Eat Out to Help Out is a great way to get us back out and spending money at restaurants, cafes and pubs that desperately need our custom to get back on their feet, but let’s face it, a £10 discount per person won’t get you far at London prices!
Fortunately, some generous eateries are going one better, offering extensions and supplementary offers to help us all get through these tumultuous times. The Resident picks out some of the best offers…
Lead image: Le Pont de la Tour
1 Gordon Ramsay’s Love London Menus, various locations
Seven of Gordon Ramsay’s London restaurants are offering a special Love London menu, where two people can dine on two courses for £30, making it £15 each when dining with a friend. Throw in the Chancellor’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, and on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in August you can both take that extra tenner off, making it £5 each. That’s a major bargain! Restaurant’s taking part are: Heddon Street Kitchen, Piccadilly, London House, Battersea, Union Street Cafe, Southwark, The Narrow, Limehouse, Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill, Mayfair, and York & Albany, Camden.
2 SMOKESTAK, Shoreditch
SMOKESTAK, the BBQ restaurant founded by chef David Carter, is offering a 4for£10 menu to help Londoners squeeze every drop from the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. Available from Monday to Wednesday, barbecue aficionados can order a starter, signature meat/bun combo, side and gelato for just £10pp, once the EOTHO discount has been applied. The ‘4for10’ August menu features a choice of charred corn salsa; crispy pigtails or smoked cods roe to start. Then there are signature smoked meats of beef brisket, native-breed pulled pork, and chilli and fennel sausage. On the side, choose from skin-on chips with aioli, ginger and chilli slaw, and smoked pit beans. To finish, there’s Happy Endings MALT soft serve or Hackney Gelato’s salted caramel or mango sorbet, all served in a waffle cone.
35 Sclater Street, Shoreditch E1 6LB; smokestak.co.uk
3 Carluccio’s, Richmond (other branches to follow)
Carluccio’s Richmond, which reopened its doors on 30 July, is extending the Eat Out to Help Out scheme with 50% off your total food and soft drinks bill throughout August, without the £10pp limit. Plus, there’s an additional £10 off each bottle of wine ordered. Cheers to that! To celebrate its reopening, Carluccio’s Richmond is also offering a complimentary bottle of beer or glass of bubbles for all bookings up until 2 August. The EOTHO offer is available from Monday to Wednesday throughout August. Carluccio’s is gradually reopening branches nationwide, and the offer will be available everywhere. The next branch to open is South Kensington on 6 Aug. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Carluccio’s All-Day menu feature the likes of Spaghetti Carbonara, Risotto ai Funghi and Chicken Milanese, as well as the plant-based Veganese.
31-35 Kew Road, Richmond TW9 2NQ; carluccios.com
4 Pollen Street Social (Mayfair) & Social Eating House (Soho)
For a Michelin-star meal on a budget, look no further than Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House in Soho. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays you can enjoy the Prix Fixe menu at lunch time and from 6pm-6.30pm, with two courses for just £22, meaning you can enjoy a two-course Michelin-starred meal for only £12, once the Eat Out to Help Out discount has been applied. Opt three courses for £28 and add a cocktail for £36. At Pollen Street Social, Jason’s flagship Michelin-star restaurant in Mayfair, you can enjoy the set lunch menu, usually priced at £39.50 for three courses, for just £29.50 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
5 Townsend at Whitechapel Gallery
Townsend at Whitechapel Gallery, opened by Nick Gilkinson in February – just before the world turned on its head – is helping customers make the most of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme by offering two specially priced set menus. Choose from a three-course set menu priced at £20 for lunch (£10 when you apply the EOTHO offer) on Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtimes, and a four-course set dinner menu for £28 (£18 when you apply the EOTHO offer) available every Wednesday evening. Located within Whitechapel Gallery, it’s a great spot to catch an exhibition before or after dining – if you do visit the exhibition, you’ll get a free glass of wine!
