Northern Ireland diners enjoyed more than 2.7 million meals as part of the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme to drive post-lockdown business mid-week, it has emerged.
The Government’s offer saw 2,207 locations availing of the deal – giving up to £10 off a food bill for each customer. The discounts totalled more than £16m.
So far, a total of 2,789,000 meals have been claimed for across the region, with the average discount sitting at £5.79.
“The UK-wide Eat Out to Help Out scheme has been a fantastic initiative for Northern Ireland. Throughout the length of the scheme 2.7 million meals were served, saving diners in Northern Ireland a staggering £16m,” Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis, said.
“Such UK Government intervention has been vital in protecting hospitality jobs in Northern Ireland and boosting its economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The sector is crucial to many livelihoods in NI with 60,000 jobs sustained by the sector, contributing over £1.1bn to the local economy annually."