WIN: We've reached 30K Instagram followers 😱 Win dinner & drinks for two at street food mega-market Hawker House

It's all been kicking off these past few days. Not only did we celebrate our 1st birthday party this week, but this momentous occasion has very handily coincided with quite another big milestone - we've just reached 30,000 FOLLOWERS ON THE LONDON CHEAP EATS INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT 🎉 Which can only mean one thing: another cause for celebration.

This achievement is completely and entirely thanks to you awesome lot. So THANK YOU. And to show just how grateful we are for all your support, we've teamed up with the awesome people behind London's street food mega-market, Hawker House in Canada Water, to bring you a seriously sweet competition.

These guys are offering one lucky London Cheap Eats reader the chance to win a very tidy £50 to spend on both food and drink, from any of their 12 sensational street food traders, and 8 brilliant bars. You'll get £30 to splurge on food and £20 to blow on booze. And you'll both get free entry all night!

Maybe you'll fancy some beautiful British sourdough pizzas from Born & Raised, paired with a top glass of vino from Street Vin. Or perhaps some fluffy steamed buns stuffed with all manner of goodies from Yum Bun, alongside one of the 40-strong American beers from American Craft. You might then want to finish off with an ice cream brownie sandwich from dairy daredevils Chin Chin Labs, with a cheeky whisky shot chaser from the Whisky Bar.

Bring a mate, soak up those good vibes, and that works out as a pretty top night to us.

11/2/2017 - Winner Update
CONGRATULATIONS to @floras_kitchen_stories, who entered via Instagram.

How to Enter

1) Twitter - you must do all of the following

2) Instagram - you must do all of the following

3) Facebook - you must do all of the following

  • Like both the /streetfeastlondon and /ldncheapeats Facebook pages
  • Like the competition post (pinned to the top of our Facebook page)
  • Comment under the post and tag the friend(s) you would like to take
  • Share the competition post

Closing date: 11pm on Friday 10th February

You can enter across all channels, but only once for each. GOOD LUCK!

T&C's

  • There is one prize available, worth £50 in total.
  • The winner will be provided with 30 'Street Feast dollars' that can be used for any of the food traders, and a 'Lobster card' with £20 on it to spend at any of the bars.
  • Hawker House is open every Friday and Saturday from 5pm until late, so the prize can be redeemed any time during these hours.
  • The winner and their plus one will be granted free entry to the site on the evening of their choosing.
  • You must be over 18 years old to enter.
  • Any expenditure beyond the £30 on food and £20 on drink will need to be settled separately by the winner.
  • One winner will be selected from across the three social media channels available to enter on: Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The winner will be selected at random from all entries received, and the decision is final. 
  • The winner will be notified within 7 days of the closing date. 
  • If the winner does not respond to the notification within 7 days, the prize will be passed on to someone else.
  • The winner will be put in touch with Hawker House, in order to share the date and time they and their plus one wish to visit, so an area for two can be reserved.
  • The prize is as stated: no cash alternatives are available.
  • Entries submitted after the closing date and time will not be entered into the draw.
  • Participants may enter across all three channels, but may only enter once via each channel.
  • Participants who enter more than once on one channel will be removed from the draw entirely.

NEWS: London Cheap Eats celebrates its 1st birthday!

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One whole year since we launched in January 2016. Time really does fly when you're having fun. And we've certainly had a lot of that.

Almost 200 website entries later, we at London Cheap Eats are both immensely proud and supremely humbled at what we've achieved, and the great people we've been able to work with, over the past 12 months.

People have said some very lovely things about us, including Business InsiderBuzzFeed, and Evening Standard. We sold out tickets to our very first event, the London Cheap Eats £8 Pop-up. And had a pretty amazing night hosting it and meeting our fans. We've held numerous competitions for our readers, with some of our favourite cheap eats venues and traders in the industry. And we even interviewed a lot of them too.

We quickly expanded the team from the five we launched with, to include a sixth member. Then realised that still wasn't quite enough, and on-boarded a seventh pretty sharpish. KS ran a marathon to raise money for charity (and also just so he could eat more), and we supported the great cause that is the Magic Breakfast Charity with their Instagram campaign. We made any excuse to throw a party (exhibit A and exhibit B), and shared with SkyScanner readers some of the cheaper alternatives to London's fanciest restaurants

But what we're probably most proud of is you guys, our readers. Every day, we're a little in awe when we look at the large, loyal and engaged following we have somehow managed to amass through both londoncheapeats.com and our social channels; we're currently standing at (very, very nearly) 30k followers on Instagram, 2,700 followers on Twitter, 1,300 followers on Facebook, and 1,200 signed up to our newsletter.

And what that tells us is that you guys like what we do, and think it's worthwhile. And that's probably the best we could have ever hoped for. So, on behalf of the whole London Cheap Eats team, we THANK YOU, from the bottom of our hearts, for your continued support. We have exciting things lined up this year, so keep visiting the website, sending us emails, and engaging with us and the community, and we'll keep doing this for as long as you guys let us.

