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Eat out to help out in Tunbridge Wells – everything you need to know!

Eat out to help out in Tunbridge Wells

Planning to ‘eat out to help out’ in Tunbridge Wells this August? Here’s everything you need to know…

The official Eat out to Help out scheme is continuing at several restaurants and pubs around Tunbridge Wells this September and beyond, which you can read about HERE! 

Wondering about ‘eat out to help out’ in Tunbridge Wells? What is it? What’s included and which places are participating? The ‘eat out to help out’ scheme was launched by the government in a bid to revive the UK economy post-lockdown. Basically it is helping struggling cafes, restaurants and pubs to get back on their feet.

It seems like there have been lots of different opinions on the scheme (no surprise there) but assuming you are someone who is going to embrace it and support our lovely cafes, pubs and restaurants in Tunbridge Wells, I have put together a guide with some of the key info I hope you’ll fine useful below. I have also put together a list of the cafes, pubs and restaurants taking part in the scheme HERE!

How does the eat out to help out scheme work?

From 3rd to 31st August 2020, diners can receive 50% off their food and drink bill when eating out at participating restaurants on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The maximum discount available is £10 per person when you eat or drink in. Food and drink will appear on the menu at full price, and the restaurant will deduct the money off the bill and claim it back from the government.

Eat out to help out in Tunbridge Wells

The drinks included in the scheme need to be soft drinks (non-alcoholic) and essentially the scheme means that if your bill comes to £20 (per person) on food and drink in a participating venue, you will only need to pay £10. This goes for each person in your group when dining.

It is only available for cafes, pubs, restaurants where you dine in so isn’t valid for takeaway food and drink.

Anything else I need to know about eat out to help out in Tunbridge Wells?

The discount can be used as many times as you like and there isn’t a limit on how many people can use the discount in one party, so long as they are adhering to social distancing guidelines.

The scheme is of course open to children too and the venues must offer the full 50% discount all day Monday to Wednesday and across the whole food and soft drink menu.

Eat out to help out in Tunbridge Wells

There isn’t a minimum spend and you don’t have to order food to be eligible. So for example if you purchase a £3 coffee at one of our lovely independent Tunbridge Wells Cafes, it will cost £1.50 under the eat out to help out scheme.

Which food and drink places are taking part in the eat out to help out in Tunbridge Wells scheme?

A huge amount of Tunbridge Wells restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs that serve food have signed up to the eat out to help our scheme. This includes many of the independents as well as the big chains.

Establishments can choose whether to sign up, and can join the scheme at any point. They need to register for the scheme online and will be able to claim the money back and have it refunded within five working days,

What is not included in the scheme?

The discount cannot be used on alcoholic drinks, service charges or food for a private function or event and takeaway is not eligible.


I would love to know what you think? Will you be getting participating to eat out to help out in Tunbridge Wells and if so, where will you go first? And remember to check out the full list of cafes, pubs and restaurants in Tunbridge Wells taking part in the scheme! Hope you enjoy dining out.