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Where to eat out in Scotland for less than a tenner

Booked your coach ticket to Scotland? Next stop: working out where you’re going to eat. If you’re on a budget, there are plenty of places to dine out that will satisfy your wallet and your taste buds. We’ve tracked down some of the best places for lunch and dinner in Scotland’s three largest cities. Head to any of these and you can tuck in to a decent meal for less than £10. And there’s not a deep-fried Mars bar in sight…

Hillhead Bookclub, Vinicombe Street, Glasgow

Hillhead Bookclub is perfect if you're looking for a cheap lunch or dinner with lunch and most mains costing under a tenner. Yet the quality of the food at this café-bar feels far more expensive than that. Choose from dishes like steak and ale pie, the Bookclub burger and fish finger sandwiches. There’s plenty of choice for vegetarians, too, like spinach and potato saag with homemade naan. It’s a great place to line your stomach before a night out in Glasgow.

The 78, Kelvinhaugh Street, Glasgow

Craft beers, fantastic vegan cuisine, and prices so low you think someone’s made a mistake. This winning combination makes The 78 a frequent haunt for both students and foodies alike. Fill up on speciality falafels, the classic veggie burger with homemade chutney, or coconut and bean chilli. With cosy sofas, an open fire and live jazz on Sunday nights, this is the kind of place where you’ll want to stay for the long haul.

Read our Glasgow city guide for tips on the best places to visit.


Mosque Kitchen, Nicolson Square, Edinburgh

Your first port of call in Edinburgh? Give Mosque Kitchen on Nicolson Square a try. It’s a firm favourite with Edinburgh locals and for good reason. This Indian buffet serves up fuss-free food like chicken tikka masala for under a tenner. 

Oink, various locations, Edinburgh

Next up, check out Oink, which has branches on Victoria Street and Canongate. These tiny shops are filled with a heady selection of Scottish hog roasts. Stop by for fluffy rolls filled with pulled pork and your choice of sage and onion stuffing, apple sauce, chilli relish or haggis. The freshly-carved roasts start from as little as £3.40. 

Los Cardos, Leith Walk, Edinburgh

Los Cardos is a Mexican street food takeaway with a difference. For starters, you’ll find ‘The Irvine’ on the menu – choose from a burrito, quesadilla, fajitas or soft tacos and just add haggis. It’s so-called because it’s one of Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh’s guilty pleasures. Load up on spicy salsa and jalapeños for a tongue-tingling feast. And if you don’t fancy joining the now-legendary queue, there’s always the option of evening deliveries.

Check out our city guide to Edinburgh for more inspiration on what to see and do.  


Foodstory Café, Thistle Street, Aberdeen

If you’re on a mission to start eating healthier, Foodstory Café in Aberdeen is the perfect choice. There are plenty of organic, locally sourced and vegetarian options on the menu to tickle your taste buds for less. If you pop in for breakfast, choose from nourishing dishes like superfood porridge or sour dough toast with hot smoked salmon and avocado. Craving something sweet? The vegan chocolate brownie will be just what the doctor ordered.

Café 52, The Green, Aberdeen

Treat yourself to lunch at Café 52 and discover why locals have been raving about it for 20 years. Enjoy a bowl of traditional Cullen skink – a thick, smoked haddock soup – pork meatloaf with salad, or a sharing platter. Evening meals tend to be more expensive, but with dishes like slow-cooked blade of beef casserole, it’s definitely worth breaking the budget for.

Our Aberdeen city guide is a must-read before your trip.  

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Published on 10th July 2018