A big milestone warrants a big party, of course. So last night the team hit up Radio Alice, a pizzeria in Hoxton Square, named after a pirate radio station that broadcasted in the 1970s from a two-room attic in the centre of Bologna. With a name like that, who can resist. Many thanks to the fantastic team at Radio Alice for hosting our awesome pizza party, and for helping London Cheap Eats celebrate our first birthday in style.

To many more years of the best cheap eats in London!

PRESS: London Cheap Eats and individual team members featured on Business Insider

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What a fabulous way for us to round off our first year in operation.

The lovely folk over at Business Insider have only gone and featured the London Cheap Eats Instagram account in their The 50 best food bloggers to follow on Instagram in 2017 article - we're truly honoured, and in great company!

Not only that, but team members Kar-Shing and Leyla have had their personal Instagram accounts featured in the same article - congratulations all round!

P.S. If you're wondering where the weekly London Cheap Eats entries have got to, the team have been taking a well deserved break over the festive period. You can expect new entries up on the website again from the 6th January. In the meantime, we hope you've had a fabulous Christmas, and have an awesome new year!

EVENT: Our first London Cheap Eats £8 Pop-up, in pictures

Well, what can we say. Other than what a night - our first London Cheap Eat £8 Pop-up was a roaring success. 

The London Cheap Eats team: Ali, Bisi, Leyla, Kar-Shing, Ed, Steph, and Matt

The London Cheap Eats team: Ali, Bisi, Leyla, Kar-Shing, Ed, Steph, and Matt

Endless thanks to the Clutch Chicken team for pulling out all the stops, and to all the members of the London Cheap Eats team for taking snaps and sharing the event live on social media throughout the night (still lots of stories over on our Instagram page). But most of all, thanks to the 125 people who took a punt on our first event and joined us on the night, and for your awesome patience with any teething problems. You guys are the greatest.

Thanks to the success our fans helped us make of our first go at this, you can expect more London Cheap Eats £8 Pop-ups in the future. And we will always be improving them. Keep tabs on our social media accounts, or sign up to our newsletter, for up-to-date info on future events we'll be hosting in 2017.

Until then, keep up the great eating.

- The London Cheap Eats Team

5/12/2016: The winner of the Instagram competition that was running on the night, to win dinner for two at Clutch Chicken, is Laura Acquaye for this tasty snap. Congratulations!

EVENT: We've launched London Cheap Eats £8 Pop-Ups!

Oh boy, do we have EXCITING news. We are delighted to announce that we are launching the first of a new and ongoing series of tasty events brought to you by the team behind London Cheap Eats: London Cheap Eats £8 Pop-Ups! (event page here)

Every day, we scour the city's streets to seek out the best cheap eats to share with our loyal readers on this website, and through our social channels. But we want to give you more.

We want other great restaurants, that would usually fall outside of our magic £8 mark, to put something special on for you guys. So we're collaborating with select venues across London, to host exclusive evenings for our faithful fans, showcasing one-off discounted menus, curated by the London Cheap Eats team.

WHERE AND WHEN

Our first #LCEPopUp is with fancy free-range chicken restaurant, Clutch Chicken in Hoxton, on the evening of Thursday 1st December.

PURCHASE TICKETS

Sticking with our London Cheap Eats our ethos, tickets are just £8* each.

Your ticket includes entry on the night, as well as your meal. That's your choice of chicken main (vegetarian option available too), coated in the flavouring that takes your fancy, along with one of their tasty sides. You can see pictures of the night's menu scrolling above. Standard prices at Clutch Chicken are around double that; we hope you enjoy the 50% discount! There will also be a cracking Rn'B playlist for all round good vibes.

There are a limited number of tickets available, and this pop-up is on for one special night only. Most of the London Cheap Eats team will be joining the fried chicken festivities that evening too, so we hope to see you there!

MENU

Mains (choose one)

  • Chicken tenders with fine semolina coating
  • Thigh and leg with crunchy coating
  • Chicken wings
  • Fried halloumi with curry leaf sesame (v)

Flavours (choose one)

  • Peppery buttermilk (for thigh and leg)
  • Sweet soy garlic (for chicken tenders, thigh and leg)
  • Lemon and Parmesan (for chicken tenders)
  • Honey and sesame (for wings)
  • Sour and spicy chilli (for wings)

Sides (choose one)

  • Beets with parsley, pistachio, pesto and mozzarella
  • Twice-fried fries
  • Homemade creamy coleslaw
  • Roasted corn with garlic and black pepper
  • Mother hen stuffing with herbs, onion and grass-fed butter
  • Lime leaf salad with avocado

Discounted extras available to purchase on the night

  • Nutty brownie served with fresh cream and berries - £2.50 (usually £5)
  • Cocktails - £5 (usually £7)

Time slots

  • 18.00 - 20.00
  • 19.00 - 21.00
  • 20.00 - 22.00
  • 21.00 - 22.30

We kindly ask that you are aware of the allotted time frames, to enable us to comfortably accommodate all our guests.

