‘Our busiest Tuesday since first opening the cafe’ says owner.
The Eat Out to Help Out scheme has launched this week, giving families 50 per cent off their cafe and restaurant bills in August.
There are almost 4,000 participating independent restaurants, cafes and pubs, and outlets from smaller chains in Yorkshire.
Selby and Ainsty MP, Nigel Adams has welcomed the Eat Out To Help Out Scheme, and visited some of the participating businesses which, with the help of the government, will give people up to 50 per cent off their bills in restaurants, cafes and pubs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August.
The scheme – part of the government’s Plan for Jobs that will spur the country’s economic recovery from coronavirus – applies to all food and non-alcoholic drinks, with a maximum discount per person of £10.
In Yorkshire and Humber, there are almost 4,000 participating independent establishments, and outlets from smaller chains.
Nigel is pictured with the Witty family, owners of The Roast Coffee Shop on Stutton Road in Tadcaster after the launch of the scheme.
Chris Witty commented: “It’s been fantastic and it’s only been going for two days. We’ve had our busiest ever Tuesday since opening and I’d like to thank Rishi Sunak for the scheme.”
“Families can eat out for £20 and one of the best things for me is seeing people leaving the cafe with a smile on their face. We’ve all had a miserable few months and this is a great pick-me-up”.
More than 72,000 establishments are participating in total, including independent eateries and family favourites such as Pizza Express, Costa Coffee and Nando’s.
The scheme will help keep more money in hardworking families’ pockets and give the UK’s hospitality sectora vital boost.
Also included in the Government’s £30 billion Plan for Jobs:
• A temporary cut in VAT for the tourism and hospitality sectors.
• A Job Retention Bonus to encourage employers to retain staff who have been on the furlough scheme, with the Government paying a one-off bonus of £1,000 for every employee who was furloughed and who
is kept on until 31 January.
• The temporary removal of stamp duty on all homes under £500,000 until the end of March 2021, to
catalyse the housing market.
• A new Kickstart Scheme, which will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully-subsidised jobs for young people.
Commenting, Nigel Adams MP said:
“Having visited participating cafes and restaurants, I know the Eat Out To Help Out scheme is a boosting local businesses and protecting jobs across our hospitality sector, which has been hard hit by coronavirus – while allowing families to keep more money in their pockets.
“I encourage my constituents to enjoy summer safely by going out and supporting their local cafe, pub or restaurant with the government paying half the bill!”
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said:
“Our Eat Out to Help Out scheme’s number one aim is to help protect the jobs of 1.8 million chefs, waiters, pub owners and restaurateurs by boosting demand and getting customers through the door.
“More than 72,000 establishments will be serving discounted meals across the country. The industry is a vital ingredient to our economy and has been hit hard by coronavirus.
So enjoy summer safely by showing your local restaurants your support.”