With enticing discounts on everything from steaks and three-course menus to award-winning seafood and world-class cupcakes, here’s where to park your plate for up to 50% off this August with the Eat Out to Help Out scheme
On your marks, get set, order. This August, the government is footing half the bill in participating restaurants, with up to £10 per head, for your meal and any soft drinks on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Part of a wider £30billion package to help the country’s finances recover after the catastrophic effects of lockdown, the new incentive aims to encourage Brits back to restaurants, bars and pubs in an effort to boost the economy and save jobs in the hospitality sector.
We’ve rounded up some of London’s best restaurants taking part in the scheme – with enticing offers on everything from steaks and three-course menus to award-winning seafood and world-class cupcakes, here’s where to park your plate this August.
Polo 24 Hour Bar & Cafe
Polo 24 Hour Bar & Cafe is back with a bang! The much loved open-all-hours restaurant located opposite Liverpool Street Station has opened its doors once again with plenty to devour.
Occupying three-floors on a busy stretch in East London Polo Bar has thrown the rulebook out of the window coming up trumps with their all-encompassing food and drink menu available day and night. Pancakes with a pint? Dom Perignon and double cheeseburger? A cuppa at 3am? Anything goes here.
Taking part in the scheme, enjoy a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in every Monday Tuesday and Wednesday until the end of August. Forks at the ready, everyone.
Book a table via polo24hourbar.co.uk
Bobo Social has opened in the new Elephant Park development following a successful stretch on Charlotte Street Fitzrovia. Offering the freshest seasonal and sustainable small plates paired with good wine and friendly service Bobo Social has you covered.
Bite wise, small plates include Braised Lamb Croquettes, Smoked Salmon Blinis with Cavia and warm rustic bread with Artichoke, Spinach and Parmesan Dip. Fillet steak from Flock & Herd Butchery with Truffle Butter is a speciality as well as the popular Peanut Butter Burger, and new Capsicum Burger with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available too.
Plus: try out the new Bobo Social app – on the App Store or Google Play – so you can book a table, order dine in or takeaway, and even earn points to get rewards. For every pound spent, you get 10 points, and once you reach 500 points, Bobo will give you £5 of credit to spend.
For something exotic, head to Latin American restaurant Zuaya for a meal with the wow factor. Nestled just off Kensington High street, drop by for an indulgent cocktail or be taken on an exciting culinary journey of Latin America with a mouth-watering menu of fresh, exotic and inventive Latin American tapas.
The restaurant’s chic and exotic interiors feature lush foliage, whilst outside a refreshing outdoor oasis awaits.
Enjoy excellent savings with the scheme, including a set Steak Lunch (Argentinian chimichurri sirloin steak with a green salad) for just £7.25 instead of £14.50, or their Wagyu Beef Short Rib Bao for just £3.75 (normally £7.50) Monday-Wednesday.
Book a table via zuaya.co.uk
ByChloe X Club Cultured Pop Up, SW4
From now until 31st August, stop by London’s hottest vegan street food pop-up from plant-based eatery By Chloe, launched in collaboration with their friends at Club Cultured to create a range of exciting new dishes showcasing their delicious tempeh.
Open 7 days a week and operating 50 Abbeville Rd, SW4 9NF, the pop-up is a delectable magnet for vegans and omnivores alike looking for some seriously delicious vegan food.
Sink your teeth into a menu featuring the likes of kimchini balls stuffed with vegan cheese, gochujang, spring onions and homemade kimchi and friend tempeh wings glazed in buffalo sauce and accompanied by maple-butter glazed cornbread.
Main dishes include tempeh pizza, a grilled quinoa burger, and the sell-out Gado Gado salad: an authentic Balinese dish featuring tempeh seasoned with peanut, ginger and turmeric, atop crisp and refreshing layers of sweetcorn, shredded purple cabbage, bean sprouts, toasted tender stem and kale, finished with a mouthwatering tofu lime crema dressing.
The mouthwatering and 100% plant-based menu has been designed by Club Cultured, which was created by James, Harry & Connor: three friends with a passion for plant-based food.
PLUS: read our full ByChloe review to find out more about the tastebud trip.
Book your table via designmynight.com
Emilia’s Crafted Pasta
Get a hefty dose of carbs with pasta connoisseurs Emilia’s Crafted Pasta , who are taking part in the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
With the offer on a both sites, Aldgate and St Katharines Dock, Emilia’s are also dedicated to making sure their guests and teams are looked after during these unprecedented times and will be taking careful measures to ensure a safe, but also enjoyable social eating & drinking experience.
Book a table via emiliaspasta.com
Wing Shack, Loughton & Clerkenwell
Wing Shack are also taking part in the government scheme, with a range of southern fried chicken, buffalo wings and BBQ to devour.