6 The Ivy Cafe, various locations
Most of The Ivy Collection’s London cafes and brasseries are taking part in dishy Rishi’s Eat Out to Help Out initiative this August, with half price off all food and soft drinks up to the value of £10pp every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, across all menus. To make the most of the offering, The Ivy team has created a new set menu, available all day from 11.30am, priced at £30 for two courses or £35 for three. Apply the EOTHO offer Mon-Weds and that’s two courses for £20 – not bad at all. Enjoy the likes of crispy duck salad, roast beef fillet and the infamous melting chocolate bombe. Find the offer at The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Kensington Brasserie, Market Grill (Covent Garden), Victoria, Soho Brasserie, Marylebone, St John’s Wood, Blackheath, Richmond, Wimbledon and Tower Bridge.
7 D&D London, various locations
The D&D London restaurant group, which has restaurants all over London, is helping customers make the most of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme with new three-course set menus at each restaurant. Available every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in August at each of the 18 D&D London restaurants currently open in England, the menus are priced from £25-£40 before the £10 discount, meaning diners can enjoy a three-course meal for as little as £15pp. Find the £25 menus at Radici, Islington, and Cantina del Ponte, Shad Thames. Find the £35 menus at Fiume, Battersea, Paternoster Chop House, the City, Bluebird Chelsea, Butlers Wharf Chop House, Shad Thames, 14 Hills, the City, Skylon, South Bank, and German Gymnasium, King’s Cross. Finally, you’ll find the £45 menus at Le Pont de la Tour, Shad Thames, Orrery, Marylebone, Coq d’Argent, the City, and Madison, also in the City.
8 Bill’s, various venues
Bill’s, which has 19 restaurants across London, has one-upped the Chancellor’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme by offering new set menus with a complimentary glass of wine that, when combined with the EOTHO scheme will set you back less than a tenner. The We’re joining in! All Day Set Menu offers two courses for £15.50 and three courses for £19.95, and the We’re joining in! The Incredible Menu offers two courses for £19.95 and three courses for £24.95 – all with a complementary glass of red or white wine. The 50% off, up to £10 offer, is applicable to both celebratory menus, available Mon-Weds from 11.30am. There’s also a new breakfast menu, available from 8am Mon-Weds to which the Government’s scheme also applies.
9 BOXPARK, Shoreditch, Wembley & Croydon
Finally, somebody has realised that our hard earned cash tends to disappear more on booze than food! As well as 50% off meals from over 40 of its street food restaurants from Mon-Weds throughout August, all BOXPARK bars in Shoreditch, Croydon and Wembley will be offering 50% off across the entire drinks menu, including alcoholic beverages. Diners can also get up to 20% off during the rest of the week (Thurs-Sun) across select street food traders. There’s just one tiny catch – to gain entry into any BOXPARK venue and take advantage of these special offers, you need to download the BOXPARK Black Card.
10 Hard Rock Cafe, Piccadilly Circus
Hard Rock Cafe in Piccadilly Circus is extending its Eat Out to Help Out offering to Thursdays and Fridays, meaning you can take advantage of 50% off food and softies, up to £10, from Monday to Friday. Enjoy the likes of Hard Rock’s award-winning steak burgers like The Original Legendary Burger or Vegan Moving Mountains Burger washed down with milk shake for a little less this summer. Plus, Hard Rock Cafe now has a new alfresco terrace by the London Pavilion and Criterion Theatre right in the heart of Piccadilly Circus – perfect for people watching while the crowds of tourists are less manic than usual!
Criterion Building, 225-229 Piccadilly W1J 9HR; hardrock.com
11 Three Cheers Pub Co, various locations
Three Cheers Pub Co, the London pub group that runs the likes of The Bedford in Balham, The Avalon in Clapham and The Rosendale in West Dulwich, is extending Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Eat Out to Help Out discount to run throughout August and September. With nine venues, predominantly in south London, the award-winning pub group is offering customers 50% off food and non-alcoholic drinks on Mondays, Tuesday and Wednesdays right up until 30 September. The offer is redeemable once per visit, but there is no limit to the number of times you use the scheme. No minimum spend is required, but the offer is not available on takeaway food or drinks, or alcohol.