Where do kids eat free near me? 21 places children can get free food this May half term

Every place you can grab some free food, saving money and time

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Where do kids eat free this May half term? We've got the lowdown on restaurants and eateries offering free food or meals for £1, throughout the break.

Families looking to save money might've already looked into the cheapest supermarkets while stocking up to make some budget family meals. With May half term on the horizon, and the rate cupboards empty out during this time, knowing how to get free food over the school holidays is one way to lighten the financial load. 

Not only do children require extra feeding during the holidays, keeping the kids entertained when they're not at school can be difficult. Taking them out for a meal gives them a much-needed change of scenery, and when they can be fed for free or at very reasonable prices, the lure of going out to eat increases. Our handy guide to the many great kid's dining deals you need to be aware of this February half term, takes the stress out of hunting them down yourself. This will help to squeeze a little extra out of that increasingly expensive weekly shop, and help parents save themselves some extra cash in the process. 

Where do kids eat free?

  1. Angus Steak House - Kids under 10 eat free Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s and everyday during half term. You'll need to request this in advance on your booking. For more: angussteakhouse.co.uk/kids-eat-free
  2. Barbican Kitchen, London - At London's Barbican Kitchen, children under 10 can get a free kid’s meal from the children's menu with every adult meal over the value of £10 purchased. For more: barbican.org.uk/your-visit/eat-drink/barbican-kitchen
  3. Beefeater - Two kids under 16 eat breakfast for FREE with every adult breakfast purchased. For more: Beefeater.co.uk/school-holidays 
  4. Bills - Up to two kids can eat free ALL DAY from Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May (excluding Saturday & Sunday), if one adult orders any main dish (breakfast, lunch or dinner). For more: bills-website.co.uk/events/kids-eat-free-may/
  5. Bodean's BBQ - Available all week at Bodean's BBQ in Clapham, children can enjoy 3-course BBQ feast for free, with every adult meal purchased. For more: bodeansbbq.com/kids-eat-free/
  6. Brewers Fayre - For every adult purchasing the £9.99 All-You-Can-Eat buffet breakfast, TWO kids under 16 can eat breakfast for free. For more: brewersfayre.co.uk/en-gb/school-holidays
  7. Dobbies Garden Centres - With an adult main meal, one child can choose from their kids lunch menu or pick ‘n’ mix meal, which all come served with a drink. The offer is available daily from 12 noon, with the exception of Andover, Lelant, Marple, Reading, York, and Anchorwood restaurants. For more: dobbies.com/tasty-treats
  8. Dunelm - For every £4 spent in the Dunelm Pausa Cafe, kids can eat one mini main, two snacks and a drink for free. This offer is available after 3pm. For more: Dunelm/Pausa-cafe
  9. Future Inns - At Future Inns in Bristol, Cardiff and Plymouth, under 5's always eat for free with any meal purchased by an adult. This includes breakfast, lunch and evening dinner. During the school holidays the free meal offer is extended to under 12's. For more: futureinns.co.uk/special-offers/kids-eat-free-at-future-inns/
  10. Gordon Ramsay Restaurants - Kids aged 8 and under can eat free from the Ramsay kids menu when ordering an adult main meal from the a la carte menu. There is also the option to add a sweet treat for dessert for just £3.50 extra. Available at selected UK restaurants only – Heddon Street Kitchen, all Bread Street Kitchen & Bars, Bread Street Café, Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill and York & Albany. For more: gordonramsayrestaurants.com/whats-on/kids-eat-free-at-gordon-ramsay-restaurants/
  11. Heathrow - If you're flying between May 24 - June 2, then remember that kids eat free when an adult chooses an item from the main menu. Participating restaurants can be found via the link. For more: Heathrow.com/at-the-airport/restaurants-a-z/kids-eat-free
  12. Morrisons - Kids eat free at Morrisons cafe when an adult spends £4.49 or more on a meal. This is an ongoing offer. For more: Morrisons.com/kids-eat-free---tscs/
  13. OK Diners - For every adult purchasing a main course from the a la carte menu, a child under 10 can eat free from the children’s menu. This offer is available all day every day at all OK diners except those on the A1. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, discount or promotion. For more: okdiners.com/kids/
  14. Premier Inn - Interesting fact, you don't have to be staying to tuck into breakfast at a Premier Inn. Which is just as well as up to two under-16s can eat breakfast for free when one adult orders a full Premier Inn Breakfast £9.99 or a Meal Deal. For more: PremierInn.com
  15. Preto - This Brazilian restaurant has an ongoing offer that kids (up to 10 years old and proof of age might be requested) eat free every week day from 4pm, with a maximum of one child for full-paying adult. There are Preto restaurants in Chelmsford, Colchester, the West End and Enfield. Download a voucher and show it to a member of staff. For more: Preto/children-eat-free
  16. Purezza - For every full-paying adult at vegan Purezza pizzerias in Brighton, Hove, London, Bristol and Manchester, one child under 10 can choose a free mini pizza. For more: purezza.co.uk/kids-eat-free/
  17. Tesco Cafe - From Monday May 27 – Friday May 31, kids eat free over the May half term. The supermarket’s cafes will be offering one free Kids Hot Meal Deal, Kids Breakfast or Kids Pick ‘n’ Mix deal with each item bought by an adult from as little as 60p when showing their Tesco Clubcard or Clubcard App at the till. For more: tesco.com/zones/tesco-cafe/kids-menu
  18. TGI Fridays - Kids Eat Free all day every day When 'Stripes Rewards Members' purchase a full priced adult’s main meal. If you're not a Rewards Member, download the app before your visit and still claim your free food. For more: tgifridays.co.uk/offers/kids-eat-free
  19. The Real Greek - Available from Sunday May 26 - Sunday June 2, 2024. Free Kids Meal for every £10.00 spent by an adult. Offer includes Kids meal from Kids Menu, drink and ice cream/sorbet. One free kids’ meal per adult only. Available to all children under 12. For more: therealgreek.com/offers/
  20. Travelodge - Available in all hotels with an open onsite Bar Café, kids aged 15 and under eat completely free for every adult purchasing a full price breakfast £8.99. For more: travelodge.co.uk/about/breakfast/
  21. YO! Sushi! - kids eat free all day from May 27 - May 31, when dining with a full-paying adult (£10 minimum spend). Visit yosushi.com/kids-eat-free.
  22. Whitbread Inns - Two children under 16 can eat breakfast for free with every £9.59 breakfast purchased at any Whitbread Inns pub or restaurant. Whitbreadinns.co.uk/en-gb/school-holidays.

