Oakman Inns has begun issuing its own version of the government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ vouchers to entice customers back to its pubs during July.
The government scheme – which will see customers enjoy up to a 50% discount on meals at participating pubs and restaurants – doesn’t get underway until Monday 3 August.
But Oakman has launched an exact copy of the scheme, allowing customers to download a £10 voucher that can be used against all food dishes and soft drinks at any of its pubs.
CEO Dermot King explained: “Our customers and staff have all been in this horrible mire for over four months now and frankly we thought we all needed a bit of cheering up ahead of August. So, with prospects of good weather and some lovely pub gardens to visit, this is our way of thanking our friends and loyal regulars for supporting us since we re-opened.
“We were the ‘go-to’ pub group when the government needed some input into health and safety measures for a safe re-opening, and we believe we offer a more secure environment than a crowded beach or park.
“It’s our tenner they’ll be spending – not the taxpayers’ – so here’s their chance to have a guilt-free meal from Monday to Wednesday until the end of July – day or night – at our expense.”
The Voucher is available until 29 July on Monday through to Wednesday each week only.
It will entitle customers to 50% off food and non-alcoholic drinks, up to a maximum value of £10 per person.
Mr King said the chain, which operates 30 restaurants, had worked hard to ensure the welfare of its teams and guests since reopening.
“We’ve received a reassuring reaction to our safety measures which include intensive cleaning six times daily, table only service, one-way systems, screens between spaced tables, disposable menus, multiple hand sanitiser stations, strict social distancing rules and cashless payments. Our teams have been retrained and are temperature checked before each shift.”