When money isn't an object, I enjoy splashing out at Explorers Pizza and Pasta Buffet in Katanga Canyon (With MAP discount, of course), especially when given a fairly lengthy amount of time before meeting up with the rest of the group. The food is gorgeous, always freshly made and never changes consistency. Then there is of course the free salad bars and the bottomless fizzy drinks that complete it as well as the lovely staff who aim to quickly get round the tables.
Admittedly it is a bit of a squeeze and a fight in the queue when it comes to the busy lunch hour, especially at weekends when I visit most, but the food and service really does make the value worth it even if I don't get past one and a half platefuls!
However when money is an object, I tend to linger in the Mutiny Bay area at Mexican Cantina or Pirate Pancakes for a cheaper but equally nice meal if consisting of 'snacks'.
Whilst I'm not terribly fond of Mexican Cantina's meals in general, I find them to be poorly made and presented, I always buy a chilli con carne pot with nachos which comes out at a reasonable price just under £4 (Again, MAP discount). I find Thorpe Park's version to be better but I digress. And Pirate Pancakes, funny enough, I visit only for the generic Merlin pancakes which I can never find fault with because, well, they're delicious and also with good cost value! Fancy that.
There is also Towers Family Restaurant which I visit often alongside the above two that, whilst the menu almost never changes and the most it does that is add punnerific names to the pasta dishes at Scarefest, does a great fry up as well as a roast dinner and generic Merlin pancakes too. So there's choice but nothing too special.
I'll give a special mention to Fresh Fish and Chips in Forbidden Valley which is a stomach saver to me on many occasions. Whilst the food isn't entirely great, nor are the costs which I find to be ridiculous, it at least covers up the growls of an empty stomach (Regardless of having a large meal or snacks before or after) and the smell of the chips is also hard to resist.