Wetherspoon launches own reduced prices scheme as Eat Out to Help Out initiative ends

Pub giant JD Wetherspoon is launching its own reduced prices scheme after the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out initiative ends.

The move will see prices on a range of meals and drinks reduced from Monday to Wednesday until November 11.

The cheaper prices will start on Tuesday, following the end of the Government’s drive to encourage people to eat out by subsidising meals during August.

Wetherspoon said prices on some of its meals and drinks will be cheaper than those available in takeaways.

“The Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme was extremely popular with our customers and a great boost to the hospitality industry,” chairman Tim Martin said.

“We are keen to offer our customers a superb choice of food and drink at great value for money prices.

“Our offer means that a classic beef burger in our pubs will be even better value than McDonald’s.”

It comes as Chancellor Rishi Sunak urged diners to “maintain the momentum” to help the UK’s coronavirus-hit economy.

Mr Sunak said that more than 64 million meals had been claimed for so far since the initiative was launched at the beginning of August and thanked those who had taken part.

The Government has said it will not extend the scheme, despite calls from business groups to continue the deal throughout September.

Some chains and restaurants, including several in London, have said they will continue the discount.

Mr Sunak said: “As the Eat Out to Help Out scheme draws to a close, I want to say thank you to the diners who have fallen back in love with their local, to the managers who have spent weeks ensuring their restaurants were safe and to the chefs, waiters and waitresses across the country who have worked tirelessly, sometimes with more customers than they’ve ever had before – all helping to protect 1.8 million jobs in the hospitality sector.

“The scheme reminded us why we as a nation love dining out and I urge diners to maintain the momentum to help continue our economic recovery.”