Catching up with mates doesn’t have to hurt your pocket…
Bank account taken a blow post-lockdown? Enjoying everything Manchester has to offer doesn’t have to cost the Earth – including going out for some good old grub with your pals. If you’re keeping your wallet under lock and key this month, check out our guide to the best and cheapest restaurants in Manchester.
1. Bunny Jackson’s
If there’s one place that won’t break the bank, it’s Bunny Jackson’s. From 20p wings to cheap as chips hot dogs and bar snacks – this is the place for those who like to snack on American grub while having a few drinks with friends. For those who want to fill up for the night, burgers come in at less than a tenner, too. Can’t go wrong! Bunny Jackson’s, 1 Jack Rosenthal St, M15 4RA.
2. Wolf at the Door
Another seriously pocket-friendly spot in the city, Wolf at the Door serves up tacos from just £1, with Bao Buns starting at just £2. There’s no catch either, just turn up any day of the week and tuck in. Pair it with one of their natural wines, and you’re onto a winner. Wolf at the Door, 30-32 Thomas St, M4 1ER.
Rudy’s is so good, it’s always a pleasant surprise when you get the bill and remember just how budget-friendly it really is. Pizza prices range from £6.30 – £10.50 (the more expensive options being the meatier ones!), and each pizza is bigger than the huge plate its served on. The value for money is incredible, particularly since it’s officially the best pizza in the UK, and the atmosphere is perfect for a catch-up with mates. Rudy’s, 9 Cotton St, Ancoats, M4 5BF | Petersfield House, Peter St, M2 5QJ.
4. This & That
A Manchester institution since the 80s, This & That is one of the city’s favourite spots for good Indian food, serving an ever-changing menu of homemade curries for guests to enjoy. And it’s a seriously cheap spot, too, with curries costing a maximum of £6! If you’re a veggie, even better, with prices of just £4.50 for a serving of rice with three different curries. The menu changes every day, so be sure to check what’s on next time you fancy a bit of spice in your life. This & That, Soap St, M4 1EW.
5. Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn
Liquor & Burn is a cheap spot on an average day, but on Tuesdays – things get pretty special. Taco Tuesdays bring us the gift of £1 tacos every single week, with a cheeseburger taco to try out too if you fancy splashing a few more pennies. Outside of Taco Tuesday, the general menu consists of packed burritos priced at around £10 each, with a number of snacks to choose from that range from £4.50 in price, to £8.50 for a monster pile of nachos. Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn, 100-102 High St, M4 1HP. *Check with the restaurant regarding any changes to Taco Tuesday as a result of COVID-19.
Not only does Trof serve up a lovely menu full of hearty faves such as giant chicken burgers, fish and chips and even a stunning Sunday Roast, but they also do it at a reasonable price. Offering up 50% off food once every week (previously Mondays, currently Thursdays so make sure you check beforehand!), those eating out on a budget can enjoy some seriously cheap grub at one of Manchester’s best city centre hotspots. If you miss it, not to worry, because a huge majority of their menu comes in at less than a tenner per dish anyway. Trof, 8 Thomas St, M4 1EU.
7. Jerk Shack
Jerk Shack is pretty unbeatable when it comes to grabbing a good lunch, and not just because of how tasty their food is. The Caribbean street food spot serves up low-priced meals, with main dishes varying between £5 and £7.50. You get a lot for your money, too, with containers piled high with the homemade good stuff – from curries, to jerk chicken and Caribbean soups. Jerk Shack, 12 Church St, M4 1AH.
One of Manchester’s best gig spots, as well as the perfect spot to grab a beer and socialise, YES is home to both Pepperoni Playboy and Döner Summer – both of which provide bloody good cheap grub suitable for meat-eaters, vegans and vegetarians. Pizza prices start at just £2.80 a slice and full pizzas from just £10, with vegan kebabs from Döner Summer starting at just £6. YES, 38 Charles Street, M1 7DB.