
These are only a few of the many restaurants which are signed up to Eat Out to Help Out – check out the postcode checker to find all the restaurants signed up near you. Let’s get out and Eat Out Belfast to Help Out Belfast!