Eat well on a budget
Eating out is a treat we all enjoy, but you may feel that it is too expensive to do often. Though the possibility of eating out for as little as ten pounds may conjure up images of fast-food joints and poor-quality eateries, you might be surprised: across the UK, you can eat well on a budget!
Some tips for dining on a budget
- Think about when you eat. Restaurants are often cheaper at lunchtime than in the evening, although the quality is exactly the same.
- Look for set, fixed-price menus.
- Avoid tourist areas. Food is always going to be expensive there, but off the beaten track, it can be much more affordable.
- Choose your cuisine wisely. Curry houses tend to be cheap, but the food is generally well-cooked with fresh ingredients.
- Don’t dismiss fast-food establishments. Increasingly, there are pizza, burger or Mexican stands that serve high-quality food for less,
- Ten UK budget restaurantsThe Troll's Pantry in Brighton prides itself on using local, seasonal and ethical produce to make their burgers.
- Santa Maria in Ealing serves pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven, starting at just £5.75
- The Green Café in Ludlow has a lunch menu serving rustic British and Italian dishes, and virtually everything is under £10. The ingredients come from local producers.
- Kayal in Leamington Spa serves Keralan cuisine packed with fresh, tasty and healthy ingredients.
- Edna’s Kitchen in Bristol is a park kiosk serving delicious Middle Eastern dishes – perfect for the summer.
- Baba Ganoush in Kendal offers brunches, sandwiches, wraps and salads. Leave room for some cake.
- The Fish Shed at Darts Farm in Exeter is the place to go for fresh, locally caught fish served with crispy chips.
- 40 23 in Birmingham is a Greek kebab joint that serves tasty meats and vegetables in fresh pitta.
- Books for Cooks in Notting Hill serves three-course lunches for just £7Visit Oli’s Thai in Oxford for a cheap but top-quality Thai lunch.