Tripe Marketing Board chairman Sir Norman Wrassle has expressed the disappointment of the tripe industry that it is not included in the Government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme.

The scheme, which goes live on 1 August, allows customers in participating food outlets to save up to £10 per diner on selected menus.

Speaking earlier today, Sir Norman said it was sad that tripe outlets weren’t included, adding “Apart from one or two fancy metropolitan restaurants, it is unlikely that any of this subsidy will benefit tripe retailers”.

Most tripe is sold raw from butchers or tripe retailers. “Although (with the addition of a little vinegar and black pepper) it makes a meal in itself, sadly this is classed as a takeaway, so is excluded from the deal,” Sir Norman said.

Sir Norman said he hoped that tripe consumers would protest to the government, but as most were over the age of 75 and still shielding, he thought it was unlikely there would be any policy change in the near future.