Food & Drink Lifestyle

Eating Out In Bristol On A Budget


Remember that sinking feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you check your bank account and you see that the majority of your loan has been spent on nights out, clothing and stuff you barely even remember buying? Me too. I think that there is a general consensus within UWE that we all know this feeling too well.

It would be stupid to assume that students don’t spend almost half of their student loans on takeaways/eating out, I mean what could be better than munching on a delicious chicken mayo burger whilst you are hungover and feeling very sorry for yourself? I don’t think anything in the world quite compares in the same way.

So, if you’re a student on a budget who loves tasty but cheap food then keep reading for my top 5 cheap places to eat out in Bristol.

Mud Dock Café


Situated in the heart of Bristol Harbour is Mud Dock Café, a quaint, unique café and bike shop which sells fresh, locally sourced ingredients. They offer brunch, lunch and dinner menus. Currently, they offer a fantastic lunch deal where you can get a burger of choice (up to the value of £12) and chips for £6. Maybe you’ve been revising hard all day long, or you’ve been in your uni halls for 2 days straight and need to get out? Head over to the Mud Dock Café, for cheap deals and lots of guaranteed fun with your housemates.

The Stable

Well-known for their Bristolian cider and their enjoyable handmade Italian pizza is The Stable restaurant, which is also situated in the hustle and bustle of Bristol’s Harbourside. With enough fresh and organic produce to last a lifetime, The Stable is a place that you’d want to tick off your bucket list. The business offers “Tuck in Tuesdays” where customers can enjoy selected pizzas with a side salad and a drink for just £10. The offer runs from 5pm until 10pm so if you’re looking for a late-night bite to eat then The Stable is just the place for you!

The Cowshed


Located in one of Bristol’s most historic suburbs, The Cowshed is tucked away in the picturesque residences of Clifton. Are you scratching your head trying to think of posh restaurants to go to in Bristol that are reasonably priced? Well, try The Cowshed!

The restaurant offers an early bird menu that you wouldn’t want to miss! For £10 you get either dry aged rump steak or Cowshed’s prime beef burger, both served with skinny fries and a glass of house wine or lager! Imagine knocking back a few glasses of wine with your housemates after a long, busy day in the library, in a relaxed, upbeat setting.

The Canteen


With two food awards behind their belt, it can be said that The Canteen is the bee’s knees in Bristol! Their menu includes a range of vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options. The Canteen is one of Bristol’s most vibrant meeting places as it is situated amongst the lively Stokes Croft area. Prices at this quirky setting range from £5-£10 and include free soup and crusty bread too! Not to mention, this non-profit community also hosts live music from many local, creative geniuses.

The White Lion


I may have just saved the best until last, so maybe now you fancy something new? Maybe somewhere that you can sit outside and enjoy your meal? Well look no further, here I have for you The White Lion bar and terrace with glorious, panoramic views of the incredibly famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. The White Lion is popular among tourists for its great views and picturesque setting. Currently, they are offering “an award-winning pie, mash, gravy and a pint of beer or glass of wine each for two for £13.35”.  That works out at only £6.67 per person for lunch/dinner and a drink!


So, if you’re looking for somewhere new to try that’s cheap but delicious, why not give one of these a try?

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