London has an ever-growing reputation for being expensive, and Notting Hill is certainly no exception to this cliché. You could easily spend £100 on a fancy lunch in this affluent West London borough, but you don't have to. You can fill up on a substantial meal for less than a tenner if you know where to look. From authentic Turkish kebabs and Neapolitan dishes to Japanese-inspired sandwiches and street food from around the world, Notting Hill is chock full of affordable cheap eats that won't burn a hole in your pocket. Here's our guide to how to nab a budget-friendly meal in Notting Hill.
Guide to budget-friendly restaurants in Notting Hill
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Cheap eats in Notting Hill
- Portobello Road Market – Street food from around the world
- Secret Sandwich Shop – Not-so-secret sandwiches
- Books for Cooks – From the bookshelf to the kitchen
- Cocotte – French farm-to-table
- Da Maria – Traditional Italian in Notting Hill
- Taquería – Mexican that you can't go wrong with
- Fez Mangal – Affordable Turkish fare
- Portobello Health Foods – Healthy fast food
- The Butter Bakery – Baking in the west
- Falafel King – Get your falafel fix
- Panella – The one with the cult-like following
Cheap eats in Notting Hill
Street food from around the world
Although Portobello Road Market is the ultimate place to pick up an antique bargain, there’s also a variety of streetfood stalls serving cuisine from around the world on the weekend. Vendors serve everything freshly cooked, like churros, paella, crepes and curry, for an affordable price, perfect for taking away and perching on a bench to people-watch as locals peruse the treasures and trinkets of one of the biggest antique markets in the world.
Secret Sandwich shop is not so much of a secret anymore. The sarnies here are made with soft shokupan bread, a traditional fluffy milk bread commonly found in Japan, stuffed with fillings of your choice. They have everything from egg salad sandwiches and tuna mayo to honey mustard chicken and ham and cheese. You’ll find the little café hidden just off the street, with a simple interior completed by a handful of tables and chairs.
From the bookshelf to the kitchen
Books for Cooks may primarily be a bookshop aimed at foodies, holding more than a whopping 8,000 titles in the bookstore’s literary larder, but it’s also a café where they test recipes daily. The chef follows the cookbook instructions and prepares various dishes and treats for hungry customers to enjoy. Sample delicious lunch dishes and homemade cakes with a cup of steaming coffee in the small section between the bookshelves and kitchen.
Cocotte is a French farm-to-table restaurant serving homemade rotisserie dishes for lunch and dinner in Westbourne Grove. Their healthy homemade dishes are made using free-range chickens sourced from France, which are marinated for a full day in a secret blend of herbs and spices before being charred on the spit. The restaurant is stylish, bright and trendy, with exposed brickwork, potted plants and mismatched tables and chairs.
Traditional Italian in Notting Hill
Enjoy an authentic slice of Italian culture at Da Maria, a family-run Italian restaurant serving a selection of traditional recipes in a small, cosy setting. This Old Napoli-inspired spot plates up pasta and other dishes for a very reasonable price, like the spaghetti with fresh chilli and garlic, and tiramisu that Jay Rayner raves about.
Mexican that you can't go wrong with
For fun, affordable Mexican fare, check out Taquería in Notting Hill. This casual eatery serves a range of Mexican classics, like tostadas, tacos, quesadillas, nachos and pudding in a relaxed, laid-back setting. You can easily enjoy lunch here for less than a tenner.
Affordable Turkish fare
Fez Mangal is the place to go to for authentic Turkish barbecue food, and is a relaxed, affordable spot in the heart of Notting Hill, moments from Ladbroke Grove Station. Pick from their menu of chargrilled meats and yoghurt-coated kebabs, or keep it veggie with any of their falafel options. It’s all tasty and won't break the bank.
Healthy fast food
Enjoy a healthy takeaway lunch from Portobello Health Foods, London's first-ever vegetarian and vegan restaurant. You’ll find a variety of fresh, colourful veggie and vegan dishes behind the cafeteria-style takeaway counter, perfect for an affordable grab-and-go meal.
Baking in the west
This family-run West London bakery brings the freshest French and Persian flavours to this colourful corner of London. Everything is prepared and made on-site, including their delicious fluffy Persian bread. There’s ample indoor and outdoor seating for all weather eventualities, with a menu chock full of delicious food options, like sandwiches, pastries, cakes, omelettes and mezze.
Get your falafel fix
Sometimes all you fancy at lunchtime is a big old falafel wrap filled with sweet pickled veggies. At Falafel King, you can get your falafel fix by chowing down on a wrap or salad or by keeping it simple with crunchy falafel bites that are beautifully soft on the inside. Grab your lunch and head to one of the nearby parks to perch on a bench where you can savour every bite undisturbed.
The one with the cult-like following
Enjoy authentic Italian dishes at this charming restaurant located under the iconic Trellick Tower. The restaurant is owned by husband and wife duo Giuseppe and Caterina Di Matteo from Palermo, who share a joint love of Sicilian street food. They serve a simple, seasonal menu from their small kitchen made using the finest British and Sicilian produce.