Bath perhaps has a certain image, one of exquisite Georgian architecture and well to do locals but there is more to Bath than meets the eye. We look at places where you don’t have to have bulging wallet to have a hearty meal.
Here are some of Bath’s best budget eats.
The Stables “Tuck in Tuesday” is a great offering for those keeping an eye on their purse strings. From 5pm you can order a pizza, a side salad and a drink (half of cider, small glass of wine or soft drink) all for £10 which is a cracker of a bargain. You can order the classic margherita , go veggie with The Fitzwilliam: Herb roasted potato, Dorset Blue Vinney cheese, roasted Spanish onions, English spinach, fresh tomato sauce and mozzarella. Go meaty with The Great Poultry Street: Free-range chicken, roasted red peppers, field mushrooms, fresh tomato sauce and mozzarella or go spicy with The Bath Blaster Spicy chopped pork, Naga chillies, garlic, red onion, basil leaves, field, mushrooms, fresh tomato sauce and mozzarella among others. This is definitely a gift horse you can’t look in the mouth. Gluten free options are also available
If you’re looking for no frills and big servings then Hong Kong Bistro is the place for you. A Bath stalwart you immediately know you’re on to something when you note the amount of Chinese customers who come here regularly. What the HKB lacks in modern décor it makes up for with the food. The dishes are huge and the dumplings are packed. Most dishes are around £8 but you won’t be left wanting sit in or take-away HKB is a winner.
A small pop up taking over from previous tenants Pour Mans Lunch & Beyond the Kale, Chai Walla believes that the best advertising comes from word of mouth and it would appear their strategy is winning. Ran by Niraj Gadher with a little bit of help from his mum, Chai Walla is a testament to good Indian street food. With an onion bhaji wrap and a samosa for £5 (neither of which are small) you’re laughing all the way to the bank. Vegetarian and Gluten free eaters are taken care of well but be warned, do expect a queue.
Following on from the street food theme LJ Hugs is another vendor you do not want to miss out on. Rave reviews on Trip Advisor show you that with the right amount of passion and love for the food you make you can out shine the big boys any day. Serving up delicious Cajun dishes (the taster box coming highly recommended) it has received nothing but ‘Excellent’ ratings since its beginnings. Priced well and offering everything from salads to apparently some of the best tasting chicken ever LJ Hugs has built up quite the following.
Yak Yeti Yak was Bath’s first Nepalese restaurant back in 2004 since then it’s become a mainstay on the Bath dining scene A great value set menu is available every day from 12pm-2pm and 6pm-7pm, which offers three courses for as little as £10.50. Included is Cauli Pakora, Masu Bhat (a chicken and potato curry served with Basmati rice) and dessert (Masu Bhat carries a £2 extra charge). You pick up a single dish for 6-8.50 so the £10.50 deal is great value for money. If you want a singular meal there are great options for veggies and meat eaters alike.
Let us know in the comments where your favourite cheap eats are.