IN the chancellor’s giveaway bonanza, Britons can eat out in August with the government footing the bill. There are, however, certain conditions in the small print.
Meal offer does not include alcohol. Food eligible for the offer must be consumed with a soft drink, either warm milk or cheap orangeade, at the special coronavirus price of £6.95 per glass.
Offer only applies between 2.45pm and 3.05pm. That’s on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The government reserves the right to switch this to Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays at short notice. To check eligibility, sign up with restaurant.gov.uk, open from mid-August, then generate an ID code which will be sent to you in 5-10 working days.
Diners must order special ‘Rishi Dish’ to qualify for discount. This select dish will consist of whatever didn’t sell the week before and is in danger of going off. May also be liver or tripe.
Diners must stand up and join in with three cheers for Boris Johnson before eating. They might also choose to clap in gratitude for a minute before sitting down to eat. This is not compulsory but restaurant staff are required to spit in your food next time.
Vegan options not available. Vegans feeling unfairly treated by this are advised to vote Green at the next election, or for some similar party of sandal-wearing plant-munchers.