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Helmsley hospitality encourages diners by signing up to the Eat Out to Help Out scheme

Restaurants in Helmsley are getting behind the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which launches on 3rd August.

Fifteen cafes, restaurants and pubs in the town have currently signed up to the scheme, including Crema Coffee House, The Black Swan, Feversham Arms, La Trattoria and the Owl House Café at the National Centre for Birds of Prey.

Eat Out to Help Out allows diners to get a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in, up to a maximum of £10 discount per person. It is available every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until the end of August. It can be used as many times as people like, and there is no voucher required, or minimum spend – however, the discount cannot be used on alcoholic drinks or service charges.

The scheme aims to give a welcome boost to the hospitality industry in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Establishments taking part claim a reimbursement from the government for the discount given.

Rachel Harrison, owner of Crema Coffee House on Helmsley’s Borogate, said: “We have been quite busy since we reopened, but obviously perhaps not where we would have been if it wasn’t for Covid-19. Hopefully Eat Out to Help Out will encourage more people to make the most of the wonderful cafes, restaurants and eateries Helmsley has in abundance. I think people have really missed eating out and of course many people have felt the impact of Covid-19 on their bank balance, so this is a great way to help people dine out for less. We, and the other participants, have lots of safety measures in place to ensure dining in is a safe but still enjoyable experience. We’ve had some lovely feedback saying we have ‘gone above and beyond’ to help everyone, both staff and customers, feel as safe as possible whilst ensuring the dining experience remains as similar as possible to before Covid-19, which makes it all worthwhile.

“It’s always worth checking with a venue to find out if you need to book a table in advance. We’re looking forward to seeing some familiar and new faces throughout August and hopefully our industry will get the boost it needs.”

To find restaurants which are participating in the scheme in different locations visit https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/eat-out-to-help-out/find-a-restaurant/