31 places where kids can eat free during the February half term
Here are all of the places where kids can eat for free during the school half term this year, as families face the cost of living crisis
by: Isabella McRae, Marcus Wratten
13 Feb 2023
Did you know you can get incredibly discounted meals for kids? Here are some of the deals you need to know about. Image: Pexels
Did you know there are plenty of places where kids eat free this February half term?
This will be a fantastic help to families who want to treat their kids while saving extra cash in the cost of living crisis.
Many parents rely on free school meals to ensure their kids have a healthy and nutritious hot meal five days a week. But the government only funds free school meals in term time, so families will have to look for alternative options.
Here are all the places kids can eat free or for just £1 over the February half term.
From February 13 to 24, kids can eat free when you spend £5 in the M&S Café. Your children will be able to get a main, a snack, a drink and a piece of fruit from the Kids’ Munch Menu.
Kids eat for £1 at Giraffe until February 26. This includes one kid’s main, dessert and drink with the purchase of an adult meal. You need to grab the code from the restaurant’s website (GRKELMS) and then head on down to Giraffe. Tell your waiter you have a voucher when you get there. The offer excludes the King’s Cross and Southbank restaurants, and you won’t be able to use it at airports either.
Kids can eat for £1 every weekday for a fortnight from February 13 and February 24. You will have to buy a full adult main but you get any main from the smaller bites, bigger appetites and kids’ breakfast menus for just £1. You can also get a free unlimited salad. You will have to download the Harvester app and save your voucher. Find out more here.
Children under 10 can get a free kid’s meal at the Barbican Kitchen with every adult meal over £10 purchased. This offer is not just for the half term but all year round. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Barbican. See the menu and more on their website.
Frankie and Benny’s
You can get a free kids meal with every adult main from Monday to Thursday over the half term, from February 13 to February 23. You’ll have to pop in your email and sign up for a Frankie and Benny’s account (which is free) and then download a QR code.
You can treat your little ones to a Mexican feast at Chiquito this half term. You’ll have to sign up to Chiquito – so they have your email and can send you future offers – and you’ll be sent a QR code. This can only be used once. You will get one kid’s meal for free with every adult main meal purchased. You can use this voucher Monday to Thursday, from February 13 to February 23.
One child under 10 can eat free when an adult purchases a main meal. This offer is available every day at the diners in Derby, Cannock, Leominster, Northop and Oswestry. Read all about it here.
Gordon Ramsay Restaurants
At selected Gordon Ramsay Restaurants this half term, kids can eat for free when ordering a main from the Ramsay kids menu. It’s only available for children under the age of eight and you will need to purchase an adult main for every free children’s meal. It’s available at Heddon Street Kitchen, all Bread Street Kitchen and Bars, Bread Street Café, Gordon Ramsay Bar and Grill and York and Albany.
Bodean’s BBQ Smokehouses
Kids can get a full three-course barbecue feast at Bodean’s BBQ Smokehouses in Clapham and Fulham. It’s one free kids meal per adult main.
There are 15 restaurants at shopping centre Westfield London offering free meals for kids. These include Franco Manca, Las Iguanas, Spaghetti House and more. Find the full list here.
And if you fancy a trip across to the other side of London for more of what Westfield has to offer, there are 12 restaurants in the Stratford shopping centre with offers of free school meals for kids. These include Cabana, Caffe Concerto and Big Easy. Find out more here.
This half term, kids can eat free at Brazilian buffet restaurant Preto. The offer is valid every weekday after 4pm and all weekend. This offer is open to children up to 10 years old, and proof of age might be requested. An adult will need to pay their full way. It starts at £21.95 but you get an unlimited selection from the traditional Brazilian hot dishes and salad bar. You can get the offer at the Putney, Colchester and Queensway restaurants.
Kids can eat at any time of day at Asda’s cafes for just £1 until the end of March 2023. There is no need for adults to purchase a meal in order to get the offer, meaning families don’t have to incur any extra financial burden. Asda is the only venue removing the need for adults to purchase a meal for the kids to eat free.
The deal was originally only on offer for the school holidays last year, but Asda has announced it will be extending the scheme as part of the government’s Help for Households scheme.
Children aged 16 and below can get one free meal with every adult meal from 3pm until the end of the day. The offer only applies when you purchase an adult meal with a value of £4.49 or over, and it excludes all café specials. The meal includes a piece of fruit and orange or apple juice or bottle of water.
