Eat Out for Under a Tenner in Leeds

· Darcie Hewitt-Dudding · Food and Drink

Eating out doesn’t have to be expensive.

Rola Wala Charred Chicken

Yummy budget feeds are the order of the day at these Leeds eateries.

Looking for cheap places to eat in Leeds? Don’t worry, you’ve got loads of options. From vegan junk food dripping with plant-based cheese to traditional pie, mash and peas, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to bargain feeds. You can even tuck into Thai, Chinese and Japanese fare for under 10 of your hard-earned pounds. Bargains are all around, you just need to know the right places to look! Check them out.


Cantina Laska

One of the city’s first all vegan eateries, Cantina has been serving cheap diner-style dishes out of the Old Red Bus Station for years now. If you want vegan junk food, you can grab a great feed for under a tenner here. Burgers are layered up to perfection, and they come with chips to boot, making them excellent value for money. You could go for something hearty and comforting, like The Classic with its fried seitan burger, or go for something zingier, like the Club Med, a deep-fried cauliflower steak with sun dried tomatoes, rocket, cream cheeze and balsamic glaze.

Cantina, The Old Red Bus Station, 101 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.

Rola Wala

Rola Wala

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Rola Wala is one of the best cheap places to eat in Leeds. There’s loads of choice for veggies, vegans and carnivores alike, all coming in under £10. First, choose your carrier – there’s a naan roll, a rice bowl and a cauli bowl (which is an extra 50p) to choose between. Then, pick your filling. There’s Nagaland lamb or chicken tikka, meatless meatball channa dal, Kerelan chickpea or sweet potato saag. Prices vary from £5.95 for a wrap to £7.45 for a thali, leaving you room to grab a drink, a protein pot or a chocolate cookie.

Rola Wala, Trinity Kitchen, 27 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AT. 

Knave’s Kitchen

Chick'n & Waffles at Knave's Kitchen

A 100% vegan eatery, Knave’s Kitchen is known for its gloriously indulgent junk food dishes, and it’s cheap too! The menu changes regularly and it’s always delightfully affordable. You could be tucking into delicious chckn and waffles drizzled with a raspberry hot sauce or a soft, yummy flatbread stuffed with lemon pepper chckn, sun-dried tomatoes and rocket. They have a Friday night hot dog club where there’s a different take on the classic each week for just £5. Got a sweet tooth? Each month you’ll find a selection of treats from a different baker.

Knave’s Kitchen, 33 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.

Thai Aroy Dee

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Thai Aroy Dee are well known as purveyors of brilliant cheap eats in Leeds. Their lunch deal between 12pm and 5pm is one of, if not the, best in the city. You can get a starter, a main and your choice of jasmine rice or chips all for under £8! Bargain. Tuck into marinated mushroom skewers or spicy spare ribs to start and a Gaeng Massaman or a Pad Thai for main. Even without the lunch deal, there’s lots of choice for those on a budget. We’re talking Thai salads, layered with fresh veggies, and you could even squeeze in a Goong Shu Shi for just £9.95!

Thai Aroy Dee, 120-122 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.

Headrow House Kebabs

headrow house kebabs

If you head to Headrow House at any time between Tuesday and Sunday, you’ll find that there’s a cheeky kebab menu being served from their in-house grill restaurant, Ox Club. There’s a menu of shawarma chicken, doner meat and vegan seitan doner, and you get to choose if you stuff it in a fresh flatbread or pile it atop skin-on chips. You’ll also get house pickles, fresh salad, burnt herb and garlic mayo, chilli sauce and sauerkraut bhaji bits all up on your business too. The best bit is that each kebab is under £7, but if you go on a Wednesday you get 50% off!

Headrow House, 19a The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU.

Senbon Sakura

Senbon Sakura

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Senbon Sakura is high on the list of cheap places to eat in Leeds. It’s small but perfectly formed and it serves great Japanese fare for a decent price. You could have a cracking wok fried rice dish on your table for under a tenner, with the Senbon Sakura special packing in the value with chicken, beef and king prawn. Grab a Pumpkin Katsu Curry for £8.60 and you’ll get a plate piled high with crunchy breaded pumpkin, slow cooked veggies and steamed rice. Sushi is reasonable too – five pieces of succulent salmon sashimi are under £5.50!

Senbon Sakura, 71 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR.

Little Bao Boy

Little Bao Boy

Little Bao Boy is a hot contender for the best place to get a tasty yet cheap eat in Leeds. You can get your hands on loads of yummy bao, all stuffed with delicious ingredients. We’re talking braised beef with deep fried onions and sweet chilli sauce, pulled pork with hoisin and deep fried aubergine with sriracha sauce. And that’s not even half the menu. Luckily, with your tenner, you’ll be able to squeeze in two different fillings and still have change. As well as bao buns, you can also grab veg and chicken gyoza, loaded fries and noodle soup!

Little Bao Boy, North Brewing Co. Tap Room, 3 Sovereign Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BA & Springwell, Buslingthorpe Lane, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2DF.

Mi’s Noodles

Mi's Noodles

If it’s a slice of China you’re looking to buy with the £10 that’s burning a hole in your pocket, then Mi’s Noodles will sort you right out. You can create your own noodle soup – we’re talking a choice of slurpable broth, ramen and meat or veg. If you choose roast pork, chicken, beef or veg & tofu, you’ll come skidding under budget at £9.80. If you fancy more of a feast, then grab a sweet and sour tofu – it comes with spring rolls and boiled rice or chips for just £7.80. You could even get yourself a can of some fizzy pop with your change.

Mi’s Noodles, Merrion Centre, 21 Merrion Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BT.

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