Many diners will stop going to restaurants now the Government-backed Eat Out To Help Out scheme has ended, a study has suggested. New research commissioned by global reservations platform TheFork.co.uk to mark its launch in the UK also found that 57 per cent of diners polled reveal they are planning to eat out less now that the scheme has ended. A fifth of Britons said they had missed trying new food from other countries and cultures during the period of coronavirus restrictions with 70 per cent claiming they could not travel overseas during 2020.
Fear of Covid-19 (44 per cent) and money problems (25 per cent) topped the list of reasons for staying at home.
Thousands of restaurants and many different cuisines are available on TheFork app, allowing Britons to enjoy some of their favourite dishes from around the world without the need to get on a plane. Most-missed cuisine is Italian, with over a fifth (21 per cent) favouring pizza for dinner, topping the charts ahead of Chinese and Indian food.(Image: Athena Pictures)
TheFork.co.uk has now launched a new scheme to encourage people to venture out for a meal through September until November. Diners will be able to get 50 per cent off their final food bill every day of the week, in more than 100 restaurants across the UK for the duration of the festival.
The Back to the Restaurant event aims to encourage people back to restaurants to support the British hospitality industry in its recovery following the Covid-19 lockdown. Patrick Hooykaas, managing director at TheFork.co.uk, said: "We are so excited to be launching TheFork in the UK, celebrating with the Back to the Restaurant Event. "We know that it is an incredibly challenging time for the hospitality industry and that having empty tables is the costliest element for any restaurant.
"We're hoping we'll see more and more customers venturing out to support their locals whilst enjoying great food for incredible prices."
Customers can also get GBP20 off a future meal by using the code APP20 when making their first reservation on TheFork app.