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Keep eating out to help out in Lymington and the New Forest

Ongoing deliciously discounted dining in the New Forest 

After "Eat out to help out" many restaurants are continuing with their own efforts and offers

Keep eating out to help out The Government's "Eat out to help out" scheme in August helped to get struggling cafes, restaurants and pubs back on their feet. The scheme was aimed at helping businesses make up for lost time after being closed for so long through Lockdown. It was a win win for everybody with discounts to encourage people to eat out again, and establishments able to claim the money back from the government.

That scheme is over and we've now moved on again with the ruling to close at 10pm so let's recap why it's so vital to continue to support restaurants, pubs and cafes into the autumn.

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Why our support is so important

Hospitality is one of the UK's biggest employers and was hit especially hard by the lockdown measures. In April, 80% of venues closed, and 1.4 million hospitality workers were placed on furlough at some point since then.

Some venues were able to provide a takeaway service during the lockdown. But this often meant lower average spending per head and fewer people employed, and was not an option for some businesses.

The Government's "Eat out to help out" scheme for August targeted the month when most of these businesses had re-opened if shakily with social distancing. It was hoped that many people would be in holiday mood if not actually on holiday, and of course, many people holidayed in the UK rather than abroad this summer.  

By most accounts, the scheme was a resounding success with according to Treasury figures more than 100 million meals claimed for. Jes Staley, chief executive of Barclays, said spending data collected by the bank suggested the scheme had given a "real boost" to the hospitality sector.

And then came the second wave, and the ruling to close at 10pm 

So now in one fell swoop we have the chilly weather which will deter many from eating in pub gardens, and the 10pm close which whilst many of us Forest people prefer to eat early will nevertheless preclude some restaurants which would typically offer two sittings from being able to do so - and they particularly will lose out badly.

Keep eating out to help out and help local businesses 

Anyway, the bottom line is we need to support our pubs and restaurants more than ever! Including piling on extra layers which along with the outdoor heaters in which many establishments are investing, will help us to brave the outdoor seating areas for at least a little longer!

Meanwhile a number of local businesses have decided to make special offers in the bid to encourage customers to dine out through autumn and beyond.

Discounts of 20% and more...

The Turfcutters Arms in East Boldre is so grateful to customers for their support through August that it has decided to offer a whopping 20% off food and soft drinks Monday-Fridays throughout September, October and November. https://www.the-turfcutters-new-forest.co.uk/food/

Meanwhile the Silver Hind Village Inn and Dining in Sway is making an even bigger "25% off" offer for food and soft drinks from 12.00 till 17.59, 20% from 18.00 till close - 7 days a week until 30 November. Call 01590 683900, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Other offers ongoing

White Horse Pub, Netley Marsh - till end September.    

Reader Hugh let us know that The White Horse is continuing with the EAT OUT TO HELP OUT scheme for the month of September (50% off, up to £10) Mon-Wed (*Terms Apply) - http://www.whitehorsenetleymarsh.co.uk/

As above, if you are a local restaurant and would like to add your offer to this list please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Lymington.com Business Members you are welcome also to log in to your account where you can add your offer to our new OFFERS page https://www.lymington.com/offers. If you're interested in details of Business Membership please also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..uk.  

A word of reassurance from the Haven Restaurant in Lymington about the "maximum 6" restrictions

A bowl of mussels at the Haven Bar and Restaurant

"Tables are now restricted to a maximum of 6 guests in-line with the new law. But rest assured, you’re still guaranteed the same warm welcome and smiling faces for your visit!

"If you have a future reservation for more than 6, we will contact you shortly to discuss your booking. We’ve updated our guidelines to ensure we are safely operating as well as providing a great dining experience for everyone. You can read our guidelines here.

Don’t forget, our Haven To-Go menu is still available if you’d prefer to enjoy a great meal from the comfort of your own home or on-the-go.  https://www.havenrestaurant.co.uk/restaurant#takeaways 
We look forward to welcoming you soon!"

 

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