I first discovered Muffin Break during my first year of uni with a friend as we searched for a cheap place to drink great coffee and eat lunch- three years on and it’s become our go-to lecture break hideout. You get a free coffee on your very first visit, and a free muffin on the month of your birthday (I suggest the Mars Bar muffin). Situated in the Ashley Centre, there’s nowhere else that do cappuccino frothing like them. A lunch is easily under £5 (soups, toasties and awesome brownies), to totally fit in with your student budget. They even do table service- what’s not to love?
Homemade burgers for under £10: Blacks Burgers is the home for any student with an empty fridge. Not only do they have a variety of specials to choose from, or serve just burgers, but also salads and chips to cater for the needs of everyone (the milkshakes are a personal winner). Here in Epsom, the Blacks Burgers is a cosy place, with a warm feel and a chilled atmosphere. I can't think of anywhere else that are as generous with their portions (and as thick with their milkshakes). It's a students dream.
SLUG AND LETTUCE
Despite there now being a Slug and Lettuce in almost every town and city, I first heard of it as I perused the streets of Epsom on my first few weeks of uni. 50% off food on Mondays, full breakfasts for £5 and 2 for 1 on cocktails: this place is basically a dream. Slug and Lettuce in Epsom is close to the station and neatly tucked away along with some other shops. It's great if you're in-between lectures and wanted to fill up before hand, or for if you have a few hours to kill and fancy one (or three) cocktails with your friends. With a bar-like vibe- and close to Nando's- it's the ultimate post lecture hang out place.
I highly recommend dining at Cafe Rouge during the Christmas season. The small, cosy space has a French vibe and is beautifully decorated from the inside out. Keep a look out for special offers online, as 2 for 1 and 30% vouchers are easily found to reduce your dining costs. And it's not just dinner or lunch that are worth trying: you can pop in anytime during the morning hours for a French breakfast or a quick coffee. With Starbucks being crammed full of students and mothers, why not try Cafe Rouge for your 11am latte instead?
PLAICE TO EAT (FISH AND CHIPS)
There's nothing quite like a great portion of fish and chips on a Friday night. This chippy- situated in the town centre- will bring back all the memories of being back home. Traditional recipes, extra-large chips, and all homemade, give yourself a post-lecture treat for under £5. Did I mention that they also do great cups of tea for £0.90p and coffee for £1.20? When you're wanting to keep your spendings under control but can't resist a filling meal that wasn't found on the Tesco reduced aisle, this is the take-out place to be.