Following successful opening in Clerkenwell & Sebright Arms (also recently joining the latest Selfridge’s Market) with the cult following of original site in Loughton, Wing Shack has re-opened all its doors to welcome loyal customers via dine in or takeaway via Deliveroo & Ubereats.
Order via wingshackco.com
Andaz Liverpool Street
5* lifestyle hotel Andaz London Liverpool Street is also opening its doors (and menus_to the government scheme.
On select days throughout August, diners will be able to enjoy 50% off all food and non-alcoholic drinks (up to a maximum of £10 per person) at three of the hotel’s eclectic restaurants.
Great savings can now be had every Wednesday at the reliably quirky Rake’s Café Bar where the signature sriracha sesame cauliflower wings with peanut ranch are always in great demand. Or you could pop down to the much-loved Lady Abercorn’s Pub & Kitchen Monday through Wednesday to enjoy a wagyu beef burger or steak & onion sourdough baguette against the most splendid of Grade II listed backdrops.
Miyako has also reopened its doors, joining the scheme every Wednesday for the remainder of the month. Listed by Forbes as one of London’s top five Japanese restaurants, diners can expect an authentic array of hand-rolled sushi, expertly crafted sashimi, teriyaki and other indigenous delicacies.
Book a table via hyatt.com
The D&D London restaurant group is making it easier for customers to calculate their savings with the introduction of a special three course set menu at each restaurant.
Each of the 18 D&D London restaurants currently open in England will have a new three course menu on offer. Priced from £25 – £40 before the £10 discount has been removed, the menus will offer diners the chance to enjoy a three course meal for as little as £15 a head.
All participating restaurants and the price of their set menus before the Government reduction are as follows:
• East 59th
• Cantina del Ponte
• Paternoster Chop House
• Bluebird Chelsea
• 20 Stories
• Butlers Wharf Chop House
• 14 Hills
• German Gymnasium
• Le Pont de la Tour
• Coq d’Argent
To book, visit danddlondon.com.
28°-50° Covent Garden
Calling all wine fans. Independent wine specialists 28°-50° Wine Bar & Kitchen in Covent Garden, are taking the Eat Out to Help Out scheme an impressive step further with a groundbreaking new initiative.
Pay a visit to try their brasserie-inspired menu at an unlimited half price discount from Monday to Sunday, throughout the month of August.
To book, visit 2850coventgarden.co.uk
Riding House Cafe
Saddle up – Riding House Cafe in Fitzrovia are offering a 6 course tasting menu for just £10, with a supplementary wine flight also available with the offer. Having reopened its doors to summer, with a menu carefully crafted by Chef Henry Omereye and a new summer terrace for guests to soak up the sunshine, RHC makes a rather delicious pitstop.
New on the menu, a range of prime cuts from across the British Isles are hung in-house with Himalayan salt, as well as tasty dishes such as Cajun Squid with glass noodles, pak choi, coriander and mango, along with nutritious bowls such as the black quinoa & mango salad with corn, black beans, cashews and endive.
Take on the special tasting menu, available Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in August, which includes premium dishes such as 30 day dry-aged côte de boeuf, truffled mac & cheese and king prawn skewers. For those who fancy a tipple, the menu is available with a wine pairing flight for just £25.
To book, visit ridinghouse.cafe
Book a table to try a 4 course menu for only £15, which includes a dim sum trio to start followed by a delicious wok main such as Kung pao chicken and Stir-fry rib eye beef with steamed jasmine rice, and homemade Macarons to finish. This is in addition to both sites participating in the full scheme Monday-Wednesday.
To book visit yauatcha.com
Quique Dacosta’s Arros QD on Eastcastle St, Fitzrovia has opted in to the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, meaning customers dining on Tuesdays and Wednesdays can expect up to £10 off their favourite paella.
A classic Paella Valencia with rabbit, chicken, farrago beans, rosemary and aioli will now be £11 per person, whilst an Iberian presa rice with black garlic aioli is a steal at £16.25 per person.
To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 3883 3525.
Rick Stein Restaurants
The entire Rick Stein group is participating, giving diners a chance to enjoy their favourite Dover Sole at The Seafood Restaurant, or a perfectly cooked steak at St Petroc’s Bistro for a bargain price.
For lobster lovers, the classic Lobster Thermidor, a whole lobster topped with a rich sauce made of fish stock, vermouth, shallots, cream and herbs and grilled with breadcrumbs is available at select restaurants for only £32.95.
When ordered between Mon-Wed, this will therefore be £22.95, available at Rick Stein Barnes, Winchester, St Petroc’s Bistro, Stein’s on the Quay and Sandbanks.
To book, visit rickstein.com.
Jason Atherton: Pollen Street Social & Social Eating House
For diners looking for their Michelin Star fix on a budget, look no further than Pollen Street Social. On Tuesday and Wednesdays, savvy shops can enjoy the Prix Fixe menu at lunch time and from 6-6.30pm.
With 2 course usually £22, 3 courses £28 and 3 courses with a cocktail £36, you can now enjoy a two course Michelin-starred meal for only £12.
