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February’s Best Eats

Been caning the credit card? Then swanky dinner dates are probably off the menu this month. Cue the Muddy-approved cheap, chic dining spots.

It’s officially February! Dry January is over, steak is back on the table and…ooh, and it’s the month of loooove. With food always being the way to our hearts we’ve gathered some of the sauciest looking affordable plates for you to enjoy this month. Just because we feel like spreading the love too. Bon appetit. Mwah!

Vinnie’s Eatery, Cheltenham

Veganuary may be over but if you still fancy a plant-based lifestyle you’ll love Vinnie’s Eatery. Just down Cheltenham’s High Street, everything at Vinnie’s is healthy and wholesome, plus the price tags are mega cool. It’s the perfect place for lunch or brunch to refuel while on a shopping trip. Just thinking about their homemade, vegan cinnamon pancakes topped with chocolate sauce and coconut yoghurt makes the mouth water. Or, if you’re more of an all-day brekkie kind of gal tuck into their vegan breakfast for only £9.95, complete with roasted flat mushroom, house-made nut bread smothered in vegan grilled cheese and marinated red onions. Yes please. Vegan or full-on carnivore, anyone will enjoy the top-notch nosh here.


Star Anise Arts Café, Stroud

This cafe is our happy place. Wonderful staff + the sweetest setting + scrumptious food = the haven that is Star Anise. This warm little cafe in Stroud serves up storm, and is a great spot for chilling out with coffee and cake. And why stop there, when there are over 10 different breakfast options to choose from, plus fab hummus platters for lunch. Try their shakshuka which is baked egg or tofu in a spicy tomato and pepper sauce for a very reasonable £6.20. If you haven’t been, get ye there now.


The Cricklade Club, Cricklade

This is the place to go on a Friday night if you fancy a posh pint in a homely, artisan venue. They have 10 craft beers on tap and more than 15 by the bottle. And if gin is more your tipple, you’re in luck – The Cricklade Club are self-confessed gin lovers (much like ourselves) and they offer up to 20 unusual gins for you to sample. Their food is just as moreish, with pancake stacks, scrambled eggs and Buddha bowls all made with organic ingredients. And better still, their menu is ever-changing, meaning there is always something for everyone.


Fisherton Mill, Salisbury

This one’s for you art lovers. Inside this old Victorian Mill sits a lovely multi-award-winning cafe. The owner and head chef makes fresh meals every day, with a passion for healthy home-cooked meals to nourish the soul. Choose from smoked salmon, Atlantic prawn, ‘Bloody Mary cocktail sauce’ open sandwich or a Wiltshire goats’ cheese and grilled vegetables with pesto open sandwich, each only £8.25. Coffee, culture and quality grub.


The Socialight, Stroud

We love, love, love this Stroud café for its super smooth Cornish coffee, full English platefuls of deliciousness and über sociable vibe. If you know your java and you’re after the good stuff this two-story, beautiful regency bar is the place to be. For such quality coffee you’d expect a big price tag but no, all their drinks on offer are under £3. There’s far more than just coffee on offer though, with a great menu of soups, sandwiches, breakfasts and brunch. We defo recommend their waffles; your taste buds will thank you.


The Old Ale and Coffee House, Salisbury

Looking for the best brunch in Salisbury? A beach hut in the garden? A fun place to just, hey, hang out? We’ve found the joint, and you’re gonna love it! The snazziest joint in all of Salisbury and one of the few gastropubs in the area, this fun-loving saloon offers both the tasty classics and some more unique dishes, so pop on down for a long lazy lunch. The bar snacks put peanuts and pork scratchings to shame, as at The Old Ale and Coffee House you can indulge in a wild boar and sage sausage roll for £3.50, a bread board with oil and balsamic for £3 or a duck scotch egg for £4.50. They offer bar snacks for those of us with a sweet tooth too, tuck into a chocolate brownie or go the whole hog with a cream tea for two. You’ll be finding us at the bar no doubt about it.


Timbrell’s Yard, Bradford-on-Avon

This stylish inn is in the centre of Bradford-on-Avon and bang on the riverside is a gorgeously romantic setting for a hot, hearty meal. It has a huuuge menu so there is something for everyone, their meals are beautifully presented and are lip-smackingly tasty. Treat yourself to an extra special Sunday roast of pheasant breast, pork belly, topside of beef, fillet of hake, or go all out and have the Timbrell’s Triple Roast for £19.50 – a dry aged topside of beef, roast free range chicken & slow roasted pork belly. And for pud everything is £7 or under so let your belt out another notch and dive into their salted caramel & chocolate tart, topped with Ivy House thick cream & honeycomb, or their rocky road sundae with toffee sauce & homemade vanilla ice cream, oooh don’t mind if I do.


The School House Cafe, Cheltenham

This quaint little community cafe welcomes everyone, with their whole ethos being about bringing people together, young and old. Nestled next to the University’s campus, this homely old school-house offers cheap but delish meals: bagels, baked potatoes, waffles and sandwiches all for under £4. They freshly bake their signature rocky road each week with a twist of either Maltesers, Bounty or Galaxy choc, so it’s worth putting the diet off for another day just to taste these beauties. Don’t fret vegans, and our gluten-free friends, they’ve got you covered too.


Words by Emma Hillary

2 comments on “February’s Best Eats”

  • Sandy best February 1, 2019

    Wanted to tell u about a great new pub opening today! Hall and wood house (Dorset based brewery) are launching at wichelstowe on the edge of Swindon. The pub is right next to the canal and has a beautiful barge incorporated into the building. You can even have a table in it with pumps to pull your own pint and a touch screen to order and pay for your food/drinks. It’s would be a lovely addition to your newsletter!


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