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‘Eat Out to Help Out’ is a Resounding Success

Nantwich town centre on final day of Eat Out to Help Out (photo: Jonathan White)

Article and Photographs: Jonathan White

Dozens of Nantwich cafes, pubs and restaurants took part in the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ government scheme to boost their trade as Covid-19 lockdown eases. 

The initiative offered customers 50% off their meal, up to a maximum of £10 during August 2020. 

The scheme has really boosted the hospitality industry and has breathed new life into the sector.

Denise Lawson of Nantwich Bookshop and Coffee Lounge with a Eat Out to Help Out publicity poster

Denise Lawson, Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge, said: “Eat Out to Help Out has really helped people’s confidence in going out and leaving the house. It has helped our business along with other local businesses as we use local suppliers. Our orders have increased three-fold in the past month, and it will have had a knock-on affect to other businesses across the board. The rest of the week has been equally busy, and I feel it’s as a result of the ‘springboard’ we have had from the scheme.”

Liz Parkin, community engagement consultant from inNantwich, said: “The Eat Out to Help Out scheme has gone really well in Nantwich and I know for sure that people have made very good use of the offers. I have personally enjoyed meals with friends and family in four of our local restaurants and cafes and it has been heart-warming to see establishments lively and buzzing again.”

Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said: “I want to say thank you to the diners who have fallen back in love with their local, to the managers who have spent weeks ensuring their restaurants were safe and to the chefs, waiters and waitresses across the country who have worked tirelessly, sometimes with more customers than they’ve ever had before – all helping to protect 1.8 million jobs in the hospitality sector. The scheme reminded us why we as a nation love dining out and I urge diners to maintain the momentum to help continue our economic recovery.”