5 Restaurants I Want To Eat At For Eat Out To Help Out Scheme
For those of you who live in the UK you’ll be aware that the Eat Out To Help Out scheme is rolling out at many food and drink venues from this week. These include restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes who have elected to enrol onto the scheme. The scheme was created by the government with the intention of helping the catering and hospitality industry get back up and running as it’s one of the industries most hit by the lockdown caused by COVID.
The venues taking part in the scheme will offer 50% discount on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays up until the final day of August. You can only get a maximum discount of £10 off per person and only applies for food and non-alcoholic drinks. Probably to stop people from taking advantage of cheap alcohol and putting social distancing at risk if they have too many.
As much as we’re pessimistic and cynical about our government and their handling of COVID 19 I cant help but feel opportunistic. When there’s 50% discount at some of your favourite food outlets that’s right by your doorstep, for a good month it’s too difficult to pass up. Not to mention that they’re right by your doorstep, surely the temptation is real for some.
It’s also an opportunity to try out some of the local restaurants I have either overlooked or not had the time or spending capital to afford it. Small, independent businesses have been hit most by the pandemic so why not help them out also. Without further ado, here’s 5 restaurants I want to eat in.
I’ll be cheeky and start off my list with some cheeky Nandos. The popular Portuguese restaurant are opting in to the scheme. Their 50% offer will only be valid at restaurants who are allowing customers to dine in so make sure you check their website to see if your local nandos are doing so. If I’m right Nandos are not allowing any other promotions/discounts to be redeemed alongside the discount offered by the scheme which is a bit of a bummer.
Anyway with the discount a Half peri peri chicken with 2 sides is under £5 from it’s original £11.20. You love to see it!
Also you dont have to book or order. Customers are welcome to walk and secure their chicken 👌🏾
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Time to give my Sweet tooth and head over to Creams. They’re quite a popular establishment with one of their ice cream parlours opened up in my area a few months before the lockdown and they’ve been quite busy since reopening their doors.
Their crepes and milkshakes, especially the freakshakes, have always piqued my interest but never got around to trying them out. All their different-coloured desserts and flavours just give With the discount I think now is the best opportunity to indulge in some sugary goodness.
Plus there’s ice creams, cookie doughs, smoothies, sundaes and waffles. I definitely know where I’m going if I want to be spoiled!
Kotch! for me is a true local, independent restaurant. The main reason being because their one and only branch is only a 5-10 minute walk from my doorstep.
Pizza has been one of my favourite guilty pleasures when it comes to food. It’s been so much since I’ve had a proper pizza meal. My last one may have been just before lockdown so it would be nice to indulge on some mozzarella again.
Also I quite like how niche and simple the inside of the restaurant looks every time I walk past it whilst on an errand. On the contrary their menu seems to be a bit more bold, especially with their pizza recipes. Pizza sandwiches (both savoury and sweet), calzones, and pizza frittas, which is apparently to be a type of pizza that’s fried and native to Naples *instant flashbacks to Naples* Of course you’ve got pizza in its more traditional form. Toppings and bases such as Margarita along with vegetarian and vegan pizza options.
By the sounds of it Italy may well have landed in Stratford in a more authentic, never-seen before way compared to some high-street pizza restaurants. This is definitely a promising gem.
Faster, Fresher, Taster! Look at Chopstix go with their punchlines! They’re another fast food joint serving well-known Asian food with a great deal of bases and toppings from chicken curry, egg fried rice to duck spring rolls and salt and pepper potatoes. Some of the food promoted on their Instagram page looks immaculate too!
I’ve always been into trying out different Asian cuisines but very rarely do I end up going through with it. They have a restaurant in Wesfield Stratford and the Stratford shopping centre opposite Westfield. It’s great to see neither closed down permanently. I’ve gone past there countless times and have often taken it for granted.
From what I’ve researched they’ve got a strong emphasis on storming a balance between being tasty and nutritious at the same time. That’s a big green light for me. On their website theres a nutrition calculator on their website that gives you nutritional information (carbs, protein, fat, calories etc.) for their main meals and sides.
5. Tapas Revolution
The final restaurant taking part in the scheme and one that’s on my radar is the Tapas Revolution. For any food enthusiasts you can tell that this is Spanish/Hispanic restaurant serving a variety of traditional Spanish dishes like Tapas, Paellas and calameres. To compliment they’re also got nice Spanish drinks on the menu from beer to wine and cocktails.
When I went Majorca I never got the opportunity to try out Tapas which was something I was gutted about afterwards. Now I feel it’s the time to put that right. Even though I may not be getting the full experience of trying it out first time in Spain.
They’re set up shop around many of the big cities and towns in the UK. Birmingham, Newcastle, Sheffield and of course London (both Westfield shopping centres) so plenty of places to get a Tapas or Sangria fix.
Strangely enough I personally never seen the restaurant in Stratford Westfield. They’ve got a lovely looking, socially-distanced outdoor area and with the weather upping its game it’ll be hard to pass up on that too. Obviously with caution of course. Like most restaurants, customers are strongly advised to book a table in advance as per COVID-19 guidelines. Otherwise they may face disappointment if they were to walk in. Restaurants only started reopening up as soon as a few weeks ago so if theres anyone in need of the scheme it’s Tapas Revolution for sure.
P.S. Any of the restaurants mentioned that are in cities and counties where there are local lockdowns currently in place are automatically excluded from this.
Those are the 5 restaurants I want to eat at. I know some of my choices are a bit basic or foreign but this is me sharing how much I’m relishing this opportunity. I’m trying to get a wide range of cuisine along with keeping things local. Who knows I might also do a review on some of the restaurants.
Are you looking to make the most of the scheme? If you’re not from the UK does your country have a similar scheme or initiative put in place? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Till the next post guys!