The Best Food Accounts On Instagram

While the amount of time many of us spend pointlessly scrolling through our Instagram homepages is embarrassingly high, it can actually be an amazing resource for the foodies amongst us. With food bloggers, cooks, restaurants, bakeries etc. using it in abundance, Instagram can be a great source of inspiration for recipes. It can be all too easy to slip into that student trap of eating pesto pasta, toast and pot noodles every day, and these accounts can be a great way to remedy this. So whether you’re looking for a recipe, inspiration on where to eat out next, or just some pictures to salivate over, here’s a few of my favourite foodie instagram pages. Disclosure: this is going to make you very, very hungry.

By Lily Cannon




Helen Graves’ Instagram page. Based in South London, Helen is a food, travel & recipe writer. She knows A LOT about food. While her recipes may not be the easiest or most student friendly to recreate, this is a great page for inspiration and I personally never get bored of seeing what new creations she has come up with. Her stories are filled with tasty treats and she often provides step by step guides to show how she’s made them.  She also has another blog called ‘The London Review of Sandwiches’ which she uses to write up her hunt for London’s best sandwich. I am a big fan.


Jack first became known for her blog ‘cooking on a bootstrap’ which details how, when she found herself with a shopping budget of just £10 a week to feed herself and her young son, she began using her creativity and resourcefulness to create a whole collection of delicious, simple and exciting meals, all for practically nothing. Her blog shows you how, using just the tinned goods from the supermarket basic isles, along with a few fresh ingredients and some ingenuity you can create amazing meals that won’t break the bank. You’ll find recipes for 9p carrot, cumin and kidney bean burgers, 25p boostrap chilli and 10p peanut butter and banana super muffins, just to name a few. This is the perfect account to help inspire even the laziest of student cooks to branch out!


Best known for their ‘Feed 4 for £10’ strapline and their easy to follow and incredibly satisfying to watch recipe videos, Mob Kitchen recipes are a student dream. Trust me, in no time you will find yourself saving nearly every single one of their posts to your Instagram. From vegan butternut squash mac and cheese, to sticky spare ribs and a healthy halloumi and orange salad, they really do have all bases covered. The only downside is that the recipes all look so good, how are you possibly meant to decide which one to cook first?


Melissa Hemsley is a passionate cook and one half of the sister duo ‘Hemsley + Hemsley’ who are known for being pioneers in the healthy eating world. Melissa’s approach to cooking is all about cooking from scratch and using up left-overs and random ingredients that you have sitting in your fridge to create delicious meals to share with your friends and family. While her food looks fancy, her recipes are incredibly easy to follow and she always offers advice on alternative ingredients if you don’t have what’s on the recipe list. Her dishes are healthy and fresh and are perfect if you want to easily impress friends with your culinary brilliance.


Let’s be honest with ourselves, breakfast (or brunch) is by far the best meal of the day. When else is it acceptable to combine sweet and savoury, cover them both in chocolate sauce AND have 3 different alcoholic and/or non alcoholic drinks on the side? If like me you can’t get enough then this is the account for you. This page is the ultimate guide to the best breakfasts and brunches in the capital, and will have you wanting to hop on the next train to London and eat breakfast for all three meals. The pictures are always beautiful and give details of the restaurant, location and who has sent the photo in, making it even easier to track these tasty treats down.

Visit the featured Instagram pages:

@foodstories, @jack_monroe, @mobkitchenuk, @melissa.hemsley, @breakfastlondon

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