COMPETITION

As well as the above, if you share a picture of your meal from the evening on social media, you'll automatically be entered into a draw for a chance to WIN a meal for two at Clutch Chicken, so you can return another day and carry on with the party. Full details of how to enter on the night.
 

"The success of our first London Cheap Eats Pop-Up will determine whether we do more of these in the future. Join us, have fun, spread the word, and there will be more of these to come."                                                                                            - The London Cheap Eats Team


If you have any questions about the event, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

*You'll notice Billetto add a small processing fee onto the £8 ticket. We do apologise, but it seems they're unavoidable. We've scoured the ticketing platforms available and have chosen the one with the required features at the lowest fees. We hope you don't mind forking out those few extra pennies.

@ldncheapeats @clutchchicken #LCEPopUp #ClutchChicken

WIN: We've reached 20k Instagram followers! 4 x £50 prizes at Billy and the Chicks up for grabs

some of the tasty treats available from Billy and the Chicks

some of the tasty treats available from Billy and the Chicks

Hey, it's no big deal. But you awesome lot have only gone and helped us reach 20K FOLLOWERS ON THE LONDON CHEAP EATS INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT 🎉

OK, maybe it is a big deal. And maybe we're so excited, we can't quite keep ourselves together.

To both celebrate and say a huge thank you, we've teamed up with the lovely folk at one of our favourite fried chicken cheap eats, Billy and The Chicks in Soho, to bring you not one, not two, but FOUR awesome prizes up for grabs.

These guys are offering four lucky London Cheap Eats readers the chance to win a whopping £50 to spend on their glorious free range, high-end and downright tasty fried chicken, sides, and even their cocktails or great selection of craft beers, for all round good times.

This is no ordinary chicken shop. Their birds are free range Cotswold Whites, nicknamed ‘The Ballerina’ because of the way they dance around the fields. And they're damn juicy. For the rest of their ingredients, they use quality suppliers such as Bread Ahead, Neal’s Yard Dairy, Walter Rose & Son, and Spice Mountain for their secret herb and spice mix. And there's a permanent DJ booth with decks being mixed until late - this place is as much about music as it is about the food. 

With our expert maths skills, we've worked out that tidy sum can feed a tight group of mates. And after a few beers, one of those will almost certainly try to bust some post-wing moves to the banging tunes - Snapchat on standby.

Billy and the Chicks scenes

Billy and the Chicks scenes

How to Enter

1) Twitter - you must do all of the following

2) Instagram - you must do all of the following

3) Facebook - you must do all of the following

  • Like both the /billyandthechicks and /ldncheapeats Facebook pages
  • Like the competition post (pinned to the top of our Facebook page)
  • Comment under the post and tag the friend(s) you would like to take
  • Share the competition post

4) Snapchat - you must do all of the following

  • Follow Billy and The Chicks on Snapchat, you'll find them at billyandthechix 
  • Send a message to one of their snaps to let them know you've entered the competition

Closing date: 11pm on 25th October

You can enter across all channels, but only once for each. GOOD LUCK!

3/11/2016 - Winners Update
CONGRATULATIONS to the four winners of this competition:
Instagram | @extrasmall_xs
Twitter | @millionbevs
Facebook | @JessicaBaxter
Snapchat | Anna Myers

T&C's

  • There are four sets of prizes available, each worth £50. This can be spent on anything at the restaurant.
  • The prize can be redeemed at any time except all day on Fridays. The winner must contact Billy and The Chicks in advance via email, to let them know when they plan to visit and how many people in their group.
  • You must be over 18 years old to enter.
  • There are just four winners, each winning £50 to spend at the restaurant. How many people each winner decides to bring with them, is up to them. Any expenditure beyond the £50 will need to be settled.
  • One winner will be selected from each of the four social media channels available to enter on: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat. The winners will be selected at random from all entries received, and the decision is final. 
  • The winner will be notified within 7 days of the closing date. 
  • If the winner does not respond to the notification within 7 days, the prize will be passed on to someone else.
  • The prize is as stated: no cash alternatives are available.
  • Entries submitted after the closing date and time will not be entered into the draw.
  • Participants may enter across all four channels, but may only enter once via each channel.
  • Participants who enter more than once on one channel will be removed from the draw entirely.

PRESS: TWO team members featured in Evening Standard's top London foodies list

WELL. Aren't we just chuffed with our team. Firstly, for being awesome in general and doing a damn fine job of seeking out London's best cheap eats. But also, because no less than two members were featured in this Evening Standard article on the weekend: London's top 10 foodie influencers on Instagram.

Congratulations Kar-Shing and Leyla. And the London Cheap Eats Instagram account even got a nice little mention. In true team style, the whole gang hit up Malaysian joint Tuk Din in Bayswater to celebrate. But also because we just can't get enough of each other.

