Some of the places we have eaten and feel the need to tell the world about. Granted, it’s a short list so far (we are students after all) but more will be added as and when!

Restaurants

Riverstation, Bristol

Excellent, English food, great service, very lively. Menu changes regularly but be sure to check out their website for a sample.

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Canteen on Clifton St, Cardiff

Small yet lively restaurant serving mainly vegetarian food that will appeal to anyone, vegetarian or not. Regularly-changing menus and some truly wonderful world food. At £16.00 for 3 courses it’s an absolute no-brainer. The only downside is the opening hours; Friday, Saturday & Sunday only. If we could, we would probably set up camp in here.

Check out their website here for current and past menus, as well as recipes to try at home!

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Ashfields, Earl Shilton

A great selection of hearty, super-scrummy English and European dishes, great for meat-lovers. A regular celebration destination – check out their dinner menu here.

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Barceloneta, Leicester

A brilliant place to go for tapas, especially on a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday when they offer 2/3 tapas and a drink for £10.75/£12.95 respectively. They have such a variety of dishes it would be impossible to go and not be able to find something. Definitely a place to go with friends or family so you can order a few dishes and share them all (make sure you make one of them the tuna fishballs!). Menu on their slightly outdated website here.

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The Royal Oak, Kirby Muxloe

A pub offering some excellent food at a fantastic price (3 courses for £16). You will not go away hungry! Check out their menu here.

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Spice Bazzar,

Possibly the best Indian restaurant in Leicester. You need to try their peshwari naan!

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The Windmill Inn, Brascote

Fantastic food, good service, well priced. One of the best restaurants in Leicester according to Tripadvisor. What’s not to love? Menus at the bottom of this page.

 

Cafés

Made By Ben, Bath

What can we say? This place sells what Jelly and Whale agree to be the best sandwiches they have ever tasted. The sandwiches in question? One stilton, bacon and walnut and one red onion, feta and spinach. All on incredibly homemade bread. If we’re ever in Bath again I’m sure we will be back, maybe this time to try one of the fantastic looking Spanish omelettes!

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Cordial & Grace, Bristol 

A recently opened café that serves some quintessentially British afternoon tea with a twist. We tried both their savoury (cheese & mustard scones with cream cheese & chutney) and their sweet (ginger scones with clotted cream and rhubarb jam) options. Trying to pick a favourite was nigh on impossible. For us, the savoury wins on points (but that might just be because we are massive chutney whores). Here’s their menu. And here is a link to our take on their afternoon tea.

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Kemi’s Café, Cardiff

Homely (in the best possible sense) café serving gorgeous salads, wraps and quiches, all freshly prepared. Reason enough to go on their own but there’s also the small matter of some of the best cakes this side of…anywhere. Very reasonably priced, especially the cakes which come in only one size: XXL.

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La Crêperie de Sophie, Cardiff

Situated in one of the many wonderful arcades that are the veins through which Cardiff’s lifeblood flows is this lovely little crêperie. They deal in both savoury and sweet crêpes, ranging from standard (ham, cheese, nutella) to extravagant (smoked salmon, garlic mushrooms). All very reasonably priced – especially if you are a student as you can get a meal deal of 1 savoury crêpe + 1 sweet crêpe + hot/cold drink for £4.50. For something other than the ubiquitous baguette this really is worth a look.

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Thé PotCardiff

Incredible sandwiches, super specials and some brilliant-sounding (but as yet un-tasted) breakfasts! This is a wonderful, independent little café where the quirky touches really add to the experience. The kitchen is minute and completely in view of the café, no matter where you sit. You get the impression that the owner and everyone who works there really enjoys what they do. Here is a sample menu – go check it out for a really cosy experience and if you want to feel valued as a customer!

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Bar Dos Hermanos, Leicester

Brunch at the weekend is not to be missed. Though we have been disappointed with some things on menu, you can’t go wrong with a choose-your-own full English served with home-made ketchup. Guaranteed to ease both the physical and emotional pain caused by a night on the town when served with a pot of tea and some good company. The club sandwiches are pretty dang good too.

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Croques, Leicester

Been going here for years, a firm favourite for lunch in Leicester city centre. A huge selection of generously filled wraps, baguettes and sandwiches are all very reasonably priced at around £3 and they have a good selection of traybakes for those still hungry for afters. Still struggling to deviate from my three favourites: chicken caesar wrap, sausage, onion and mustard baguette and falafel wrap with chilli jam.

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Mrs Bridges, Leicester

Possibly our new favourite Leicester-based café, Mrs Bridges serves an excellent variety of sandwiches, pies, quiches and cakes in a wonderful, cramped, old building, all dark wood and low lighting. If you can – try and get the window seat upstairs, it’s the nicest one in the house!

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