Chichester MP, Gillian Keegan, has welcomed the Eat Out To Help Out scheme, which gives people up to 50 per cent off their bills in restaurants, cafes and pubs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August.
The scheme – part of the government’s Plan for Jobs that they say will spur the country’s economic recovery from coronavirus – applies to all food and non-alcoholic drinks, with a maximum discount per person of £10.
Within five miles of the key population centres, Chichester, Selsey and Midhurst there are over 130 places to choose from.
Commenting, Mrs Keegan said: “The Eat Out To Help Out scheme is a great way to boost local businesses that have been hit hard by the Coronavirus outbreak. I fully encourage everyone who can to take advantage of the scheme.
“I have been popping into lots of our pubs and restaurants over the past weeks and every single one has made a huge effort to ensure proper measures are in place so we can safely enjoy a delicious meal or a quiet drink.
“I want to thank all the brilliant businesses who have risen to these challenging times – and to all of you who have been out supporting your local.”
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said: “Our Eat Out to Help Out scheme’s number one aim is to help protect the jobs of 1.8 million chefs, waiters pub owners and restaurateurs by boosting demand and getting customers through the door.
“More than 72,000 establishments will be serving discounted meals across the country, with the government paying half the bill. The industry is a vital ingredient to our economy and has been hit hard by coronavirus. So enjoy summer safely by showing your local restaurants your support.”