The Eat Out to Help Out scheme has proved very popular, both with customers and most venues who took part in the offer.
Sadly, it’s set to end next Monday, August 31st, meaning after today there’s only one more day to take advantage of some bargain food and drink.
It’s been estimated that participating establishments have dished out more than 35 million meals since it was launched on August 3rd, from nearly 50,000 different restaurants, bars and cafes.
In case you are unfamiliar with the scheme, it has been available from Mon-Weds throughout August and meant that you could get 50% off your food and soft drink at participating venues, up to a maximum of £10 per head.
According to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, the 35 million figure ‘is equivalent to over half of the UK taking part’, and he now faces calls to extend the scheme, in a bid to help businesses survive.
A petition online has gained more than 5,500 signatures at the time of writing, and is asking the government to extend the scheme until September 30th.
The petition reads: “Extend the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme to September to give restaurants and cafes financial stability prior to a potential second wave of COVID-19 causing local/national lockdowns.
“The government have the power and the responsibility to ensure people are not losing their jobs due to businesses having a weak financial stability.”
It needs 10,000 signatures to get a response from the government, and 100,000 for it to be debated in Parliament.
Kate Nicholls, the chief executive of UKHospitality, told the Mirror: “The scheme has been a huge success for the sector. Our members have been reporting a very-welcome boost in trade when it was needed most.
“The scheme has not just benefited businesses commercially, it appears to have really boosted consumer confidence as well, which is just as important.
“Both of those are very strong arguments for an extension of the scheme.
“It would keep customers excited about going out and give businesses the support they still need. Hospitality sector is still fragile and faces other challenges, but prolonging the Eat Out scheme could help businesses back to stability and enable them to safeguard jobs and livelihoods.”
As the scheme is set to wind down on August 31st, new figures have revealed that pub and restaurant workers are most at risk from redundancy, with 14 million of them furloughed at the start of lockdown.
You can sign the petition here.
You can now get paid £200 to eat Greggs Festive Bakes
Pretty much everyone loves Greggs Festive Bakes so this will come as amazing news to us all.
MoneyBeach.co.uk is hiring a Festive Food Tester to discover exactly what the best limited-edition Christmas food is.
So if you love all things turkey and cranberry – this is the perfect job for you.
Along with Greggs Festive Bake, you’ll also get to taste McDonald’s Celebrations McFlurry and M&S’s latest (and weird) addition to their festive lineup, the Santa’s Yum Nut.
You’ll get all the festive treats delivered right to your door and review them based on taste, value for money and festiveness.
The successful applicant will be provided with £75 to order a range of Yuletide yumminess from places like Greggs, KFC, Costa Coffee and McDonalds.
And the job is all remote which is great news for the Manchester applicants as we head into tier 3 next week.
Once all the information has been collated, MoneyBeach.co.uk will officially crown the best festive food in the UK.
Mike Rees, CEO of MoneyBeach.co.uk, comments: “As a specialist website for restaurant and takeaway insurance, we keep a keen eye on takeaway trends in the UK.
“This year is the first year that many limited-edition Christmas menus have been available for delivery at home, and it prompted us to wonder if we could find out once and for all which festive food is officially the best.
“We’ll be looking for someone who loves Christmas as much as they love takeaways, as it’s really important for us to know how much festive joy each dish or snack brings.”
Applications are open now and you have to be over 18 to apply.
Asda is now selling ‘Nutella’ flavoured KitKats and they’re the ultimate snack
Take my money!
Sounds like taking a break just got a hell of a lot more delicious.
Nestle, the brand behind KitKat, have now combined the popular chocolate biscuit with hazelnut spread to create the ultimate choccy biccy.
It’s not actually Nutella, but instead, a chocolate hazelnut spread that tastes just like it.
Kevssnackreviews posted the news over on Instagram, just a month after the recent launch of KitKat honeycomb flavour.
The bars consist of chocolate covered wafer biscuit fingers with a good layer of chocolate hazelnut spread in the middle too!
Amy Bennett-Inge, assistant brand manager for KitKat, said: “We’ve experienced huge demand for our two-finger KitKats this year and we know that fans love to try new flavours from the brand.
“We think our honeycomb and chocolate hazelnut spread varieties really hit the spot, and we’re sure they’ll become popular new additions to the range.”
The KitKat bars are now available at Asda in packs of nine and will set you back £1.50.
Lindt is now doing Candy Cane Lindor Truffles and they’re the perfect Christmas treat
These look amazing.
Lindt is combining its succulent white chocolate Lindor range with Candy Cane truffles for the perfect festive treat.
The indulgent treats are a brand new flavour for the UK and are absolutely perfect for Christmas.
Combining deliciously smooth white Lindt chocolate with peppermint candy cane pieces and an oozy truffle centre.
Kevssnackreviews shared the new flavour on Instagram with the caption: “There’s crunchy candy cane pieces in the shell atop the classic smooth filling, it’s nicely minty but the white chocolate tempers the flavour so it’s not too overpowering.
“The chocolate melts in the mouth nicely leaving little crunchy candy cane pieces.”
The treats are available for £5.99 on GBGifts.co.uk but boxes are already selling fast so you’ll have to be quick!
You can also get the truffles on Amazon but they come with a heftier price tag of £22.99, as the truffles come from America.
In other white chocolate news, you can now buy a white choc flavoured liqueur from Aldi that tastes just like a boozy Milkybar.
The boozy treat, described as ‘a light yet luxurious cream liqueur with the classic flavour of cocoa butter and cream’, is part of their festive range and will set you back £6.99.