Restaurants for a tight budget: cheap places to eat in Bristol

One of the most expensive parts of any holiday or short break is the food. Because you’re out and about a lot of the time you’ll find yourself eating more, and with greater frequency, than you would at home but you don’t have the luxury of the weekly shop and your kitchen to help keep costs down.

But if you’re savvy you don’t need to break the bank when eating out in Bristol. There are plenty of quality eateries in the city and these are some of the best cheap places to eat in Bristol.

The Tobacco Factory

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This is a huge building and home to a number of creative businesses, and also an incredible bar café. The menu at The Tobacco Factory ranges from simple homemade soup of the day with handmade bread (which will cost you less than four quid) to grilled swordfish with pea risotto (for just over a tenner). There is something on the menu to suit all tastes, and the food is delicious. Every Sunday there’s live music in the afternoons too.


Nothing will fill you up and refuel you like a good old hot pie. This chain of shops serves up the most incredible pies you’ll ever taste. Traditional steak and kidney pies sit alongside goat’s cheese and sweet potato creations that will make your mouth water. You can take your pie straight up or add some cream mash and gravy for that authentic pie experience, and all for a wallet-friendly price.

Thali Café

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This mini-chain of Indian eateries has several locations dotted across Bristol, which means you can take advantage of their amazing food and great prices wherever your travel takes you. Thali is a traditional Indian street food, where several dishes are served on one plate. They use local produce wherever possible and have won plaudits for their ethics as well as their incredibly tasty food that recreates authentic regional Indian food. Their takeaway Tiffin is also a great idea, a reusable metal container you can use endlessly for takeaways instead of hideous disposable plastic pots.

The Severnshed

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This waterfront restaurant was originally the private boathouse of the legendary engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It’s now one of Bristol’s favourite eating houses, with a reputation for serving great food at a fair price and with top service. They serve food throughout the day from cooked breakfasts and scrambled eggs on toast to risottos and smoked salmon. A three course fixed price menu will set you back just £12.95 a person which is amazing value.

Once you have satisfied your hunger in one of these fine establishments, you might want to consider booking in for a night of relaxation at Four Pillar’s luxury Bristol hotel – Tortworth Court.

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