Manchester has plenty to offer those eating out on a budget — from £1 tacos and bargain slices to £10 lunches from one of the city’s best fried chicken spots.

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Happy Hour pizzas at Nell's

Across their Kampus, Common and Beagle sites, the folks at Nell’s sling their famed NYC-style pizzas for just £7.77 on weekdays between 12pm-4pm. On Friday and Saturdays, you can also grab £6 margaritas from 4pm until close.

Common, 39 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HW / The Beagle, 456-458 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 0BQ / 20 Minshull St, Kampus M1 3EF / 39-41 Port St, Manchester M1 2EQ
50% off Mondays at The Pen & Pencil

Helping to make Mondays more bearable in their own special way, NQ stalwart The Pen & Pencil will give you 50% off your food bill all day every Monday. All you have to do is book in advance

Fourways House, 57 Hilton St, Manchester M1 2EJ
Two plates for £14.50 at Albert's Didsbury

Between Tue-Fri, 12pm-5m, you can get two courses for £14.50, or three courses for £18.50 at Albert’s in Didsbury.

120-122 Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester M20 2PU
Lunch for a tenner at Blues Kitchen

Every weekday between 12pm-3pm, head down to the stunning Blues Kitchen and pick any item from their generous lunch menu, along with a soft drink for just a tenner. Upgrade to a hard beverage or shake for an extra £2.

13 Quay St, Manchester M3 3HN
50% off mains every Wednesday at Chakalaka

South African bar and kitchen Chakalaka promise ‘a true taste of the Cape’, and every Wednesday you can grab half price off your main dish. Along with that, every Tuesday you can grab a traditional Boerewors roll for £2.

105a Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LW
£10 lunch at Society

Each of Society’s fantastic street food traders offer a £10 lunch option from Mon-Thu and every Sunday between 12pm-3pm. Whether’s it’s a mouthwatering stack from Slap & Pickle burgers or hearty bibimbap from Yoki Social, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Two courses for £23 at Peter Street Kitchen

The spectacular Peter Street Kitchen, set within the historic Free Trade Hall, boasts a unique blend of Japanese and Mexican cuisine. At £23 for two courses, the special set menu offers high-end dining at serious value, with the option to up that to three dishes for £28.

Free Trade Hall, Peter St, Manchester M2 5GP, United Kingdom
£1 tacos & bao at Wolf at the Door

Getting anything for a quid feels like an achievement in itself, when that thing is one of Wolf at the Door’s Chippy Tea baos, or a Margherita Pizza taco, it’s cause for celebration.

30-32 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1ER
Three small plates for £15 at Volta

Weekdays ’till 5.30pm mean three small plates for a generous £15 at Didsbury’s Volta. A menu inspired by international travels, diners can choose from mouthwatering favourites like Whipped feta & hazelnuts, Berbere spiced black lentils and Queenie scallops.

167 Burton Rd, West Didsbury, Manchester M20 2LN
Two dishes for £9 at Bundobust

From Mon-Fri, 12pm-4pm, Bundo’s Express Lunch lets guests pick two dishes from a collection of their biggest and best, including the Mung Chatpata, Okra Fries, Bundo Chaat and Tarka Dhal.

61 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2AG / St James's Bldg, Bundobust Brewery, 61-69 Oxford St, Manchester M1 6EQ
Two slices & a drink for £6 at Crazy Pedros

Available at Crazy Pedro’s Bridge Street, the £6 lunch deal incudes 2 pizza slices and a soft drink. Grab a beer for an extra £1. Then, between 5pm-9pm, slices are on offer for £2.50, full pizzas for £12 and 2-for-£12 cocktails.

55-57 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BQ
£10 lunch at Yard & Coop

Pick from three mains, sides and a soft drink – all for just £10 at Yard & Coop. Available Sun-Thu, 12pm-4pm, there’s the Classic Chicken Burger, Chicken Wrap or Drums & Wings, all served with fries, then a choice of Mac & Cheese, Gravy or Street Slaw and a soft drink. FOR A TENNER.

37 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HW
Bab's lunch special

A kebab for lunch? An absolute no-brainer when it comes courtesy of the fine folks at Bab. Grab one of their refined takes on the late-night favourite for £9. Upgrade to Greek fries for an extra quid.

14 Little Lever St, Manchester M1 1HR
Lost Cat's £1 sliders and bagels

Over at NQ hotspot, Lost Cat, you can grab a breakfast bagel until 4pm for just £1, with other brekky items hovering around a similar price. From 5pm-10pm, the menu switches to sliders and mini sandwiches, with Buffalo Chicken for £1, Cheeseburgers for £1.50 and Salt Beef Bagels for £2.

64 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE
50p wings at Rustik

Swing by Rustik down Burton Road on a Wednesday and gorge on 50p wings between 12pm-9pm. Conveniently, you can also stick around for their quiz night, which kicks off at 8pm.

198 Burton Rd, West Didsbury, Manchester M20 1LH
Bunny Jackson's 25p wings

At just 25p per wing, you can essentially order a bucket-full at Bunny Jackson’s and still come home with change from a tenner. If you really wanted to push the boat out, there’s even a more premium 50p wing menu, just in case you fancied treating yourself.

1 Jack Rosenthal St, Manchester M15 4RA
10 Tib Lane £1 oysters

10 Tib Lane is undoubtedly one of Manchester’s most gorgeous dining rooms, a sentiment only amplified by the fact that you can tuck into £1 oysters everyday between 4pm – 6pm.

10 Tib Ln, Manchester M2 4JB
Corbieres free pizzas when you spend a fiver

Unequivocally one of the city’s greatest drinking establishments, and famously housing Manchester’s best jukebox, Corbieres will even throw in a free pizza when you spend just a fiver every Tue – Fri between 4pm-8pm.

2 Half Moon St, Manchester M2 7PB
Trof 50% off food on Tuesdays

Another legendary NQ haunt, Trof slices food bills in half all day Tuesday, meaning you can claim the offer on lunch, brunch and dinner. Happy Hour also runs between 4pm – 9pm, meaning there are even more savings to be had.

8 Thomas St, Greater, Manchester M4 1EU
BOGOF pizzas at The Laureate

Hyatt Manchester’s fantastic in-house restaurant, The Laureate, offers buy-one-get-one-free pizzas every Monday between 5pm – 11pm, meaning you can grab two full pies for as little as £13.

55 Booth St W, Manchester M15 6PQ
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Wed 24 Apr 2024