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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…

Caracas Grill

Caracus

If you haven’t been yet, put Caracas Grill right to the top of your list of ‘must-try’ restaurants. Not only do many of their dishes come in under £10, but they also offer incredibly generous portions that guarantee you won’t leave hungry. It’s Venezuelan street food and you basically have two choices. You can get a pepito sandwich that promises your pick of meat piled high in a baguette or you can try a Chicken Parrilla, a loaded plate of meat, with two sides – try Hallaquitas, corn dough cooked in pepper water.

Caracas Grill, 7 Duncan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DQ.

Marvin’s

Marvin's

You’ll have to time it right eat here for under a tenner, but if you do, you’ll get an almighty feed that will leave you full all day. You see, Marvin’s is an all you can eat restaurant with a difference – you arrive, you order a pizza, you help yourself to the salad bar and when you want more, you turn your card to green as fresh slices of pizza are brought to you. Their lunch sitting is a bargainous £7, so make sure you go before 5pm.

Marvin’s Pizza Parlour, Merrion Centre, Merrion Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BT.

Stampede

Ribs at Stampede

The newest BBQ joint on the block, Stampede is the fast food sibling of famed steak restaurant Cattle Grid – but it’s a damned sight cheaper. It’s a good looking place, so although your food is served on paper plates, it doesn’t feel like a takeaway. Settle down to enjoy six chicken wings, a half rack of ribs or a double patty burger for £7, with sides like chips, onion strings and chipotle beans all coming in under the £3 mark.

Stampede, St John’s Centre, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8LQ.

The Black Swan

The Black Swan Food

Call Lane probably isn’t the first place you’d think of when it comes to food, but actually, there’s a cracking little eatery worth checking out. Like its neighbours, The Black Swan is a bar, but they’ve made fresh, locally sourced food a priority. Try their pizzas, which always come in on budget. You can get a six inch Margherita for £4.50 or Piccante for £5.95, and if you’re hungry for more, their 12 inch pizzas are a bargain too – Chorizo is yours for £9.95 while the Napoletana will only set you back £7.95.

The Black Swan, 37 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT.

Whitelock’s

Pie at Whitelock's Ale House, Leeds

That’s right, one of your favourite boozers also doubles as a cheap place to eat out. Whitelock’s menu is impressively affordable, with just one main going over budget (and even that is only by 50p). Treat yourself to the likes of Fish & Chunky Chips, Heirloom Beetroot & Yorkshire Fine Fettle Salad or their award-winning Beef & Ale Pie – all of which are doable with a crisp £10 note. Mind you, you’re a better man than I if you can resist the selection behind the bar.

Whitelock’s, 4 Turk’s Head Yard, City Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HB.

Espeto

Espeto Restaurant Leeds

Another all you can eat restaurant that will fit your budget come lunchtime, Espeto is a Mediterranean grill that has something for everyone. There are three distinct areas for you to load your plate high. The cold bar with all manner of charcuterie and salads, the hot bar with risotto, potatoes and more, and the main event, the grill, where you can pick from a selection of marinated meat, fish and veggies. You can get all this for £10 between 11:30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Espeto, 66-68a Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EE.

Pieminister

Pieminister, Duncan Street, Leeds

Ah, Pieminister, always there for a cheap feed when we need them. Impressively, their pies are just £5, with a gravy of your choice, which leaves you change to indulge in one of their tasty sides. Mash with a Matador? Minted Mushy Peas with a Chicken of Aragon? Skin on Chips with a Mighty Aphrodite? Whatever you choose, you’ll get a right nice feed and change from a tenner.

Pieminister, 15-17 Duncan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DQ.

Tapped

Tapped

Okay, we’ll confess – we’re a little bit addicted to the pizzas at Tapped, and not just because they’re a downright bargain. The toppings on offer are creative – we like New York (Italian pepperoni, roasted peppers and jalapeños) but if you’re more adventurous, try The Ruby Murray (roasted peppers, fresh chillies, coriander and beef keema). Whichever you choose, their 12 inch pizzas always come in under a tenner.

Tapped, 51 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5EL.

My Thai

My Thai York Place

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 a restaurant that packs as much flavour into their food as My Thai, you get a loaded plate and you’re unlikely to spend more than a tenner – in fact, only 5 of the 31 mains on their York Place menu cost more than £10.

My Thai, 26 York Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EY.

Belgrave Music Hall

Review: Patty Smith's Burgers at Belgrave Music Hall

When it comes to eating out on a budget, everyone always raves about Dough Boys, 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 in 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 £1.50 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.

Rola Wala

Rola Wala Leeds

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 Beetroot Channa Dal and Grilled Paneer Tikka, the menu is small but varied, and you can build up your ideal naan wrap or salad bowl by adding ingredients along the way. Best of all, it’ll cost no more than £5.95, unless you want extras, which is a bargain by any standard.

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

Black Swan image copyright H.Webster. Rola Wala image copyright Contakt Photography