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With the spooky season looming and half term coming round fast, it is more important than ever to think about how family finances will be impacted. Many businesses have great offers where kids can eat for £1 or less during the school holidays.
The school holidays can be an exciting time for many. Children are excited at the prospect of time away from the confines of school, and families can spend some quality time together. Some may even have a nice holiday booked or finally have the time to visit family who live far away.
But holidays are not all sunshine and rainbows. For many, it induces a sense of anxiety. Financial worry clouds the minds of many, as household costs increase during this period.
Time off school means many parents are spending more time at home with their children. This leads to increased energy use due to more electronics being used, food being cooked and the heating on. Similarly, more food is being eaten at home, with the break not only on education, but the provision of free school meals. Many people rely on these meals to feed their children one full, hot meal per day.
Let’s not forget the entertainment, too. Trips to the pumpkin patch, cinema or a friend’s house all cost money, whether it be ticket fares or fuel and transport costs.
It can all add up. But, luckily, there are many restaurants and cafes which offer low-cost and sometimes free meals for children during school breaks. Whether it be a low-cost or free breakfast, lunch or dinner, you are bound to find somewhere your little ones will enjoy.
Two children can eat a free breakfast with every adult breakfast purchased. This offer is available at any Beefeater or Brewers’ Fayre branch and includes their delicious unlimited all-you-can-eat breakfast. So, whether your little ones fancy a full English or a more continental option, there is bound to be something they enjoy.
This means if you plus a friend or a partner purchase a breakfast, four children can get a free breakfast. There is currently no end date to this scheme as of yet, but it is currently available for all customers to enjoy.
Full T&Cs here.
If you fancy a light lunch or a spot of dinner, why not visit vegan Italian favourite Purezza? Children under the age of 10 can get a delicious free mini pizza with a topping of their choice! These mouth-watering options include mushrooms, courgette and vegan sausage.
Only one child can get this offer per adult who is dining. However, all other children can dine for just £5. Full T&Cs here.
Garden centres can provide a surprising amount of fun for kids. From the wonderful colours of blossoming flowers to water fountains, shrubs and the wildlife they bring, children can become immersed in the magical surroundings nature brings.
You can get one free kids meal or breakfast at Dobbies garden centres with the purchase of an adult traditional breakfast or main course lunch purchased. Children can choose from the children’s breakfast or lunch menu.
Offer available at all Dobbies restaurants with the exception of Andover, Lelant, Marple, Reading, York and Anchorwood.
Full T&Cs here.
Family favourite Bella Italia lets kids eat for just £1 on Monday to Thursday with the purchase of an adult meal. This is available for children aged 2-11 years and is available between 4pm and 6pm.
Plus, this offer includes three delicious courses and a drink. For just £1! You can’t go wrong. Full T&Cs here.
Why not roll your weekly shop and a meal out into one with Morrisons? They have a great deal where one child can eat a free lunch or dinner when you spend £4.49 on one adult meal. Children up to the age of 16 can redeem this offer and get a delicious free meal.
One free kids’ meal can be redeemed per adult but excludes menu specials. Full T&Cs here.
School’s out for the autumn and we’re here to dial up the holidays to the max. We’ve got the perfect excuse to take your family to BrewDog as kids eat for free when you treat yourself to one of our epic mains. Go on, we twisted your arm didn’t we.
Simply pre-book using ‘Kids Eat Free’ to claim. click here.
At Hungry Horse restaurants, children can eat for just £1 every Monday. Up to two children can eat per full paying adult. Larger meals are just £1.50.
Choose from a range of mouth-watering delights, from beef burgers to veggie nuggets. It’s also a good idea to ensure your nearest restaurant qualifies for this deal.
Full T&Cs here.
Sizzling Pubs is the parent company of many pubs across the UK. Your local may be a Sizzling Pub without you knowing it! You can find your nearest pub here.
Your kids can eat for just £1 from Monday to Friday with the purchase on one adult meal. This offer is valid from 3pm to 7pm every weekday. This excludes breakfast, other offers and the set menu.
Full T&Cs here.
