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10 Best Budget Places To Eat In Essex

Thursday 21st September 2017

10 Best Budget Places To Eat In Essex

Food glorious food. With life getting so hectic, the rise of people eating out is on the rise. According to a study by the NDP Group it’s predicted that UK diners alone will spend £54.7bn on eating out in 2017. Whether you’re dining out for ease, entertainment or for lack of time at home to cook, it can so easily add up to a small fortune. That’s why we’ve decided to scope out the best deals and came up with our top 10 best budget places to eat in Essex. So, next time you’re looking for somewhere to fill up, you don’t have to break the bank!

Cork & Skewer, Harlow

Places To Eat In Essex

If you’re after a taste of the Mediterranean on a budget, the Cork & Skewer in The Harvey Centre will be right up your street. Think Greek Mezze’s, grilled skewers and delicious burgers. You can dine out for two for under £20.00 here, with some mains starting at £3.95. The simple, modern interior creates a nice atmosphere for an evening meal with your nearest and dearest.

Facebook page here.

Kung Fu The Real China, Harlow

Places To Eat In Essex

For those who love an all you can eat buffet oriental style, then head over to Kung Fu The Real China in The Harvey Centre. The staff are super friendly and the buffet is great value. If you’re looking to fill up over lunchtime, it will set you back a valuable £6.95 or dinner prices starts at £11.95. You can expect all your Chinese favourites, from Spare Ribs to Peking Duck Pancakes. YUM.

Facebook page here.

The Dusty Miller, Harlow

A great traditional pub with real British pub grub. You’re spoilt for choice with this menu, and what’s even better is all food is sourced locally. Plus, if you’re dining with someone who’s Gluten-Free, they can cater for that. The best thing is, if you’re dining on lunch between Tuesday – Friday you can choose 2 courses for £10.00. 

Website here.

The Bagel Bar, Harlow

Places To Eat In Essex

If you’re looking for a delicious, quick and super great value lunch, The Bagel Bar ticks all the right boxes. Their speciality is the Salt Beef & Gherkin bagel which is cooked fresh on site daily. Situated downstairs in The Harvey Centre, The Bagel Bar has some seating to sit down and have a quick bite to eat. Bagels range from £2.40 to £3.90, bargain.

Facebook page here.

Couzens Bakery, Harlow

Places To Eat In Essex

With a 4.5 rating on TripAdvisor, it’s no wonder this little gem of a cafe is always busy. Selling freshly baked delights every day and their famous stacked sandwiches which are all under £4.00, you can’t go wrong than stopping by Couzens for a tasty budget lunch.

Facebook page here.

The Little Kitchen, Epping

Places To Eat In Essex

We’re a huge supporter of independents here at The Harvey Centre, and The Little Kitchen in Epping is worth a visit when you’re in the area. It has a great atmosphere and is family friendly. If you’re an Avocado lover, pop by for breakfast and try the Crushed Avocado with salt & chilli for a healthy option. Prices range from £3.50 to £8.45 at this day time cafe.

Facebook page here.

The Hare, Harlow

Everyone loves a great value meal pub for a bite to eat. The Hare in Harlow is just that with its fantastic 241 meal offer, plus if you’re dining alone or with an odd number, you can return within 7 days to claim your free meal!

Website here.

Cockney Waffle Pie & Mash, Harlow

Places To Eat In Essex

If you’re a lover of Essex favourites, Pie, Mash & Liquor or Jellied Eels, then the Cockney Waffle Pie & Mash should be on your go-to list.  You can get a single pie & mash for just £5.00 and they’re baked fresh on site every day. Situated in Harlow, this welcoming cafe is great value and delicious.

Facebook page here.

Marco’s Italian Restaurant, Harlow


If you’re after some delicious Italian food then a visit to Marco’s Italian won’t disappoint. It’s been rated 4.5 on TripAdvisor for its great-value food and friendly staff. With some dishes coming in just under £10.00, it’s perfect for dining out on a budget. 

Visit their website here.

The Garden of India, Harlow


It’s been described on TripAdvisor as the best Indian in Harlow. Whether you’re ordering a traditional favourite or one of their house specials, there is something for every taste at great value too. 

Visit the website here.

We hope you enjoy trying out these great value delights and tick off our top ten best budget places to eat in Essex, one by one.


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