Incredibly EOTHO is still going! Like one of those horror flick zombies you just can’t kill, the half price dining phenomenon is back on its feet and lurching toward Halloween!
The original Eat Out To Help Out was apparently an economic success, filling restaurants across the country to capacity and extending a valuable lifeline to the hospitality industry. But when the scheme ended plenty of restaurants decided to continue the system without the extra bump from Rishi Sunak.
So here are all the places you can score cheap food in October…
InterContinental London O2
The Market Brasserie, Clipper Bar and Meridian Lounge at the Thames side InterContinental London O2 are all signed up to the extended EOTHO scheme.
But rather than simply apeing the Chancellor’s generous August offering, the hotel has gone the extra mile and removed the £10 cap. Which means that all food at the restaurants and bars is 50% off.
While it doesn’t apply to drinks, obviously, this Monday to Wednesday deal is one of the most generous in London!
Where: 1 Waterview Drive, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0TW
Sky Garden’s Darwin Brasserie
Darwin Brasserie is perched above Sky Garden, itself perched above London at the top of the ‘walkie-talkie’ tower, otherwise known as 20 Fenchurch Street.
The 36th floor restaurant serves British brasserie food as diners look out across London and the Thames below. Throughout October EOTHO will run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (they aren’t open on Mondays).
Where: Level 36 Sky Garden, 20 Philpot Lane, The City, EC3M 8AF
‘Golden brown, texture like dim sum’… Opium awaits those who push the jade door in China Town’s Gerrard Street and it’s an intoxicating and luxurious den of mixology and dim sum.
Taking EOTHO into its’ third month, save 50% off all dim sum (upto £10) between Monday and Wednesday throughout October.
Where: 15-16 Gerrard Street, Chinatown, W1D 6JE
There’s something ‘curryous’ about Benares; while many posh Indian restaurants run with the British Raj trope (which is perfectly fine and has done well for Gymkhana and the like) Benares does something different, making the food and dining experience the contemporary high end of its peers in Bombay or Delhi. Which makes Benares the go-to for wealthy South Asians visiting town and for anyone else looking for modern brilliant Indian food.
It’s dark, alluring and its extended EOTHO until the end of October. Benares has had a good lockdown, with one of the most innovative delivery services in town, now they’re nailing keeping customers inside too.
Where: 12a Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6BS
Completing the trio, along with Nueva and Shard sits Aqua Kyoto. Sharing premises with its Spanish incarnation, Aqua Kyoto serves high-end Japanese cuisine and at an EOTHO discount throughout October.
Just choose the ‘Sunset Menu’, between Mondays and Thursday, and if your booking falls between 5pm and 6:30pm you’ll receive £10 off the (normally) £39 menu.
Enjoy a cocktail on the expansive terrace before or after your meal for the full experience.
Where: 5th Floor 240 Regent Street Entrance 30 Argyll Street, W1B 3BR
All of the Aqua restaurants have signed on to continue the EOTHO scheme in one form or another. Which is great for anyone who loves great British food while enjoying a great British view because Aqua Shard delivers both!
The 31st storey restaurant serves food that rivals the panoramic views, not to mention unmissable cocktails. Still in the scheme, the restaurant’s Sunset Menu offers a set menu of three courses for £39, available daily for bookings made between 5pm and 6:30pm (hence the name). Which is certainly worth it just for the lift-ride!
WHERE: LEVEL 31, THE SHARD, 31 ST THOMAS STREET, LONDON, SE1 9RY
Nobu, officially the Emperors of Japanese cuisine, have taken EOTHO into October with 50% off lunch on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Fully COVID-secure, Nobu is one of London’s smartest EOTHOers. The sushi specialist is a must-visit at the best of times, and even more so at the worst…
Where: 19 Old Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1LB
Re-opened since September 4th, Fenchurch didn’t want to miss out on the EOTHO action, so promptly continued the scheme throughout September.
The 37th floor Sky Garden restaurant west-facing views compete with the contemporary British fine dining menu.
Where: Level 37 Sky Garden, 20 Philpot Lane, The City, EC3M 8AF
It really is a jungle out there when it comes to Zuaya. The jungle themed interiors (look out for the monkeys) bring a flavour of Latin America to Kensington, but not nearly as much as the menu does.
Born out of Spanish twins Alberto and Arian Zandi’s love of Spanish tradition, you’ll find an immaculate selection of traditional tapas with punchy flavours travelling from Peru, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. And for September, it’s on an EOTHO basis on Mondays to Wednesdays.
Where: 35B Kensington High Street, Kensington, W8 5EB
What could be more desirable than afternoon tea in a Mayfair hotel? Half price off afternoon tea in a Mayfair hotel? No problem.
The Chesterfield Mayfair has extended EOTHO until the end of October between Mondays and Wednesday.
Where: 35 Charles Street, Mayfair, W1J 5EB
It’s the classic restaurant story, from rags (a Brixton shipping container) to riches (a permanent Soho restaurant). Kricket is the brainchild of Will Bowlby and Rik Campbell and despite arguably un-Indian names, the cuisine of Anglo-Indian small plates combines classic British ingredients with authentic Indian flavours of India and it’s one of our favourites.
Spread over two floors, the restaurant includes an open kitchen with counter dining, a subterranean cocktail bar and because of COVID they’ve ditched their frustrating reservations policy that used to only let you book for four or more. So everything was worth it!
Where: 12 Denman Street, Soho, W1D 7HH
Up the Shard once more, this time to the highest public dining option in the entire tower (if not London), Ting. The restaurant at the Shangri La London The Shard is signed up to an extended EOTHO and their signature Asian dishes, compete with the elegant Chinoiserie interior and, of course, the far-reaching views.
Where: Level 35, Shangri-La Hotel, 31 St Thomas Street, Borough, SE1 9QU
The bill is £10 lighter, man, at waterside restaurant The Lighterman.
The King’s Cross pub-slash-restaurant-slash-bar on Granary Square has continued the EOTHO scheme for diners. Ideal for alfresco-ing on the terrace or enjoying the canal views from the dining room, the menu is modern British with European influences.
Where: 3 Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4BH
Make no mis-steak, Gillray’s is offering EOTHO rates throughout October. The smart steakhouse restaurant boasts some of the best views in London over the Thames toward Parliament but what really counts is the feast you can look forward to on a visit.
A Handbook favourite, bring your most carnivorous friend and knock £10 off the bill.
WHERE: County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Waterloo, SE1 7PB
You’ll be OK at TOKii this October thanks to EOTHO. The restaurant, smart Japanese fusion dining, at The Prince Atatoki hotel at Marble Arch is taking the scheme through to the end of the month, giving us the chance to enjoy sushi, sashimi, seafood and Robata grilled meats at half price (upto the obligatory £10 off, of course).
Where: 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, W1H 7FD
Flesh & Buns Covent Garden
Seven Dials plays host to Flesh & Buns (the original Flesh & Buns, not the flagship restaurant that’s about a ten minute walk away). The Japansese Izakaya restaurant from the same people that brought us Bone Daddies is EOTHOing right through October with its fluffy steamed buns and savory fillings giving you yet another reason to visit Seven Dials this month.
Where: 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9LX