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Aug 08

Where can kids eat for £1 or less this summer holiday?

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With the summer holidays looming, 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 summer holidays can be an exciting time for many. Children are excited at the prospect of six glorious weeks 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 the summer holidays are not all sunshine and rainbows. For many, school holidays induce a sense of anxiety. Financial worry clouds the minds of many, as many household costs increase during this period.

The six-week holiday 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 potential use of cooling methods such as electric fans. 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 zoo, beach or park all cost money, whether it be ticket fayres 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.



Supermarket giant Asda has announced its new offer to help feed children this summer holiday. Children across England and Wales can eat for just £1 in Asda Cafés for just £1. This offer is valid at any time of day, seven days a week. The best part is, there is no minimum adult spend required.

This scheme will be active from 25th July to 4th September, in a bid to tackle holiday hunger. Children aged 16 and under can access a hot or cold meal for just £1.

Meals include mac ‘n cheese with a salad, chicken nuggets and chips, full English breakfast, pancakes with maple syrup and a cold selection of sandwiches, fruit, drink and more.

Full T&Cs here.


Beefeater and Brewers Fayre

Two children can eat a free breakfast with every adult breakfast purchased (cost £9.50).  This offer is available at any Beefeater and 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 and 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.

From 12 noon every day, kids eat free at Dobbies garden centres with the purchase of an adult meal. Children can choose from their lunch menu or their pick ’n’ mix’ menu, plus get a free drink.

Full T&Cs here.


Marks and Spencer

High street staple Marks and Spencer (M&S) are offering a free Kids’ Munch Menu breakfast or lunch when you spend £5 or more in a single transaction on adult food and drink. Breakfast is served until 11am, with lunch being served from 11am to close.

A child’s breakfast or lunch would usually cost £2.95 or £3.95 respectively. You can also get a free piece of fruit for your child with their free meal. M&S are expected to give away a whopping 200,000 free pieces of fruit by the end of the summer holidays alone.


Shrimp & Grill

If you live in London or happen to be visiting the capital city, why not try this American inspired menu? Kids under the age of 10 eat free between 12pm and 5pm every single day. One child can eat free per adult who orders a main, up to two children per family. However, soft drinks are excluded from this.

You can also get a full day parking for just £17.50 in Leicester Square car park Q with a Shrimp & Grill receipt. This could save you over £30 on parking!

Full T&Cs here.


Bella Italia

Family favourite Bella Italia lets kids eat for just £1 on weekdays during the summer holidays 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 Cawston’s Pressed Fruit Water. 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 kids can eat a free lunch or dinner when you spend £4.99. 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.


Heathrow Airport

If you are jetting off this summer holiday and want to avoid the extortionate airport restaurant costs, make note of the restaurants with a kids eat free offer. From 23rd July to 4th September 2022, kids can eat free at participating restaurants.

There may be a minimum spend at some restaurants and the age limit may differ between restaurants. Explore all participating restaurants, the terminals in which they are located and the full T&Cs here.


Yo! Sushi

If your little ones are under the age of 10, they can choose anything from the Mini Ninja’s kids’ menu. The offer is valid between 3:30pm and 5:30pm Monday to Thursday and is only available with a £10 spend.

The deal can be redeemed by three children per table. Full T&Cs here.



The Pausa café, located in Dunelm stores across the UK is offering free meals for children this summer. Kids can get a free mini main, two snacks and a drink for every £4 spent in the café. There is currently no end date on this offer.


Hungry Horse

At Hungry Horse restaurants, children can get a free breakfast every day, served until 12pm. A children’s breakfast must be ordered in conjunction with an adult’s breakfast. Even better, is that two children’s breakfasts can be purchased per one adult breakfast.

Full T&Cs here.


Sizzling Pubs

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 but is extended to all day during the summer holidays.

There is plenty to choose from on the menu, leaving your little ones with happy tums. In Scotland, this offer is valid until 17th August and in England and Wales until 2nd September.

Full T&Cs here.


Do you know anywhere else where kids eat for £1 or less during the summer holidays? Leave them in the comments below!


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