It does of course depend on what you eat and where but as a rule of thumb you can usually get a sandwich and coffee for lunch for around £5. I suspect your tour operator will offer dinner and that may well work out cheaper (not to say easier) than going out on your own especially if the hotels you are using are not in central areas. Otherwise a two course meal with a glass of wine or a beer would cost in the region of £15, maybe less in Scotland and Ireland but that really is a ball park figure and you could easily pay more at a nice place.
The old adage of 'how much money have you got? Bring all of it' comes to mind but isn't necessarily the case these days.
Unfortunately, without knowing the cities and towns you'll be visiting when on the tour it's almost impossible to say that meals will cost £A or €B (if you visit the RoI) - there are too many parameters to give a single answer.
In cities such as London, York, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh there are restos and cafes such that you could spend a fiver and get a decent lunch or push the boat out and spend £50 for an average dinner - and everything in between.
At the low end of the scale you can do a bit of self catering, looking to grocery stores that sell hot food or sandwiches at midday and topping up with fruit, yogourt and a drink. To that end, Boots have a meal deal for £2.99 - 3.49 that is staggeringly popular and may suit - or you might want to have something a bit more substantial.
Are you looking for budget options or willing to spend a bit more? And please let us know where you'll be staying on the tour.
And you should find lots of good deals at the moment, especially if you're happy to eat earlier than later eg 6pm - The 'Early Bird' menus. You may well find deals such as 2 main courses for £10, or one for £4.99; 2 courses for eg £12.99 or £14.99 especially at the chains. Just watch out for the cost of drinks which will push the price up.Edited: 09 January 2010, 21:20
Thank you very much. Do most restaurants have early bird menu?
<<Do most restaurants have early bird menu?>>
Nope, pretty unusual, but then I suppose you only need go to ones that do :-)
I just googled 'early bird menu edinburgh' and got loads of hits. You may also find them lurking as 'pre-theatre menus'
Am I correct in thinking your tour is an escorted one, with a tour company?
If so, it wouldn't hurt to find out as early as possible the name of the hotel where your group will be staying in each city. Then you can work out what's in reasonable (usually walking) distance from the hotels. if you get stuck in a place on the fringes of a city, but know in advance, at least you can stock up on snacks or sandwiches during your afternoon activities so you aren't forced to eat (overpriced and usually mediocre) hotel food. Or you can figure out a Plan B, which might involve sharing cab fare with fellow travelers to get to a more attractive dining spot where you'd get more for your money. (I know, I'm not big on hotel food, except that most of them can manage a decent breakfast.)
As I said, I hope that such a situation doesn't even arise for you.
I remember on one long tour I took, I made friends with several of my fellow travelers. One of them, who remains a friend to this day, is a born bargain hunter. I've since taken another tour with her. It's been fun to tag along as she looks for a bargain massage in Bangkok and haggles with a merchant in a street market. And for sure, she has a knack for finding decent meals at a good price, wherever we are.Edited: 10 January 2010, 17:13
Yes there are boots stores in Dublin. I would plan to allow more spending money for Dublin as unfortunately it's very expensive!!! The exact same sandwich you could buy in a boots store in the uk will cost you around 20% more in the republic. Im visiting london myself for a holiday and plan to do lots of shopping!! I have already spotted a cute tshirt in topshop which in dublin costs €33 and in london is £22!! this is the equivilent of about €24.50!!!! Try and do any clothes, shoes shopping in the uk as youl save a fortune!!! If you are a student most places do student discount of 10%. Have a great trip!!!