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Cheap eats?

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Cheap eats?

We've been in London for 2 days and so far, we need suggestions for dinner. We are staying near Blackfriars and apart from the hotel restaurant, we haven't noticed much else. Last night, we went to Chinatown thinking we couldn't go wrong, well, we ended up walking aimlessly for ages and couldn't find anything. We ended eating at Pizza Hut! So greasy! Tonight, we were so tired from walking all day, we couldn't bear to walk around searching for a restaurant without finding something quickly, so we ended up buying some pre made salads from Tesco.

Our budget is up to 50 pounds for 2 adults and 2 kids (6 and 8 y.o.). We thought pub food would be a good option, but don't know which ones are recommended. We would like to have Indian, fish and chips, anything British does well.

Suggestions would be appreciated :)

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1. Re: Cheap eats?

The Blackfriar Pub has good food, have you been there yet?

nicholsonspubs.co.uk/theblackfriarblackfriar…

Nandos is a good option with kids, you might like Wagamama too. Both are chains and easy to find.

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3. Re: Cheap eats?

Another vote for wagamama and Nandos also Giraffe which is meant to be good for kids and Byron does great burgers.

I know these are all chain restaurants, but they are reliable, reasonably priced and good for kids of that age

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4. Re: Cheap eats?

Blackfriars is probably pretty dead at the weekends. Things will perk up on Monday.

Perhaps jump othe tube to Embankment and walk across to the Southbank. Our (child's) favourite restaurant there is Giraffe (they are all over London and there are usually promotions at other locations), which might just fit your budget if you go for set menus. Away from the river at the back(?) of the Festival Hall is Canteen. If you aren't great drinkers you should be okay. They do 1/2 price kids portions of most dishes. During the day there is a food market outside. Cote (French) and Loch Fyne (fish) are also safe bets for us.

Do you guys eat roast chicken? Not for tonight, but maybe tomorrow for lunch, Tramshed let kids eat free until about 6pm. You'll have to cope with a staring up at a cow preserved in formaldehyde, but the chicken is yummy.

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5. Re: Cheap eats?

Wagamamas always seems to end up costing a bit more than the others (maybe because they don't have set menus). hey do funny wooden co-joined chopsticks for kids. I was slightly puzzled why my daughter's ice lolly desert needed to be imported from Florida last time we went to the one in Fulham, but hey.

Have now looked at Tramshed website. Free Calves Menu applies 12-6pm on weekends and 4-6pm during the week.

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6. Re: Cheap eats?

Forgot to mention that the Blackfriar pub does have a separate dining room away from the open pub area, kids should be fine there.

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7. Re: Cheap eats?

There is a branch of Leon at Ludgate Circus, with a menu suitable for adults and children as well, but it's closed at weekends. Look to the other branch in the Strand, not too far west of the Savoy. There is a branch of Paul in Bedford Street, Covent Garden, with good quality savoury and sweet food. Try Bistro1 in Southampton Street too.

There is a Sainsbury's tucked in to Paternoster Square behind St Paul's, which sells prepacked hot foods of the curry with rice, chilli with rice, hand held pies and (possibly) roast chicken type of goods. Hot food is usually available until about 1800, and there is also a good selection of prepackaged salads, wraps and sandwiches as well. The M&S Simply Food in Paternoster Square doesn't sell hot food but is a good source of freshly prepared cold items.

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8. Re: Cheap eats?

The pub chain Wetherspoons is quite good for cheap food. Some of their pubs in central London are closed on Sundays. Check out their daily specials, eg beer and a burger, Sunday roast, curry on Thursdays, steak on Tuesday, fish and chips on a Friday. All come with a drink, alcoholic or non-alcoholic. They also have a children's menu.

jdwetherspoon.co.uk/home/…

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9. Re: Cheap eats?

Get over to Covent Garden. Lots of choices there including nice Italian/Pizza (Zizzi etc). And drink tap water to keep the cost down. Drinks have a massive markup.

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10. Re: Cheap eats?

Thanks for the suggestions. I keep forgetting that we are in central London and many places are closed on weekends. I will try some of the restaurants recommended. We are not drinkers, so can save on liquor.