In case you’ve been living under a rock, August sees the start of the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme which aims to boost the country’s hospitality industry. In this post I’ve my top five eat out to help out places local to Tysoe.
This means that as diners we’ll get a 50% discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in, up to a maximum of £10 per head. It’s valid every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until 31st August.
And you can go as many times as you like (so you could do 3 meals a day for the first 3 days of every week!)
The discount is automatically applied which means you don’t even need a voucher, just rock up – establishments will claim a reimbursement from the government for the discount you received.
You just need to make sure the eaterie you’re heading to has signed up to the scheme, for that you can head to the official website here and search via postcode.
Discount is only applicable for dine in – if you’re looking for take out, see my ultimate guide here.
Or I’ve my favourite top five handpicked eat out help out places local to Tysoe for you right here!
1) Boxing Hare, nr Swerford
Despite being visited by the odd A-lister (ahem the Beckhams), the Boxing Hare is a very welcoming, family-oriented pub which serves great grub – my full review is here.
2) El Cafe, Shipston on Stour & now Kineton!
We had a great meal a few weeks ago at the brand new Kineton branch at El Cafe. The guys have been working on the venue, formerly the White Swan over lockdown and were ready to open as soon as the government gave the green light. The team have lots of outdoor tables and spaced seating inside and of course, their tasty tapas and sangria menu.
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Last we had our first post-lockdown meal out! @elcafekineton opened its new location in Kineton last week having spent lockdown getting ready. They’ve also a branch at @sheldonswine in #shipstononstour, which we love. We sat outside as it was warm and the team have plenty of Covid measures in place. Happily it was a busy night so book in advance! We had £26 a head deal which was five tapas dishes. We had between us patata bravado, lemon chicken skewers, chorizo, calamari, machego cheese, spicy mushrooms. And Sangria, lots of Sangria! #totallylocallyshipstononstour #kineton #kinetonfestival #tapas #supportlocal #hospitalityhappyhour #buylocal #sangria🍷 #sangria #ilovewarwickshire #iloveoxfordshire #independents #independentshops #supportwarwickbusiness #supportoxfordmsrestaurants #supportoxfordmsbusinesses #supportsmallbusiness #tapasbar #tapastuesdays #tapasespañolas #tapasthursday #tapas24 #tapaslife #tapasandfriends #tapasdinner #tapaslove #tapasrestaurant #tapasplank
3) Gilks’ Garage, Kineton
Another one in Kineton, we’ve only had take out but it was delicious. Gilks have a whole range of sandwiches, homemade cakes and good coffee on offer and now their restaurant part is open for diners. Our favourite was the vegetarian breakfast burrito with halloumi fries.
4) Bower House, Shipston on Stour
My favourite restaurant in Shipston, tad fancier than my other choices here perhaps but they always have an interesting menu. The team have been open during lockdown offering takeaways and our Easter feast was real treat, but it will be nice to eat in again. If you can go for a table in the restaurant snug for a cosy feel.
Looking forward to our dinner here in a few weeks time – they are only open Wednesdays at the moment, so if you want to benefit from the discount book ahead and book early.
5) Feldon Valley, Lower Brailes
Feldon Valley is where I take my London chums for dinner when they stay with us – you can read my full review here. It’s bright, airy, mildly scandy in its vibes and the food is special, tasty and a bit different to the standard Cotswold fair (Salcombe crab with kohlrabi, fennel puree and apple puree for starters was particularly memorable).
Do you have any more suggestions?
Leave you suggestions in the comments below.
I’ll be trying a few #EatOutHelpOut places over next few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled on @theweekendtourist on Instagram. Malt Shovel, Gaydon coming soon!
Plus, I’m also a big fan of the Peacock at Oxhill, but the guys didn’t register for the government scheme hence why they’re not in my list above – but the Sunday roast is worth booking ahead for.