Top 10 Newcastle Lunches Under £5

You read the title right; all this delicious grub for a fiver! Some are even cheaper. We’re quite fortunate in Newcastle to have an array of budget places to pick up a freshly prepared sarnie or hot meal without resorting to a Boots Meal Deal.

The Settle Down Cafe, Thornton Street

imageThere’s no real menu at The Settle Down Cafe;, ust a simple system where one item is £3.50 and two are £5. I was inspired to write this blog post about bargain lunches  after eating there last week. With 4 options – sandwiches, soup, salad and pizza (goats and blue cheese with mushroom calzone, ham & onion and chorizo toppings) – you’re spoilt for choice.

imageThe soup – their Thai sweet potato is a favourite – is always vegan and gluten-free. Bread for the sandwiches and the pizza bases comes from Sugar Down Bakery round the corner,  baked especially each morning. The salads are prepared and made with seasonal produce.

imageI had a double decker Falafel Sandwich with a side of salad. It was tasty and filling, and the fact it was freshly made showed. The green beans were still crisp in their honey & soy dressing, the creamy potato salad was moreish, and I even polished off the chickpeas. The sandwich had a warmth from the sweet chilli jam it was smeared with, and the bread was great.

imageThey have cakes on offer too, but I was too stuffed to contemplate a slice. A great place to visit for vegans and meat-eaters alike for a cracking lunch. They stock milkshakes from locals Canny too.

Sloppy Joe’s Deli, Grainger Market

Credit: Sloppy Joe's Twitter

Credit: Sloppy Joe’s Twitter Feed

With freshly made sandwiches to order in the Grainger Market, Sloppy Joe’s is ideally located for a quick bite to eat during lunch hour in the Toon. From only £3, there are plenty of fillings to chose from.

Wildflower, Westgate Road (Now Closed)

Another to have featured on the Canny Food pages in  the past. Toasties and soups are all under a fiver.

Mama Zen @ Kommunity (Now Closed)

Serving up colourful curries and tasty plant-based sweet treats at a bargain price, the Mama Zen ladies are showing that healthy food doesn’t have to expensive. You can read more about our visit here.

The Journey, Newcastle

A new addition to our recommend list of cheap eats is this small city centre cafe. With cake, soups and other tasty treats on offer there is nothing that will break the bank here for those watching their pennies. You can read about our budget lunch visit here.

Crisis Skylight Cafe, City Road

imageOffering bargain breakfasts and lunches, you can pick up a hot meal and a brownie from Crisis for under a fiver. A social enterprise initiative which supports anyone wanting to work in the catering and hospitality industry, we heartily recommend a visit. See more here.

Flat Caps Coffee, Carliol Square

Formerly Bunker Coffee it’s great to see the tradition for providing quality scran has continued with its new owners. With sandwiches, soups and brownies you can get lunch for under a fiver here.

Pizza by the Slice, Grainger Market

imageWith a new pizzeria scheduled to open in September, this family favourite is the cheapest on our list. With mini-calzones at just £1.50 and slices of Margherita the same, you understand why there are queues to sample these great value pizzas. My father-in-law wanted to eat them every day! You can read about more purse-friendly Grainger Market food options here if pizza isn’t your thing.

Hop & Cleaver, Sandgate

hop lunchThe Hop and Cleaver lunch menu runs between 12pm and 5pm Monday to Friday and is priced at just £4.95. On the menu there’s pulled pork, brisket and braised beef sandwiches, a cheese dog, and a lovely mushroom burger for the veggies. All of their sandwiches come with fries. You may not be fit for work afterwards after all this food though!

See a full review of Hop here.

Time Banhmi, Grainger Street

Credit: Time Banhmi Instagram

Credit: Time Banhmi Instagram

With so many combinations, Time Banhmi is a favourite for many in the centre of Newcastle. At  £3.95 for one of their famous Vietnamese-style sandwiches, it is a must-visit if you have a craving for a tasty lunch.

Thanks for reading,

Pip x

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  1. Nyomi

    Great list, I’ve not tried a lot of these. I’ll have to rectify that now! Putting this out on my Friday shares.

    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      There are some great ones that will accommodate Arlo on there too 🙂

  2. samantha rickelton

    Oh Pizza By Slice would be my no 1 choice here – SUCH a bargain!

    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      I can’t wait for their new and improved place to open!

  3. Stu Christie

    Settle Down is THE BEST eatery in Newcastle No Doubt!!!!


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