7 Cheap Eats for Lunch in Leeds
Words: Damon Cooper
From Indian meals for a fiver to two courses at £6.95 in a Thai Restaurant, our city centre offers a wide range of reasonably priced options for midday dining and all under £10.
Our tour begins within Kirkgate Market, home to worldwide cuisines like Caribbean delights at Jenny’s Jerk Chicken, The Yorkshire Wrap Company, various Middle Eastern/North African treats from Café Moor and so much more. If your friends all want something different for lunch, the communal dining area here is perfect and you will always be spending less than a tenner.
Around the corner on Eastgate is Kerala, a South Indian Restaurant offering a £5 dinner tray featuring two curries, rice, dosa and a dip with a choice of meat or vegetarian dishes. If feeling a bit flush, it would be worth splashing out for a pickle tray for a dabble before your main course and maybe a jug of mango lassi to share throughout. Alternatively, tap water is available!
Over the road and to the right of Belgrave Music Hall brings us to Kaveri’s Kitchen, mixing North and South Indian cuisines under one roof. Having just recently celebrated a one-year anniversary, this new addition to the food scene in Leeds does a lunchtime buffet for £6.99. A little bit off the beaten track but well worth the journey and an affordable way to fill yourself up for the rest of the day,
Back to Belgrave, Dough Boys Pizza tempts frugal patrons with two slices of pizza for half price from 12pm till 5pm on everyday but Sunday when this great offer is extended to 7pm! For vegetarians, we would recommend feasting on Queen Brie featuring French Brie, caramelised onions, black pepper and smoked sea salt.
Pasta Romagna on Albion Place serves up delicious vegetarian slices of pizza for £3 each. First launched in 1983, this is a Leeds institution most famous for its former owner Gilda Porcelli who sang opera and made many people happy on their visits to her restaurant. The legacy is secured with the new owners offering friendly service and delicious Italian food.
Thai Aroy Dee on Vicar Lane attracts many from the Southeast Asian community in Leeds for its authentic Thai food and you should give happy hour a try with two courses for £6.95. This is also a bring your own booze venue so if you need feeding and to cure your hang over then here you go!
Aire Bar along The Calls does a £5 burger and fries deal whilst The Hop under Leeds railway station brings you award winning pies and a pint for a fiver.
More affordable still, you can buy an Independent Leeds Black Card 10% off food at Bundobust during most lunch hours, 20% off food and drink at Outlaws Yacht Club between Sunday to Thursday and 20% off all food orders at The Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes for Black Card Holders. (Check for more deals here)
It really is an exciting time to dine in Leeds for Lunch with all these affordable prices!