The Government's new Eat Out to Help Out scheme returns today, offering diners across the UK 50% off meals throughout August, up to ?10 per head. The scheme, which aims to reboot the hospitality industry, is available at thousands of restaurants - you can find a list of Liverpool venues here. The discount works at more than 72,000 restaurants and at many outlets, it can be used on top of the six month VAT discount, reports the Mirror.
Find out which of your local restaurants are taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme: However, there are a few more hacks you can use to further your savings at chains such as Burger King, McDonald's and Pizza Hut this month. Below, we've taken a look at some of the best deals around:
KFCKFC is taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme (Image: LIVERPOOL ECHO)
KFC recently reintroduced its "Chicken Tuesdays" deal where you can get a nine-piece bucket of chicken for ?5.99 instead of ?15.57.
This falls on the same day of the week as Eat Out to Help Out, which means you can get the 50% off promotion on top. Instead of paying the ?15.57 bucket price, you'll pay ?3.
Pizza Hut diners can take advantage of Meerkat Meals' two-for-one deal to get even more money off their food. You can get the 12-month cover when you purchase any travel insurance from the comparison website - and if you already have one, the savings can be substantial.
For example, a Pizza Hut buffet for two would typically cost ?17 (?8.50 per person) if you take advantage of its mid-week, before 3pm, offer. With Meerkat Meals, you'd get one of these dinners for free, taking the price down to ?8.50 for two people - add on the extra Eat Out to Help Out discount and your total bill will come to ?4.25, saving you ?6.83 per person.
McDonald'sMcDonald's is taking part in the scheme (Image: Birmingham Mail)
McDonald's runs a regular offer that lets you pick up a Big Mac and medium fries for ?1.99 in exchange for filling out a survey about your meal. You can check an old McDonald's receipt to find a unique 12-digit code which you can enter into its Food for Thought website.
Once you've completed the survey, you're given another five digit code that you will need to write on the original receipt. Hand it over when you place your order at your next McDonald's trip to pay ?1.99 for your Big Mac and medium fries. Use this deal on a day when Eat Out to Help Out is running, and the price will be lowered even further to ?1.
Toby Carvery is offering a one-off 25 per cent discount on food, not drinks, when you sign up to its email updates online.
Sign up and show the code on a day that Eat Out to Help Out is running, and you'll get an extra 25% off on top of your half price food. For example, Toby Carvery charges around ?7.29 for a mid-week carvery. With a 25% discount, that's ?5.27 or ?2.74 on an Eat Out to Help Out day.
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Wetherspoons runs a "Tuesday Steak Club" promotion once a week and where you can get a 6-ounce sirloin steak and chips plus a soft drink for ?8.45. With Eat Out to Help Out, the price of this meal is reduced by 50% to ?4.23.
Burger KingBurger King is taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme (Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire)
Burger King is currently running a deal on its Whopper burger where you can pick one up for ?1.99 instead of ?4.49. If you use this in conjunction with the 50% off food scheme, you'll get the burger for ?1.
To get your Whopper, you'll need to be signed up to the Burger King app.
Sign in with your details, and you'll find the Whopper deal under the "offers" section in the app.
Just show this code at the till to redeem the saving.