Pollen Street Social, Jason’s flagship restaurant is also open and will be participating in the scheme. The 1 star restaurant will still be serving it’s incredibly well priced set lunch menu, available every day. Usually priced at £39.50 for three courses, diners can now enjoy it for only £29.50 – a delicious steal indeed.
To book, visit socialeatinghouse.com.
Culinary Director, Ben Tish has been hard at work behind the scenes to bring diners a flight of new summery dishes, to sit alongside Norma classics.
Ideal for a summery bite, new dishes include English burrata with peas, broad beans, preserved lemon & summer leaves (£14); Grilled octopus, caramelised lemon, wild fennel & salsa crudo (£11) and Bucatini with Cornish crab, chilli butter and lemon (£14/£23).
As part of the EOTHO scheme, diners can therefore enjoy a delicious octopus dish for just £1, it doesn’t get much more delicious than that.
To book, visit normalondon.com/book-a-table.
Farzi Cafe London
Zorawar Kalra’s acclaimed modern Indian restaurant, Farzi Cafe is celebrating the reopening of its doors, with a special bao bun giveaway, an extended outdoor dining area and a new generous gift voucher initiative.
Welcoming guests back after the extended lockdown, Farzi Cafe will offer for a limited period only, a special giveaway of its best-selling Butter Chicken Bao with green chilli mayo or the Seitan Bun with garlic yoghurt. The offer will be available to guests dining in the restaurant on weeknights between 5 and 7pm, for the month of August only.
Farzi Cafe will also be participating in the government’s ‘Eat out to Help out’ scheme and has launched an additional initiative, allowing guests to buy vouchers ranging from £50 to £200 to dine at generously discounted prices.
To book, visit farzilondon.com.
Dine by District: Belgravia
• Peggy Porschen: Elizabeth Street’s most Instagrammable café, serving cake and coffee alfresco on the terrace.
• Hunan: The atypical Chinese restaurant on Pimlico Road. Serving up small tapas-size
portions of food with an emphasis on sharing many dishes.
• The Fine Cheese Company: Located on Motcomb Street, a dining experience that offers a selection of over 100 artisan European cheeses and charcuterie.
• Daylesford: The café on Pimlico Road serving organic and sustainably sourced food from the Daylesford Farm in Gloucestershire.
• Dominique Ansel Bakery: The home of the famous Cronut are now taking walk-ins for guests in their beautiful garden terrace located on Elizabeth Street. They are carrying on this campaign till end of September.
• Olivo, Oliveto, Olivocarne, Olivomare: The restaurants throughout Belgravia specialising in Italian and Sardinian cuisine.
• The Thomas Cubitt: The traditional English pub, positioned on the picturesque Elizabeth Street.
• The Alfred Tennyson: The relaxed ground floor pub, with a gracious & airy dining room on Motcomb Street.
• The Orange: A beautifully restored British pub on Pimlico Road.
• Tom Tom: The coffee house on Ebury Street serving drinks made freshly from Allpress roast beans.
Dine by District: Eccleston Yards
All restaurants in Eccleston Yards have outdoor seating available in the courtyard.
• Jones Family Kitchen: Alfresco dining offering steak specials & hearty sides, plus wine & international whiskies.
• Morena: A coffee roaster, brunch and all day-dining restaurant inspired by the flavours of Latin-American.
• Wild by Tart: The neighbourhood restaurant offers a relaxed, all day dining menu with big flavours and seasonal ingredients, sustainably sourced where possible.
Dine by District: Mayfair
• Roka: The award winning Japanese restaurant serving contemporary Japanese robatayaki cuisine and sushi on North Audley Street.
• NAC: The relaxed and stylish bistro and cocktail bar offering French sharing plates and exquisite desserts on North Audley Street.
• Jamavar: Indian street food gets an upscale makeover at this glossy venue on Mount Street, with botanical-themed cocktails.
• Finos & Delfinos: Offering guests traditional Italian dishes using the freshest and finest ingredients for the past 65 years, located on Mount Street.
• Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill: Situated in the Marriott Hotel on beautiful Grosvenor Square, the stylish yet informal restaurant takes inspiration from the iconic American grills to create irresistible dishes.
• Scott’s: Located in Mount Street, the restaurant offers terrace dining and serving the finest traditional fish and shellfish dishes alongside a variety of meat and seasonal game favourites.
• 34 Mayfair: British game and world meats cooked on an imported Argentinian grill, located on South Audley Street.
• Comptoir Café and Wine: Modern European cafe and bar offering all-day dining with a spacious, well-stocked wine store, located on Weighhouse Street.
• Burger & Lobster: Well-crafted prime burgers and wild, fresh Atlantic lobsters are the perfect pair at this American-style diner on Clarges Street.
• Spaghetti House: Offering a taste of Italy with fresh and simple dishes on Duke Street.