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Eating on a student budget around the Coleraine campus

Life as a student isn’t always easy. There is so much to learn, and I don’t just mean in relation to your degree. Most students move away from home and have no choice but to learn how to clean their house, wash their clothes and get up on their own in the morning. But one thing students can put off for another few years is learning how to cook. With the vast array of low-priced restaurants, cafes and diners surrounding the Coleraine campus, you would be a fool to cook your own dinner!

 

Neptune and Prawn 

54 Kerr Street, Portrush

“Easily the best place to go for dinner in Portrush.”

Easily the best place to go for dinner in Portrush. The Asian inspired restaurant is excellent value, offering two tasty courses for £9.99 Wednesday to Friday and on Sundays. You are spoilt for choice with the menu sporting a wide range of tender fish, chicken and beef dishes. The restaurant is unique in the way it is organised. As soon as you enter you take a ticket, go upstairs and grab a drink (They are legendary for their inimitable cocktails!) and enjoy the beautiful seaside view while you wait for your table. You can even order nibbles or your starter to eat while you wait. You will feel totally relaxed after a long day in university, sitting in this beach-hut style restaurant, enjoying a scrumptious meal that won’t eat away at your loan!

 

A chilled out vibe with savory food by the seaside.

A chilled out vibe with savory food by the seaside.

 

Anchor

86-87 The Promenade, Portstewart

“Anchor really does tick all the boxes for a fantastic meal out.”

Anchor is not just for your Tuesday night out in Portstewart! The glamorous bistro has an extensive lunch and evening menu. Why not call in for an early dinner between 12noon and 4pm? Their lunch portions are the size of a full dinner for student friendly prices starting at £6.95! I would personally recommend the honey chilli chicken, which manages to strike the perfect balance between the sweet honey and fiery chilli. Their evening menu is even better. You can get three courses for the price of your main between 4pm and 7pm on weeknights. This deal is unbeatable really! Between their mouth-watering food, low prices and plush décor, Anchor really does tick all the boxes for a fantastic meal out.

 

Delicious food in a gorgeous restaurant.

Delicious food in a gorgeous restaurant.

 

Sizzlin Sausage

12 The Diamond, Portstewart

“You won’t find a better fry in the North Coast.”

This diner style restaurant won’t leave you stuck for something to order. Famous for a fixing breakfast after a Wednesday night out in Kelly’s, you won’t find a better fry in the North Coast for £5.50. Or, if it’s a taste of home you’re after they offer a full roast dinner any day of the week for £6.95! Sizzlin Sausage offers a wide range of food from sandwiches to extravagant burgers and steaks. They even offer several delicious vegetarian dishes. Most dishes are priced at a reasonable £4-£8, making it the cheapest place to eat in Portstewart, especially when coupled with the 10% student discount they offer! With a menu as broad and cheap as this, it’s no mystery why students select Sizzlin Sausage as a top favourite.

 

A feast that poses a challenge.

A feast that poses a challenge.

 

Morelli’s

53-56 The Promenade, Portstewart

“Award winning selection of ice cream!”

Whether you’re after a handy breakfast or an evening meal, Morelli’s offers more than enough to choose from to cater for every occasion. Their vast menu offers everything from sandwiches, to pizzas, burgers and much more! All the food is reasonably priced and absolutely delicious. But the real reason you go to Morelli’s is the award winning selection of ice cream! You’ll find it difficult to choose just one ice cream dish you want in Morelli’s. A personal favourite of mine is the Yellow Man. It’s a tantalising ice cream dish with honeycomb and sweet vanilla ice cream showered with marshmallows, honeycomb pieces, toffee fudge pieces, all smothered in caramel sauce and fresh cream. It’s obvious from just looking at Morelli’s that the ice cream is the main attraction of the restaurant, even the décor on the walls resemble an ice cream wafer!

 

Magical creations from the ice cream artists at Morelli's.

Magical creations from the ice cream artists at Morelli’s.

 

Tides

21 Ballyreagh Road, Portrush

“Everyone is sure to find something to excite their taste buds.”

If it’s value for money you’re searching for look no further than Tides. Their outstanding deals are unbeatable. Their lunch option offers two courses and a drink for £10 between 12:30 and 2:30. As far as lunch menus go, you are spoilt for choice at Tides. With a starter menu that ranges from nachos to soup, everyone is sure to find something to excite their taste buds. The evening menu offers an equally appealing deal, offering three courses for the price of your main. The lunch and evening menus are quite similar offering a host of meals such as pasta dishes, lamb shank, ribeye steak and much, much more. Not sure you can handle three courses? Swap one course for a small glass of wine, a beer or soft drink. Tides impressive meal deals coupled with the fresh, modern décor and the sea view creates the perfect dining experience that won’t make your student loan disappear.

 

Mouth-watering food at Tides.

Mouth-watering food at Tides.

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