Food and drink at Colchester Campus

You won’t go hungry at Essex - we offer a wide choice of cafés, restaurants and bars cafés, restaurants and bars cafés, restaurants and bars cafés, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes, budgets and needs.

Our Colchester Campus is a compact ‘high street’ with 17 busy restaurants, cafes and food outlets located in Squares 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 at the heart of campus. Wivenhoe House Hotel restaurant can be found Up the hill from the lakes, next to the Constable building. Bonds can be found on the North side of campus in our Essex Business School.

Why we are special

  • Huge variety of food and drink options
  • Daytime or evening, you’ll find an outlet open, seven days a week
  • Regular offers and promotions
  • Options to suit all budgets
  • Food available to those with special dietary needs

Ethics Food

Ethics Food, we care…

...about your health and wellbeing         

“Essex Food are committed to supporting your health and wellbeing. We will ensure that all our menus include healthy choices and specialist dietary requirements. We will prioritise the use of fresh, seasonal and nutritional produce, which will be prepared daily by our team of chefs.”

… about your education                                                 

“Essex Food are committed to providing you with the knowledge to make informed choices. We will provide important dietary details on all menus and packaging labels, giving you essential nutritional and food provenance information.”

…about your planet                                       

“Essex Food are committed to helping protect the planet to ensure a sustainable future. We are working to eradicate the use of plastic, the reduction of food waste and food miles, with the use of local suppliers and efficient use of resources. “

…about your opinion                                    

Essex Food are committed to understanding their customers. We value feedback and will seek to engage with you through regular focus groups, customer surveys, and individual interactions. Our staff are always available to receive your opinion and discuss your ideas."

Hospitality Assured accreditation

We were proud to have been awarded with the prestigious Hospitality Assured accreditation in 2011, which is the quality standard created by the Institute of Hospitality specifically for customer facing businesses.

Our policies

We regularly assess our policies to ensure the highest food and service standards to University of Essex customers.

  • Fairtrade policy (.pdf) Essex Food aims to fulfil and maintain the goals of a Fairtrade University as set out by the Fairtrade Foundation.
  • Sustainable food policy (.pdf) Essex Food recognises its responsibility to provide a choice of food options, including healthy and sustainable food.
  • Allergen policy. (.pdf) Essex Food is committed to reducing the risk to staff, students and visitors with regard to the provision of food and the consumption of allergens in food.

Opening hours

Service providers

The University’s Essex Food team Essex Food team Essex Food team Essex Food team and the Students’ Union operate our busy restaurants, bars, cafes and food outlets across our three campuses. Although separate organisations, Essex Food and the Students' Union share the same goal to provide you with a wide range of high quality food within their outlets.

Keep It On Campus

Keep It On Campus is an initiative designed to encourage students and staff to use the services available on campus. Whenever you see the Keep It On Campus stamp, you are about to buy a product or use a service which is owned by the University. This means every time you use a product or service which has the KIOC stamp, all profits generated are used to support and reinvest in the University.

Contact us
Contact us
Delivered catering enquiries  University of Essex Campus Services Ltd
Event Essex Office 5N.5.6
Telephone: 01206 872385
Essex Food outlet enquiries University of Essex Campus Services Ltd
Essex Food Office, Room 5N.5.6
Telephone: 01206 872136