Some 80% of restaurant, pub and bar operators report that the scheme has been a success, according to Lumina Intelligence’s latest weekly Hospitality Leaders Poll, with only 20% of businesses reporting that it did not work for them.
The majority of businesses asked (71%) also said they would like to see the government scheme, which gave eat-in diners 50% off their food and soft drink bill up to a maximum of £10, repeated again in future.
More than 100 million meals have been claimed by diners under the EOHO scheme with bookings for the final day (31 August) up 216% compared to the same day in 2019, according to OpenTable.
Venues also reported that they were not finding the guidelines on social distancing, test and trace and two-person households too onerous, with just under a third (32%) saying they were having difficulty complying with safety guidelines.
Confidence is once again growing among business leaders, with the number of operators asked who were ‘quite confident’, ‘confident’ or ‘very confident’ in the future of their business now stands at 78%, up from 67% the previous week.
The Hospitality Leaders Poll of 250 restaurant, pub and food-to-go operators is conducted on a weekly basis by Lumina Intelligence for BigHospitality, MCA Insight and The Morning Advertiser.