Dining at the Ritz isn’t a viable option for many of us, but that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate good quality food. So here’s Leeds-List’s guide to cheap cafes and restaurants in Leeds, that will serve you up a feast for under a tenner.
Do you ever skim a menu, see the prices and think ‘eh, fish fingers will suffice’? It seems almost impossible to eat out in Leeds without having to save up first. But don’t fret, step away from the pizza pamphlet and eat out for lunch or dinner, on any budget with our guide to dining on a tenner.
Lovers of flavoursome, exotic food should try Ornaise Cafe – a charming little Moroccan restaurant on Hyde Park Corner. Furnished with earthy décor, bursting with character and sporting charming little lanterns, it’s a cosy place to relax with an inexpensive menu. You can indulge in a falafel mezze platter for only £7.95 or try a variety of pizzas that range from £3.50 to £6.95. And with lattes and cappuccinos costing only £1.95, you squeeze one of them into your tenner too. Tasty and full of flavour, but not extravagant in price, Oranaise Café is great for budget dining.
1 The Crescent, Leeds, LS6 2NW
Italian food can either be really good or really disappointing, and when on a budget, it’s hard to avoid the latter. But Carluccio’s are on-hand with a fixed price menu – two courses for only £9.95, which for the quality of food and service, isn’t bad at all. However, it does only leave you with 5p for drinks – unless you fancy splashing out an extra £3.20 for a glass of Sicilian wine. With a lively, cheerful atmosphere and amazing dishes, you can get cheap food, without that ‘cheap restaurant’ feel.
2-5 Greek St, Leeds, LS1 5SX
I have never come across a more charming little deli in Leeds than Pickles and Potter. And I’m proud to say that it is now a favorite spot of mine. From fresh sandwiches, crisp salads and homemade soups, perfect for lunch time and all under £6.00 to meat and vegetarian main courses served with delicious vegetables starting at a great £4.25 – they have it all. You can also get a choice of tea, coffee and juices costing no more than £2.50, and a selection of homemade cakes to indulge in too. So Pickles and Potter is sure to win your heart – whilst sparing your bank balance.
18-20 Queens Arcade, Leeds, LS1 6LF
Even just looking through The Arch Café’s menu has me drooling. Hot toasted ciabatta sandwiches, feta cheese and roasted vegetable rostis and fresh homemade soups –
all costing between £3.50 and £6.00. A serene, peaceful atmosphere in a haven of clean white, stylish décor, you can cheaply quench your thirst with a number of reasonably priced specialty teas, coffees and a nice creamy, frothy hot chocolate. Maybe not so great for the waistband but brilliant for your budget.
Bradbury Building, Mark Lane, Leeds, LS2 8JA
As quirky as they come, Mamsy’s is an authentic Thai restaurant just ten minutes from Leeds city centre. Ideal for a quick lunch or an evening meal this cheap and cheerful restaurant has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and boasts a collection of artwork in all kinds of different styles. Main courses served with boiled rice are all £6 and you can choose from a selection of eight delicious dishes including Tao See, Red Curry and Green Curry. You can also add meat or seafood into your dish for an extra £1. In addition to this, Mamsy’s offer all rice and noodle dishes for £6, including the renowned Thai specialties Pad Thai and Pad Kee Mow. Refreshments are £1 and you can even bring in your own alcohol for the same price. A brilliant restaurant that’s bursting with personality, where you can get flavoursome, inexpensive food – what’s not to love?
225 Hyde Park Road, Leeds, LS6 1AH
Known for its modern interior and sophisticated atmosphere, Distrikt is a hotspot for food lovers and now with a £5 lunch menu – you can dine in style, but leave the excessive prices behind. With the options including a parma ham, pear, walnut and Wensleydale salad or salt and pepper squid with cherry tomatoes, salad and a sweet chilli dipping sauce – the £5 lunch menu is a culinary savior for our bank accounts and a taste sensation.
7 Duncan Street, Leeds, LS1 6DQ
For authentic Chinese food, at a decent price I would definitely advise taking a trip to the Oriental Chinese Restaurant in Leeds city centre. Try out their Lunch deal for only £5.80 between 11.30am and 5.00pm, and you can sample their three course business lunch. It consists of a soup, a choice of main meals and ice-cream for after. A chilled atmosphere and authentic, oriental décor provide the perfect lunch setting and with a glass of white wine from only £3.50 – it’s a cheap restaurant choice indeed.
30-36 Cross Stamford St, Leeds, LS7 1BA
Hot dogs aren’t just for fairs and the seaside, not with Primos on the scene. There’s so much to choose from and it’s all deliciously cheap – you can get a hotdog for £4.25, a bagel with a variety of fillings for £4.05 or a fresh salad for £4.25. Add a healthy smoothie or indulge in a milkshake – all just £2.95. There’s also tea, coffee and an intriguing nutella cappuccino, which is to die for. Whatever you go for, Primos is top dog.
The Concourse Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7BR
The incredibly charming and stylish Café Rouge has a divine set lunch menu for £7.95 and offer a variety of dishes, from penne pasta and chicken provençale to a tune nicoise salad and smoked salmon crostini. It may not be your first thought when it comes to cheap restaurants in Leeds, but you can certainly get a cheap lunch here – and it’ll be tasty too.
The Light, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 8TL
Saffron is an authentic Indian restaurant that offers with a varied menu to please all tastes. You could order from a selection of curries, including Korma, Bhuna and Rogan Josh – all £5.95. In fact the whole curry range, no matter whether it’s chicken, beef or prawn is only £5.95. Add rice or sundries and a drink for no more than £2 each and you have yourself an Indian night full of spice, accompanied with a lively, bubbly atmosphere.
329-331 Roundhay Rd, Leeds, LS8 4HT
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