"Narrowly avoiding a recession is nothing to celebrate", said Tej Parikh, economist at the Institute of Directors.
The third-quarter growth of 0.3% is lower than the forecast for 0.4%.
The U.K. may have ducked a recession, but it's seeing it's weakest growth in a decade and may struggle to expand if the rest of the global economy is slowing, said Artur Baluszynski, head of research at Henderson Rowe.
The economy contracted in the second quarter, while the two quarters of contraction heralded a recession.
The 0.3% growth rate was particularly driven by 0.4% growth reported in July, aided by strong manufacturing figures on the back of strength in the pharmaceutical sector. Sterling was up 0.7% against the euro (GBPEUR=X) to €1.1676 and up 0.8% against the dollar (GBPUSD=X) to $1.2879 at around 12.25pm after the latest data was released.
However, looking over the past year, growth has slowed to its slowest pace in nearly a decade.
"The GDP figures suggest that the economy failed to regain much momentum after the the second-quarter contraction". A government outlook had projected year-to-year growth of 1.3 percent.
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Prior to the 2016 Brexit referendum, the economy had typically grown at more than 2% a year.
Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union at the end of January, following a three-month extension granted last month. Manufacturing output was down 0.4%, missing expectations for a 0.3% decline, while industrial production fell 0.3% versus forecasts for a 0.2% drop.
"Manufacturing failed to grow as falls in most industries were offset by auto production bouncing back", he added. Manufacturing, the largest sub-sector of production, also was flat in the three months to September.
Some retailers also said bad weather had hurt demand too, the ONS added.
Three-month year-on-year GDP growth slowed to 1% to the end of September - the lowest level since the first three months of 2010.
The figures chime to a degree with a British Retail Consortium survey that showed the biggest fall in retail spending of any September since at least the mid-1990s.