Editor's note: Tuk Din is a great cheap eat in its own right. Stay tuned for a write-up on their fab food.

NEWS: And we've now got a seventh team member!

Following on from last week's announcement about our newly recruited sixth team member, Ed Tan, we've now also recruited a seventh.

Everyone please say hello to - Steph Chan!

You can learn more about Steph and read her '60 seconds with' interview on her London Cheap Eats profile page.

Wonderful to have you join the gang Steph. We and the rest of London look forward to seeing all the tasty cheap eats you discover!

NEWS: We've got a sixth team member!

Thanks to the humbling success London Cheap Eats has experienced over the past few months since we launched in January, we've spent the past week or so searching London-wide for new team members to expand our number of contributors.

There are lots of corners of London we are yet to get to, and we need more talented eaters to help us do so.

We shared news of our search on our Instagram and Facebook pages, and after many applications (thank you to everyone who took the time to get in touch!), tough interview questions, and a heck of a lot of food pictures, we're thrilled to announce our sixth team member - Ed Tan!

You can learn more about Ed and read his '60 seconds with' interview on his London Cheap Eats profile page.

Great to have you on board Ed. We hope you're hungry, and we can't wait to see what cheap eats you have to share with London!

WIN: Dinner and wine for two at Flour to the People to celebrate reaching 5000 Instagram followers!

Well look at that, you lovely people have only gone and helped us reach a whopping and humbling 5000 followers on Instagram! 

We are absolutely chuffed and honoured that you, our readers, take the time to check out our website and keep track of our social channels. We're hugely grateful for all your support, and we're more committed than ever to continue bringing you London's best cheap eats.

And to say thanks, we've teamed up with the lovely sourdough specialists Flour to the People! in Battersea to give one of our lucky readers a chance to win dinner for two, with wine, to help us mark this momentous occasion. That's two of their amazing pizzas, plus a bottle of chianti!

 

 

How to Enter

1) Twitter - you must do all of the following

2) Instagram - you must do all of the following

  • Follow both the @flour2people and @LDNCheapEats Instagram accounts
  • Like the competition post (look for the above '5000' image)
  • Tag the friend you would like to take in a comment under the post

3) Facebook - you must do all of the following

  • Like both the /Flour2People and /ldncheapeats Facebook pages
  • Like the competition post (pinned to the top of our Facebook page)
  • Comment under the post and tag the friend you would like to take
  • Share the competition post

4) Email - you must do all of the following

  • Sign-up to the London Cheap Eats newsletter on our homepage
  • Send an email to leyla@londoncheapeats.com with the subject: Flour to the People Competition entry

Closing date: 11pm on 15th May

You can enter across all channels, but only once for each. GOOD LUCK!

By the way, we interviewed the lovely Adam Demosthenous behind Flour to the People! just recently, if you'd like a look.

tasty sourdough pizzas at Flour to the People!

tasty sourdough pizzas at Flour to the People!

T&C's

  • The prize is any two pizzas from the menu, plus one bottle of chianti. 
  • Pizzas are available from 5pm every day, and the restaurant closes at 10pm. The prize can be redeemed any time during these hours.
  • The winner must provide an email address for us to get in touch with them, and the visit must be arranged in advance.
  • You must be over 18 years old to enter
  • There is just one winner, with one meal for two (a pizza each plus one bottle of chianti between two) up for grabs.
  • The winner will be selected at random from all entries received across all channels, and the decision is final 
  • The winner will be notified within 7 days of the closing date 
  • If the winner does not respond to the notification within 7 days, the prize will be passed on to someone else
  • The prize is as stated: no cash alternatives are available
  • Entries submitted after the closing date and time will not be entered into the draw
  • Participants may enter across all four channels, but may only enter once via each channel
  • Participants who enter more than once on one channel will be removed from the draw entirely

TEAM: Kar-Shing is running The London Marathon (so he can eat more)

Our boy Kar-Shing will be hitting the streets this Sunday 24th April, not in the search of the next big cheap eat, but running The London Marathon.

For those who don't know, one of our most intrepid culinary explorers is both a serial eater and a serious runner. Which goes a long way in explaining how he manages to put away so much food.

This year, he's put his love for pavement pounding to good use, having signed up to our capital's annual iconic sporting event. And it's for a great cause - the Epilepsy Society.

Kar-Shing has been training hard (mostly so he can eat more, we reckon) and is raring to go. If you're feeling generous and are looking to support someone running this year's London marathon, he's as great a candidate as anyone, and no amount is too small. All donations are hugely appreciated and received with thanks.

Here's Kar-Shing's fundraising page.

Remember KS, pain is temporary. Glory is FOREVER. 

