Wetherspoon customers can buy a cooked breakfast for £1.60

Wetherspoon joins Rishi Sunak’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme offering cooked breakfasts for £1.60 and burger and drink for £2.50 – as pub chain boasts its food will be CHEAPER than supermarket ready meals

  • Cheap meals that will form part of Chancellor’s new ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme
  • Diners benefit from 50% cut on food and non-alcoholic drinks up to £10/person
  • All Wetherspoon pubs involved in scheme on Mondays-Wednesdays in August
  • Outlets claim the value of the saving back from Government and the taxpayer

A cooked breakfast will be available for just £1.60 under the Government’s ‘meal deal’ scheme – funded by taxpayers.

Wetherspoon claims the prices it charges will come down to less than buying a ready meal equivalent from a supermarket.

The offer is one of thousands of cheap meals that will form part of the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme drawn up by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

To use the postcode checker which reveals participating restaurants in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme within two miles of where you live, click here  

Seated customers at the Wetherspoon pub Goldengrove in Stratford, East London, on July 4, the day that pubs were allowed to reopen in England from the coronavirus lockdown

A member of staff wearing a face mask serves seated customers at the Goldengrove on July 4

The scheme launches on Monday and is designed to bring thousands of people back to town centres.

Some 90 national chains have signed up to the scheme along with tens of thousands of independent restaurants, cafes, pubs and fast food outlets.

What are the new ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ deals at Wetherspoon pubs? 

  • £1.60 for breakfast including a free-range egg, back bacon rasher, Lincolnshire sausage, a hash brown and Heinz baked beans
  • £2.75 for an 11-inch Margherita pizza and Pepsi Max 
  • £2.37 for a a Southern-fried chicken and smoky chipotle mayo wrap, with chips and Remedy Kombucha raspberry lemonade
  • £2.50 classic burger with soft drink
  • £2.08 for a children’s meal such as spaghetti Bolognese and five-bean chilli, with a drink and a banana or a fruit snack 
  • 65p for coffee with free refills 

Diners benefit from a 50 per cent price cut on food and non-alcoholic drinks up to a value of £10 per person. The outlets claim the value of the saving back from the Government and the taxpayer.

Wetherspoon has had a long running battle with supermarkets based on complaints they are able to massively undercut pubs on beer, wine and spirits.

The pub giant says more than 700 of its outlets will offer a selection of meals, with a drink, at a lower price than the equivalent from Tesco.

All of its pubs will be participating in the scheme, which is available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August.

The £1.60 breakfast includes a free-range egg, back bacon rasher, Lincolnshire sausage, a hash brown and Heinz baked beans.

When this is combined with coffee and free refills it adds up to £2.24. The chain claims that a ready meal equivalent from Tesco would be £2.33.

There is a larger breakfast that will cost £1.75, which includes a free-range egg, back bacon rasher, Lincolnshire sausage, two hash browns, Heinz baked beans, tomato, toast and butter.

Other deals it claims are cheaper than Tesco include £2.75 for an 11-inch Margherita pizza and Pepsi Max, and £2.37 for a deli deal, comprising a Southern-fried chicken and smoky chipotle mayo wrap, with chips and Remedy Kombucha raspberry lemonade.

A customer reacts as he walks with two pints of beer at the Goldengrove Wetherspoon pub

Customers queue to enter the Wetherspoon pub Goldengrove in Stratford on July 4

Under the scheme, the company’s pubs will sell coffee for 65p and a classic burger with soft drink for £2.50.

Children’s meals, where choices include spaghetti Bolognese and five-bean chilli, with each meal including a drink and a banana or a fruit snack, will cost just £2.08.

Wetherspoon chairman, Tim Martin, said: ‘Thanks to the Government scheme, an individual is better off eating and drinking at Wetherspoon than purchasing a similar range of products at Tesco. As Tesco’s customers will appreciate, every little helps.

‘Prices at some of our town and city centre pubs are higher and the comparison with Tesco does not work in these cases. However, the vast majority of our pubs will be offering a range of meals – with a drink – at unbeatable prices.’

Eat Out to Help Out: How the scheme works and the best way to use ‘stacking’ with other discounts to increase your saving

On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the month of August, Britons can eat out for a discount price.

At businesses participating in the scheme, diners will receive a 50 per cent discount, up to a maximum of £10 per head.

So if a meal costs £20, the diner will get £10 off, but if a meal costs £30, the diner will still only get £10 off.

Businesses will claim the money back from the Treasury, which is expected to spend £500million on the scheme.

Restaurants and pubs are expected to announce their involvement over the coming weeks. The discount covers non-alcoholic drinks, but not booze.

Can you use OTHER discounts too?

Yes – you can ‘stack’ the discount on top of other offers to earn yourself increased savings.

The Government stipulates that outlets that sign up to the scheme must apply the 50% discount across the whole menu AND on top of any meal deals or vouchers on offer that day.

That means the only way a participating restaurant can avoid a double saving for diners is to axe their own discounts.

Chains including Wetherspoon and Pizza Express have all said they have no plans to change their existing offers.

Discount schemes such as the Tastecard will run throughout August too.

MoneySavingExpert says this should mean you can stack the usual discount that comes with the card with the 50 per cent off offer. 

Which chains and restaurant groups are registered for the Eat Out To Help Out scheme?

Atalian Servest

Atlas Hotels

Bakers + Baristas

Bannatyne Health Club

Bar + Grills

Bill’s

Black Sheep Coffee

Blue Diamond

Boparan Restaurant Group

Brains

Brewdog

Burger King

Buzz Bingo

CH&CO

Caffè Nero

Center Parcs

Coffee#1

Company of Cooks

The Cornish Bakery

Costa Coffee

Crussh

Côte Brasserie

D&D London

David Lloyd Clubs

Deep Blue Fish & Chips

Dobbies Garden Centres

Euro Garages

Everyman

Five Guys

Franco Manca

Fullers

G1

GAIL’s Bakeries

Giggling Squid

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Greene King

Grosvenor Casinos

Hall & Woodhouse

Haven

Hollywood Bowl

Honest Burgers

Hydes

JD Wetherspoon

JW Lees

Joe & The Juice

Joseph Holt 

Jurys Inn

KFC

Kew Green Hotels

Leon Restaurants

MacDonald Hotels

Marston’s

McDonald’s 

McMullen

Mecca

Mitchells & Butlers

Morrisons – Cafe and Barista Bar

New World Trading Company

Park Holidays

Patisserie Valerie

Pho

Pizza Express

Pizza Hut

Pret A Manger

Prezzo

Punch

Revolution Bars Group

Raj Douth

Raj Gate

Roadchef

Selfridges & Co

Shepherd Neame Ltd

Spice Garden

St Austell Brewery

Starbucks

TGI Fridays

Team Sport

Tenpin

The Ivy Collection

The National Trust

Tony Macaroni

Tortilla

Turtle Bay

Vacherin

Village Hotels

Viva Italia

Wagamama

Wasabi

Wildwood

YO Sushi

Youngs

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