With the government’s Eat Out To Help Out discount scheme launching on Monday, there’s never been a better time to get acquainted with some of the finest restaurants in your area (you can look for participating restaurants with this postcode checker.)
The scheme grants a discount of 50pc on all food and soft drinks at participating restaurants, up to a total of £10 per head. We’ve written a brief guide to how the scheme works and what food and drink are eligible here.
And, unsurprisingly, the foodie’s heaven that is London is full to the brim of restaurants taking part in the scheme. If you’ve always dreamt of trying out some top-quality dishes but haven’t been able to justify the cost, now might be the perfect time to dip your toe into the world of fine dining.
Special Eat Out To Help Out deals in London:
On top of the standard discount for Eat Out To Help Out, many London restaurants are offering special menu items or extra discounts to help diners get even more bang for their buck. Here are a few special offers we’ve seen.
Dining at Britain’s top steakhouse chain is generally a pricey affair. A three-course meal will set you back around £50 at the minimum, but in order to welcome more guests, the founders have announced a special Eat Out To Help Out steak and chips for £20, or £10 after the deal. Bargain. Venues in Piccadilly, Borough, Seven Dials, and Spitalfields as well as Edinburgh and Manchester; thehawksmoor.com
Pollen Street Social
Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred restaurant just off Oxford Street is offering a special Eat Out To Help out two-course lunch menu (exact menu items still unconfirmed) which will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and will cost just £12 after the discount. 8-10 Pollen St, Mayfair, London W1S 1NQ; pollenstreetsocial.com
With an expansive portfolio of restaurants including German Gymnasium, 14 Hills, 100 Wardour Street, Aster and Bluebird, you’ve got lots to choose from. All of the restaurants in the D&D group are offering special special three-course menus for £20, £30 or £40 (with your £10 discount) so you can find something to suit your budget. Venues across London, Leeds, and Manchester; danddlondon.com/restaurants/
The Cheese Bar And Pick-And-Cheese
If you’re a fromage fan then get down to The Cheese Bar in Camden which is running unlimited raclette for £9 (usually £18) as a special Eat Out To Help Out deal. Or head down to Pick And Cheese at Seven Dials Market which is doing all-you-can-eat cheese for £10 (usually £20) throughout August. Unit 93, Camden Stables Market, 94 Chalk Farm Rd, Camden Town, London NW1 8AH; thecheesebar.com
On top of the standard discounts at all venues in the Shoreditch, Croydon and Wembley pop-ups, Boxpark will also be giving 50pc off alcoholic drinks on Monday-Wednesday to tie into the Eat Out To Help Out scheme, even though usually alcohol isn’t included. Venues in Shoreditch, Croydon, and Wembley; boxpark.co.uk
Competing for your attention with Hawksmoor, Goodman will be offering a 250g NY Sirloin with hand cut chips and peppercorn sauce for £22, or just £12 with the discount. Venues in Mayfair, Canary Wharf, and City of London; goodmanrestaurants.com
The popular Peckham restaurant recently relaunched its five-course weekend menu for £48, but as part of the scheme, it’ll be available on Wednesdays too, so you can get it for £38. 11a Station Way, London SE15 4RX; coalroomspeckham.com
The creative Latin American restaurant and bar in Elephant & Castle is reducing the price of its three-course set-menu lunch to £20, so it’ll be available for just a tenner with the discount. With an al fresco dining area, this might be the perfect spot to chill on a fine summer’s day. 4-5 London Rd, London SE1 6JZ; paladarlondon.com
London’s original dirty burger bar has teamed up with Jägermeister to give away a mini bottle of Jäger to anyone who gets the maximum discount of £10 on their meal. The bottles are a special limited edition design featuring the chancellor’s face and a ‘Cheers Rishi’ slogan. Venues across London and in Leeds and Brighton; meatliquor.com
The brilliant London restaurants worth checking out during Eat Out To Help Out
While not every restaurant is offering a special bonus deal, a discount of any kind is always a great incentive to check out London’s restaurant scene. Here are a few of our picks where you can score a tasty discount.
At this art deco French bistro, you’ll be able to order a three-course menu with shredded celeriac, chicken chasseur or bream, and a lemon meringue tart, all for £9.88; what a steal. 20 Sherwood St, Soho, London W1F 7ED; brasseriezedel.com
If you like meat then Blacklock’s ‘all-in’ menu which comes with a starter, a side, and a plate piled high with pork, beef, and lamb chops on a bed of charcoal flatbread was already a bargain at £20 per person. But thanks to Eat Out To Help Out, that price is slashed to £10 each (though you can only order it if a minimum of two people are dining) Venues in Soho, Shoreditch, and the City of London; blacklock.com
Arguably small plates is where you’ll really see the discounts from this scheme, and there’s no where better than Venetian restaurant Polpo. If you were to limit yourself to the cheapest things on the menu, you could order a feast of eight plates for £10.25, though the pricier items such as the fritto misto and beef shin are not to be missed. Venues in Soho, Covent Garden, and Chelsea; polpo.co.uk
Bargains at London’s best loved smokehouse include a £6 burger (usually £12) at lunch or glazed pork rib for just £7.50. Plus you can watch your food being cooked on the grill. Venues in Soho, Covent Garden, and the City of London; temperrestaurant.com
Mayfair’s famed sushi restaurant is usually one to save for a splurge, but with the deal, you could get a whole lobster for £22. Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6BR; sexyfish.com
Nobu Old Park Lane
Try the salmon tartare with caviar for just £14 on Eat Out To Help Out; the legendary black cod will cost £32.50. COMO Metropolitan, 19 Old Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1LB; noburestaurants.com/london-old-park-lane
Duck & Waffle
Get yourself a plate of the eponymous duck & waffle for the bargain price of just £10, as you overlook the city from Heron Tower. 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY; duckandwaffle.com
You’ve might have encountered this soft pink restaurant’s aesthetic (or maybe just the pod-shaped toilets) on Instagram, but the food is not to be missed either – particularly now, with mains from just £8.50 after the discount. 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG; sketch.london
If you’re a fan of Angela Hartnett’s column in our pages, then why not experience her food for yourself at the Michelin-starred Murano. With the Eat Out To Help Out discount, the lunch set menu is just £20 a head. 20 Queen Street Mayfair, London W1J 5PP; muranolondon.com
The Cinnamon Club
All of Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Collection restaurants are taking part in the scheme, but the Club is the jewel in the crown. A Kashmiri lamb shank roganjosh is just £12 thanks to Eat Out To Help out. The Old Westminster Library, Great Smith St, Westminster, London SW1P 3BU; cinnamonclub.com