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)
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
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|