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In addition kids can eat for £1 at the following places:

  1. ASDA cafe - Asda's Kids Eat for £1 all day, every day, will now continue until the end of 2024. Asda also provides free Ella's baby pouches for children under 18 months with any purchase. To find your participating cafe: Asda.com/cafe
  2. SA Brains Pubs - On Wednesdays all day, kids can eat for £1 with every adult meal purchased. For info sabrainpubs.com .
  3. Bella Italia - Kids can eat for just £1 at Bella Italia with the purchase of any adult main from 4 - 6pm Monday - Thursday. Kids can enjoy three courses as well as a Cawston Pressed Fruit Water for just £1, with meals are suitable for ages 2-11. Some restaurants are exempt, and it's advised to check before visiting. For more: bellaitalia.co.uk/kids
  4. Hungry Horse - Kids can eat for £1 on Mondays only at Hungry Horse. £1 meals include chicken burger and lasagne. Also up to two children can get free breakfast with every one adult breakfast purchased during holidays. Fore more: hungryhorse.co.uk/deals/kids-eat-for-1/
  5. IKEA - Pasta and tomato sauce and a soft drink for 95p or any other kids meal for £1.50. Available every day from 11am in their restaurants. For more: ikea.com/gb/en/campaigns/ikea-food-pubd6e61051
  6. Sainsbury's cafe -  Kids eat a hot meal or lunch bag (kid's mains include one main, three sides and a piece of fruit) for £1 with every purchase of a hot adult meal over £5.20. This offer is daily from 11.30am. For more: sainsburys.co.uk/help/terms-and-conditions/sainsburyscafe
  7. Sizzling pubs - Choose from kid-friendly favourites like fish fingers, pasta, chicken wraps, pizza and veggie nuggets. For every adult 'sizzling meal', you’ll also get a kid’s main meal for £1. This offer ongoing offer is available Monday to Friday, between 3pm and 7pm. For more: Sizzlingpubs.com/offers

Alternatively, if you can't afford to eat out there are some great meal-saving ideas below that will help you shop well for less.

