Great places to eat
You'll never be spoilt for choice for food!
We know being a student can be very stressful at times, so as well as our student bus pass for only £0,00 and valid for the whole academic year we’ve also tried to make your University student as great as possible, like this list we have made revealing all the best places in Guildford for food and drink – with there even being student discount at many of the places too!
Getting to any of these places by bus is simple and there is no additional cost getting there as it’s all covered on your Arriva academic bus ticket! If you’re a first year this might give you a few places you might want to check out, or even if this isn’t your first year at Surrey University you might uncover a place you’ve never seen before!
Bill’s (Angel Gate)
20% student discount | www.bills-website.co.uk | @BillsRestaraunt
Bill’s is open for your three meals, so there’s no excuse not to make a trip, plus with 20% student discount on offer what more could you want? Expect a nice atmosphere and freshly prepared dishes throughout the day. Whether it’s a catch up with pals, a special occasion or date night Bill’s is definitely the place to be.
Zizzi (High Street)
Up to 30% student discount | www.zizzi.co.uk | @WeAreZizzi
Zizzi Guildford boasts a stunning interior, with rustic tables and an open plan kitchen. Enjoy some of the classic Italian dishes we all know and love, or some Zizzi reinvention of dishes. Whether you’re after a rustica pizza, a pasta dish or one of Zizzi’s skinny pizza range (under 550 calories!). Why not enjoy a Peroni or a glass of wine with your meal and let Arriva be your designated driver home.
Fuel Juice Bar (The Friary Centre)
20% student discount | www.fueljuicebars.com | @FuelJuiceBars
Start living life to the Fuel! Grab a freshly made, deliciously tasting juice from the Friary Centre and be part of this innovative and exciting healthy fast food concept – sure to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Choose from an extensive menu of a wide range of fruit juices with add-on extras, such as whey protein or antioxidants, perfect for any health conscious person. What’s more, all their smoothies and juices are at least 99.9% fat free – nutritious and delicious!
Thaikhun (Friary Street)
20% student discount | www.thaikhun.co.uk | @Thaikhun
Let this restaurant transport you from Guildford to Thailand – with Thaikhun making you instantly feel at home and at easy the same as you would in Thailand. There is something for everyone on their impressive and extensive menu, giving you a real ‘Thai street food’ feel, with lots of rice, noodle, stir fry, pinto and curry dishes to name but a few! With this restaurant’s discount there wasn’t any need for that gap year when you get to taste real Thai food from your comfort of you University town!
Ask Italian (Chapel Street)
up to 40% student discount | www.askitalian.co.uk | @AskItalian
Ask Italian are always updating their menu to try and bring you the best dishes from Italy. This restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy great tasting Italian cuisine in both a fun and a relaxing environment – we also recommend that you go on a Monday or Tuesday to get that 40% student discount, nearly half-way to getting a free meal despite the common saying!
El Mexicana (The Friary Centre)
10% student discount | www.elmexicana.co.uk/guildford | @ExMexRestaurant
Grab some great value, yet still great quality Mexican food – with a wide ranging menu including burritos, tacos, nachos and salads on offer, and lots of delicious fillings. El Mexicana is great because it gives you the power to build your own menu, as you choose your base, fillings and salsa. Also it’s a takeaway service – perfect if you’re not in the mood to cook after a busy day at University, yet don’t want a sit down meal either.
Muffin Break (The Friary Centre)
20% student discount | www.muffinbreak.co.uk | @MuffinBreakUK
Perfect place to chill out with friends and enjoy their fresh tasting coffee, plus freshly made muffins of course! Muffin Break serve more than just coffee and muffins though, with a great selection of hot drinks and a range of cakes, scones, cookies, pies and quiches.
Auntie Anne’s (The Friary Centre)
15% student discount | www.auntieannes.com | @AuntyAnnes
Auntie Anne’s pretzels are without a doubt one of the tastiest things you’ll ever eat! Also, most varities of the pretzel contain less that five grams of fat and no additives – making them healthier than many other snacks on top of that student discount it must surely be a win-win!
Tortilla (Friary Street)
10% student discount | www.tortilla.co.uk | @Tortilla
Tortilla have such a diverse menu so it wouldn’t be too hard to find something to eat – they even have a breakfast menu, such as a breakfast burrito and chorizo quesadilla, at a very reasonable price: perfect to grab before getting the bus up to campus? Lunch and dinner items have everyone’s favourites such as burritos and tacos and even a naked burrito as a lower carb option. All meals can be prepared vegetarian, with meat optionally substituted for guacamole.
Burrito Loco (Jefferies Passage)
Free upgrade to a large burrito from a small with the Experience Guildford Privilege Card | www.burrito-loco.co.uk | @BurritoLocoGfrd
An independent eatery, bringing an authentic taste of Mexico to Guildford! Be sure to visit here, where you can get Mexican food that is fresh, healthy and locally sourced too! Whether you want a dish mild or spicy, a small or large portion – Burrito Loco lets you make that decision.
De Nada (Market Street)
Da Nada recreated the taste of the Spanish sun and their lifestyle in Guildford – a real hidden gem to show off to your pals. Enjoy great tapas and Spanish wines in a cosy intimate setting, and De Nada is the only place in Guildford that offers live Spanish music. This restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy great food with great company, perfect for going out with friends for a special occasion, or for no occasion at all!
