NOT everyone is comfortable eating out at busy restaurants amid the coronavirus crisis – but a council believes its new scheme could help.

Horsham District Council has launched a campaign to promote dining out at quieter times.

Participating cafes and restaurants can sign up to offer deals for customers who want to eat out when towns and villages are not so busy.

The council said it has worked with businesses to offer a range of attractive tea time promotions from 2pm every afternoon.

Dozens have joined up, recognising that for some people it may still be a little daunting to start getting out and about.

Tea At Two posters and window stickers show which restaurants are participating and tell customers about their special offers each day.

Councillors have been eating out in the district themselves to promote the scheme.

Councillor Peter Burgess said: “This is a great idea which helps both residents and visitors enjoy a more sedate afternoon tea if they are a still a little nervous about stepping out and also helps improve business for our local hospitality outlets as they are coming out of lockdown.”

Councillor Paul Clarke added: “I am really pleased that so many cafes and restaurants across the whole district have chosen to take part in ‘Tea At Two’ and that it is already benefiting their business levels.

“For those who have not signed up for this scheme there is still time to do so.”

If your cafe or restaurant would like to take part, you can email