Tesco is bringing back its kids eat free scheme at all of its cafes this half term, between February 13 and February 24. Free meals include kids breakfast, kids hot meal deal and kids cold pick and mix deal. An adult only has to spend 60p on one item in the store and show their clubcard at the till to get the offer.
Kids can get three courses and a drink for just £1! Meals are suitable for two to 11 year olds. However, this offer is only available with every adult main meal purchased, and can only be claimed between Monday and Thursday, from 4pm to 6pm.
The cheapest adult main courses is the margherita pizza, priced at £10.59 – though these prices go up to £11.29 at some London and Center Parcs branches.
Kids can choose two or three courses from the children’s menu for just £1 with every adult who purchases a main course off the A La Carte menu this half term. It excludes Saturdays. It is not available on arena or stadium event days at Café Rouge O2 and Café Rouge Cardiff St Davids, and it excludes Centre Parcs.
Many of the furnishing brand’s branches have an in-store eatery, the Pausa Cafe. Kids can get a ‘mini main’, two snacks and a drink for free, as long as an accompanying adult spends £4 or more. The offer is available Monday to Friday after 3pm.
The pub restaurant chain offers selected kids meals for £1 on weekdays and larger kids meals for £1.50. Options include lasagne, tacos, burgers and more. The offer includes main meal only, excludes starters, desserts or drinks. Up to two kids can eat with one full paying adult but it’s always worth checking with your local pub before you go to avoid disappointment.
Kids eat for free every day from midday at national garden centre Dobbies, with one meal and drink available for every adult main purchased. The cheapest adult main, the chicken caesar salad, comes in at £7.25.
From February half term, kids can eat free all day in Yo! Sushi restaurants when dining with a full-paying adult. There’s a minimum £10 spend and only one child can take the offer, and they must be under the age of 10. It is valid February 13 to 24.
The Real Greek
For every £10 spent by an adult, one child under the age of 12 can eat for free at the Greek chain restaurant. The offer includes one meal from the child’s menu as well as an ice cream or sorbet, but is only available on Sundays. For adults, hot mezze dishes are priced from £5.75 to £8.75 each. It is valid from February 13 to 26.
SA Brain Pubs
Welsh pub chain S.A Brain & Co. is another pub chain handing out kids meals for just £1. This offer is available all day every Wednesday, and must be purchased alongside a full price adult main meal.
Angus Steak Club
One child under the age of 10 can eat free alongside a full paying adult at Angus Steak Club restaurants across London. It’s available from 12pm to 5pm. It’s not valid in conjunction with other offers. The deal is available from February 13 to 17.
Kids Eat Free is back at Bill’s for the February half term. Between February 13 and 24, up to two children can eat a meal for free when one adult orders any main dish (breakfast, lunch or dinner). It is only available Monday to Friday.
Purrezza, the vegan pizza restaurant, has a kids eat free scheme all year round! Children under 10 can enjoy a free mini pizza with a topping of their choice. Only one child eats free per adult dining. The restaurants can provide additional mini pizzas and other children for £5 each. You’ll find Purezza in Camden, Bristol, Manchester and Brighton.
At Ikea, your little ones can enjoy the pasta with tomato sauce and a soft drink for 95p. You could also enjoy browsing and getting lost through the aisles of the furniture store and make it a proper trip out! This is available every day from 11am.
Children under 10 can get a free kid’s meal from the Barbican Kitchen in London… but you have to purchase an adult meal over £10. The range of food includes freshly made sandwiches, build your own salads, pizza and sweet treats.
Two kids under the age of 16 can get free, unlimited breakfast at Table Table’s all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast. You have to purchase an adult breakfast at a cost of £9.99. It promises a freshly cooked full English with all your cooked and continental favourites.
Beefeater and Brewers Fayre
Kids can get free buffet breakfast at Brewers Fayre, which is also owned by Whitbread – just like Table Table. It is much the same deal as above. Kids have to be under the age of 16 to eat for free, and you have to purchase an adult breakfast for £9.99.
You can get a ‘Kids Eat for £1’ voucher for Farmhouse Inns. This offer is running from February 13 to 25, but it is not available on Sundays. You have to sign up Farmhouse Inns email club and, once you have your code, two kids can eat for just £1 each. An adult has to buy a full meal.