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 affordable restaurants in Essex.

Last updated on 15th November 2022




Situated on Duke Street, Original Plough Chelmsford is hands down one of the most affordable restaurants in Essex. Enjoy mixing and matching 3 tapas for £12 or 5 tapas for £18. Think everything from pulled beef tacos to crispy king prawns and BBQ bao buns.

The Merchant, Brentwood

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Check out The Merchant in Brentwood and you'll be treated to fantastic deals, from bottomless brunches and sharing platters to classic fish 'n' chips and burgers. Thirsty? Grab a glass of wine for less than £5 per glass. 

Golden Fleece, Chelmsford

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For cheap food in Essex, Golden Fleece is a grand shout. Tuck into 3 small plates for £12.50 or enjoy a sharing platter for £16. The venue has a range of eats from plant-based burgers and bottomless brunches to stone-baked pizza and burrito bowls.

A more swish spot on our list, 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 £8.95. We recommend pairing the aubergine salad with the chicken shish.