If you make a regular habit of eating out you’ll know it’s by no means a cheap hobby! Milton Keynes has a reputation for being a little pricey when it comes to food, but there are plenty of independent spots where you can find a great deal. In this MK Food Guide, I’m going to be sharing my favourite independent cheap eats in Milton Keynes. From a budget-friendly brunch to Afghan dumplings, I’m proving you don’t have to break the bank to eat good food in MK!
MK Food Guide: Best Cheap Eats in Milton Keynes
- The Brasserie at Milton Keynes College, Bletchley
- Eat is Greek
- French Affaire, Stony Stratford
- Louis’, Buckingham
- Made in Sud, intu Milton Keynes
- Man-o-tu Kitchen, Central Milton Keynes
- MK Gallery Café, Central Milton Keynes
- Mii&U Oriental Café, Stacey Bushes
The Brasserie at Milton Keynes College
Did you know that MK College is home to an award-winning restaurant? It’s a great location for grabbing a bit for lunch or, if you’re feeling fancy a tasting menu at one of the Level 3 taste nights for just £20 per head!
The burgers are absolutely INSANE. Tender, highly stacked, salty and so delicious, I’d highly recommend trying one of these next time you’re nearby! The fries are also incredible. I had the sweet potato ones and confirm they are delicious but the ‘best ever fries’ are also ridiculously good!
What to eat: Double stacked beef burger with bacon (£6.95) and sweet potato fries (£3.50)
Find it: Milton Keynes College, Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK3 6DR
Eat is Greek
Eat is Greek is a street food truck and if you love Greek food, you will LOVE these guys. The gyros are incredible and you get a lot of food for your money! Packed with fresh meat, tzatziki and french fries, Eat is Greek’s gyros always transport me back to Greece. It’s also the ultimate hangover food!
You can find Eat is Greek in Queen’s Court in the centre:MK and they also go round various locations in their van during weekday evenings.
What to eat: Mixed Gyros, £5
Find it: Queen’s Court, the centre:MK
French Affaire, Stony Stratford
French Affaire is one of my favourite independent restaurants in Milton Keynes and it’s my new favourite brunch spot.
The crepes are absolutely amazing for a budget-friendly brunch at £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
If you love a giant New York slice, then you have to try Louis. The pizzas are huge, coming in at a whopping 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
What to eat: Pizza Slice, £4.95 each or all you can eat for £10 on Tuesdays
Find it: 53-54 Nelson St, Buckingham MK18 1BT
Made in Sud, intu Milton Keynes
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 intu MK (opposite Waterstones) 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.
What to eat: Nduja Margherita, £6.95
Find it: Intu Milton Keynes, 67 Midsummer Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 3GB
Man-o-tu Kitchen, CMK
Tucked away in Queen’s Court in the centre:MK, you’ll find Man-o-tu Kitchen, which sells Afghan street food. Run by three lovely sisters, this stall brings a taste of something new to MK and I love it!
The Mantu (dumplings) are the best thing on the menu. Steamed with seasoned mincemeat and onions, topped with homemade yoghurt and lentil sauce, these dumplings made a fantastic quick lunch.
What to eat: Mantu, £5 for a medium portion
Find it: Queen’s Court, the centre:MK
MK Gallery Cafe, CMK
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
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 cheap eats in Milton Keynes. I’d also LOVE to hear your suggestions! Make sure you share your photos on Instagram with my hashtag #EatandExploreMiltonKeynes.
What are your favourite cheap eats in Milton Keynes? Check out my other MK Food Guides for more eating out inspiration!
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