The Best Places for Eating on a Budget in Milton Keynes

If you make a regular habit of eating out you’ll know it’s by no means a cheap hobby. Eating lunch out always feels like a little bit of a luxury for me as I am pretty strict with myself during the week and pre-make my lunches for work. Come weekends, it’s most definitely treat time! Here are my favourite independent spots in Milton Keynes to grab lunch (or dinner!) for under £10 per person when you’re on a budget but still want to indulge.

French Affaire, Stony Stratford

French Affaire is one of my favourite independent restaurant in Milton Keynes and it’s my new favourite brunch spot. It has already featured a few times in my MK Food Guide but deservedly so. The crepes are absolutely amazing and are totally budget friendly at just £7.50 for a sweet or savoury one – and they serve them all day! If crepes aren’t your thing (who even are you) then they also serve paninis and salads that will sit well within your budget.

What to eat: Eggs Royale Crepe, £7.50

Find it: 5 Odell’s Yard, High Street, Stony Stratford, MK11 1FA

Louis’ Pizza, Buckingham

I am very lucky that Louis’ is a short drive from my office – hello cheeky pizza lunch. If you love a giant New York slice, then you have to try Louis. If The pizzas are huge, coming in at 22 inches. The quirky, chilled vibes and cool interior make this a great lunch spot and you can grab a giant pizza slice for under a fiver. I promise you that this will probably fill you up! Try the halloumi fries and tempura veg if you need something a little extra. Vegan and gluten free friendly options available.

What to eat: Pizza Slice, £4.95

Find it: 53-54 Nelson St, Buckingham MK18 1BT

Made in Sud, CMK

Okay, okay, it’s another pizza but a different kind of pizza! Whilst Louis’ is more thin and crispy, Made in Sud is the closest pizza I’ve found to the one I ate in Rome. It’s located in Central MK so if your office is nearby you know where to head for a Friday treat! A whole pizza comes in at well under £10 and the Margherita pizza is just £4.95, so you have absolutely no excuses not to try it next time you’re at the shops. The Nduja is my favourite – a spicy spin on a classic.

What to eat: Nduja Margherita, £6.95

Find it: Intu Milton Keynes, 67 Midsummer Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 3GB

MK Gallery Cafe, CMK

The most recent addition to Central Milton Keynes, MK Gallery Cafe brings a much-needed eatery in a bright and bold setting. And it’s independent! The menu is definitely a little bit special as all of the ingredients are sourced locally and the dishes are created onsite. Their savoury tarts are lovely and the halloumi fries are also delicious. If you want something traditional, the grilled sandwiches are packed and feature locally sourced fillings such as ham from Woburn and local cheeses.

What to eat: Savoury tart with salad, £7.95 or grilled sandwiches, £5.50

Find it:  900 Midsummer Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 3QA

Mii&U Oriental Cafe, Stacey Bushes

If you are looking for band for your buck, Mii&U Oriental Cafe is where it’s at. Don’t be put off by the location: it’s right at the back of Stacey Bushes industrial estate in an oriental wholesalers (very good for getting your sushi and eastern cooking supplies) The menu is broad – from Dim Sum to Pad Thai there’s something to tickle everyone’s taste buds and pretty much everything is under a tenner. And they are by no means small portions either so it’s totally worth it. It’s half the price of Wagamamas and its so. Damn. Good. A much-loved, hidden gem in MK that is always busy and well worth a visit!

What to eat: Chicken Pad Thai, £6.95 or Dim Sum, £5.95

Find it: Central House, Alston Dr, Milton Keynes MK13 9HG

As with all my MK Food Guides, I’ll be adding to this post as I discover more budget friendly independents in Milton Keynes. I’d also LOVE to hear your suggestions! Make sure you share your photos on Instagram with my hashtag #EatandExploreMiltonKeynes.

Where’s your favourite spot for eating on a budget in Milton Keynes?

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