8 cheap restaurant, pubs and cafes in Bristol where you can dine out for under £10

With the cost of living going up and up, we discover where to find the cheapest eats across the city

So, the cost of living continues to rise and, quite frankly, eating out sometimes feels as though you need to save up for months for one meal at the moment. That’s why we’ve decided to explore the places in Bristol where you can get meals for under £10, and comfortably relax and dine in at.

From pizza places to burger joints, to pubs with great menus and a chain restaurant, there are options out there for getting a meal that won’t break the bank.

The Old Market Tavern really shows how it’s done when it comes to good food in a good atmosphere at good, fair prices. It’s pretty unheard of to find meals for less than £10 across Bristol, but this laid-back pub offers all of its mains for £6.50 or under.

You can get dishes such as fish and chips or pie and chips, to meatballs and gravy or huntsmans chicken, there are all sorts of choices on the menu. The most expensive burger, the chicken burger, is £6 and everything comes served with chips and sides. You can also get starters for only £3!

The Hobgoblin on Gloucester Road is a popular pub with a buzzy atmosphere and, despite its popularity, is a place that you can still get meals for under £10 from.

Although many of their dishes are upwards of the £10 point (many only just though at £10.50!), the pub does a few options that remain below the threshold making it a more affordable option for many.

Perhaps you fancy a beef burger or a pulled pork bun served with homemade chipotle mayo and seasoned fries or apple an coriander slaw? Or, for only £9.95, you could opt for the thai spiced vegetable burger served in a vegan bun with salsa, salad, vegan cheese, and chips.

The pasta will be made fresh on site everyday for people to watch, enjoy and talk over

So, Magari on Wapping Wharf doesn’t always fall under the £10 threshold but some of its dishes of the day do and, between 1 and 4 pm on weekdays, they have a lunchtime deal of a pasta dish with a drink for £10. We know, it sounds too good to be true, hey?

Specialising in fresh pasta and an authentic Italian apperitivo vibe, Magari has dishes made fresh onsite daily. Their Puttanesca dish is £9, their Zucca dish of squash, blue cheese and sage is £9.50 and their Pomodoro dish is only £7.50.

This one is a little different in that the food offering changes on a fairly regular basis, with different pop-ups taking residency within the vibey Southville pub.

But, crucially, at the moment, The Old Bookshop has Naasto Baasto in residency, who serves traditional and authentic Gujarati plates and Indian street food. Their Chana Masali is only £9.50 and is made up of creamy chickpeas, with pickled cucumber, raita, and fresh coriander.

Although we like to celebrate independents in Bristol, Franco Manca is a great option for eating out on the cheap and a brilliant place to have lots of options for the whole family under £10 - in fact, they have pizzas that start from just £5.

Franco Manca is a good option for plenty of choice under £10 for the whole family

The city centre Italian restaurant offers a pizza with roasted cured ham, mozzarella, ricotta and wild mushrooms for £9.35, a pizza with organic tomato, garlic, oregano, capers from Salina, Kalamata black olives, Cantabrian anchovies and mozzarella for £9.65, or traditional halloumi cheese, roasted courgettes, mozzarella and marinated baby plum tomatoes with mint for £8.75.

There’s more on there too for less and still under £10, so there really is something for everyone to tuck into.

A longstanding favourite across Bristol, the Thali restaurant in Montpelier serves up flavoursome Thali curries and has won awards from The Observer and BBC Radio 4.

With many authentic Indian dishes to choose from, there are a few options that come in jst over the £10 threshold at £10.50, but some that come in just below - especially if you like to combine a few small dishes.

The winning dish for us, though, at £9.50 is the Spinach Tarka Daal, a lightly spiced split lentil soup with handfuls of fresh spinach, and served with a Benagali aubergine curry.

Another absolute favourite on the Bristol social and food scene, The Gallimaufry in Stokes Croft has long been wowing people with their food, atmosphere and friendly pricing.

The Gallimaufry has wraps with skin on fries for under £10

Although the evening meal menu has crept up over £10 these days, between 1 and 3 pm, you can still get your hands on their hearty wraps all served with skin-on chips and slaw for £9 or £10.

The £9 option is made up of harissa falafel and butterbean hummus wrap with pickled vegetables, and the £10 option consists of Buttermilk fried chicken and chilli mayo wrap with pickled vegetables.

The Open Arms on St Michaels Hill is a quirky, traditional pub with cosy corners and lovely outdoor space - and, of course, food for under £10!

They have regular dishes of Poutine for £9 made up of slow-roasted rare breed pulled pork, west country mature cheddar and gravy on chips. They also have Nachos for £8.50 full to the brim with locally-sourced cheese and all the trimmings. You’ll also find hearty salads such as their Caesar Salad and Falafel Salad for £7.50 or you could go with scampi bites and chips for £10.