The best London restaurants taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme
By Philippa Thomas
From Monday 3rd August 2020, restaurants across the country will be offering discounts to diners as part of the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme. It is part of a plan to encourage the public to return to eateries as lockdown eases. Guests will get a 50% discount – up to £10 per head – on their food and drink orders on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays throughout August. Absolutely London has rounded up some of the best restaurants participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme in London.
Eat Out to Help Out Restaurants in London
Combining the traditional New York burger with gourmet toppings, Patty & Bun is the go-to for cheeky greasy grub. All of Patty & Bun’s sites across the capital are offering the 50% discount on dine in food and non-alcoholic drinks, including their burger classics and specials. Indulgent fast food at a bargain price – sounds like the perfect Saturday night haunt.
With spectacular views of the city, Madison is a great option for date nights. The Manhattan-style restaurant has a menu featuring delicious dishes such as watermelon and feta salad, British grass fed sirloin from the Josper Grill, and a warm chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream to finish. After your meal you can head up to the award-winning rooftop terrace for a breath-taking panorama of the London skyline and killer cocktails.
An award-winning neighbourhood café, Beam offers high-quality, wholesome plates inspired by Mediterranean and British cuisine. The menu features exciting flavours and naturally healthy dishes with brilliant brunch options including halloumi wrap and shakshuka. The Eat Out to Help Out scheme is on offer at their sites in Crouch End and Highbury, making it the perfect spot to meet up with friends in north London.
Lost in Brixton
Hidden up a secret staircase in the corner of Brixton Market, Lost in Brixton is a tropical paradise waiting to be discovered. The space is filled with picnic tables and plants sitting under a fully retractable roof. By using the Tablesnapper app, you can order food from various traders within Brixton Village and Market Row to be delivered straight to your table. Stalls offering the 50% discount include Wings & Tings, Honest Burgers, Seven at Brixton, Thunderbird Fried Chicken, and Champagne & Fromage.
One of the most Instagrammed cafés in London, Peggy Porschen is a boutique bakery serving the finest cake and coffee. Their freshly-baked collection of cupcakes and confectionary can be enjoyed on their outdoor terrace or taken away and tucked into as part of a picnic. This eatery is easy to spot with their bright pink exterior and beautiful floral display (not to mention the queue down the street).
For the health conscious, Daylesford café offers an amazing range of organic and sustainably-sourced food. With fresh, seasonal produce delivered daily from the Daylesford Farm in Gloucestershire, you can eat out while still nourishing your body with pure goodness. Their artisan cheese and breads are a particular highlight.
Dominique Ansel Bakery
The home of the famous Cronut, Dominique Ansel Bakery is an innovative café that offers a new take on the traditional afternoon tea. The café itself is decked out in outlandish floral displays and with the Eat Out to Help Out scheme on offer, now is a good a time as any to try out their delicious and beautiful range of original bakes. It has also been announced that chef Dominique Ansel will be leaving London and closing his eateries, so now’s your last chance to try that Insta-famous watermelon slice.
If you’ve been missing traditional pub grub, check out The Orange on Pimlico Road. This beautifully restored British gastropub is an award-winning eatery set over four uniquely designed floors in the heart of Belgravia. Looking over the tranquil Orange Square, this renovated old brewery is a stone’s throw from Sloane Square, making it a great pit-stop after a hard day’s shopping.
Wild by Tart
Wild by Tart is a neighbourhood restaurant offering a relaxed, all-day dining menu with big flavours and seasonal ingredients, with produce sustainably sourced when possible. Their new pop-up terrace, just a stone’s throw from the restaurant, serves up a selection of seasonal dishes cooked using a charcoal grill and wood oven.
For a luxury cuisine at a discount price, visit Scott’s in Mayfair’s Mount Street, an establishment built upon a glittering heritage. This exclusive restaurant offers terrace dining and serves the finest traditional fish and shellfish dishes alongside a variety of meat and seasonal game favourites. Their oysters, served at the elegant oyster and champagne bar, are a particular house speciality.
Emilia’s Crafted Pasta
Sometimes nothing will do except a good bowl of comforting pasta. Enter Emilia’s. With a menu revolving around simple Italian Cuisine, this restaurant prides itself on being artisans in everything from rigatoni to gnocchi. The pasta is freshly made every morning and cooked using traditional techniques passed down the generations.
Set in Petersham Nurseries’ bustling green court, La Goccia is a vibrant Italian restaurant with an open kitchen, wood fired oven, large grill and dining bar. The menu revolves around small, seasonal plates to share with plenty of plant-based options for vegans and vegetarians. Next door is The Petersham restaurant for those who prefer fine dining.
No summer is complete without a barbecue. Luckily for Londoners, Smokestak offers diners the best smoked meats without any of the fuss. The restaurant’s carefully sourced produce is gently barbecued over kiln-dried English oak for up to 15 hours in a traditional wood-fired smoker. The Eat Out to Help Out August menu features a choice of charred corn salsa, native breed pulled pork, and chilli and fennel sausage, and diners can get four dishes for just £10.
The Ivy Café
The Ivy Café is also participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. These eateries positioned in local London neighbourhoods such as Blackheath, Wimbledon, and Richmond offer accessible all-day dining in a relaxed and friendly environment. Their ‘We’re Taking Part’ set menu features grilled seabass fillet and a lobster linguine at £35 for three courses.
The Breakfast Club
As the name suggests, The Breakfast Club are connoisseurs when it comes to the morning repast. Their menu boasts a wide selection of delicious plates including banana and salted caramel pancakes, breakfast burgers, and ‘Outta Lockdown’ sweetcorn fritters. What better way to start a day?
In the heart of Soho is the Indian restaurant Kricket. Their seasonal sharing menu
offers diners a delicious choice of dishes such as butternut squash with makhani sauce and puffed wild rice, and smoked haddock khichidi with pickled cauliflower. For an all-out-there treat, one of their bartenders can shake you up an Indian inspired cocktail.
Whyte & Brown
Chicken lovers can delight in Whyte & Brown’s poultry-themed menu. Dishes on offer at the Carnaby restaurant include chicken souvlaki, chicken schnitzel, and chicken burger. Located just off Regents Street, the restaurant is also the perfect pit-stop during a post-lockdown shopping spree.
Set in the heart of Marylebone is 108 Brasserie. This chic restaurant specialises in modern dishes inspired by cuisine from across the globe. From Thai spiced summer squash soup to grilled organic Scottish salmon fillet, you will find something for everyone on their menu. Visiting 108 is a great way to make the most of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
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