This August the government’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme comes into play. You can get a 50% discount of up to £10 per head when you eat out at a participating restaurant across Mondays – Wednesdays, with the government reimbursing the restaurants for the discounts. It’s designed to encourage people to get back out into restaurants and give the hospitality industry a lift after a tough few months, but what it also means is there are some real bargains to be had. Here’s our pick of the best restaurants taking part.

Hawksmoor – you can get ‘the best steak and chips in Britain’ aka a 300g 35-day dry-aged rump steak, chips and a sauce (usually priced £20) for just a tenner at all open Hawksmoor restaurants. The discount also applies to the rest of the menu too.

Blacklock – thanks to the discount, you’ll be able to get chops and steaks for just a few quid and the famous All In for a tenner at both the Soho and Shoreditch restaurants.

Dishoom – instead of capping the 50% discount at £10 per head, Dishoom is offering a flat 50% off all food and soft drinks at all branches of the restaurant, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Now that really is a bargain.

Albie – the lobby restaurant at The Hoxton, Southwark is offering the discount on the pop-ups in residency, including hot chicken concept Pecking Order and Eggbreak, the latter of which is also running the offer at its Notting Hill restaurant.

Tandoor Chop House – you can get the discount at both Tandoor Chop House in Covent Garden and at spin-off concept Tandoor Tacos at The Hoxton, Southwark.

The Cheese Bar and Pick & Cheese – you can get bottomless raclette for £9 and unlimited cheese & charcuterie for £10 at The Cheese Bar and Pick & Cheese respectively with the discount.

Eggslut – both the Fitzrovia and Notting Hill branches of Eggslut are running the discount meaning you can get a meal for two with cookies and drinks for as little as £12.50.

St. JOHN – the Michelin-starred St. JOHN is participating in the scheme, meaning you can get money off classics like that bone marrow & parsley salad and those madeleines.

Bone Daddies – get bargain ramen at the Bermondsey, Victoria, Soho, Bond Street and Old Street branches of Bone Daddies.

Shoryu – another chain doing knock-down bowls of ramen, alongside hirata buns and gyoza is Shoryu, and you can get it across all open locations.

Dominique Ansel Bakery – not only does the Belgravia bakery have a garden terrace so you can eat al fresco, thanks to the discount you can get cut price cronuts and other sweet treats.

Crosstown Doughnuts – go nuts for doughnuts at the Canary Wharf, Soho, Victoria, Cannon Street, Marylebone and Piccadilly branches of Crosstown as they’re running the discount on doughnuts, ice cream and coffee.

Fatt Pundit – if you’ve yet to try the Kolkata-inspired Hakka dishes (that’s Indian-Chinese fusion) at Fatt Pundit, now’s the perfect time as the Soho restaurant is involved in the scheme.

Black Bear Burger – get bargain buns, poutine and wings from Black Bear Burger at their first permanent restaurant in Brixton.

JKS Restaurants – most of the JKS group, including Brigadiers, Hoppers, Sabor, Lyle’s, Flor, Trishna, Gymkhana, Berenjak, and the Borough and Soho branches of Bao, are all offering the discount.

Koya – thanks to the discount you can slurp on cut-price noods at udon specialists Koya .

Coal Rooms – the Peckham spot is running its new £48 five-course tasting menus from Wednesdays onwards so you can try it with money off.

Flat Earth Pizzas – currently in residence at The Plough in Homerton, Flat Earth Pizzas is taking part in the scheme and there’s a new menu coming soon, meaning you can get money off the likes of soy aubergine with Hagerstown plum jam and pickled blackberry, brie & rocket pizzas.

Patty & Bun – all P&B sites are offering the discount on food and non-alcholic bevs. An Ari Gold for under a fiver? We’ll take it.

Fallow – the newest residents of 10 Heddon Street, who focus on creative and sustainable cooking and who only arrived shortly before lockdown, are running the discount.

The Athenian – the  Canary Wharf, London Bridge, Shoreditch, Tooting, Victoria, Wembley and White City branches of The Athenian are running the discount, meaning you can get a souvlaki wrap and get change from a fiver.

Tonkotsu – the ramen chain is participating in the scheme so you can chow down on cut price noodles and gyoza.

Murano – Angela Hartnett’s Michelin-starred Murano as well as the Bermondsey and St James’s outposts of the more casual Cafe Murano will be offering the discount.

Beam – get money off the likes of Turkish eggs and buttermilk pancakes at both the Highbury and Crouch End branches of Beam.

Emilia’s Crafted Pasta – both the Aldgate and St Kat’s Docks branches of Emilia’s are running the discount on all food and non-alcoholic drinks.