A NUMBER of Eastbourne restaurants are extending the government’s Eat Out To Help Out deal into September.

Restaurants and pubs have been packed throughout August by the deal started to get the economy going again after lockdown.

Toby Carvery, Harvester and Bill’s are among pubs and restaurants saying they’ll use their own funds to continue the 50% off scheme.

Bill’s is situated in the town centre and its spokesman said: “As the scheme approaches an end, we are delighted to announce that we are STILL joining in throughout September with a bespoke menu, offering up to 50% off our Special Menu from Monday – Wednesday from midday.

“Choose from one course for £10 or two courses for £14.50 (discount already applied).”

Toby Carvery and Harvester say they will extend the scheme for another two weeks.

They are both owned by parent company Mitchells & Butler and customers can get half price main meals until September 9.

It means an unlimited carvery meal will cost £3.65, instead of £7.30.

The discount meals that Harvester diners can enjoy include a half rotisserie chicken meal for £5.25 instead of £10.50, or steak and chips for £6.40, down from £12.80.

Pizza Hut Restaurants will be doing 2 for 1 on mains Monday to Wednesday from September 7 – but only if you’re signed up to their newsletter/customer database.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “This has been an incredibly difficult time for the hospitality sector, both during the lockdown and emerging from it.

“Thousands of restaurants and cafes forced to close during lockdown were thankfully able to continue trading in some way using delivery services such as Deliveroo.”

He said this scheme has been a huge success.