Level up your dining game this August.
As you’ve probably heard, the government is about to launch its Eat Out to Help Out scheme through the month of August across Britain. This means each Briton will be given a discount of up to £10 per head when eating out. Its aim is to help the hospitality industry which has suffered during the UK’s lockdown.
Money.co.uk have been busy doing our job for us, uncovering all the Michelin star spots that are taking part in the scheme. They found that 45 Michelin starred restaurants are partaking in the scheme; 43 with one star, and two with a pair of Michelin stars.
In total, 33% of British restaurants with the much-coveted award are utilising the scheme. And there are a healthy 18 spots to choose from in London alone. Here’s a list of all the fine-dining spots in London where you can enjoy some fancy grub for discounted prices in August.
London Michelin star restaurants that are taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme
- Hakkasan Hanway Place
- Hakkasan Mayfair
- Kai Mayfair
- Pollen Street Social
- Social Eating House
- St John
- The Five Fields
Due to the demand for eating out on this scheme, Money.co.uk have also compiled a list of handy tips for diners through this period.
Tips for dining out post-lockdown
1. Book ahead
With restaurant capacity almost halved in some cases, many places are not accepting walk-ins. Make sure to make a reservation ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
2. Show up!
As the pandemic has thrown much difficulty at the hospitality industry, many restaurants simply cannot afford to deal with “no shows”.
Earlier this month, elite chef, Rick Stein, reported that his family business experienced 967 no shows within 11 days of reopening. This resulted in their group losing a shocking £46,000 in under two weeks.
If there is a chance you may need to cancel your booking, ensure you do so as early as possible.
3. Adhere to social distancing guidelines
Where possible, it’s best to eat outdoors. However, restaurants are aiming to be very strict about how people are seated inside, and ensuring tables are separated apart as much as possible.
Ensure you maintain space between yourself and other restaurant guests, and avoid shouting, hugging or touching anyone else. Obviously.
4. Bring necessary hygiene equipment
While restaurants are not insisting that you wear face masks and gloves, if taking public transport, it is important to be wearing face coverings. Additionally, bring hand sanitiser and continue to wash your hands as much as possible.
5. Remember to bring your contactless card
Restaurants are mostly insisting on going cashless where possible, with many encouraging customers to pay with their contactless card, or via mobile contactless payment.
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