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Where to get free food for the kids (and yourself) over the coronation bank holiday weekend

Want to celebrate the coronation in style? This is where you can get free food for kids (and yourself) this bank holiday weekend

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There are plenty of places where kids and the whole family can eat free! Image: Unsplash

Fancy celebrating the coronation like a king? There’s no better way than with free food for yourself, the kids and the entire family! 

There are plenty of freebies on offer over the coronation which you will have to bag quickly – from “coronation treat” parties to free burgers and sarnies made by an EastEnders star.

There is even a raspberry lemonade cake which you can get for free if you wear a crown or tiara and say “royal slice”. Your children will adore looking like princes and princesses for the day. 

Lots of restaurants also offer free or £1 meals for kids if you buy a full-sized adult meal. Many of these offers are available all year around. 

We’ve listed all the places we could find offering free food over the coronation bank holiday weekend – for kids, yourself and even for King Charles spaniels. 

Where to get free food to celebrate the King’s coronation

Tesco

Tesco is hosting a “coronation treat party”, with lots of free goodies fit for a king on Saturday, May 6. You’ll be able to get the free treats at selected Tescos across the UK.

“In honour of King Charles’ Coronation, you’re royally invited to the Tesco coronation treat party,” the supermarket’s website says. “With free entry and food and drink samples fit for a king, you’ll get inspiration from royal menus and recipes to create your own celebration.”

You can find your local coronation treat party by popping in your postcode here. Make sure you get there to get your free food!

Burger King

Burger King has a buy one, get one free deal over the weekend (May 6 to May 8) in honour of the King’s coronation. Anyone who buys the Chicken Royale or Vegan Royale burger over coronation weekend will receive another one for free – because, of course, that would be Charles’s favourite on the menu. 

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Pret

If you’re a Club Pret member, you can get a free coronation chicken bloomer or a free coronation egg bloomer to mark the King’s coronation on Saturday.

With the membership, you can also get five hot drinks each day (with half an hour between each).

But it’s not exactly free food. It’s £30 for a month’s membership, but you can get the first month half price for £15. And if you’re a regular at Pret (where coffees cost about £3.50 to £4), that might just be worth it. 

E. Pellicci

At this East London café, between 11am and 3pm on May 6, you can get a free sandwich. What’s more, that sandwich will be delivered to you by EastEnders star Shaun Williamson. 

E. Pellicci has teamed up with Hellmann’s, so you’ll get a good-sized dollop of their new coronation mayo coleslaw in your sarnie. Sandwiches are first come, first served, so get there early to avoid disappointment!

Greggs

You can get a free sausage roll or vegan sausage roll from Greggs if you spend £12.50 through Just Eat this weekend. Now that’s free food which even a king would love.

“Much like Elvis was hailed the King of Rock, many have appointed Greggs as the (unofficial) King of Sausage Rolls,” Greggs’s website says. 

The offer will start on Friday, May 5 and end on Monday, May 8. 

Farmhouse Inn

At Farmhouse Inn, you can grab a free slice of raspberry and lemonade cake as part of their limited-time offer – but you need to wear a crown or tiara and say “a royal slice” while ordering cake to claim your freebie. No, we didn’t just make that up to trick you! Find out more here.

Where King Charles spaniels can get free food this weekend

Bill’s

Free food isn’t just for humans! Your King Charles spaniels can get free dog treats at Bill’s over the weekend, from May 6 to May 8. 

The treats will be from Denzel’s premium Rewards range. But owners will have to purchase a main meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

Where kids can get free food over the bank holiday weekend

There are plenty of places open all year around where kids can eat for free over the bank holiday weekend. We’ve listed these below:

Sizzling Pub and Grill

Your child can enjoy a £1 meal at Sizzling Pub and Grill as long as you purchase an adult’s main meal. The offer is available on weekdays between 3pm and 7pm. The menu includes fish fingers, pasta, chicken wraps, pizza and more.

OK Diners 

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 – including this bank holiday weekend. Read all about it here. 

Gordon Ramsay Restaurants 

At selected Gordon Ramsay Restaurants, kids can get free food 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.

This offer is available all year around, except on select dates like Christmas and New Year’s Eve. 

Sainsbury’s Café

You can get one children’s hot main meal or “lunch bag” for £1 with the purchase of an adult hot main meal from £5.20 in the Sainsburys Café. The lunch bag includes a sandwich, bag of crisps, a piece of fruit and a kids’ drink. Mains include a sausage, cheese and tomato pizza or chicken nuggets. This is available every day from 11.30am until close. 

Morrisons Café

Children aged 16 and below can get one free meal with every adult meal. 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.

Bella Italia

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 course is the margherita pizza, priced at £10.99 – though these prices go up to £11.59 at some London and Center Parcs branches.

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Cafe Rouge

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. Children can enjoy two or even three lunch or dinner courses from the kid’s menu for free.

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.



Dunelm

Many of the furnishing brand’s branches have an in-store eatery, the Pausa Cafe, which has some free food for kids. 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, including over the bank holiday weekend.

Dobbies

Kids can get a free breakfast or lunch 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. It does not include the Andover, Lelant, Marple, Reading, York, Anchorwood restaurants.

The Real Greek

The Real Greek offers free meals for kids on Sundays. 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. 

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.

Purezza

Purezza, 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. 

Ikea

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.

Barbican Kitchen

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. 

Preto

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. Get the voucher here.

The Pembury Tavern

Kids eat free on Sundays at the Pembury Tavern in Hackney, with every adult-sized pizza! Its website says: “​​We officially declare ‘kids eat free’ at the Pembo. All day every Sunday, with each adult-sized pizza bought.

“Choose from a slice of our Ace Pizza classic Marg or Single Pepperoni, plus a scoop of ice-cream – on us!”

Harvey Nichols

Every Sunday, children 12 and under can dine for free at the Fifth Floor Café at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge. When accompanied by an adult purchasing a meal from the à la carte menu, they can choose from the kids menu and enjoy a complimentary meal. If you are a REWARDS member, you can access this benefit Monday to Sunday, but you will need to show your REWARDS profile to claim.

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