Danielle Hughes from Livingston in West Lothian has perhaps saved more than anybody else courtesy of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

What did you miss the most while stuck in lockdown?

Seeing family? Friends? The pub? Cinemas? The absence of many things was a weight upon us but if we’re being honest, restaurants were sorely missed.

Going out and being cooked delicious food while having the opportunity to catch up with your nearest and dearest; what’s not to like? Well, perhaps the bill you’re slapped with at the end. Nobody really likes that bit.

However, to reward our patience and perseverance, the restaurants invited us back to save big money courtesy of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

Across a range of restaurants, diners have been graced with 50% off this August and it’s clear that many are making the very most of it.

Then again, we think a certain someone takes the cake when it comes to discount dining…

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Danielle Hughes: Livingston resident masters Eat Out to Help Out scheme

Danielle Hughes from Livingston has taken full advantage of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme and claims to have eaten out every day since it began.

The BBC highlights that the 24-year-old University of Glasgow student has even eaten out twice a day on occasion.

As noted by the previous source, she has spoken out regarding her eating odyssey:

“I’ve just been trying to make the most of it. It’s all been really good. Even all the places that have been really busy, they have all had super good customer service. “I have been out for breakfast sometimes and then out for dinner as well.”

She continued: “I’d love to see it extended or for it to happen again. I don’t want it to be over but it’s probably good for my bank balance… I’m not going to go out at all in September. In September I will be eating at home probably for the whole month.”

As for how much she’s saved, the Daily Star reports that she’s saved at least £150 thanks to the scheme, which finally ends on Monday, August 31st 2020.

Could it be extended?

  • An extension of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme hasn’t been officially announced. However, it is being taken into consideration.

According to The Sun, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) chairman Mike Cherry has said on the matter:

“We now need to see it extended to continue the critical support that it is providing for small firms as we enter a period of economic make or break. As we enter September with schools reopening and more people going back to their places of work, there are still strong merits to continuing this for one more month.”

Although it is still set to end at the end of August, this certainly gives us hope that one more month of savings is on the cards.

50% off? These reactions are priceless!

A number of people have commented on the scheme over on Twitter and, of course, the memes are perfect.

Check out a selection of tweets:

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