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Cheap Eats - 11 (good) date night spots in Hereford that don't break the bank

Hot Lists Friday, August 11th

Cheap Eats - 11 (good) date night spots in Hereford that don't break the bank

Whether you're looking for a mid-week bite, or a mid-month date night spot that's not going to leave you doing the dishes to settle the bill - here are 10 of the best cheap eats in Hereford.

*Disclaimer: to narrow things down a bit, these restaurants had to fit a specific criteria.

1) Be really flippin' good.

2) Do sit-down food.

3) Be open evenings, on weekends.

4) Have mains on the menu for around or under the £10 mark.

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Shack

Shack Revolution

What: Serious stone-baked pizza, in a funky setting

Where: Bastion Mews (The courtyard next to the police station)

How much: Pizzas from £7

The bartenders wear trucker caps and there are pallets on the walls but the Shack knocks out some of the best cocktails in town. When you can split two pizzas and wash them down with a cocktail each, and still get change from 30 quid, you can see why it’s one of the top Date Night spots in town. Check out Rum n Reggae Wednesdays for something different.

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Madeleine

La Madeleine

What: Le perfect date spot

Where: The picturesque and secluded Church Street

How much: Set price suppers at £15 for two courses, £20 for 3.

The French do two things better than pretty much anyone else; romance, and sit-down dining. And producing world class central midfielders, but that’s a whole other article. With candle-lit wood tables and an-almost open kitchen framed by fairy lights, La Madeleine’s taking all the right cues from our cousins across the Channel, with the food matching it note-for-note. It’s a short ever-changing menu (three starters, three mains, three puds), but that just serves to keep things fresh and seasonal. 

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BeefyBoys

The Beefy Boys

What: Award-winning, gut-busting burgers

Where: The first restaurant in the Old Market

How much: Burgers are all under a tenner (but you’re going to want to ‘double up’ for an extra £3)

The Meat Boutique brings out its burgers with a full kitchen roll for each table. And you’re going to use most of it. Filthy, gorgeous burgers from a local team who won the World’s Best Burger title in Vegas – their first restaurant would be at home on The Strip with a rock’n’roll diner feel to it.

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The Burger Shop

What: Burgers as works of art

Where: Aubrey Street (behind the Green Dragon)

How much: Burgers from £7

Order the chicken wings (£4.50) and thank us later. Hip/dench playlist, stripped wood and some Heston-level creativity when it comes to the specials board. Expect every bit of the quality and artistry applied to the steaks and small plates at the neighbouring Bookshop, except it’s served on a plastic tray.

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Sensory & Rye

What: Euro-style café/restaurant with a slick interior

Where: Bastion Mews (on the corner behind McDonalds)

How much: Mains £8 - £14.5, Light Bites from £4

One of the best lunch spots in town, S&R recently opened for Friday night suppers. The refitted butchers is also one of the best-looking places to eat food, and if the menu’s short (four mains) it packs a helluva punch with great plates packed with healthy, killer combos from steak and Neal’s yard goat’s cheese to coconut-fried tofu and maple dip.  

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Madam & Adam

What: Small plates, big flavours

Where: Bridge St (right on the corner opposite the Left Bank)

How much: Small plates start at £6.50

Towards the less-cheap end of the Cheap Eats category – most dishes are around the £9 mark, categorised as Small Plates – but worth every penny. The new kid on the bridge as it were, Madam & Adam only opened in 2017 and its food has enjoyed rave reviews – with that and the ‘intimate’ riverside dining room, it’s probably worth booking.

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Firefly

Firefly Hereford

What: Great pub, great eats

Where: King St (Estate Agent Alley)

How much: Street food from £4

Maybe the best pub not named the Barrels, The Old Orange Tree now rocks and knockout set of beers and music nights – and a menu to go with it. It’s easy eating, from mojo pork subs to chili brisket fries smoked on site - all designed to go down great with a pint. Try the carne asada tacos – or call in on Wed for a hot dog and a Pilsner for £10.

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SimplyAtThai

Simply @ Thai

What: Eastern feasting

Where: Widemarsh Street (opposite the multi-storey car park)

How much: Pad Thai £7.95, Curries + Jasmine Rice for less than £10

For reasons entirely unknown to this writer, Hereford is blessed with a number of great Thai spots. Arguably the best is the least known. Simply @ Thai has a casual, no-frills feel – but the food and welcome are second to none. It's not huge, so if it's booked out, try Thai On Wye which has a charming front-room feel, knockout food and reputation for throwing in the odd free side.

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Wagga

Wagamama

What: Bench seating, Japanese eating

Where: Old Market (new development opposite the New Odeon

How much: Slow cooked pork belly ramen for £9.95, Shiitake Donburi for 8.75

'Wagas' is, in many ways, the Arctic Monkeys. Alan Yau’s fresh and healthy Asian-fusion restaurants were once these cool, fun-favourite food spots for so many people ("you sit at benches, like, with other people"). They were so good in fact that they became hugely popular and spread across the whole country. But just because they became popular doesn’t inherently mean that they are less good. If their healthiness has at times been overstated, there are plenty of great, lighter options and the ramen are still every bit as satisfying as when they started.

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Nandos

Nandos

What: Chicken at its cheekiness

Where: Old Market (new development opposite the New Odeon)

How much: ½ chicken and two sides is £10.70

The chicken of choice for most grime MCs and premier league footballers – Nando’s used to give out unlimited ‘black cards’ to celebrities – going for a cheeky Nando’s is a much a cultural touchstone as it is a dinner choice. But you can’t go wrong with a ½ chicken and two sides – I’d go sweetcorn and chuck in the extra 80p to upgrade to sweet potato mash. It’s simple, it’s good, and it makes for a great pre-cinema bite.

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LBD

Little Black Dog Café

What: Tip top tapas

Where: Just off St Owen’s Street

How much: You can split three small plates and get a side of Cajun fries for a hair over £20.

This great little lunch spot just relaunched with a tapas menu for evening eats Thurs – Sat. The menu skews towards the lighter bites side of this list but expect a whole of host of veggies, spices and flavours from North Africa, the Med and the Middle East. And who ever says no to patatas bravas? (Also on Tapas Thursdays, but four plates and get the fifth free).

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