NEWS: The team celebrate 3 months of the website being live

This week marked three months of londoncheapeats.com being live - my, how time flies. During our brief existence we've surpassed 100 entries on the website, almost reached 5,000 followers on Instagram, and are continuing to bring you the city's best cheap eats for £8 or less each week. A huge thanks to all our readers for your continued support!

To celebrate, the team headed over to The Artworks in Elephant and Castle for a good graze last night. We've had our eye on this creative work hub constructed from re-purposed shipping containers for some time, noticing it was home to a few interesting and independent eateries, with the sort of price points we look for.

We won't give away too much now (expect some new entries from last night's food tour soon), but needless to say, we ate well.

Think jerk chicken with gorgeous rice n' peas from Tasty Jerk; chicken souvlaki marinated in Greek herbs with handmade pita, salad and homemade dips from The Athenian; the much-loved duck confit burger with duck fat chips from The Frenchie Bistro; and a winning flavour bomb Mauritian dish of bol renverse with chicken, shiitake mushrooms, choi sum, Mauritian sausage, sweet wine sauce and rice.

Happy 1/4 birthday London Cheap Eats 🎈

NEWS: 100th entry now up on London Cheap Eats

It's taken us almost three months of being live - and a serious slog prior to that - to reach a big milestone in the website's history, that we're all rather proud of.

Today marks our 100th London cheap eat being added to the website! It's an incredible team effort for a group of just five - a huge well done to the London Cheap Eats dream team.

Taking the crown for this landmark event is Bisi's entry of a two course Korean lunch for £7 at Bibigo in Islington, published this morning. 

If someone were to eat at a couple of our recommendations each week, it would take about a year to work through our current list. But we won't be stopping there.. 

As ever, we will continue to explore every inch of London's budget dining scene to bring you the city's best cheap eats each week, and we hope you continue to enjoy them. To the next 100!

10 QUESTIONS WITH: Chris Brumby, owner and chef at MYPIE

Chris Brumby is the owner and chef cooking up the epic pies and awesome sides over at street food truck MYPIE; their pies in general made it onto London Cheap Eats, but team member Kar-Shing is a particular fan of the double beef.

We threw a few tasty questions Chris's way; here's what he had to say.

Chris Brumby with the nifty MYPIE truck

Chris Brumby with the nifty MYPIE truck

1. Tell us briefly what your business is about

Quality British-styled food, with my Australian heritage bringing some influence to the flavours.

2. Tell us a bit about your background - where you've worked in the past and why you're doing this now.

I'm a trained chef. I did a four year apprenticeship in a Michelin equivalent (we don't have stars in Aus), and was Head Chef at 23 at The Horseshoe (Camden brewery home).  I also did a short stint with Street Kitchen in 2012, and more recently in 2014, I was the Executive Chef at Ben's Canteen.

3. If you were out for an evening in London, where would we most likely find you?

It would be a Tuesday night, a couple of beers and I'd be hustling a group of friends over a game of poker in a pub in Wandsworth - occasionally winning!

4. Where did you get the inspiration for your food / menu? 

I'd been to a "foodie" festival on Clapham Common and had a very average pie and mash, with peas from a tin, that was £8. I knew I could do better, and after much trial and error, we've managed a better pie with better mash, better gravy, and definitely better peas.

5. Tell us an interesting fact about you that not many know.

I'm a VW Camper enthusiast. I've owned two in the UK - I drove the first to Rome, and in 2014 I circumnavigated France in the other. Pretty helpful when you get to the vineyards.

epic pie with sides from MYPIE

epic pie with sides from MYPIE

6. What's the most popular item on your menu?

Hampshire steak with red jalapeños and smoked cheddar is easily our most popular pie - it was a request from a customer and we've never looked back. It just won a silver medal at the British Pie Awards.

7. What do you eat when you're off work and at home?

When I'm off work I always eat with my family - anything from curry to pizza - mostly home cooked and often with vegetables that we've grown in our garden. Keep an eye out for some home grown veg in the salads over summer.

8. What's next for your business?

The next thing for our business is to launch MySaladBox in early April, which has been born purely from the uptake of salads as a side from the pie truck. It'll be four salads - changing often - and adding whatever you like, an egg, a piece of steak, chicken... 

9. Which three people, dead or alive, would you invite to dinner?

I can't narrow this to three, it's got to be four. Adam my brother, Dave, Shane, and Jim (who is also my business partner). Four great blokes from Tasmania, who I'd rather have beers with than anyone famous. Great stories and great entertainment.

10. What’s your favourite London cheap eat?

My favourite London cheap eat is without a doubt Hanks Po' Boys - the poor boy. Just don't eat it while driving. Not a good look. 

