Official government figures have revealed the scale of August’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, with nearly 370 Tees restaurants serving up 370,000 meals and claiming discounts worth £2.2m.
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak thanked Britons for helping protect thousands of jobs across the UK after statistics revealed that more than 100 million meals were eaten as part of the landmark scheme.
Mr Sunak said the scheme’s popularity had helped protect the livelihoods of the 1.8 million people working in the hospitality sector and drive the nation’s economic recovery from coronavirus.
Latest figures show that Eat Out to Help out significantly boosted restaurant bookings during the month of August, with the scheme growing in popularity each week. According to online restaurant portal Open Table, on August 31 – the final day of the scheme – bookings were up 216% compared to the same day in 2019.
- A total of 76 Middlesbrough eateries claimed for a total of 95,000 meals to a
discounted value of £619,000.
- The neighbouring constituency of Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland involved
58 restaurants claiming for 61,000 meals discounted to the tune of £388,000.
- In Stockton North, diners enjoyed 66,000 meals in 69 different restaurants and
receiving discounts worth £378,000.
- A total of 57 eateries in neighbouring Stockton South registered for the scheme, with
46,000 meals and £285,000 claimed for.
- Across Hartlepool, 53 eateries claimed for 72,000 meals and £365,000 in discounts
- In all, 54 Redcar restaurants registered, claiming for 30,000 meals and discounts of
- A total of 62 Darlington restaurants registered for the scheme, with 50,000 meals
worth £375,000 in discounts claimed for.
With the scheme excelling expectations, by midnight on August 31 more than 100 million meals were eaten by diners, with the 84,700 establishments signed up to the scheme making 130,000 claims worth £522m.
These numbers are likely to grow, with restaurants having until the end of September to claim back the 50% government-funded discount applied to bills.
The Chancellor said: “From the get-go our mission has been to protect jobs, and to do this we needed to be creative, brave and try things that no government has ever done before.