The 5% rate currently applies to most supplies made by cafes, restaurants, pubs, hotels, members clubs, caravans parks, tourist attractions and many others. It does not apply to alcoholic drinks.
If you receive an advance payment before 1 October for a supply being made on or after this date, you only need to account for 5%VAT.
The new 12.5% VAT rate is still six weeks away, so you have got time to encourage customers to pay in advance for post October supplies, potentially increasing your profit margins.
Can you get your Xmas customers to pay you before 1 October?