 

Liked this? Then you'll probably enjoy our previous interviews too:

10 QUESTIONS WITH: The Rib Man, Mark Gevaux
10 QUESTIONS WITH: proprietor of Flour to the People!, Adam Demosthenous
10 QUESTIONS WITH: founders of Arancini Brothers, Big Dave and Little Dave
10 QUESTIONS WITH: founder of Pilpel and Badolina, Uri Dinay

10 QUESTIONS WITH: founder of Street Kitchen, Mark Jankel
10 QUESTIONS WITH: founder of Monty's Deli, Mark Ogus
10 QUESTIONS WITH: owner of Park Road Kitchen, Sam Mousawi
10 QUESTIONS WITH: founder of The Bell & Brisket, Bel Shapiro

10 QUESTIONS WITH: The Rib Man, Mark Gevaux

Mark Gevaux - also known as The Rib Man - is the force behind this Brick Lane and West Ham United FC street food stalwart. Mark's iconic slow-cooked pork rib roll made it onto our list of London Cheap Eats.  

We had a good old natter with Mark, here's what he told us.

Mark Gevaux aka The Rib Man

Mark Gevaux aka The Rib Man

1. Tell us briefly what your business is about

My business is really just about me doing something I love that I started to keep me sane after losing my leg in 2005.

2. Tell us a bit about your background - where you've worked in the past and why you're doing this now.

I trained as a butcher since I was 12 and have always loved meat - cutting it, cooking it, and eating it. 

3. If you were out for an evening in London, where would we most likely find you?

If you found me out in London, I'd be somewhere like Zelman Meats in Soho - AMAZING meat and fantastic staff. 

4. Where did you get the inspiration for your food / menu? 

The inspiration for my food came from my customers. I started out at farmers markets selling baby back ribs for people to take home and cook. Then I started cooking samples on a disposable BBQ, but people wanted to eat them straight away. And so, The Rib Man was born.

5. Tell us an interesting fact about you that not many know.

An interesting fact about me that not many people know? I died two times after the car accident, apparently. I don’t remember seeing any white lights or anything. 

6. What's the most popular item on your menu?

The rib meat rolls are the most popular thing I do. On Brick Lane on a Sunday, it must be the most photographed sandwich in London. 

The Rib Man's rib meat roll with Holy Fuck sauce

The Rib Man's rib meat roll with Holy Fuck sauce

7. What do you eat when you're off work and at home?

When I’m not working, I eat whatever my wife Carolina cooks, as long as I can put Holy Fuck on it - every single meal (Ed - Mark bottles and sells his hot sauces, Holy Fuck is one of them).

8. What's next for your business?

Next up for my business is to move with West Ham to the Olympic Park, and also wholesale my sauces and ribs.

9. Which three people, dead or alive, would you invite to dinner?

Bobby Moore to talk football, Richard Branson to talk business, and David Cameron to talk shit. Not really - I wouldn't even serve him on my stall. 

10.What’s your favourite London cheap eat?

My favourite London cheap eat, apart from a rib roll, would either be a Dead Hippie from Meat Mission, or an Angry Bear from Burger Bear

 

Liked this? Then you'll probably enjoy our previous interviews too:

10 QUESTIONS WITH: proprietor of Flour to the People!, Adam Demosthenous
10 QUESTIONS WITH: founders of Arancini Brothers, Big Dave and Little Dave
10 QUESTIONS WITH: founder of Pilpel and Badolina, Uri Dinay
10 QUESTIONS WITH: founder of Street Kitchen, Mark Jankel
10 QUESTIONS WITH: founder of Monty's Deli, Mark Ogus
10 QUESTIONS WITH: owner of Park Road Kitchen, Sam Mousawi
10 QUESTIONS WITH: founder of The Bell & Brisket, Bel Shapiro

PRESS: Leyla takes over the @FoodismUK Instagram account

This weekend (19th and 20th March) there's an exciting collaboration between founder Leyla and our pals over at Foodism - London's largest food and drink magazine.

Leyla will be taking the reigns of the Foodism Instagram account for the weekend, sharing some of her favourite places to eat in town, including a few cheap eats - naturally!

Follow along over on the Foodism Instagram account - we hope you enjoy it!

10 QUESTIONS WITH: proprietor of Flour to the People!, Adam Demosthenous

Adam Demosthenous from Flour to the People!

Adam Demosthenous from Flour to the People!

Adam Demosthenous and his sister are the sourdough specialists behind Battersea hit, and terrifically-named, Flour to the People! It's their marvelous margherita pizza that made it onto our list of London Cheap Eats.  

We had a lovely chat with Adam, here's what he had to say.

1. Tell us briefly what your business is about

Sourdough! From breakfast and brunch, to sandwiches and pizzas! We cultivate six ‘mother doughs’ or starters.  We also want to make as much as we can from scratch including butter, jams, marmalade, chocolate hazelnut spread, hollandaise, mayo, beans, and all our baked goods.

Our signature dish is our eggs Benedict served on homemade sourdough crumpets. The Neapolitan sourdough pizzas are made by a highly skilled pizzaiolo, who is over here learning English and teaching us. His previous role was as a teacher of pizzaiolos in Geneva and Napoli. 

