7 Cheap Manchester Places To Eat Lunch For Under a Tenner

Put your money away...


There's nothing worse than craving a nice hot lunch while at the same time trying to keep an eye on your spending. 

Fear not because we've put together a great list of places in the city to get a fancy meal for under a tenner. 

You may assume that some of these places are beyond your budget but there are plenty of options to fill you up on the cheap.

Take a look. 

1. Tiger Tiger

Not just a place to swig cocktails on a Saturday night, Tiger Tiger has a great menu for those weekday afternoons where you're at a loss as to where to dine. 

With none if the lunches exceeding £7, this Printworks haven has something to suit every mood including classic burgers, tasty skewers, burritos and salads.

Also available is a mouthwatering platter of chicken thighs, BBQ ribs, wings, BBQ beans, chips, watermelon chunks, chunky bread (and breathe...) all for just £20. 

Perfect for gathering the crew, or even better get the boss to splash out as a treat for the office!

2. This & That

Well-known to locals and much sought after by Google-savvy tourists, This & That has enjoyed a steady following in the Northern Quarter for several years now.

A traditional curry house where a rice and three meat dish will cost you just 6 quid with different options depending on the day of the week, all of which you can check out here.

3. My Thai

This place arrived on John Dalton Street in June on the site of the old Splendid Kitchen. 

Originally set up in Leeds, My Thai offers main courses for £6.50 and starters for next to nothing so you can enjoy the best noodle soup, pad thai and chow mein that Bangkok has to offer without breaking the bank. 

4. Dukes 92

Having undergone a complete overhaul earlier this year, this popular Castlefield location is back with a better menu than ever. 

While Dukes has always been a popular dinner spot, their sandwich selection should not be underestimated. 

And for the cheese connoisseurs out there, the grilled cheese sandwich at only £6 is particularly recommended as are the sharing boards catering for two to 10 people. 

@andys143 ・・・ Only went and ordered The Motherboard. 6-10 people?.... how about 3. #dukes92

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5. Bakchich

The newest Lebanese joint to enter the Manchester scene, Bakchich is a favourite among students of the University of Manchester and the Manchester Metropolitan University.

Hey, if it's popular among students it must be cheap, right?

The menu consists of lunch-sized wraps for as little as £3.50, while a large selection of burgers and pizzas have been given a Lebanese makeover. Let's just say they aren't short on options for the lamb lovers out there. 

Best to get in early in your lunch hour to avoid the student rush. 

6. Black Dog Ballroom 

If it's American style grub you're after than look no further than this Church Street hideout which boasts an extensive brunch menu

A pile of four pancakes with maple syrup and blueberries will cost you a very reasonable 6 quid. 

The syrup is something of a theme here and we reckon it goes great with the chicken and bacon waffles. 

More American than Captain America playing baseball with George Washington while wearing a stetson and singing 'Born In The USA' at the top of his lungs. 

Brunch is served til 4pm.

Happy #nationalburgerday! How many #burgers did you eat today? #foodporn #weloveburgers

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7. Montpelliers

Tucked away in the heart of the NQ, this French-inspired spot boasts stylish decor and numerous nooks and crannies which are perfect if you want to unwind after a stressful morning in the office. 

All of their sandwiches are under £7 and even the snack menu should provide enough to tide you over til dinner for under a fiver. 

What's more, the beef nachos are big enough to share at £4.90. 

It doesn't get much better than that. 

Written By

James Fenton

Resident football writer, covering City, United and the rest of what the beautiful game brings to our city. I also moonlight in news, current affairs and emmm... burger reviews.