So the chancellor, in his infinite wisdom, has decided that the best way to help stimulate the economy is to get people out in restaurants eating food. So there’s this whole ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme going on, which gives you money off food if you stay inside the restaurant – which has been perfectly timed to launch at the same time Boris Johnson is doing a big push against obesity.
Ignoring the weird hypocrisy of government policy for a moment, finding a restaurant taking part can be a bit tricky. The government has a list that will show stuff within a five mile radius of your postcode, but that’s literally a name and an address. It doesn’t tell you what the restaurants are, offer any website information so you can go and check for yourself, or even a phone number. Fortunately someone has stepped in and developed a map that uses that same information, but makes it a hell of a lot easier to use.
Just head over to eatouttohelpout.cc, enter a postcode, and it will show up all the local discounted eateries on a nice big map. There are pins showing you where they are, which is helpful, as well as a sidebar that features more details about the place. The information isn’t perfect or consistent, but clicking a restaurant on the list will initiate a Google search to tell you more.
Oh, and while the government’s list is limited to 100 locations, the map is not. So really it is very useful if you plan on eating out and trying to take advantage of the discounts. Because you don’t want to show up to your local Indian and find they’re not doing it.
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