2. Tell us a bit about your background - where you've worked in the past and why you're doing this now.

My family are Cypriot and my sister and I spent many summers in Cyprus. My grandmother used to bake in an outside wood-fired oven and make sourdough bread regularly. Well, it was just called bread in those days. Artificial yeast was not used, as was the tradition of villages in Cyprus. These were informative years as I obviously loved whatever my grandmother baked and was curious. 

My parents owned various cafés and restaurants in London, and so we were raised working in this area. I personally studied music and worked in the voluntary and public sectors, but came back to the idea of running a café recently. Opening a sourdough bakery was an obvious starting point. My sister and I both own this place and have had a steep but enjoyable learning curve. 

3. If you were out for an evening in London, where would we most likely find you?

Since opening Flour to the People! there has not been much time to enjoy all that London offers, preferring to relax with friends. Although I do have a BFI membership and try to watch what interests me. Concerts and theatre are also something I try to go to when I have the time.  

4. Where did you get the inspiration for your food / menu? 

Initial research, visiting places that interested me. I have always wanted to open a good quality breakfast/brunch café. It’s hard to find a place that does a simple poached egg well!

We also have a collaborative approach to developing the menu, as long as it can be made from scratch and is centred around sourdough. Employees, colleagues and customers, past and present, have left their mark. 

But of course, my grandmother and her bread has always been the starting point. 

5. Tell us an interesting fact about you that not many know.

I can play the piano and clarinet, not as well as I used to though. Finding time to practise is hard. 

lovely pizzas at Flour to the People!

lovely pizzas at Flour to the People!

6. What's the most popular item on your menu?

Eggs Benedict-ish for breakfast or brunch, and the classic Margherita pizza in the evening.  

7. What do you eat when you're off work and at home?

I love Cypriot food and crave my mothers cooking; she often freezes oven ready dishes during her frequent visits. But I try my hand at tava, a dish made in certain mountain villages in Cyprus, of slow-cooked lamb and rice with cinnamon and cumin.

But more often than not, beans on toast! Made with sourdough, of course...

8. What's next for your business?

We are developing a lunch menu. We want to get it right and so we’re trying various things. Keep up to date on social media!

9. Which three people, dead or alive, would you invite to dinner?

Armistead Maupin, Kate Bush, and Rupaul. My favourite author, musician and drag queen. This probably says too much about me... Never mind...

10.What’s your favourite London cheap eat?

Sam’s rotisserie chicken and potatoes at Park Road Kitchen.


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10 QUESTIONS WITH: founder of Street Kitchen, Mark Jankel
10 QUESTIONS WITH: founder of Monty's Deli, Mark Ogus
10 QUESTIONS WITH: owner of Park Road Kitchen, Sam Mousawi
10 QUESTIONS WITH: founder of The Bell & Brisket, Bel Shapiro

WIN: £20 to spend on salt beef bagels and sides at The Bell & Brisket

The Duke bagel in all its glory at The Bell & Brisket. Photo: Katy Riddle

The Duke bagel in all its glory at The Bell & Brisket. Photo: Katy Riddle

The wonderful Bel behind The Bell & Brisket trading at The Barley Mow pub in Shoreditch, is offering one lucky London Cheap Eats reader the chance to win a tasty £20 to spend on their glorious salt beef bagels and sides.

Think great bread, amazing salt beef, crunchy pickles, tangy mustard, and blow torched cheddar. These guys use small and local producers who care about their products, and the beef is British and brined for them in north London. 

With that nifty £20 you can happily feed two. On with the feast!

How to Enter
 

1) Twitter - you must do all of the following

2) Instagram - you must do all of the following

  • Follow both the @brisketbel and @LDNCheapEats Instagram accounts
  • Like the competition post (look for the above image)
  • Tag the friend you would like to take in a comment under the post

3) Facebook - you must do all of the following

  • Like both the /TheBellAndBrisket and /ldncheapeats Facebook pages
  • Like the competition post (pinned to the top of our Facebook page)
  • Comment under the post and tag the friend you would like to take
  • Share the competition post

4) Email - you must do all of the following

  • Sign-up to the London Cheap Eats newsletter on our homepage
  • Send an email to leyla@londoncheapeats.com with the subject: The Bell & Brisket Competition entry
Bel Shapiro, founder of The Bell & Brisket

Bel Shapiro, founder of The Bell & Brisket

Closing date: 11pm on 17th March

You can enter across all channels, but only once for each. GOOD LUCK!

By the way, we interviewed the lovely Bel Shapiro behind The Bell and Brisket just recently, if you'd like a look.

