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Five budget friendly restaurants in Manchester

Written by vickyfinn

If you’re looking for good for from all over the world then Manchester is the place to be.

If you’re looking for good for from all over the world then Manchester is the place to be. But with more and more celebrities and world renowned chefs setting up camp in Manchester, it is not always the cheapest place to eat. Here, I have selected the 5 best places to eat on a budget without compromising quality, taste or class.

The Slug and Lettuce
Although not exclusive to Manchester, the city is flooded with Slug and Lettuce venues. They serve a large selection of food from curries to burgers to salads to homely cottage pies and variety of wines, beers and cocktails to wash it all down. On first glance, The Slug is a relatively upmarket pub that some students may automatically assume it is too expensive. Fear not. The Slug and Lettuce offers a number of deals including 50 per cent off ALL food EVERY Monday and 2 for 1 curries every Tuesday. But wait, it gets better. The My VoucherCloud app has a 25 per cent off voucher for every Slug and Lettuce in Manchester which can be used any day other than Saturday, making a meal out for you and your friends at The Slug even more affordable.  This is the ultimate place to go if you want good quality food without the price tag.

Rice Flame Bar and Grill
Rice is a restaurant born in Manchester bringing you food from all corners of the globe. The menu varies from Jerk Chicken to Singapore Noodles to everyone’s favourite Katsu Curry, all of which are reasonably priced.  No matter what you’re in the mood for, Rice will cater to your needs. If it’s Indian, Chinese, Thai, Caribbean or Japanese food you fancy, Rice has it all. There are currently 3 Rice Restaurants in Manchester—Oxford Road, Piccadilly Gardens and The Trafford Centre. Both of the city centre restaurants offer 20 per cent student discount all day every day. With most meals ranging between £6 and £11, you will leave with enough change for a quick tipple on the way home.

Almost Famous
This place is no longer almost famous, but is now only a step away from having a Hollywood star. Almost Famous is the all American burger joint hidden away in the Northern Quarter which has shot to fame over the last couple of weeks. If you enjoy a good burger with any topping imaginable and a side order of chilli cheese fries, Almost Famous is the place for you. Due to the recent hype of this restaurant, you will most likely have to queue outside for quite a long time, possibly over an hour! But I assure you the painful wait will all be forgotten once you are sinking your teeth into the juiciest cheesiest burger your taste buds have ever encountered. This isn’t gourmet food, this is Man vs. Food type dining and for burgers as little as £5, this could be a regular weekend haunt.

Now I know we said we were staying classy, but no student could survive without Spoon’s trusty £5 Beer and a Burger every once in a while. With a Wetherspoons on every corner of Manchester, you are never far from a deal whether it’s Curry Club or Steak Night, you are always guaranteed a bargain. Granted the food is not the best quality, but you get what you pay for and a free drink on top. Not only is Spoons great for tea time, but their Full English Breakfast for only a couple of quid is sure to cure any hangover.

Curry Mile
What would Manchester be without its infamous Curry Mile? With over 70 Indian and Pakistani venues you are bound to find something that suits your taste. Whether it’s a small Indian Café or one of the bigger restaurants for an evening meal, there really is something to suit all tastes and budgets. With most restaurants offering curries for as little as £5, most also offer lunch time deals and Sunday buffets where you can catch up on your weekly food allowance in one go.

If you’re in Manchester, what restaurants would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments section below, on Facebook or on Twitter.