Analysis has found a surge in pub and restaurant spending during the government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme in August.

Spending on Mondays increased by 29 per cent in the four weeks of the scheme compared with the same period immediately prior.

A similar increase in spending was also seen on Tuesdays (27 per cent) and Wednesdays (28 per cent).

Nationwide also found that although spending in restaurants and pubs at the end of the week and weekend also increased, it was a much smaller uplift of 10 per cent on Fridays, 13 per cent on Saturdays and 17 per cent on Sundays.

Analysis between September 1 to 27 after the scheme ended found that Fridays and Saturdays were the only days to see spending increase, as people perhaps returned to their previous habits.

Mark Nalder, head of payments at Nationwide, said: "Eat Out to Help Out was a resounding success while it lasted although as our data shows, once it ended spend across food venues followed suit."