Food and drink

You won’t go hungry at Essex - we offer a wide choice of cafés, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes and budgets both on our campuses and close by.

Colchester food outlets

Essex Food Rewards

Essex Food Rewards is our loyalty and cashless payment app. Collect points with every purchase in selected outlets and use them towards your favourite treats!

Blues

Blues has a warm and relaxed atmosphere serving Italy's favourite coffee, Lavazza, speciality tea and cold drinks, tasty snacks and cakes.

Food and drink at Colchester Campus

A huge variety of food and drink options are available daytime or evening, 7 days a week at our Colchester Campus.

Bonds

Bonds serves a variety of options for both breakfast and lunch, including hot lunchboxes, snackpots and freshly made wraps. Enjoy a Costa Coffee, London Tea Company tea or pastries all day long, and with our hot cabinet and drinks vending machine you really can grab and go!

Buffalo Joe's

Buffalo Joe's is open until late, seven days a week and is a great place to meet up with friends, daytime or evening with indoor and outdoor seating.

Canteen

Canteen offers a taste of home, with wholesome freshly-cooked dishes from around the world.

Cantina

Cantina is on a mission to bring you quick and tasty Mexican food on the go.

Fusion Grill

The stylish restaurant offers the best of international cuisine on campus, specialising in burgers, skewers and steaks. There are a wide range of vegetarian and vegan options also available.

Fusion Wok

Fusion Wok brings wok bowls to Square 4. With so many options to choose from, you can create a different bowl every day. Pop along and grab yourself some food to go!

Lakeside Theatre Café

Lakeside Theatre Café is a great place to pick up a coffee and pastry en route to campus. This stylish cafe situated in the Lakeside Theatre foyer, offers hot and cold drinks, paninis and pastries, sandwiches, cakes and snacks.

No.64 bus

Fuelled by Great British Food, enjoy our warm and filling offer of pies or sausage and mash alongside our new range of sausage rolls! You can also grab one of our breakfast boxes or tasty pastries.

Refresh

Refresh stocks a range of freshly baked baguettes and pastries with breakfast and lunch deals to suit you.

Students' Union Bar

Serving as a social hub for students, the SU Bar offers a packed menu of quality food, from full English breakfasts through to tasty salads and heart-warming main meals. The SU Bar also hosts popular evening events like pub quizzes and karaoke, as well as screening all of the biggest sporting events.

The Kitchen

The Kitchen is fitted just like your kitchen at home and designed for those in a hurry, with a great range of food and drink to take away throughout the day.

Top Bar

Top Bar has a wide range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks as well as a pool table and darts board. Top Bar is a laidback place to enjoy a drink, catch up with friends or study.

Union

Our exclusive speciality coffee outlet brings you the best in ethically sourced and locally roasted coffee beans all served by our own baristas.

Wivenhoe House Hotel restaurant

A winning combination of classic dishes and modern cuisine in the Wivenhoe House Hotel Brasserie and bar.

Zest Fresh

Zest fresh is a vibrant and stylish café with touch-down internet facilities and an adjoining learning space, the Orangery.

Southend and Loughton food outlets

Food and drink at Loughton Campus

We have recently redeveloped our food and drinks services at Loughton with newly refurbished facilities at Hatfields and Rodings.

Food and drink at Southend Campus

Our modern accommodation in Southend provides excellent self-catering facilities and there are lots of shops in the town centre to pick up ingredients.

Delivered catering and events

Catering for conferences and events

Essex Food provides catering for the many conferences and events which take place at the University of Essex.

Catering for meetings

Essex Food supply catering to internal meetings at our Colchester Campus both during the day and in the evening.

Special diets

Catering for special diets

Our Special Diets Focus Group is working hard to improve and expand menus and food available to customers with special dietary requirements which relate to both health concerns and religion and lifestyle choice.