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23 June 2016

Lunch Options in the UK

If you find yourself rushing between lectures as a student in the UK, then have a look at these affordable and quick lunch options we have for you below! They are ranked from the cheapest to the most expensive.



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Greggs is Britain’s largest bakery. It is very popular in the North of England and Newcastle holds the record for the highest number of branches in a city at 31. It sells pastries, sandwiches, cakes, bread, drinks and tea/coffee. People usually come here to buy sausage rolls and other pastries as it is quick, cheap and hot. It is like buying grilled pork (Moo Ping) or Isaan Sausage (Sai-Grok Isaan) here in Thailand as that is also quick, easy, hot and cheap.


Sausage Roll – 1.75 GBP (87 THB)

Pain Au Chocolat – 0.85 GBP (42 THB)

Meal Deal – 3 GBP (150 THB)

Tesco Meal Deal

Tesco has a well-known meal deal which includes a sandwich, wrap, pasta or salad with a snack (crisps, chocolate or cake) and a drink. This is a quick, easy and affordable option and Tesco can be found easily on the high streets of most cities.


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Cost: 3 GBP (Approximately 150 THB)

Pret A Manger

This can be considered more of an expensive fast food place. But at lunch time they do have some affordable food items as shown in the menu below. The food options are a bit more modern and exciting than other places.

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pret menu

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Cost: 5 – 10 GBP (250-500 THB)

Marks and Spencer (M&S)

Marks and Spencer is also considered to be a more expensive supermarket in the UK with a huge range of modern and luxury food items. They have some fantastic lunch options with a variety of not only sandwiches, but salads, pastas, soup and noodles in combination with great snacks, candy and drinks.

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Cost: 2 – 5 GBP (100 – 250 THB)

Slug and Lettuce

This is another great restaurant option and is included here because they have a fantastic promotion of 50% off all dishes every Monday. It is a nice restaurant serving modern European style dishes.

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Cost: 4 – 8 GBP on half price Mondays (200 – 400 THB)


EAT. is usually found around London and can always be found in major international airports. It is another more expensive restaurant/café and serves a huge variety of food covering cuisines from all over the world.

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Cost: 5 – 10 GBP (250-500 THB)


This is very popular amongst the Thai students who study in the UK as it serves some very delicious Portuguese style grilled chicken. It has other bonuses to it such as delicious side dishes and free refills on soft drinks. The service is quick and efficient and it does not take long for your food to get served. This is a good mixture between a fast food place and a restaurant. You can have a look at their food prices below.


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Cost: On average 10-15 GBP per person for a big meal (500 – 750 THB)

We hope you get the chance to try all of these options when you go to study in the UK, but at the same time we do also feel that you won’t be left with any other choice! These are just some of the options that you can go for if you’re feeling too lazy to cook for yourself or if you’re rushing between lectures.

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