KFC rolls out Eat Out to Help Out at 170 more restaurants as they reopen for dine-ins

KFC has rolled out the Eat Out to Help Out scheme to another 170 branches so diners can get 50 per cent off their meal.

The branches were already open for takeaway and delivery orders but now foodies can sit in branch when tucking into their meal.

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This is so that more KFC restaurants can offer half price food on Mondays through to Wednesdays throughout August.

The fast food chain has signed up the to the government's eat out incentive – but it can only be applied when customers dine in on the premises.

By the end of the week, KFC hopes to have 750 branches open for customers to sit in so they are able to get money off the bill by next Monday.

Those opening this week include branches in Aberdeen, Gillingham, Hastings and Woolwich. You can find a full list of the reopened stores here.

How to calculate the bill

THE government will pay for half of your bill, up to £10 a head, when you eat out on certain days of the week in August.

To work out how much your bill will be after the discount is applied, you should start by adding together everything that you ordered.

You'll then need to take off any items that it doesn't cover, such as alcoholic drinks and the service charge.

Then, divide this by two to find out half of the bill.

What if it comes to more than £10 per head?

To check that it comes under the £10 per head cap, divide it again by the number of people who are dining.

If it works out as more than this per person, then you'll need to multiply the number of people eating by £10.

You should then minus the answer from the total cost of the items that the discount can be applied to.

For example, four people eat out and the total bill that the discount can be applied to comes to £90.

Half of the bill would be £45, but that's more than the limit.

So you need to minus £40 (£10 per diner) from £90 to get the amount you will need to pay, which in this case is £50.

At the beginning of the week, when the scheme launched, only 580 of it's 900-plus UK restaurants were open for dine-ins.

It lead to confusion among KFC customers who were left raging that their local branch appeared to be "ignoring" the offer.

Yesterday, the fast food giant finally released details of the kind of deals customers can expect when the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme is running.

One of the cheapest items on the menu is two chicken wings, which would normally cost 99p but are reduced to 50p.

KFC's flagship boneless banquet has also been reduced to £3, down from £5.99.

A popcorn chicken meal normally costs £4.29 but under the scheme will set you back just £2.15.

It's worth noting that many of KFC's restaurants across the UK are franchised, so prices may vary depending on the branch.

KFC diners will also need to ask for the discount to be applied when they're at the till.

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme covers up to £10 a head and can be used on top of other offers.

Fans can bag a nine piece bucket of fried chicken for just £3 when you stack two deals on a Tuesday in August.

You can stack deals at McDonald's too – here we reveal how you can get a Big Mac and fries for just a £1 buy stacking deals.

In fact, bargain hunter Jordon Cox has put together meal plans that show how you can eat out three times a day for under a fiver by taking advantage of a range of offers, including the scheme.

The chancellor hopes the incentive will also get Brits dining out in pubs, restaurants and cafes to boost the hospitality industry amid the coronavirus crisis.

Currently, around two thirds of employees in the sector remain out of work, either on furlough or they've been let go.

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