The perfect tool for the new 'Eat Out To Help Out' scheme.

Implement the Eat Out to Help Out scheme in your business with Dines.

Dines is the perfect tool to make the most out of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme:

• Variable pricing to discount menus on Mondays-Wednesdays

• Give discounts only to those who are eligible

• Reporting to help you make reimbursement claims to the Government

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What is the Eat Out to Help Out scheme?

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme is an initiative launched by the UK Government offering diners 50% off, capped at £10 per head when they eat in at a restaurant or other food establishment.

The scheme runs from Monday 3 August until Monday 31 August and is valid all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the government’s attempts to get the economy moving again.

Most importantly for establishments, all discounted bills can be claimed back from the government as long as you’ve registered for the scheme online at the website.

This is an amazing opportunity for you to drive increased footfall to your establishment on traditionally quieter days and get your business moving again.

Effectively, the government is giving you up to £10 per head for every person who comes through your door on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday in August, so you’d be mad to miss it!

3 steps to get ready for Eat Out To Help Out

Not only does Dines help the nation safely order and pay contact-free at the best pubs, restaurants, and hotels, but we also now help our partners take advantage of the Government’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme in a way that's completely automated and hassle-free!

Here are the 3 easy steps to take to benefit from the government-funded discount scheme:

Register with the Government

Register directly on the Government's website to join the Eat Out To Help Out scheme - do this now if you haven't already!

Sign up for Dines Mobile Ordering

Register for Dines and set up your profile. Our super-quick set up means you can be ready to accept orders within a few hours.

Enable Eat Out To Help Out Discounts

Use our simple menu-builder to mark items eligible for discounts. That's it! When customers create orders, the 50% EOTHO discount will automatically be applied in August.

Who is eligible for Eat Out To Help Out?

All establishments that sell food for what the Government has called “on-premises consumption” are eligible to apply for the Eat Out To Help Out scheme.

Basically, if you sell food and drink to customers who then sit in your premises to consume that food and drink, you can register for the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

This might include:

  • Restaurants

  • Pubs and bars where food is served

  • Cafes

  • Hotel restaurants

  • Restaurants and cafes at leisure centres, attractions, and holiday parks

  • Workplace and school canteens

  • Dining rooms with members’ clubs

While this list isn’t necessarily exhaustive, as long as you meet the following criteria outlined by the Government, you should be eligible for Eat Out To Help Out.

They have announced you can register if you:

  • Sell food for immediate consumption on your premises

  • Provide your own dining area or you share a dining area with another establishment for eat-in meals

  • Were registered as a food business with the relevant local authority on or before 7 July.

How Dines can help you make the most of the scheme

Our contact-free digital ordering system can help you make the most of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme by taking all the admin out of the process and making it easy to offer the discount to customers.

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Clearly display discounts

With our industry-leading digital menu, you can display the 50% discount Mondays - Wednesdays and revert to your regular menu for the rest of the week. This reduces confusion for customers and means you don’t need to print new menus.

Automatically calculate discounts

As ordering and payment are all handled through our 5* Android, Apple, or web app, discounts are applied automatically so you or your staff don’t have to waste time working out what discount to give.

Weekly reports for claims

Finally, our detailed reporting system gives you all the information you need to quickly and easily claim the discount back off the government when you need to.

Who isn’t eligible for the scheme?

Eat Out To Help Out has been specifically designed to encourage diners to start eating out at their favourite establishments post-lockdown. Unfortunately, this means that if you exclusively offer takeaway food or drink you cannot register.

Similarly, the government has outlined a range of other circumstances where businesses will not be eligible to register.

This includes:

  • Hotels that only provide room service

  • Dining services, such as those offered on a cruise

  • Catering services for private functions

  • Mobile vans or food trucks (even if you have seating outside your van or truck)

How do you register for Eat Out To Help Out?

HMRC has created a simple online form at to make it as quick and painless for restaurants and other establishments to register. 

The form should only take 5 minutes and you must complete it yourself. You cannot get an agent to complete it on your behalf.

To sign up you will need to have a Government Gateway user ID and password. You should already have these if you have used the Government’s online services for Tax Self Assessment, Corporation Tax, or VAT. If you haven’t, you can create one easily enough.

Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to claim back the money and be refunded within five working days. What’s not to love?

What does the Eat Out To Help Out discount apply to?

Any food or soft drink ordered all day Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday between 3 August and 31 August is eligible for the 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per diner. That includes VAT too. Packaged snacks that will be consumed immediately on the premises also count.

However, the discount isn’t applicable to alcoholic drinks, tobacco products, food, or drink that is to be consumed off-premises. For example, takeaway food.

Don't miss out the chance to claim back £1000s!

Eat Out To Help Out is a great opportunity to help you serve more customers and claim back £1000s. We can get you set up within a few hours, as we're working around the clock to get hundreds of venues online in time for this great scheme. Dines is completely FREE to set up, with no fixed contracts and no hidden fees. Just a small transaction fee on each order.

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