Your guide to places to food shop and eat in Derby

Derby provides an excellent selection of shops and restaurants offering you a great range of ingredients, produce and dishes to pick from. Here are some of our favourite places to buy and go out for food in the city:

Food shopping

The Chinese supermarket in Derby is the perfect solution for making your oriental cuisine as authentic as possible.  The family run business offers ingredients and products from all over Asia including China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Japan.

There are a range of supermarkets in Derby city centre. All are great value for money and offer a wide selection of food to keep you full and well fed while you are at University. Many supermarkets offer ‘saver range’ food deals, these are really affordable for students on a budget.

Many supermarkets are located within walking distance of all our halls of residence including; Sainsburys, Aldi, Morrisons, Tescos and the Cooperative.

Eating out

Cosmo is a buffet style restaurant for casual dining with delicious Chinese, Japanese, Sushi, Indian and Thai dishes.

Anoki is one of the top 10 Indian restaurants in the UK. Enjoy a fine selection of dishes in beautiful restaurant surroundings.

Zizzis source only the freshest local ingredients for the very best local and affordable Italian food.

Wonky Table prides itself in stocking locally sourced produce, changing its menu on a regular basis offering unique great tasting dishes.

Thai Boran offers a comprehensive and delicious Thai food menu representing the best Thailand has to offer including delicious salads, spicy soups, fiery curries and mouth-watering specials.

Moonsha is the finest Japanese bar and restaurant in Derby. MoonSha provides a friendly, attentive service and has the best tasting sushi, Japanese tapas and teppanyaki.

The Golden Dragon restaurant has long been the pinnacle of Chinese dining in Derby, providing you with excellent food and service.

Nandos specialises in Portugal chicken dishes and is a firm favourite with students, with plenty to choose from at an affordable price. Be sure to pick a Nandos card for further discounts and offers.

Top tips for buying food on a budget

  • Try to do one single main food shop each week. This will prevent you spending extra money in convenience stores and takeaways.
  • Prevent impulse purchases in the supermarket by making a shopping list and sticking to it.
  • Use discount supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl for cheap essentials where you can.
  • Consider buying supermarket own-brand products which are cheaper than branded goods.
  • Keep an eye on use by dates to avoid wasting food. Make sure use by dates for at least some meals last until the end of the week.
  • Keep a stock of frozen meals and ingredients in the freezer for those moments when the cupboard is unexpectedly bare.
  • If you have a choice of local supermarkets, use the comparison site My Supermarket to compare the prices of items on your shopping list.
  • Do not automatically buy food for seven days’ worth of breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Look at the week ahead and consider how much time you’ll be spending at home.
  • Buy packed lunch ingredients for cheaper meals on the go.

For more tips on shopping on a student budget click here.