DOZENS of local businesses have signed up to a Government scheme designed to give a financial shot-in-the-arm to the struggling economy.

Diners will be given 50 per cent discount when they eat in at restaurants registered with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme this August.

The scheme will roll out on August 3 and will continue until August 31.

It is hoped that the dining initiative will boost the number of people visiting cafes, pubs and restaurants who have suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Many big named brands such as McDonald’s have joined the scheme.

And dozens of establishments in South Lakeland have also signed up.

Businesses in Kendal and the surrounding area include: Alexanders Pub, Castle Green, Babaganoush Veggie Cafe and Soup Kitchen, Booths, Cafe Ambio at Ings Service Station, Carus Green Golf Club, Castle Green Hotel, Charlies Cafe Bar, Comida Food, Eagle & Child, Fish Express, Joey’s Cafe, Kendal Golf Club, Mumbai Restaurant, Finkles Restaurant, Nina’s Coffee Shop, Pedro’s Casa, Riverside Hotel, Shakespeare Inn, Stonecross Manor Hotel, The Bristly Hog, The Gateway Inn, The Station Inn, The Union Jack Cafe, Waterside Cafe, Wilf’s Cafe, the19 The Wine Bar and the 2Sisters.

Other businesses in Ambleside, Grasmere, Coniston, Hawkshead and Langdale have also joined.

The High Spirits Leisure Group has signed up all six of its venues towards the scheme, including its new pub, the Flying Fleece in Ambleside. The Flying Pig, Cafe Riva and The Arts Bar, all in Bowness, The Howbeck Guest House in Windermere and The Yewdale Inn and Enzo’s Caffé & Pizzeria in Coniston, are also included.

Businesses in Langdale which have joined the scheme are the Elterwater Independent Hostel in Elterwater, New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, Great Langdale, Stove Restaurant at Langdale Hotel, Slates Coffee & Kitchen, The Britannia Inn, The Elterwater Inn, Three Shires Inn, and the Wainwrights Inn.

Others in south Cumbria include: The Swan Hotel & Spa at Newby Bridge,Newby Bridge Hotel, Lakes Aquarium, Lakeside Hotel, Cafe Ambio at Lakeland Motor Museum, Rusland Pool Hotel, Masons Arms at Cartmel Fell, Harry's CafeBar, Yew Tree Barn, Newton in Cartmel; The Royal Oak; Damson Dene Hotel, Crosthwaite; The Red Lion, Lowick Bridge; The Cavendish Arm, Cartmel; Storrs Hall Hotel, Storrs.

Businesses signed up in the Kirkby Lonsdale area include: Number Forty Four, The Snooty Fox; Sun Inn; Royal Hotel; TOTH; Cowan Bridge Stores and Tea Room; The Highwayman; The Churchmouse at Barbon, Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club, The Lunesdale Arms, Ireby Green Farm Cafe and The Punch Bowl at Burton-in-Lonsdale.

Smatt's Duo Cafe and The Black Bull Inn in Sedbergh have joined.

Bars, restaurant, and other businesses have joined the Government’s program in more than 50 towns and villages across Cumbria.

With so many establishments only now taking in revenue from the public after months of lockdown, the Government wishes to encourage people to leave home and the ‘Eat out to Help out’ scheme will be offering new discounts and offers to get them back to the bars and restaurants they used to frequent.

For more information visit visitlakedistrict.com/information/eat-out-to-help-out-in-cumbria.

Visit www.gov.uk/guidance/get-a-discount-with-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme for details on the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.