How much Eat Out To Help Out will cut prices at McDonald's, KFC, Pizza Express and other big chains

The price of a McDonald's Big Mac has halved. Photo: McDonald'sThe price of a McDonald's Big Mac has halved. Photo: McDonald's
The price of a McDonald's Big Mac has halved. Photo: McDonald's
McDonald's, KFC and Nando's are some of the big name chains taking part in the government's Eat Out To Help Out 50% discount.

Eat Out To Help Out is a new scheme which can be used at restaurants to get 50% off food and non-alcoholic drinks.

The scheme means that bills could come down if you eat in or drink in.

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The plan is a bid to get customers back into restaurants - while complying with social distancing regulations - and give food and drink businesses a boost after having been closed for months.

The scheme allows for 50% off food and non-alcholic drinks up to a total value of £10 per person if you eat in or drink in. So a £40 bill for your meal for two people could become just £20.

The government will pick up the tab for the discount, so the restaurants are not missing out on any money.

A cut in VAT from 20% down to 5% means a lot of restaurants will also be cheaper than before, with several choosing to pass on VAT savings directly to customers.

How much will you save?

McDonald's Eat Out To Help Out discount

A Big Mac medium meal with fries and a drink

Was: £4.59

Eat Out to Help Out price now: £2.30

Nando's Eat Out To Help Out discount

Half Peri-Peri chicken and two sides

Was: £9.80

Eat Out to Help Out price now: £4.90

KFC Eat Out To Help Out discount

KFC 10-piece bargain bucket

Was: £13.99

Eat Out to Help Out price now: £6.95

Pizza Express Eat Out To Help Out discount

American Hot classic pizza and other classic pizzas

Was: £13

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Eat Out to Help Out price now: £6.50 depending on the branch

Burger King Eat

Big Whopper medium meal

Was: £6.49*

Eat Out to Help Out price now: £3.25

*According to Burgerlad's July 2020 price index


Wetherspoons announced that, under the scheme, breakfasts in its pubs will cost £2.24, a pizza will be £2.75, other meals will be £2.37 and a children's meal will be £2.08.

When will I be eligible for the 50% Eat Out To Help Out discount?

The scheme will be in operation ever Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between August 3 and August 31.

You can use the scheme as many times as you like.

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You don’t need a voucher to use the scheme and you can use it at the same time as other offers and discounts. There is no minimum spend.

Alcoholic drinks and service charges are excluded from the offer.

What Leeds restaurants are taking part?

More than 100 Leeds restaurants, including big chains like Subway and McDonald's and smaller independents.

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There is also a postcode checker available on the government's website which you can use to check which restaurants near to you are participating in the scheme.

Launching the scheme, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: "To get customers back into restaurants, cafes and pubs, and protect the 1.8 million people who work in them, I can announce today that, for the month of August, we will give everyone in the country an Eat Out to Help Out discount."

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