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 3rd July 2024

The Merchant, Brentwood

Check out The Merchant in Brentwood and you'll be treated to fantastic deals, from brunch dishes under a tenner or generous sharing platters to classic fish 'n' chips and burgers. Thirsty? Grab a glass of wine for less than £5, or nab 2 for 1 cocktails every single day. 

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.


Luxe Garage Brunch and 2 other offers

Yuce's proves that an affordable restaurant doesn't have to skimp on quality, or gorgeous interior design (think chandeliers and leafy plants). The two-floor, Turkish eatery in Harlow toots some seriously tasty dishes at a comfy price - look forward to tucking into doner kebab wraps filled with lamb shish for £8.50, or a mix of hot appetizers like grilled BBQ wings, halloumi and humus kavurma, starting from £8.50 each too.

The Breakfast Club Chelmsford

Catering for your every need and with a distinct devil-may-care approach to things, the Breakfast Club in Chelmsford is always abuzz with energy and life. Decorated as a retro working man's diner, the bar is framed by quaint antiques and colourful furnishings. Full of character and life, and with a diverse menu of traditional British dishes and delectable comfort foods, this is a great place to escape the bustle of the city. 

The Fatling Hornchurch

Boasting a beaut beer garden and a cracking selection of drinks, The Fatling in Hornchurch is a relaxed pub with purse-friendly bites. You can expect three small plates for £10.49, or if you're in the mood for something a little more hearty then nab a burger, chips and boozy bev for just £10.29.


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.