Cheap Eats in the Toon

Judging by the popularity of my Top Ten Newcastle Lunches I think there are a few people in the Toon who like a bargain. I decided it needed to be revised as in the year since I posted my last round-up some of the establishments are no longer open. Rather than sticking to the £5 budget I included a few that were just over, on account of feeling they were good value for money for a city centre lunch regardless. I hope this helps you out the next time you’re feeling a bit skint but still want to dine out.

The Herb Garden

Photo Credit: The Herb Garden

Purveyors of pizza good enough to feature in my Top 5, The Herb Garden offer a fantastic takeaway option for those who work in Newcastle. For a mere £5 you can pick up a pizza and pud which also included dairy free options. Bargain.

While lunch at VietCafe probably will tot up to over a fiver if you order a rice bowl, for example, it is still great value for money. With a variety of dishes that are sure to satisfy even the hungriest tums, we were happy to also see a specialist vegan menu available too. You can read more about our visit here.

Farplace Stores

Photo Credit: Farplace Stores

This vegan food store on Clayton Street is not only a great place to stock up on essentials like dairy free cheese and chocolate. If you’re wanting a speedy lunch option they have that covered, too. A sandwich, drink and snack is available to takeaway for just £3.80, or you can chose from their freshly made pasties, a drink and snack for £3 instead. The Teen loved the baked goods from there.

Zapatista (Grainger Street, Ridley Terrace)
One of our favourite places to pick up a quick bite to eat in Newcastle, Zapatista has a range of options for around the £5 mark. We love the vegan Sweet Potato Chilli, but those who like meat will not be disappointed either. Those with hefty appetites could always give the Belly Buster Challenge a go but, be warned, 3 burritos is not as easy feat as it sounds. The Cannys were not successful in their attempts, which you can read about here.

Central Oven and ShakerWith a lunchtime special of selected pizza and salad for just £6.50, available between 12-3pm Monday to Friday, it is definitely worth dropping into Central Oven. Located opposite Central Station, you can also sample their 2-4-1 cocktails at the same time.

The Grainger MarketThere are so many different food outlets in the historic Grainger Market to pick up lunch from. Try the delicious dumplings of Nan Bei, head to La Petite Creperie for a tasty crepe or galette, or sample freshly made pizza at By The Slice. With some new places opening up soon it is definitely worth having a wander during your break and support our local businesses.

Fat Hippo Underground

Photo Credit: Fat Hippo Food Instagram

One of the best burgers in the Toon, definitely visit if you’re happy to spend the rest of your afternoon in a food coma. Their special offer, available Mon-Thur between 12-4pm and Friday 11-4pm, is a burger and handcut chips for just £6. Even McDonald’s isn’t that cheap these days! Veggies should try out the Spicy Bean, while meat eaters can’t go too far wrong with the Little American.

Al Volo
This wonderful independent offers authentic Italian street food like Piadina with an assortment of fillings. Our friend Luca gave Al Volo a big thumbs up when he visited, and he definitely knows his stuff! Prices vary depending on what you decide to have yours with, and vegan cheese is available at a supplement. Cracking coffee and cakes like Granny used to make are available too.


Photo Credit: Paradiso Twitter

With two pizzas on offer for £10 Monday to Thursday, as well as 2 for £10 cocktails, Paradiso is a great place to have a leisurely lunch in Newcastle with friends.

Thanks for reading,

Pip x


  1. catherine hooper

    You’re making me really hungry now!! so many good options!

  2. Akvile Stan

    I can’t believe that we have not been to Paradiso yet! I keep bugging my boyfriend that we need to go… Fat Hippo is my to go for burgers for sure & I still need to check out Central Oven & The Herb Garden. Yum!


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