IT’S MID & ‘EAT’ ANTRIM!: They say we love a bargain in North Antrim and we proved it by downing more discounted meals than nearby areas during ‘Eat Out to Help Out’

OVER 300,000 meals were dished out from Dunservick to Dunsilly and from Larne to Portglenone as part of the recent ‘Eat Out, to Help Out’ scheme.

Figures released by the Treasury have revealed a total of 337,000 meals were served in the North Antrim, South Antrim and East Antrim parliamentary constituencies inside a month.

North Antrim, which includes Ballymena, led the way of the three constituencies with belly-busting bargan-hunters scranning 125,000 meals in August; in South Antrim it was 118,000 servings and in East Antrim there were 94,000 platefuls delivered.

The savings claimed were almost £2 million across the three constituencies – £734,000 in North Antrim; £715,000 in South Antrim and £548,000 in East Antrim.

Reacting to the figures, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston, said: “It has been wonderful to see so many coming back out and supporting the fabulous range of local cuisine we have to offer around the borough.

“Hopefully, this has given people a real flavour of the many things to see and do across the area and will encourage them to come back for seconds.

“The continued success of our hospitality industry and public support for it is absolutely essential to the growth of the local economy and tourism sector and while Eat Out to Help Out may have now ended, I would encourage everyone to continue to enjoy the range of quality restaurants, cafes and eateries throughout Mid and East Antrim.”

Across the UK over 100 million meals were claimed under the scheme which provided diners with a state-backed 50% discount on meals and soft drinks up to £10 each on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during August.

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