T&C's

  • The prize is £20 to spend on bagels and sides at The Bell & Brisket in The Barley Mow pub in Shoreditch. Drinks are not included
  • The prize can be redeemed at any time during trading hours: Mon - Fri 12pm - 3pm and 5pm - 9pm, Saturday 2pm - 9pm. They do not trade on Sundays
  • The winner must contact The Bell & Brisket in advance via social media or email, to let them know when they plan to visit 
  • You must be over 18 years old to enter
  • There is just one winner, with one £20 credit up for grabs
  • The winner will be selected at random from all entries received across all channels, and the decision is final 
  • The winner will be notified within 7 days of the closing date 
  • If the winner does not respond to the notification within 7 days, the prize will be passed on to someone else
  • The prize is as stated: no cash alternatives are available
  • Entries submitted after the closing date and time will not be entered into the draw
  • Participants may enter across all four channels, but may only enter once via each channel
  • Participants who enter more than once on one channel will be removed from the draw entirely

10 QUESTIONS WITH: founders of Arancini Brothers, Big Dave and Little Dave

Big Dave (Director of Vegetarian Concerns) and Little Dave (Director of Meat-Related Arancini Issues) are the wizards behind Sicilian rice ball success story, Arancini Brothers; it's their arancini wraps that made it onto our list of London Cheap Eats.  

We had a good old chinwag with the two Daves, here's what they had to say.

Big Dave and Little Dave from Arancini Brothers

Big Dave and Little Dave from Arancini Brothers

1. Tell us briefly what your business is about

Its pretty simple really - serving good, easy, fast food, with a healthy and honest twist, at a great price. 

2. Tell us a bit about your background - where you've worked in the past and why you're doing this now.

Well, it's been quite a journey for both of us to be honest! We both started in the industry when we were 16 and never left. 

Big Dave is Australian with Scandinavian roots, and Little Dave is from New Zealand, so we marry up our native “antipodean” dining flair with some good, classic European food pretty nicely. 

After arriving in the UK in the mid 00's, Big D convinced Little D to come over to London after seeing a big gap in the market for reasonably priced, quality food. In 2009, we ventured out onto the streets with an Australian version of the traditional Sicilian arancini, and never really looked back.

Quickly realising Londoners wanted everything in some form of bread, we started wrapping the risotto balls and salad up and before we knew it, we were a big hit and began looking for our first site. Now with three locations, we're looking into franchising and expanding into retailing the risotto balls across the UK, and who knows, maybe beyond?

3. If you were out for an evening in London, where would we most likely find you?

Ah, that’s easy - good pizza and pasta. You can't go wrong with The Bite, a small place in Dalston. Cheap, with simple flavours that will make you smile every time.  

4. Where did you get the inspiration for your food / menu? 

We have always been big believers in doing things differently, and our backgrounds and the culinary traditions we have worked in fuel this. Basically, finding popular options but making them our way, and making them proper tasty!

Our inspiration always starts with vegetarians in mind, meat is always a second thought. We don't rely on the flavour coming from the meat - it's in our salads, stews and risotto balls.

Saying that though, all our meat is specially chosen to work and compliment the meal to the great delight of our carnivorous customers! 

pulled pork barbecoa arancini wrap from Arancini Brothers

pulled pork barbecoa arancini wrap from Arancini Brothers

5. Tell us an interesting fact about you that not many know.

Hmm, not sure how far we can go into this but, despite the urban legends, we are in fact not brothers. We're only related through the mysteries of the arancini - but don’t tell anyone.  

6. What's the most popular item on your menu?

Once upon a time, it used to be our lemon chicken wrap with classic mozzarella risotto balls (and don’t get us wrong, they are still awesome and very popular!)

But now, our risotto ball burgers and recently released vegan burger, are quickly taking the capital by storm! Its crazy to hear people saying they're better than the classic meat patty! 

7. What do you eat when you're off work and at home?

Big D – Fortunately, my wife is an amazing vegetarian cook. Anything she comes up with I'm very happy with, but if she is busy, it's vegemite and cream cheese toasties all the way.

Little D – I do cook at home pretty regularly, but can't say no to a bit of good home delivery from Zing Zing in K town once in a while. 

8. What's next for your business?

That’s a good question. We constantly get asked by customers if we are going to open more stores across London, and even beyond. I guess with this in mind, we really want to franchise the concept and potentially get the risotto balls into a retail pack so you can recreate Arancini Brothers at home! 

9. Which three people, dead or alive, would you invite to dinner?

David Byrne for the music. Rick stein - love his clumsy cooking shows and he'd probably bring a nice bit of fish along too. Our mums. 

10.What’s your favourite London cheap eat?

Ahh, now that’s easy. Pacific Social Club, a café in Hackney E5. Best toasties in London. Don’t all go rushing there at once though, otherwise they may push up the prices!

 

Liked this? Then you'll probably enjoy our previous interviews too:

10 QUESTIONS WITH: founder of Pilpel and Badolina, Uri Dinay
10 QUESTIONS WITH: founder of Street Kitchen, Mark Jankel
10 QUESTIONS WITH: founder of Monty's Deli, Mark Ogus
10 QUESTIONS WITH: owner of Park Road Kitchen, Sam Mousawi
10 QUESTIONS WITH: founder of The Bell & Brisket, Bel Shapiro