100 Bedford Borough restaurants taking part in ‘Eat Out to Help Out’

Eat Out To Help Out Pay It Forward

Foodies across Bedford are being encouraged to “Eat Out To Help Out” from today, with around 100 restaurants in the Borough signed up to a government scheme.

The idea of the scheme is to kickstart the food and drink sector which has suffered massively during the coronavirus lockdown.

And at some restaurants you can even help support Foodbank’s across the UK by donating some of the money you’ve saved in a new ‘Pay It Forward‘ campaign.

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which starts today (3 August), will give customers 50% off their bill, up to a maximum of £10 per person.

If you want to spend a little bit more, your 50% discount only applies to the the first £20.

So, if your bill is £50, and there are two of you, you’ll only pay £30. Restaurants claim the balance back from the Government.

Special menus in place

Many restaurants have created a special £20 menu for the scheme, so customers can make the most of the saving and also installed extra safety measures to keep customers safe.

“Our guests can enjoy a safe summer as we ensure a COVID-safe environment,” said Malcolm Wyse, General Manager at The Swan Hotel.

“Extra safety measure, include safety screens, new self-check-in/out kiosks, one-way flow systems, automated ordering for food and beverage, and sanitiser dispensers throughout the hotel.

“In addition to our normal menus we are providing an opportunity for guests to enjoy a three course fixed price menu for an amazing £10 per person after the scheme discount,” he said.

A full list of all restaurants taking part in the scheme is below.

Pay it forward and help out Bedford Foodbank

The Bedford Independent has teamed up with several restaurants to help Foodbanks across the UK alongside the scheme.

We’re asking you to ‘pay it forward’ and donate some of your £10 saving through our dedicated Just Giving page which supports the Trussell Trust.

The Trussell Trust support a nationwide network of food banks, including ours in Bedford, providing emergency food; support to people locked in poverty and campaign for long-term change

When you have finished dining and paid your bill, scan the QR code on the card given to you by your server at any of the following restaurants and donate as much, or as little as you like.

Restaurants taking part in the ‘Pay it Forward’ campaign

(List correct at time of publication)

3 St Peter’s: 3 St Peter’s Street The Longholme: Longholme Boating Lake
Baja: 17b Castle Lane Pen & Cob, The Swan Hotel: 1 High Street
Bedford Arms: 57 High Street, Oakley  Quay: 19 Castle Lane
Corner 5: Box End Park, Box End Road, Kempston Ready Steady Roll: Ivy Lodge Fard, Rushden Road, Sharnbrook
Creams: 119-121 High Street, Bedford Tana Thai: 20-22 Cauldwell Street
Decant: 20 Castle Lane, Bedford Thali and Tandoor: 28 Castle Lane, Bedford
The Embankment Hotel, 6 The Embankment Vesuvio: Sharnbrook Hotel, Park Lane, Sharnbrook
Rice Thai: 41 St Cuthbert’s Street Siam Heaven Thai, 36 The Broadway
Vanilla Tree, 29 St Cuthbert’s Street The Gallery, 7 Howard Street

Not only have you helped out a restaurant, by sharing some of savings you are also helping out those who are struggling in this uncertain time.

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee reports that the use of food banks in March and April had “effectively doubled” due to coronavirus.

You can also make a donation to the campaign even if you’ve not taken part in the Eat Out To Help Out scheme, just head to: justgiving.com/fundraising/pay-it-forward-bedford

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The Swan Hotel’s Pen and Cob Brasserie is taking part in the Bedford Independent’s Pay It Forward Campaign.

All restaurants taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme

(List correct at time of publication.To keep up to date as new restaurants are added, head to: gov.uk. Please check the restaurant is still taking part when booking or ordering your meal.)

3 St Peters: 3 St. Peters Street Royal Gurkha: 46-48 Tavistock Street
Afters: 119-121 High Street Siam Heaven Thai: 36 The Broadway
Baja: 17 Castle Lane Sir William Harpur House: Clyde Crescent
Bar & Bistro: Wixams Retirement Village Soprano Kebab House: 97 Midland Road
Barns Hotel: Cardington Road St Bedes: 116 Bromham Road
BB Tea: 43 High Street Starbucks: 9 Harpur Centre
Bedfordshire Golf Club: Stagsden Subway: 15 Allhallows
Bellini’s: 44-46 High Street Subway: 209 Bedford Road, Kempston
Blue Orchid: 27 Shakespeare Road Subway: 47 Midland Road
Brewhouse and Kitchen: 115-117 High Street Subway: 99 Church Lane
Bromham Subway: 100 Stagsden Road Subway: Alban Retail Park, London Road
Burger King: 9-11, Harpur Street Sundaes Gelato: 58 High Street
Burger King: Interchange Retail Park Tana Thai: 20-22 Cauldwell Street
Club 2000 Bingo: Aspects Leisure Park Tavistock Court: Queens Street
Coffee Square: Interchange Retail Park Thali & Tandoor: 28 Castle Lane
Coffee With Art: 82 High Street The Anchor Inn: High Street, Great Barford
Corner 5 Restaurant: Box End Park, Box End Road The Barn Café: Cardington
D’Parys: 45 De Parys Avenue The Bedford Arms: 47 High Street, Oakley
Decant Wine and Cheese Bar: 20 Castle Lane The Cable Café: Box End Road, Kempston
Dessert Island: 32-34, St. Loyes Street The Cochin: 76 Tavistock Street
Diya Royal: 174 Bedford Road, Kempston The Cross Keys: 2 Tithe Road, Kempston
FatCap Smokehouse: 15 Castle Lane The Crown at Willington: The Crown, 17 Station Road
Frescoes coffee house: 20 Mill Street The Eatery: Roman Gate
Gordon Colling House: 162 Bamford Road The Embankment Hotel: 6 The Embankment
Indiya: 1-3 Broadway House The Foresters Arms: 41 Union Street
Islands Greek Restaurant: 6 St. Marys Street The Gallery: 7 Howard Street
Jax Restaurant: 27 Shakespeare Road The Higgins Pantry: Castle Lane
KFC: 197 Bedford Road The King William IV: 56 High Street, Kempston
KFC: 63 Tavistock Street The Kings Arms: 24 St. Marys Street
KFC: Interchange Retail Park The Library Café: Bedford Central Library, Harpur Street
Lagos lounge: 4 Newnham Street The Longholme: Longholme Boating Lake
McDonald’s: 9 High Street The Park Pub and Kitchen: Kimbolton Road
McDonald’s: 536 Goldington Road The Prince of Wales: 8 Northampton Road
McDonald’s: Aspect leisure park The Tavistock pub and carvery: 117-119 Tavistock
New Bombay: 53b Harpur Street Three Rooms Fine Indian Dining: 4 Kimbolton Road
O For Coffee: Oakley Park, Station Road, Oakley Treat Street: Riverside Square
Pen & Cob, The Swan Hotel: 1 High Street Vanilla Tree: 29 St. Cuthberts Street
Poppins Restaurant: 84 High Street Verve Hotel: 27 Shakespeare Road
Quay: 19 Castle Lane Willington Garden Centre: Frosts at Willington
Radhuni: 38 The Embankment Woodland Manor Hotel: Green Lane, Clapham
Rice Thai Restaurant: 41 St. Cuthberts Street Wootton Vale House: Fields Road, Wootton
Ritz Bingo: Aspects Leisure Park Zest Pizza: 32 London Road
Riverside Lawn Tennis Club: Goldington Road Rizq: 86-86A Midland Road
To keep up to date as new restaurants are added, head to: gov.uk

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