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Eateries give their thoughts on Eat Out to Help Out

This week we got our first taste of the Government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme giving diners 50% of their food and non alcoholic drinks up to £10 on Monday to Wednesdays in August.

The scheme kicked off this week with pretty much every eating outlet in Newbury signed up to it.

Among them were Bartholomew Street independent, Ugly Duckling Pottery and Painting. Owner Emma Hooper told us: "It has been a fantastic initiative for us so far. We have had a busy few days and sold a lot more food and drink than we would normally. It has been a slow start getting customers to come back since reopening so this has definitely boosted us and done positive things for business. We are just hoping that the momentum continues."

Meanwhile the Lock Stock and Barrel said: "Somehow we’ve found people that don’t know about it so have been a good surprise. Busier between 4-7. However I will be interested if it’s still as popular if the weather changes."

And finally Emma Benson from Mrs B's Kitchen on Faraday Road, added: "I am really impressed by yesterday's turn out. We had lots of new people and also some of our regulars."

The scheme runs throughout August on Monday to Wednesday and you can find out which venues are signed up here.

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