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The UK’s best cheap eats

Cheap eats

Eat out for under £10

Starting university in a new city or planning a budget break? That doesn't mean you have to cut out eating out. We've tracked down some of the UK's best cheap eats – no dodgy kebabs on the menu. 

From London to Aberdeen, you can treat your taste buds for less than a tenner. 

Cheap eats in London

There are thousands of places to get a cheap meal in the capital, but if you’re really watching the pennies, take a trip to Borough Market in Southwark. There are plenty of food stalls – from roasted goat to artisan Scotch Eggs – to get your teeth into, or you can fill up on the free samples from traders.

For a proper burger, head to a branch of Honest Burger. The chunky 35-day dry aged beef burgers are oozing with flavour and served with rosemary-salted chips. So much better than the latest ‘gourmet junk food’ joints.

Craving something comforting? You can’t beat a cheese toastie, and Melt Room in Soho does them to perfection. OK, £4 sounds a lot for a classic cheese melt but EDAM they are good…

Cheap eats in Edinburgh

Once you’ve been to Mosque Kitchen – a renowned Indian buffet serving fuss-free food for less than £5 – check out Nile Valley Café round the corner. Fill up on Sudanese and Middle Eastern favourites including falafel and baba ganoush wraps, spicy tagines, and molokhia; a traditional green vegetable dish, like okra.

Yes, Los Cardos is a Mexican street food takeaway but it is so much more. For a start, they’ve got haggis burrito on the menu (named after writer Irvine Welsh, who says it’s his guilty pleasure), various healthy options, and they do evening deliveries if joining the now-legendary queues sounds too much.

Cheap eats in Glasgow

It might be housed in an old cinema, run events from vintage fairs to club nights, and have the hipster-tastic name of Hillhead Bookclub, but food is still central at this quirky café-bar. Boasting that no dish on the menu will set you back more than £10, tuck in to burgers, pies and classic pub food. A great place to start a great night out.

Craft beers, delicious vegan dishes and low prices make The 78 a treat for students and food lovers alike. Fill up on speciality falafels, coconut and bean chilli, or beer-battered onion rings “as big as tractor tyres”. Who needs meat when you’ve got sofas, a real fire and time to relax?

Cheap eats in Aberdeen

The Foodstory Café is helping change attitudes towards healthy eating in Aberdeen. There’s plenty of organic, locally sourced and veggie options on the menu, including superfood porridge, hotpot, and home-made soups, but the cakes – vegan brownie, anyone? – are worth the trip alone.

Treat yourself to lunch at Café 52 and discover why locals have been raving about it for 20 years. Enjoy a bowl of traditional Cullen Skink, pork meatloaf with salad, or split a sharing platter. Evening meals tend to be more expensive but with dishes like slow-cooked blade of beef casserole, maybe it’s worth breaking the budget for?

Has all that got your appetite going? Don’t forget about the most important meal of the day – your complimentary breakfast when you travel on our sleeper service. With overnight routes between London and Scotland, MegabusGold is your first stop on a bargain foodie tour.

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