Carlisle’s flagship museum is one of the many venues in the city ready to make use of the Government’s new “eat out to help out” scheme.

The Cafe at Tullie House is one of a number of establishments in Carlisle that has signed up to the new Government scheme, which starts on Saturday.

The scheme is designed to encourage the use of local venues as lockdown eases.

Throughout August, customers using the museum and art gallery’s cafe on a Tuesday or a Wednesday will be entitled to a 50 per cent discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks.

There is no minimum spend, although there is a maximum £10 discount per diner.

The Cafe is run by local business John Watt & Son.

Peter Johnston, director of John Watt & Son, said: “This fantastic scheme from the Chancellor gives our customers a 50 per cent discount, and through our commitment to shop local it will also give a boost to our suppliers.”

Since it first reopened following the relaxation of the coronavirus lockdown, The Cafe at Tullie House has seen a steady stream of visitors.

The spacious size of The Cafe thankfully lends itself to effective social distancing.

Discounts do not apply to takeaway refreshments but will be applied for customers using seating in the garden.

The scheme does not require vouchers; the venue instead gets a reimbursement from the Government.

Alongside a number of other Cumbrian attractions, Tullie House has recently joined the “we’re good to go” accreditation scheme, certifying that the museum has taken the necessary steps to support social distancing and good hygiene practices.

A spokesman for the city centre attraction said: “As a charity, Tullie House relies heavily on admissions income and on the generosity of funders, donors, patrons and members.

“Since mid-March income has been severely impacted. To find out how to support Tullie House visit the website at:”