Looking for the best cheap places to eat in Leeds? If you’ve got a tenner in your pocket, these bars and restaurants will come through.
If you want to go out without splashing the cash, we’ve got you covered. After all, Leeds is a city packed with tempting eateries, and while some of them will cost a pretty penny, others are deliciously cheap. So let us introduce you to some of the most affordable eateries that Leeds has to offer…
It’s been hard to stay away from Pizza Fella since they opened their permanent shop on Vicar Lane, and not just because they serve up proper Neapolitan pizzas. You see, they do it for a downright pocket pleasing price, which makes eating out only too tempting. You can tuck into Number Two, their classic Margherita pizza for just £7, with the more adventurous Number Six coming in at £8.50 which is topped with Napoli salami. Whatever you choose, they’re all handmade using Italian Caputo flour, San Marzano tomatoes and Fior di Latte.
Pizza Fella, 114-116 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
If it’s cheap eats you’re after, make a beeline for Caravanserai. It’s impossible to miss with its colourful facade, and inside it’s just as exotic, so settle in to enjoy a bite to eat for a bargain price. You can get lamb chops with yoghurt, pomegranate seeds and Moroccan couscous or Turkish bulgur wheat for £8. Prefer a burger? They’re just £4.50, even their signature falafel burger, which comes topped with grilled halloumi, tahini and sumac.
Caravanserai, 1 Crown Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DA.
Cantina at The Old Red Bus Station
It’s the city’s only 100% vegan eatery, but it’s also incredibly affordable, which is why Cantina deserves a place on this list. You can get one of their downright scrumptious mains for £6.50 – you can tuck into the faux-fish butty served with chunky chips, or the seitan hotdog topped with onions, mustard and ketchup. Want to mix things up a little? Order a couple of their bar bites for a delicious dose of variety, from southern-fried tofu bites to salt & pepper chips – they’re all less than £5 a pop.
Cantina at The Old Red Bus Station, 101 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
Ah, Pieminister, always there for a cheap feed when we need them. Impressively, you can enjoy any of their pies, with a side of mash and gravy for just £7.95 – that’s a ready-made meal right there. So the question is, what will you go for? Moo & Blue? Deer Stalker? Wild Shroom? They’ve got all manner of weird and wonderful combinations for you to choose from, with something for veggies and meat-eaters alike. And whatever you choose, you’ll get a right nice feed with change from a tenner.
Pieminister, 15-17 Duncan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DQ.
Okay, we’ll confess – we’re a little bit addicted to the pizza at Tapped, and not just because they’re a downright bargain. The toppings on offer are creative – we like the New York (Italian pepperoni, mixed peppers and jalapeños) but if you’re more adventurous, try The Ruby Murray (mixed peppers, fresh chillies, coriander and beef keema). Whichever you choose, most of their 12-inch pizzas come in under a tenner, leaving you just enough change to get one of their tasty dips.
Tapped, 51 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5EL.
It’s impossible to write a list of cheap restaurants in Leeds without including My Thai. It’s the ultimate budget eatery, ticking three very important boxes – taste, portion size & price. You’ll be hard pressed to find an eatery that packs as much flavour into their food as this one, you get a loaded plate and you’re unlikely to spend more than a tenner, whether you go for a pad Thai or a massaman curry – in fact, just three dishes on their York Place menu cost more than £10.
My Thai, 26 York Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EY.
You can get bargain slices of Roman-style pizza at Simpatico. It’s pizza al taglio, which means they serve it by-the-slice, and it’ll only set you back as little as £2.50 a go. They recommend two slices to fill you up, but you might be tempted to have more – it’s pretty darned tasty, after all. They change-up the toppings every day, but they’re always served on top of their trademark base with a crisp bottom and a fluffy upper. Tuck into everything from spicy meatball to asparagus, broccoli and gorgonzola.
Simpatico, 16 Queens Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LF.
Loaded plates of tasty Japanese food – that’s what’s on offer at Senbon Sakura. They actually do a little bit of everything. You can get a wicked noodle soup, made with pork bone broth, your choice of noodles and toppings like teriyaki chicken, char-sui pork and vegetable tempura. Of course, that’s not all they do – they’ve got katsu curry, chicken yakitori and all manner of sushi dishes, with very few over the £10 mark.
Senbon Sakura, 71 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR.
Belgrave Music Hall
When it comes to eating out on a budget, everyone always raves about Dough Boys pizza, but they’re not the only cheap-as-as-chips street food vendor in Belgrave Music Hall – Patty Smith’s is deliciously affordable too. Their burgers come loaded with toppings, and even the Big Ron, which comes with two of their juicy patties, won’t cost you more than £7.95. Add chips on top for £2 and you’ve got a mighty fine feed that won’t cost the earth.
Belgrave Music Hall, 1-1A Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JP.
Come lunch or dinner, you can always rely on Rola Wala to serve up fresh, healthy food that’s absolutely loaded with flavour. From Bengali Spice Beef and Goan Pulled Pork to Red Channa Dal and Keralan Cauliflower, the menu is small but varied, and you can build up your ideal naan wrap or rice bowl by adding ingredients along the way. Best of all, it’ll cost no more than £6.45, unless you want extras, which is a bargain by any standard.
Rola Wala, Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Trinity Kitchen, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AY.
Get down to Oporto to try out Knave’s Kitchen, a 100% vegan pop-up restaurant that makes vegan junk food. They swap lentils and kale for deep fried delights – and nothing on the menu costs more than £6.50. If you fancy a burger, try The O.B.B. (it’s a quarter-pounder onion bhaji burger, topped with cucumber ketchup, raita, iceberg and tomato) or go for something equally indulgent in the form of their Katsu Curry.
Knave’s Kitchen, Oporto, 33 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.Cover image copyright Liz Chandler.