Everybody loves a deal and, in my opinion, it’s especially satisfying when it comes to eating out (mainly because it means I can afford to do it more often). If you’re feeling particularly peckish after a hard day’s work or if you’re looking for a pre-theatre meal, early bird deals will reward you richly. Yes, the offering is usually a little more select, but the savings can be huge, so why not check out some of these value-for-money menus.
The Cowshed, Whiteladies Road
How much? £10
When? Monday to Thursday, 6pm-6.30pm. Booking is essential and The Cowshed kindly require the table back by 7pm
What do you get? 31 day dry-aged West Country 200g rump steak and chips or homemade prime beef burger and chips with a glass of house wine or lager.
The Ox, Corn Street
How much? £12.50
When? Monday to Saturday, 5pm-7pm
What do you get? 6oz rump steak from the charcoal oven with fries and sauce (béarnaise or peppercorn sauce) and a glass of house wine.
Côte Brasserie, Clifton Village
How much? Two courses £9.95, three courses £11.90
When? Monday to Friday, noon-7pm
What do you get? Example dishes include carrot, butternut squash and ginger soup, pork rillettes with sourdough bread and cornichons and dark chocolate pot with crème fraîche (subject to change).
Aquila, Baldwin Street
How much? £8.95
When? Monday to Thursday, before 7pm
What do you get? Proper Italian pizza (choose from the likes of buffalo mozzarella and basil and quattro formaggi) and a glass of house wine.
How much? £10
When? Monday to Friday, 6pm-7.15pm
What do you get? One course and a glass of garganega or corvina (125ml), a bottled beer (330ml) or a soft drink. The ever-changing selection might include local venison sausages and mash, mustard chargrilled steak and parmesan-topped smoked haddock risotto.
The Lido, Clifton
How much? One course £12, two courses £16, three courses £20
When? Monday to Friday 6pm-7pm (also Monday to Sunday noon-2.45pm)
What do you get? Choose one, two or three courses from the seasonal set menu. Depending on when you visit, perhaps wood-roast scallops with garlic butter to start, followed by venison and fig terrine cous cous and rhubarb and gin sorbet.
Bordeaux Quay, Harbourside
How much? Two courses £16.50, three courses £19.50
When? Friday & Saturday, 5.30pm-7.30pm
What do you get? Choose from a limited menu, which includes chicken and leek terrine to start, rolled pork belly with a crackling crumb for main and thyme scented crème caramel for dessert.
How much? Two courses £15, three courses £20
When? Monday to Saturday, 5.30pm-7pm (last orders 7pm)
What do you get? Menus can change daily according to availability of produce, but sample dishes include moules mariniere, chicken supreme with celeriac and chaterelle mushrooms and hibiscus posset with poppy seed shortbread.
Bottelino’s, The Triangle
How much? One course £5.95, two courses £10
When? Monday to Friday, noon-6.30pm; Saturday noon-5pm
What do you get? Choose any pizza or pasta from the menu with an Italian flag next to it in order to get the deal.
Goldbrick House, Park Street
How much? Two courses £12, three courses £15
When? Monday to Saturday 5.30pm-6.45pm (in The Restaurant only)
What do you get? Call venue for further details.
All deals and dishes are subject to change. Please contact restaurants directly for full details and terms and conditions.