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Readers in the Highlands are split 50/50 on reintroducing the Eat Out To Help Out scheme


By Louise Glen

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Readers from across the north have been voting in a poll to gauge the appetite for a new scheme to encourage diners to eat out after the pandemic.

Votes were almost evenly split with those readers who believe is a good way for the government to support local business.

590 people said they would like the scheme to be reintroduced, while 584 said no they didn't want it to come back.

On our social media pages readers told us that the scheme had been good when it was introduced back in August to get people out in restaurants and cafes and to support local business.

Some readers told us where they would like to eat.

The Mustard Seed, The Kitchen and Zizzi's were all top of the list for those wanting to see a return of the scheme that offered up to a £10 discount to every diner for food and soft drinks between Monday and Wednesday each week.

One reader said she would like to have a meal in her mum's kitchen – and was not bothered about the scheme returning.

Readers also told us the scheme was a waste of money and caused paperwork for those who were already stretched in business.

Thank you to everyone who took part.


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