Full of cool restaurants, charming cafes and buzzing bistros Covent Garden has plenty to offer those looking to eat out on a budget.
Being in the heart of London finding cheap eats in Covent Garden can be somewhat of a challenge if you don’t know where to look. We have been out and about exploring restaurants in Covent Garden to help you make your mind up. Whether you want to indulge in a hearty Italian meal, enjoy a British classic or warm yourself up with a spicy curry we have something for you:
If you are looking for a quick bite on a budget in Covent Garden then the Fire & Stone is for you. Predominately a pizza restaurant, the Covent Garden Fire & Stone uses fresh ingredients to help create a range of pizzas that take inspiration from across the globe. The interior is impressively spacious and, set over two floors, can seat 250 people. With the average main course spend being a modest £9, if you love your pizzas then this one is a winner.
Within bustling Covent Garden, Thai Square offers a relaxing retreat, with an extensive menu that includes all your favourite Thai meat, fish, and vegetarian dishes. Pick from the stunning monkfish green curry, battered marinated duck with whisky sauce or much more.
All the dishes use authentic ingredients that have been well sourced. This means that every dish from the emerald chicken curry to the duck cooked in coconut milk has a true Thai taste. Main courses start from just £8.
You wouldn’t think to head to a hotel on the Strand for a cheap meal in Convent Garden but but the Strand Continental Hotel is home to exactly that. Established over 70 years ago, the The India Club was originally a meeting place for civil servants employed at the nearby Indian High Commission. Here you can find a cheap but extremely tasty Indian meal – with the main courses setting you back just over £6! Now that’s a bargain!
Chick ‘n’ Sours is a fantastic restaurant in Covent Garden, offering an extensive and affordable menu of herb fed fried chicken, seasonal sides, sour cocktails and local beers. This buzzing, low-lit, basement-based fried chicken restaurant offers a great range of low cost options for a bite around Covent Garden. At just £9, the ‘house fry’ of a drumstick, thigh, pickled watermelon and ‘seaweed crack’ has to be our number one recommendation for dining on a budget at this joint.
Maletti is famous for it’s amazingly good pizza. The bases are thin and crisp, topped with beautifully sweet tomato sauce. Pick from a variety of toppings, our favourite being the undisputedly classic mozzarella and basil. However, the secret about Maletti is out, meaning that if you want to get some food without cuing you better get there early.
MEATmarket is the go to place for a burger in Covent Garden, expect to que though as this American style diner does not take bookings. Established in 2012, it is located on the balcony of Covent Garden’s Jubilee Market Hall. As for the cost, it is just £9 for the Hippie, £9.25 for the bird burger. If you’re craving sides, order a portion of cheese fries (they are to die for!).
Founded in 2007, Battersea Pie Station is a great option for a cheap restaurant in Covent Garden if you a fan of proper British Food. Love a pie and some creamy mash? Then this is for you.
All the pies here are made from British ingredients, the meat is free range and the pastry is made in the traditional way. If you’re a beer fan then you’ll enjoy the weekly guest beers to go perfectly with your pie. Depending on how hungry you are, you can enjoy a baby pie or go for the full deal.