Sometimes you just need to treat yourself but looking at your online banking suggests otherwise.
At Muddy we feel you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life (that and the one that tells you not to have that extra glass of vino. Boo!), and have scoured the length and breadth of Hampshire and Isle of Wight to find you spots where you can get a super tasty meal without needing to remortgage.
Forks at the ready, we’re feeling hungry!
7Bone Burger Co, Portsmouth and Southampton
Any place that has the strapline of dirty.sexy.burgers is our kinda place. The menu at 7Bone brings all that Shoreditch/Peckham Levels foodie vibe but with a much lower Hants price tag.
Grab one of their Red Basket Deals to get yourself an epic burger and ‘Dirty’ side for a pocket-friendly £12.45. Portswood Poutine, Chicken Fried Halloumi Fries, Smoked Rasta Cauliwings – peak trendy and peak tasty. They also have a rather lovely selection of milkshakes and hardshakes (milkshakes with booze in. Woohoo!)
Festival Street Kitchen, Basingstoke
This may not seem like a super swish place to snack but don’t be fooled. The Festival Street Kitchen is often touted as one of Basingstoke’s best places to eat. With a range of burritos, burgers and jackets, they also have their daily ‘Big Pan’ special. If you grab a bite here expect to get change from a ten-pound note, so plenty more cash for mooching around the shops.
Tucked down on the southern stretch of the Island is No64 in Shanklin. This spot is renowned for its fantastic drinks menu and thrifty, but fabulous, Deli Boards. For just £7pp you can have a platter of all sorts of meats, cheeses and other goodies to pick at. This is the ideal place to stop while you explore the quaint sights of Shanklin.
Lakaz Maman, Southampton
Now, I would very much like to nip to Mauritius for dinner but it certainly won’t be budget friendly (more’s the pity). However, for a taste of sunshine mixed in with a good dollop of homely cuisine then you must check out Lakaz Maman in Southampton. Not only do they have an amazing range of exotic dishes for you to try while you envision yourself on a sunny beach, but mains start at just £8.95. Also, for another bit of added kudos, it’s owned and run by BBC Masterchef winner, Shelina Permalloo. Very cool.
Two Doors Down, Southsea
This Southsea eatery brings together all the world’s street food under one very well-decorated roof. Its huge range of dishes allows you to all tastes and dietary preferences easily. Take your pick from things such as Vietnamese Bao Buns, vegan Jackfruit tacos, hot wings and even some duck and waffle for good measure.
Plates start at just £3 each and they’ll also put together a range of recommended dishes if you’re having trouble choosing.
Piecaramba, Winchester and Southampton
A bright, colourful and geekery heaven – Piecaramba delivers on all fronts with their eclectic offerings of the pastry variety. Born of a love of comic books and pies, this place is keen to drag the humble staple into the 21st century “kicking and screaming”. As well as amusingly named dishes such as Al Piecino and Chick Norris, they also have live music and a meal will set you back a superhero style £9.95.
Three Joes, Winchester and Fareham
Ditch the super expensive takeaway pizza and instead pop along to Three Joes. These spots serve up delicious authentic wood-fired, sourdough pizzas, complete with Somerset mozzarella, Dorset pork and chilli oil from Wiltshire. Even their crockery is from nearby Surrey! As well as a hyperlocal vibe, the most expensive pizza on their menu is an absolute snip at just £9.95.
Saltwater Cafe, Milford-on-Sea
The Saltwater Cafe may have super simple decor but is totally enhanced by their amazing home cooked food. With Insta-pretty granola bowls, homemade gluten-free biscottis, plus you can get a coffee and cake that will set you back less than a high street chain. The ideal spot to grab a bite while you stroll around the pretty little village of Milford-on-Sea.