Affordable Restaurants In Essex

Fancy a delicious meal without breaking the bank? While we love dining out, it can come at a hefty price tag. But luckily for you, the city is filled with a plethora of cheap eats. From scrumptious pub lunches to banging meal deals and tantalising tapas for a fuss-free date, we're breaking down all the best cheap restaurants in Essex.

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Last updated on 8th January 2024

Original Plough Chelmsford

Situated on Duke Street, Original Plough Chelmsford is hands down one of the best cheap restaurants in Essex for lunch, thanks to their £6.75 weekday deal that includes a drink. Enjoy mixing and matching three tapas dishes for £13 too, featuring everything from nachos to crispy king prawns and BBQ bao buns.

Slug and Lettuce Chelmsford

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Slinging out beaut brunches for under a tenner, afternoon teas and 2 for 1 cocktails, Slug and Lettuce Chelmsford is a must-visit. Choose from a wide selection of affordable meals including their S&L burger and fries which is served in a birdcage. You can also check out their restaurants in Southend On Sea or Colchester.


A more swish eatery located in Maldon, Sark is a Mediterranean restaurant boasting the most delish Turkish fare. When you come during their lunch special from Monday to Friday, grab two courses for £9.95. We recommend pairing the aubergine salad with the chicken shish.