Bamboo Shoots (Jefferies Passage)
Enjoy delicious Asian food without breaking the budget. All food is freshly and made healthy – as nothing on their menu has any additives or preservatives. Bamboo shoots also cater for special diets, including gluten free. Something really cool and unique about this restaurant is that they also stock more than sixty different types of loose-leaf tea, serving them inside the restaurant and also selling by the bag for enjoyment at home. They also stock a wide range of teapots, chopsticks and accessories.
Blue Sardinia (Sydenham Road)
This is definitely a restaurant to check out, especially if you fancy something a bit different to big chain restaurants as Blue Sardinia is a family run restaurant – aiming to bring you the modern and traditional healthy cuisine from Sardinia. They offer traditional cuisine, served with a modern concept. The menu is extensive, covering something for everybody – from pastas, risottos and your typical Sardinian ingredients such as fava beans, goat’s cheese and not forgetting Cannonau wines.
Caracoli (High Street)
http://www.caracoli.co.uk/ | @CaracoliStore
This quaint coffee shop boasts great views of Guildford looking down the high street. Caracoli has a great selection of hot drinks, cold drinks and food, all available to take away too if you’re in a rush. What’s more, there is also a selection of salads, breads, cakes and pastries all available to pre-order too, simply pop into store and speak to a member of the team for more information.
Coffee Culture (Angel Gate)
www.mycoffeeculture.co.uk | @MyCoffeeCulture
Enjoy a nice coffee or iced coffee an independent coffee shop, Coffee Culture. Avoid busy, hectic places and relax here and let a coffee accompany you whilst you do University work or alternatively it’s also a great place for a catch up with friends. Equipped with its own picturesque courtyard in the centre of told, free Wi-Fi and daily newspapers.
Kalm Kitchen (Tunsgate)
www.kalmkitchen.co.uk | @KalmKitchenCafe
Providing deliciously fresh food in an independent environment. Enticing customers with perfect coffee, wholesome and nutritious salads, homemade juices and tempting treats. Everything is either handmade by Kalm Kitchen or by carefully selected suppliers, who share a passion for all things artisan, to ensure the very best quality & taste.
La Casita (Chapel Street)
A fantastic restaurant with a real authentic flavour of the Mediterranean, offering tapas dishes and freshly made paella. The restaurant also has a great range of vegetarian options, and their set menu is brilliant value for those who don’t want to spend too much – did someone say student budget!?
Maloncho (Epsom Road)
www.maloncho-indian-restaurant.co.uk | @MalonchoTandoo2
Great selection of Indian dishes, with a reputation for great quality food and great customer service given. This restaurant is perfect for a curry night with your friends, a nice meal out when your family visit or for the starting location of a night out!
Meat the Greek (Chapel Street)
[email protected] | @MeatTheGreekGU1
Meat The Greek is a unique fresh idea in the food market, unlike any other restaurant. Based in Chapel Street, their intention is to provide the traditional exquisite tastes of Greece and at the same time to promote the Mediterranean healthy cuisine. The main ingredients of their recipes are the extra virgin olive oil and the authentic Feta Cheese produced in famous Peloponnesus in South of Greece.
Olivo (Quarry Street)
www.olivo.co.uk | @OlivoGuildford
Olivo offers traditional Italian cuisine in a perfect location, right in the heart of Guildford. Food served here had the finest and most fresh ingredients and the restaurant has a unique charm and everything you need to enjoy an authentic dining experience.
Sir & Madam 2 Go (High Street)
Available on www.deliveroo.com
If you’ve ever been to Sir & Madam’s restaurant you’ll understand why their takeaway service if so highly rated. If you haven’t been, here’s your opportunity to! This takeaway place is perfect if you’re on a budget and are looking for a filling lunch, or something special to take home for dinner.
Sushi Nara (North Street)
Tables can be booked on www.quandoo.co.uk
Sushi Nara offers a great menu with authentic Japanese and Korean cuisine. Dishes are freshly prepared using the finest ingredients and techniques. Whether you’re craving sushi, sashimi, rice or noodles – Sushi Nara have you covered! They’re also open for both lunch and dinner.
The Rose Valley (Chertsey Street)
Top quality restaurant serving Indian and Bangladeshi food. Perfect for a meal with friends or for the beginning of a night out, we definitely recommend checking out The Rose Valley.
Top Table (High Street)
Why not make supermarket meal deals a thing of the past and instead pay a visit to Top Table, with high quality freshly produced sandwiches and lunches on offer.
Kokoro Sushi (North Street)
Hand-made sushi is on offer here at Kokoro, making their food all the fresher. There is so much great food on the menu here, and it is excellent value for money. Their quick and convenient service ensurs that you get your food as quickly as possible, especially if you are in a rush to get to University but still want something to grab for lunch!
Some other tips from us when it comes to food and drink in Guildford are:
• 20% student discount at Krispy Kreme! Located on North Street and in the Friary Centre.
• Free McFlurry, Mayo Chicken or Cheeseburger with a meal whilst showing your student ID.
• £4 off your first Deliveroo order with a valid NUS card.