The Eat Out To Help Out scheme has been a roaring success in Manchester, with many restaurants choosing to continue it throughout September. But which ones are they? We’ll let you know the best across the city that are still going to subsidise the cost of a meal out in those traditionally quiet days early on in the week. This makes it cheaper for the consumer, leading to busy restaurants.
It’s worth remembering that the government aren’t covering the costs of this – the discounts are coming straight from the restaurants themselves, so tip your waiting staff well, and buy a few extra drinks than you might normally – this isn’t going to last forever and these places need the extra support during these tricky times.
We’ve visited countless restaurants, cafes and bars since lockdown eased and we’ve found every single one to be taking social-distancing seriously
This new version of the Eat Out To Help Out scheme is a little different to the one throughout August, so it might not be available on every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and they might not apply to all dishes, or they might apply to drinks too. We’ll do our best to let you know the differences but it’s always worth giving the venue a call to find out the full details. And whatever you do, don’t book a table then fail to turn up. Restaurants lose a fortune due to customers doing this, and as trusted readers of Creative Tourist, we know you’re better than that.
And if you’re worried about safety issues, don’t be. We’ve explored numerous restaurants, cafes and bars since lockdown eased and we’ve found them all, every last one, to be taking social-distancing seriously, along with a gamut of other safety-conscious measures, such as temperature checking, visors, face masks, app ordering, and more. It might feel a little odd, even a little silly, but these are the steps we have to take for the time being.
But the main thing is to enjoy yourself, treat your waiting staff and restaurant well (these are tough times all round, some places might not make it through the other end) and thank our Lord and saviour that we’re not stuck in the misery of late-March, April, May and June any longer. That in itself warrants an extra rum and ginger ale and a side plate of sourdough bread. Hallelujah.
Here are our picks
Peru Perdu, The Cotton Factory, 74 Princess St, Manchester, M1 6JD, Manchester,, M1 6JD - Visit now
Peru Perdu is one of the most unique restaurants to hit Manchester in a long while. The dishes are fresh, exciting and full of flavour, and more than match up to the best of Manchester – and now you can try them at 50% off, up to the value of £10 per person, on Monday through to Wednesday in September.
The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Salford, M3 5LH - Visit now
After an impressive upgrade to the interior, The River Restaurant became one of the city’s must-visit spaces, and throughout September they’re showcasing a superb deal: three courses for just £14.85 per person. And this even carries on right through until November.
Cottonopolis, 16 Newton Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 2AE - Visit now
Cottonopolis are continuing their Eat Out to Help Out offer throughout September with the Katsu Bowl Menu – available on Monday and Tuesday all day, and up until 4 pm on Wednesday and Thursday. You might find a couple of extra options on this £10 menu too (no spoilers).
Mamucium, 6 Todd St, Manchester, M3 1WU - Visit now
A few steps from the grand old Victoria Train Station, Mamucium serves up high-quality classic British food, and now you can get 50% off throughout September on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. This applies to their Mamucium Classics Menu, up to a maximum saving of £10 per person.
Don Giovanni, Peter House, 1-2 Oxford St, Manchester, M1 5AN - Visit now
Manchester’s longest-standing Italian restaurant is extending the Eat Out to Help Out deal throughout the month, with 50% off all food from Sunday right through until Thursday. And this applies to all food, bar a couple of exceptions such as steak and lobster, with nary a £10 limit in sight.
The Allotment Vegan Restaurant, Lloyd’s house, 18-22 Lloyd St, Manchester, M2 5WA - Visit now
Want to help the environment as well as your pocket? The Allotment is putting their entire vegan menu (excluding alcoholic drinks) at 30% off on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout September – up to a maximum saving of £10 per guest.
Bill’s Manchester, 3 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB - Visit now
Good quality food in cheerful surroundings, that’s what Bill’s serves up in Spinningfields and the head honcho himself has decided to continue the Eat Out to Help Out offer through September, Monday to Wednesday.