Farringdon and Clerkenwell cheap eats: Best food under £10

From ancient religious orders to an 800 year old meat market, Clerkenwell and Farringdon have a whole lot of history.

In more recent years the area has served as hub for designers, architects, jewellers and, of course, foodies.

As an area populated by London culture vultures and the experts of Smithfield meat market, EC1 isn’t short of people who are shrewd with their food.

Still, if you want to eat well but are on a budget, the area has plenty of options. From burritos to brownies, these are the best dishes under £10 you’ll find there.

Eccles cake and Lancashire cheese at St John

This place's reputation goes considerably further than Chancery Lane. Widely credited with promoting traditional British cooking to an international audience, St John has seen itself named among some of the best restaurants in the world. The menu changes twice a day, but you’ll always find chef Fergus Henderson’s famed currant-stuffed eccles cakes with lancashire cheese on the menu for afters. If you can push your budget to £10.50, you should tuck into the legendary bone marrow dish served with sourdough and parsley salad – it's an icon of London eating.

26 St John Street, EC1M 4AY, stjohnrestaurant.com

Carnitas Daddy D burrito at Daddy Donkey - £6.50

It’s all about lunchtime on Leather Lane, where a procession of street food stalls make plentiful pickings. A graduate who has gone from stall to shop on the very same street is Daddy Donkey, a burrito doyenne whose “kick-ass” Mexican wraps often court queues out the door. Go for the black bean-filled Daddy D burrito with hand pulled carnitas, that have been slow-cooked in coca cola and guajillo chilli. Guac is extra, but still within your budget.

50b Leather Lane, EC1N 7TP, daddydonkey.co.uk

Margherita at Pizza Pilgrims - £6.85

If you don’t eat your crusts, you’re sorely missing out at Pizza Pilgrims. The edges of your pizza pie here are chewy but yielding, charred and slightly salty, and might just be the best bit. In the middle, show them off with a simple but satisfying margherita topping, featuring fior di latte mozzarella and proper chunks of basil. Find your slice on Exmouth Market, a go-to for Clerkenwell foodies.

15 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QD, pizzapilgrims.co.uk

Jamon and smoked San Simon croquettes at Caravan - £6.50

Caravan do it all: great coffee, fabulous cocktails and an awful lot of lovely snacks to go in between. At the original Exmouth Market site of the now five-strong outfit, start your small plate haul off with a basket of Spanish-style croquettes, filled with creamy smoked San Simon cheese and punchy jamon, served with a dollop of saffron mayonnaise.

11-13 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QD, caravanrestaurants.co.uk

Coconut and cassava waffles at The Modern Pantry - £9.50

Having celebrated its tenth birthday this summer, Anna Hansen’s The Modern Pantry is knocking on the door of institution status in Clerkenwell. And rightly so, as Hansen’s innovative cooking continues to excite. Heading in for breakfast, you’ll have the chance to dig into waffles made with coconut and cassava flour, drenched in maple syrup, with bacon as an optional extra. If you can spare the extra 50p, a £10.50 portion of sugar cured prawn omelette is a signature dish of the restaurant and a real treat.

47-48 St John's Square, EC1V 4JJ, themodernpantry.co.uk

Berber & Q Shawarma Bar - Lamb shawarma pita - £9.50

Let’s get one thing straight: Berber & Q knows its way around a hunk of lamb. This Middle Eastern-inspired barbeque joint opened an Exmouth Market location dedicated to shawarma (kebabs, basically) last year, wrapping well-fired filling in grilled pita. The lamb version comes with harissa and sumac onions, while vegetarians are extremely well catered for with the cauliflower shawarma, which comes with tahini and pomegranate seeds.

46 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE, shawarmabar.co.uk

Confit potatoes at The Quality Chop House - £5.50

First things first, this is definitely a side dish. It is not a meal by any stretch, but it’s so good we had to keep it in. The Quality Chop House’s dedication to the meatier things in life is well-documented, but you also need to know about their confit potatoes. Super thin slices of potato end up buttery soft inside their well-fried coating, angularly shaped for maximum crunch. Do not forget these off your order – or swing by at a rare quiet moment and ask for these with a glass of red wine. You'll be in and out in no time, but it'll be heavenly.

88-94 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3EA, thequalitychophouse.com

Chicarrones at Morito - £7.50

It may be the little sister of Exmouth Market legend Moro, but Morito can hold its own with the big kids. Cretan chef Marianna Leivaditaki is at the helm, creating beautiful dishes packed with aromatic herbs and perfectly pitched spices for her mezze menu. Almost all dishes here come in under £10, but you might need a couple. Find a particular favourite in the succulent chicarrones, a dish of slow roasted pork belly with lemon and cumin.

32 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE, morito.co.uk

Pad thai at KIN - From £9

You’re sure to be well fed at this family run restaurant, where Asian street food comes big in flavour and in portion. Pick up a pad thai here for £9 with tofu, or £9.50 with prawns or chicken, and tuck into a seriously satisfying mound of rice noodles with all the trimmings. The pad thai is picante, but spice maniacs should head straight for the pad kee mao, a drunken noodles-style dish served with aubergines, mushroom and an eye-watering amount of chilli. Both of these can be made both vegetarian and vegan.

88 Leather Lane, EC1N 7TT, kinstreetfood.com

Curly Whirly brownies at Konditor & Cook - £2.75

If you’ve got a sugar craving to satiate, bakery Konditor & Cook is on hand. Some of the best of the bunch are the brownies, which are sold in an array of mouth-watering varieties, including the fabulous Curly Whirly. Cheesecake mixture is swirled among the rich chocolate cake – it’s so good they do a whole occasion cake dedicated to the same combination. You can grab one for £2.75 or four for £10.

46 Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8LR, konditorandcook.com