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Eat Out to Help Out: 10 Great Restaurants That Will Make You Feel Abroad

We are slowly coming out of a Lockdown and there seems to a sense of normality happening. The new Government scheme ‘Eat Out to Help Out‘ has grabbed many of our interests – well mine! So I thought it would be a good idea to write a quick post on some of my favourite restaurants that have joined the scheme in London. This post is for those of you that love a cheeky date night with a loved one, a brunch date with the girls or even a solo date stay reading.

What exactly is Eat out Help Out?

The new Eat Out to Help Out scheme is a new Government initiative which will hopefully encourage people to eat out in restaurants. The scheme will be available across the UK and begins on the 3 August till 31 August 2020. 

You will have to eat out between Monday and Wednesday where you will receive a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks. Some restaurants vary so please check out the T&C before visiting.

You will notice there is a maximum spend of £10 and this is discounted for each dinner. To find out what restaurants have joined the scheme please check out GOV.UK

Now please be aware that not all restaurants have taken part in the ‘eat out to help out’ scheme so please do take the time to check. Otherwise, read on to find some of my favourite restaurants that have taken part in the scheme. If you do go out to any of the restaurants below please do tag me on Instagram – @mybreakingviews! And I will share! I enjoy seeing people enjoy food lol!

Enjoy! 

Ping Pong Southbank

I absolutely, love Ping Pong! It’s the perfect place to go to before a night out with the girls! I’ve been here with friends and on many solo dates! If you like dim sum – then this is the place for you. There are a few Ping Pongs in London, all of them have, amazing decor and will have you feeling like you have been transported to Asia. 

Eat Out to Help Out Ping Pong
Dumplings

Address: Southbank Centre, Festival Terrace, London SE1 8XX

The Breakfast Club Croydon

Oh, I do enjoy The Breakfast Clubs Pancakes! Another restaurant that has a few chains in London. If you would like to feel like you’re in America, then this is the place for you! They have all things burgers, pancakes, wings and waffles! 

breakfast club - Eat Out to Help Out

Address: Unit 48-52, Boxpark, 99 George St, Croydon CR0 1LD

Burger & Lobster

Get London vibes by getting yourself to Burger and Lobster! The restaurant started in 2011 on a London rooftop. This restaurant is another one for date nights or dinner with the girls. I have only been a few times, and I always get lobster. 

Address: Unit 109-125, Knightsbridge Belgravia, Fifth Floor Harvey Nichols, London SW1X 7RJ

Shake Shack Victoria 

I was recently #invited to Shake Shack to get a taste of their new – Chick’n Bites. You will gain an American vibe when visiting this restaurant. There are many Shake Shacks in London, so be sure to check their website for the closest one to you! 

Chick'N
Burger, fries and Chick’N

Address: 172 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5LB

Thai Square Strand 

I used to go to Thai Square for lunch at least once a week! I love Thia food! The restaurant was right next door to my University/College, so it only made sense to visit regularly – haha! If you love Thai food this is a fabulous place to go to and get this – it’s affordable too! 

Address: 148 Strand, London WC2R 1JA

Roka Aldwych

A great place to go if you want to feel like you’re in Japan and love some sushi! I went last year with a close friend and enjoyed their tasting menus. Every single plate that was served went down a treat. Check out their deals on TimeOut! You can thank me later! 

ROKA Eat Out to Help Out

Address:  71 Aldwych, Holborn, London WC2B 4HN

Christopher’s

I really enjoyed Christopher’s. I went with one of my close one’s last year. I’ve also been here on a cheeky girls night too. It’s a super chilled bar and very central, so can work as a great location before a night out. Go for great martinis, music and great food!

drinks Eat Out to Help Out
Alcoholic Drinks

Address: 18 Wellington St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7DD

GAUCHO Chancery Lane

Gaucho is a place I’ve been too for a cheeky date night. I would say the restaurant is great, especially for those that love steak! It’s known to be UK’s best Argentinian steakhouse, so you’ll feel like you’re in South America! 

Address: 125 Chancery Ln, Holborn, London WC2A 1PU

inamo Covent Garden

Oh good old Inamo! Another great place for everyone! What I love about Inamo is the games you can play while waiting for your food. They also have a satisfying ordering feature which I won’t spoil for you! Well I mean it’s in the picture!