How to feed the family for less

1. Make a list of household items you have

While making a list tells you what you need to get, it doesn’t tell you what you don’t need. You can shave a little off your shop each week by checking what you’ve already got at home. If you’re looking for a cheap food shop, this is also a good way to plan your meals. Rather than going for something that will require you to buy a whole host of new ingredients, take a look at what’s in the cupboard, fridge, or freezer, and base your meal plans around your existing ingredients.

2. Plan out meals for the week

Planning your meals is a must if you’re trying to shop on a budget, try money-saving store cupboard meal recipes and look up clever food hacks to keep our food fresher for longer. Making these changes means you can buy only what you need and make sure you’re not wasting money on food that will end up in the bin or uneaten. It enables you to focus on the items that you actually need rather than browsing the aisles and picking up whatever takes your fancy.

You can also add up how much the shop will be online and make adjustments if needed to manage your money using a spreadsheet, budgeting current account or app. The UK currently produces the highest amount of food waste in Europe, throwing out around 9.5 million tonnes of food waste in just one year. Planning your meals effectively will help reduce the impact of food remaining unused with so many living in food poverty.

3. Stock up on the cheap basics

Most supermarkets now do their own brand or cheaper version of essential items such as tinned tomatoes, beans, rice and pasta. You can often buy them in bulk or in much larger quantities, meaning that you can use them as staples for your meals for many weeks to come. Frozen fruit and vegetables are a cheaper alternative to fresh, and can be just as nutritious, as well as less wasteful. 

Spices and dried herbs are another good shout when it comes to keeping your costs down, as they are relatively cheap and can save you from having to buy more expensive sauces or marinades. For an even cheaper shop, look for versions of these essentials in the world foods aisle.

4. Try to batch cook

Batch cooking is a great way to save money at the supermarket. Many people find this to be the case as batch cooking uses more individual ingredients, which tend to make for a much cheaper shop than ready meals. Ingredients will also stretch further in batch cooking with just a few simple additions, check out these best batch cooking recipes.

Sometimes batch cooking can mean that you end up eating the same meal over and over again. If you want to avoid this, try freezing some of your portions to have another week. It will also save you time, giving you more chances to explore the great outdoors.

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5. Search for money off coupons online

Weekly food shops can be very expensive no matter how much you budget and plan. To try and reduce the costs, have a search for any coupons or discounts for supermarkets in your area. Printable coupons used to be the most commonly found, but in this digital age, finding them online and via apps is the most popular way of accessing them.

To find extra coupons and if your inbox can take it, signing up to newsletters can occasionally come with the reward of birthday freebies or money off vouchers for certain celebrations and occasions. Vouchercloud often has a list of the discounts available for the week ahead, and there are loads of other websites offering similar coupons or advice on how to get supermarket groceries for free.

6. Use reduced sections in supermarkets

If you aren’t too fussed about what you’ll be eating in the week ahead, the reduced section could be your best friend when it comes to saving on your shop. Larger supermarkets will often have plenty of reductions on items set to expire, and so you can pick up a few things to last you the week at a fraction of the cost.

The times supermarkets place the yellow "reduced" stickers on food can vary - although it is usually early in the morning, or into the evening just prior to closing. It's best to research when your local supermarket is likely to add the stickers, to enable you to go in at an optimum time and pick up the best bargains.

7. Try one meat-free day a week

Reducing your meat consumption can be beneficial for your wallet as well as your health and the environment. By switching out meat just one day a week, you could halve the price of one of your meals and reduce overall shopping bills by 1/3. This is another money-saving option that is also good for the planet, reducing emissions, deforestation and soil degradation. 

Information from Oxford University shows that Vegan diets were the most likely to reduce food bills by one third, with vegetarian diets coming a close second. Flexitarian diets with low meat and dairy content reduced costs by 14%. They concluded that pescatarian diets actually increased costs by up to 2%.

Eat seasonally

Eating seasonally doesn't have to be difficult, and looking for the well stocked fruit and vegetables in the supermarket will indicate the seasonal ones - they'll be the most reasonably priced too because they won't have travelled very far to reach the shelves.

This handy fact sheet from Love British Food, has plenty of information regarding which meats, fruit and vegetables are in season. Not only will seasonal eating result in fresher and more nutritious meals, it will also reduce energy and O2 emissions, and support the local economy - a win all around. 

For even more ways to make more of your food shop, and great ideas for cheap, quick and easy meals, look no further. One savvy shopper has shared how she saved £121 on monthly food bills by making one simple change.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)