Drop in restaurant sales in week two of the Eat Out to Help program

Restaurants and pubs reported a slight drop in sales in the second week of the government’s Eat Out to Help Out program, it was revealed today.

UK sales collectively fell 13% between August 10 and 12 compared to the same Monday to Wednesday period a week earlier, according to a study.

The program offers 50% off the bill for meals and drinks – up to £ 10 per person and excluding alcohol – on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in August.

Click here to display an interactive map revealing the 72,000 restaurants concerned

Frith Street diners in Soho, London on August 11 benefit from the Eat Out to Help Out program

Hotel software company Fourth revealed that “quick service restaurants,” or fast food outlets, saw sales drop 30% in the second week.

Sales from other restaurants fell 6%, while sales in pubs and bars were down 20% from the previous week of the £ 500million taxpayer-funded scheme.

Q&A: When is Eat Out to Help Out activated and do I need a voucher?

When is it available?

It takes place every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from August 3 to 31.

What is that?

A 50% reduction when you eat there up to a maximum saving of £ 10 per dinner. The company recovers the value of the savings from the government.

Which establishments can participate?

Restaurants, cafes, bars or pubs; professional and school canteens; catering halls.

What are the restrictions?

No reduction on alcoholic beverages or service charges.

Do i need a voucher?

No. The discount will be automatically applied by the participating point of sale. Savings can be used with other offers and discounts.

How do I find participating points of sale?

The Treasury has set up a postcode search tool that lists outlets offering a program within a three-kilometer radius – here

What about restaurant chains?

Ninety companies have registered to participate in the program, including McDonald’s, Burger King and KFC; burger chains such as GBK, Five Guys, Honest Burgers; cafes such as Costa, Starbucks, Pret a Manger, Caffe Nero; advertising chains such as Wetherspoon, Fullers, Greene King, Mitchells & Butlers; restaurant chains such as Wagamama, Pizza Hut, Pizza Express, TGI Fridays, Côte Brasserie, Franco Manca.

But sales were still significantly higher than trade before the initiative began, with sales in all three areas up 30% from the period two weeks earlier.

Fourth also said that most businesses using the program reported sales figures that included the Eat Out to Help Out discount and therefore underestimated their total revenue.

The data, which analyzed more than 700 companies in the industry, revealed that sales increased by 50% between Monday August 3 and Wednesday August 5, compared to the previous week, underlining a good start for the initiative.

He said it showed a 70% increase in sales for restaurants, while pubs and quick-service restaurants grew by 26% and 22% respectively.

Fourth added that the initial data “does not indicate a decline in trading between Thursday and Sunday” compared to the previous week, as the offer would impact other trading days.

For the second week of the initiative, operators have also increased their workforce to meet increased demand, reporting a 4 percent increase in hours worked by staff over the previous week.

Sébastien Sepierre, Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Fourth, said: “With the uncertainty surrounding consumer demand during the first week of the initiative and some employees still on leave , the operators were naturally prudent in the management of their workforce.

“However, following the positive spike in trading in the first week, there has been an increase in the number of scheduled hours in the industry, which in turn will have a positive impact on the overall customer experience. , which is crucial to ensure the initiative generates a lasting positive impact for the industry.

Separate data from the OpenTable reservation service indicated that restaurants were more than a quarter busier than they were before the lockdown at the back of the program.

He said that between Mondays and Wednesdays over the past two weeks, restaurants were on average 27% fuller than they were on the same days last year.

The promotion resulted in a drop in the number of customers Thursday through Sunday – but figures show trading throughout the week has almost returned to normal levels.

The Center for Economics and Business Research hailed the deal for providing “a much needed boost to normalcy”, prompting Britons to return to socialization.

The CEBR estimates that in central London spending in restaurants, pubs and shops fell by £ 575million each month between March and June.

But that is expected to pick up slightly, falling from £ 178million in August – in part due to the program launched by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

Which restaurant chains and groups are enrolled in the Eat Out To Help Out program?

Atalian serves

Atlas Hotels

Bakers + Baristas

Bannatyne Health Club

Bar + Grill


Black mutton coffee

Blue Diamond

Boparan Restaurant Group



Burger King

Buzz bingo


Coffee Nero

Central parks

Coffee # 1

Company of Cooks

Cornish bakery

Costa coffee

To crush

Côte Brasserie

D&D London

David Lloyd Clubs

Deep Blue Fish & Chips

Dobbies garden centers

Euro Garages

Each man

Five guys

Franco Manca

Let’s run down


GAIL Bakeries

Laughing squids

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Green King

Grosvenor Casinos

Hall and log house


Hollywood Bowl

Honest Burgers


JD Wetherspoon

JW Lees

Joe and the juice

Joseph holt

Jury Inn


Kew Green Hotels

Leon Restaurants

MacDonald Hotels

by Marston




Mitchells and butlers

Morrisons РCaf̩ and barista bar

New global trading company

Park vacation

Pastry Valérie


Pizza Express

Pizza Hut

ready to eat



Group of revolution bars

Raj douth

Raj Gate

Route leader

Selfridges & Co

Shepherd Neame Ltd.

Spice garden

St Austell Brewery


TGI Fridays

Team sport

ten pins

The Lier collection

The national trust

Tony Macaroni


Turtle Bay


Village hotels

Live italy



Wild forest

YO Sushi


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