Rishi Sunak’s Eat In to Help Out meal deal: How to make the most of it at Pizza Hut and McDonald’s

HUNGRY diners are rejoicing after Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced his Eat Out to Help Out scheme. 

In August, restaurants will offer £50 per cent off with a maximum discount of upto £10 per person on meals from Monday to Wednesday. 

It means a family of four will pay £40 for an £80 meal. 

Here we show you how to enjoy a three course meal for under a tenner at your favourite high street restaurants.

We compared prices at a London restaurant to create our meal deals.

PIZZA HUT – save £10

Mini corn on the cob – £3.49
Margherita – £9.79
Triple chocolate cookie dough – £6.49
WAS: £19.77
AUGUST: £9.89

HARVESTER – save £10

Onion rings – £2.99
Half a roast chicken and chips – £11.49 
Chocolate fudge cake: £4.99
WAS: £19.47
AUGUST: £9.74

TOBY CARVERY – save £7.50

Garlic mushrooms – £2.99
Carvery – £7.79
Apple pie – £4.39
WAS: £15.17
AUGUST: £7.50 

MCDONALD’S – save £5

20 nuggets share box – £4.19
Big Mac Meal – £4.89 
Malteasers McFlurry – 99p 
WAS: £10.07
AUGUST: £5.03

KFC – save £6

Regular popcorn chicken – £3.99 
Boneless banquet – £8.19 
WAS: £12.18
AUGUST: £6.09 

NANDOS – save £9.38

Halloumi sticks and dip – £3.95
½ chicken plus corn on the cob and chips – £11.20
Nata dessert – £1.95
Coca cola – £1.65
WAS: £18.75
AUGUST: £9.38

ZIZZI – save £9.50

Mixed olives – £3.50
Spaghetti pomodoro – £9.25
Salted caramel sundae – £6.25
WAS: £19
AUGUST: £9.50

The incentive is part of his mini-Budget plan to boost the economy after the coronavirus lockdown. 

Prices will vary across the country as many of the featured restaurant chains charge different amounts across their branches.

Chains such as Burger King and Pizza Hut have already confirmed that they plan to take part in the scheme. 

Others including KFC, Zizzi, Toby Carvery, Harvester and McDonald's have not confirmed whether they will offer the meal deal. 

The Chancellor also announced a VAT will be slashed to 5 per cent for the leisure industry, including hotels, restaurants, theme parks and cinemas. 

How to save money eating out

THERE are a number of ways that you can save money when eating out. Here's how:

Discount codes – Check sites like Sun Vouchers or VoucherCodes for any discount codes you can use to get money off your order.

Tastecard – This is a members club where you pay to have access to discounts worth up to 50 per cent off at thousands of restaurants. It costs £4.99 a month or £34.99 for the year.

Loyalty schemes – Some restaurants will reward you with discounts or a free meal if you register with their loyalty scheme, such as Nando's where you can collect a stamp with every visit. Some chains like Pizza Express will send you discounts for special occasions, such as your birthday, if you sign up to their newsletter.

Voucher schemes – Look out for voucher schemes offered by third party firms, such as Meerkat Meals. If you compare and buy a product through CompareTheMarket.com then you'll be rewarded with access to the discount scheme. You'll get 2 for 1 meals at certain restaurants through Sunday to Thursday.

Student discounts – If you're in full-time education or a member of the National Students Union then you may be able to get a discount of up to 15 per cent off the bill. It's always worth asking before you place your order.

The tax cut takes force from July 15 and runs until January 12 2021. 

Businesses don’t have to pass on the VAT cut to customers – but if they do diners out could see their meals out reduced even further. 

The Eat In to Dine Out scheme doesn’t apply to takeaways. 

Canteens, shopping centres and football stadiums can offer the deal as long as food is eaten on site. 

Customers are allowed to take home doggy bags if they have any leftovers. 

Alcohol is not included in the deal, so you won’t be able to get a discount on booze.

Britain’s Coupon Kid, Jordan Cox, said: “While deals and discounts at restaurants are scarce – this is a great way to save money on a meal out and help the food industry.

“It’s worth weighing up the risk for you and your family though before you head out.”

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