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Best cheap eats in Devon

Caned the credit card but still hungry for a fancy dinner date? What you need is a Muddy-approved cheap but chic dining spot. All the best deals this way!

No one wants to splash the cash on pricey restaurants at the mo, so we’ve pulled together a selection of our favourite chic but cheap eats and ace offers across Devon. You’re welcome!

Opop, Ashburton

Something brand-new and forward-thinking for Ashburton, ‘Opop’ stands for One Plate, One Price and is a people and planet-friendly canteen-style eatery on St Lawrence Lane (where Rust in the Wolf’s Spray Cafe used to be). The focus is all flavourful, affordable food not profit with a Mediterranean-style menu, including daal, shaksuka, flatbreads and labneh (it all looks delicious). Already causing a buzz in the Dartmoor town, go if you’re nosey and love a meal with a social conscience. Open Weds to Saturday, 11 – 4pm.

The Botanist, Exeter

One for the birthday girl or boy: The Botanist have a cute set menu offer running all January where instead of the usual £30, you pay the amount that matches the year you were born (so if you were born in 1993, you only pay £19.93). I’ll have the Coconut and Sweet Potato Pie please (and what do you mean, you don’t believe I was born in 1066..).

Meat 59, Torquay and Newton Abbot

When nothing but a burger will do – handmade and gourmet, of course – step away from McD’s drive-in and head to Meat 59 for their juicy Friday offer of any burger (including vegan/veggie), fries and a soft drink for a tenner. And two for one cocktails from 3-5pm. Can’t argue with that.

New Coast Kitchen, Croyde

Matt, Martin and the New Coast crew are fast becoming a coastal go-to for locals and tourists alike, thanks to a city vibe and an urban menu that belies its remote coastal location. Not been yet? Now’s your chance to sample their three-course lunch for £20 throughout February. And a glass of Picpoul for £4.75? Don’t mind if we do.

The Bucket & Spade, Shaldon

Stunning sea view with your bargain brunch, madam? This new family-run eatery overlooking upmarket Shaldon is positively swimming in great deals, including two for £20 on their home-cooked Sunday roast, served with all the trimmings including their giant Yorkshire puds. If you can’t wait till Sunday, go for Fish Fryday – two for £20 on their lightly beer battered fish of the day, all gluten-free (and available for takeaway). Plus, there’s a BOGOF deal on brekkie from Weds throughout January. Spoilt for choice.

Spelt, Bampton

Reasons to make the trip to leafy Bampton on Exmoor just went off the scale with this offer from Spelt, who do delicious brunches, sharing plates and tapas – three courses for £20.22.

Sabatini, Exeter

Is there anything better than great Italian food? Well, great Italian food that doesn’t cost the earth, naturalmente. Chic slice of the Med Sabatini have brought back their Eat Out To Help Out offer with £10 off your bill when you spend £20 or more on food, Mon-Fri 12-3pm throughout January. Grazie mille!

The Loft, Kingsbridge

The lovely Loft may be known for their topnotch burgers but if it’s dinner on a budget you’re after, how about their Tuesday Tapas? Perfect with a few friends or your whole gaggle – 3 for £12, 6 for £23, 9 for £32, or 12 for £45, and 2 for 10 on cocktails. (Re-opening on 2 Feb).

Samphire Vegan Restaurant, Plymouth

Doing Veganuary? Craving a big, fat juicy burger? Loved by vegans for their American-inspired ‘junk’ food vibe, including buckets of chix, beer-battered phish and Mock-shakes, Samphire know how to serve up plant-based value and a ‘meaty’ fix, with their vegan burger and fries yours for a very reasonable £6.95, plus 10% off all collection orders.

The Lamb Inn, Sandford

Cosy pub grub what you’re after? Hunker down by the fire at this welcoming 16th century coaching house for their Fixed Price Lunchtime Menu (Fri, Sat and Mon) for chimichanga, fish and chips, slow cooked beef or a trio of sausages. All home-cooked and well within budget at two courses for £11.95 or three for £13.95pp.

Cafe Three Sixty, Bovey Tracey

Muddy’s no stranger to this cool cycle cafe on the edge of Dartmoor, when I’m popping into MAKE Southwest for a rummage around the craft gallery, or on my way back from a stomp on Haytor. I’m yet to go nighttime though, and I’m fancying their Friday curry night – a choice of a mild korma, medium tikka masala or a hottie madras, in meat, vegan and g-f options, so something for everyone. With popadoms and dips, and just £10.95 a pop.

Exmoor Food Festival, 1 – 28 Feb, various in Devon and Somerset

Fancy scoffing and quaffing at some of Exmoor’s finest restaurants, at discounted prices? Keep tabs on Exmoor Food Festivals’ website for restaurants who’re signing up to the scheme across Devon and Somerset for the whole month of February.

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