The last few times I’ve been to Inamo I’ve been able to purchase a good discount with TimeOut – so be sure to check them out regularly. 

Eat Out to Help Out Inamo
Sushi

 Address: 11-14 Hanover Pl, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9JP

Sticky Mango

I’ve been to Sticky Mango for a few birthdays. I don’t know it just seems to be a location for birthdays! I would say it’s good for those that love Asian food. When I was last there I enjoyed a pineapple curry and it went down a treat!

sticky Mango - Eat Out to Help Out

Address: 33 Coin St, Bishop’s, London SE1 9NR

Final thoughts on the Eat Out to Help Out…

In my opinion, this a really positive scheme to get people to eat out again in the UK. Of course, there are several other chains, restaurants that you can go too – like Nandos, McDonald’s, Subway and the list goes on. If I’ve missed out any major ones please leave them in the comments below! Finally, if you have any small companies that you know need support and a shout out let me know! I love trying out new restaurants!

Remember the scheme starts on 3 August and ends on 31 August 2020. Before you head out to your chosen restaurant please check out the T&C. on Gov.UK

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10 Black-Owned Restaurants To Visit

So today is our first Black Pound Day (Saturday, June 27). With everything that has happened in the last few weeks, I think this is a day that we can and should take the time to support our community. And I think the best way to do it is through food! Why? Because everyone enjoys eating. 

What is Black Pound Day?

Black Pound Day (which will be a monthly event) encourages people to buy products from Black business owners in the UK. It was set up by Swiss a former So Solid Crew member! 

Below I have put together a list of Black-owned restaurants that are currently open for takeaways and delivery in the UK. 

 10 Black-Owned Restaurants to Visit in The UK 

1. Adian’s Dining – Birmingham 

A Birmingham Black-owned la carte restaurant that focuses on using amazing ingredients from all over the world that emphasises on the Caribbean, Asia and India foods. I will be certainly trying out this restaurant if I’m ever in Birmingham. 

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Location310-312 LADYPOOL ROAD, BIRMINGHAM, B12 8JY

2. ENISH – London

London wide Black-owned restaurants with a branch in Dubai. Enish serves a diverse range of Nigerian food.  I visited this restaurant at the beginning of this year and enjoyed it. If you are going, I would suggest trying some pepper soup or even the suya!

Location: 228 Lewisham High St, London, SE13 6JU

3. Caribbean Croft – Bristol 

A Black-owned restaurant based in Bristol. It servers traditional Caribbean comfort dishes. I’ve personally never been, but it looks like a good shout for whenever I may be in Bristol.

Location: 30 Stokes Croft, St Paul’s, Bristol BS1 3QD

4. Young Vegans Pizza Shop – London

A London Black-owned business that makes vegan mozzarella, mock meats and dough pizza. I usually do vegan for a month every year so at least now I know I have somewhere to try.

Location: 393 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9RA

5. Cafe Caribbean – London

A London based restaurant that makes all types of Jamaican food. Her recipes have been influenced by Content District, St Catherine, in Jamaica. 

Location: Pavilion Building, Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6EW

6. Issa Vibe – London

A London Black-owned restaurant based in Peckham, serving all American food such as WingsWaffles, Fish, Burgers and Mac Cheese.

Location: 181 Rye Ln, Peckham, London SE15 4TP

7. Chukus – London

A London based Nigerian Tapas Restaurant. I haven’t yet been to this restaurant, but I will certainly be visiting after the Lockdown. 

Location: 274 High Road, Tottenham, N15 4AJ

8. Crepes & Cones – London 

A London based restaurant that offers a mix of savoury soul food with creative desserts & cocktails. Despite leaving so close to this place I still am yet to visit and enjoy! 

Location: 24-26 S End, Croydon CRO 1DN

9. TRIBE – London 

A South London based restaurant that serves healthy drinks and snacks from their juice bar. This restaurant is worth visiting for the vegans. 

Location: 22 Streatham High Rd, Streatham Hill, London SW16 1DB

10. Leilanis – London

A London based restaurant that serves Halal Caribbean food and other cultures. 

Location: 14 Lavender Hill, Battersea, London SW11 5RW

And there we have it! Which one of these Black-owned restaurants will you be attending? Do you know of any other Black-owned restaurants?

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