During the school holiday, kids under the age of 10 can eat for free with the purchase of one adult main course. If you are heading to the big smoke for any reason, it may well be worth keeping this deal in mind! Offer is valid 12pm to 5pm from Monday to Thursday only. Ensure to request the offer in advance on your booking.
Read more here.
If you are browsing for new furniture or want to spruce up your home, IKEA is often the first place people think of to visit. Now, the furniture giant are offering children’s meals from 95p. This offer is valid all day, everyday from 11am.
An item from the children’s menu is just 95p. However, for just £1.50 you can get a combo meal. This includes a hot meal, jelly, a drink and a piece of fruit. Always double check your local store is participating first!
Every Sunday, children can eat for free at The Real Greek restaurants, when £10 is spent by an adult. Whether your child is in the mood for a mouthwatering souvlaki wrap with halloumi or would rather a mezze selection, something is bound to tickle their fancy.
One free kids meal per adult can be redeemed and is available to all children under the age of 12. Full T&Cs here.
Kids eat free at TGI Fridays when you order an adult’s main meal. The offer is available for Stripes Rewards members – you’ll just need to join via their app, which is free to download through app stores. You’ll get a complimentary Little League or Major League kids’ meal. The menu includes classic burgers, fish fingers and vegan choices. There is also free Heinz baby food for the smallest guests at TGI Fridays. Find out more here.
One child under 10 can eat free when an adult purchases a main meal. This offer is available every day at the diners in Derby, Cannock, Leominster, Northop and Oswestry. Read all about it here.
At selected Gordon Ramsay Restaurants, kids can eat for free from the Ramsay kids menu when ordering a main. It’s only available for children under the age of eight and you will need to purchase an adult main for every free children’s meal. It’s available at Heddon Street Kitchen, all Bread Street Kitchen and Bars, Bread Street Café, Gordon Ramsay Bar and Grill and York and Albany.
This offer is available all year around, except on select dates like Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Kids can eat at any time of day at Asda’s cafés for just £1, with the scheme extended until the end of the year. There is no need for adults to purchase a meal in order to get the offer, meaning families don’t have to incur any extra financial burden. The menu now includes vegan and healthy meal options, and your child will get a piece of fruit for free too.
All adult meals are half price from 3pm onwards, so you can get a cheap meal too.
You can get one children’s hot main meal or “lunch bag” for £1 with the purchase of an adult hot main meal from £5.20 in the Sainsburys café. The lunch bag includes a sandwich, bag of crisps, a piece of fruit and a kids’ drink. Mains include a sausage, cheese and tomato pizza or chicken nuggets. It’s available every day from 11.30am until the cafe closes.
Kids can choose two or three courses from the children’s menu for just £1 with every adult who purchases a main course off the A La Carte menu, from 23 October to 27 October. Children can enjoy two or even three lunch or dinner courses from the kids’ menu for free.
It excludes Saturdays. It is not available on arena or stadium event days at Café Rouge O2 and Café Rouge Cardiff St Davids, and it excludes Centre Parcs. Get the offer here.
Many of the furnishing retailer’s branches have an in-store eatery, the Pausa cafe. Kids can get a ‘mini main’, two snacks and a drink for free, as long as an accompanying adult spends £4 or more. The offer is available Monday to Friday after 3pm.
Kids eat free at Tesco Café this half term on weekdays.. You can choose from a kids’ breakfast and lunch meal deals, which include chicken goujons, sausages, macaroni and cheese and fish fingers. An adult just has to buy any item in the Tesco Café.
It’s available in Scotland from 16 October to 20 October, England from 23 October to 3 November, and Northern Ireland and Wales from 30 October to 3 November.
From 16 October to 3 November, kids can eat free all day in Yo! Sushi restaurants when dining with a full-paying adult. There’s a minimum £10 spend and only one child can take the offer, and they must be under the age of 10. A maximum of three kids can eat free.
Kids Eat Free is back at Bill’s for the half term. Every weekday between 23 October and 3 November, up to two children can eat a meal for free all day with every adult main dish. The children’s menu features favourites like Bill’s buttermilk pancakes, macaroni and cheese and fish fingers and chips. The offer excludes weekends.