The government’s ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme offers diners a discount of up to £10 per person, excluding booze, when they eat out from Monday to Wednesday throughout August.
You’ve probably already heard that the Eat Out To Help Out scheme doesn’t include alcohol and shed a little tear. Don’t worry, we did too. But then we got to thinking, technically if you’re saving money on your food, then surely that just allows for another glass of wine or two. Or say, a cheese platter to go with your bottle of Bordeaux because it’s half price, so why the hell not? Here’s our list of go-to wine bars with top food that you should check out as part of the Eat Out To Help Out scheme. Cheese encouraged.
We’ve got more guides if you want to ‘Eat Out To Help Out’, from the five best pasta restaurants taking part in the scheme, to the best vegetarian and vegan spots, the best places for outdoor dining, and where you can get a full meal for a tenner.
The Kensington Wine Rooms
Look, you didn’t want to eat foie gras and drink three bottles of Rioja on a Tuesday night. Nope. Not at all. But, of course, this isn’t about you, is it? It’s about helping. You’re basically incredibly selfless. Sort of like Ghandi, but you know, with goat’s cheese on your chin. Welcome to our justification for eating and drinking our way through the first half of every week until September. Kensington Wine Rooms is the perfect place to do just that, especially if you’ve got a soft spot for prawns, chorizo, aioli, and wine dispensers.
Rather than us trying to explain to you what sipping wine at Noble Rot is like, just head on over to YouTube and listen to Heaven Is A Place On Earth until you believe that unicorns are real and that you really were your mum’s favourite. That’s the magic of Noble Rot. There’s jamon ibérico and cheese plates. There’s an exceptional wine list. And not to play favourites like your mother, but this Bloomsbury spot really does have the best bread in London.
We once took someone on a first date to the Winemaker’s Club. And sure, they did dump us eventually, but they stuck around for a lot longer than usual - such is the romantic prowess of this excellent wine bar in the old arches under the Holborn Viaduct in the City. Expect candlelight, charcuterie platters, and a raclette cheese toastie that will be £2.50 with the scheme applied. Yes, £2.50. Winning.
Two words. Baked camembert. That’s right, from comté to strong blue cheese, this French wine bar has got your cheese needs covered. Although if you’re looking for something a little more substantial, you’ll also find things like smoked duck breast, courgette flowers, and a chocolate soufflé on their menu. Keep weeping over your unused passport? You should know that this place has enough rattan, candlelight, and pinot noir to make you feel like you’ve legged it to the South of France for an evening.
Many, many years ago when we were in our early twenties, we had dreams of what adulthood would be. We’d own a Dyson, drink wine that cost more than a fiver, and eat things like celeriac for fun. Thanks to Terroirs in East Dulwich those dreams have come true. This wine bar and bistro is a strictly grown-up affair with everything from a smoked eel small plate situation to huge quiches, and natural wines. It’s an intimate spot and with social distancing applied, there aren’t that many seats - so just be sure to book ahead.