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. There's something on the menu for everyone:

  • Huge variety of food and drink options at our 11 outlets
  • Daytime or evening, you’ll find an outlet open, seven days a week
  • Regular offers and promotions
  • Options to suit all budgets
  • All dietary needs catered for
  • Plant-forward, options in all of our outlets
  • A range of different cultural cuisines

Opening times

Summer term opening hours

  • Buffalo Joe's: 11.30am - 8.00pm, Monday to Friday and 12.00pm - 6.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 
  • Canteen: 8.00am - 11.30am for breakfast/brunch,12.00pm - 3.00pm for lunch/dinner, Monday to Friday
  • Crumbs: 8am - 5pm, Monday to Friday and 9am - 4pm, Saturday and Sunday
  • Zest fresh: Closed for the Summer Term
  • Cantina: Closed for the Summer Term
  • Lakeside Theatre Café: Closed for the Summer Term
  • Street Food Huts: Closed for the Summer Term
  • Fusion Grill: Closed for the Summer Term
  • Blues: Closed for the Summer Term
  • Bytes: Closed for the Summer Term
  • Bonds: Closed for the Summer Term

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Cashless payments only

Currently, Essex Food are not accepting cash payments in outlets. Please pay by card or contactless payment method. Alternatively, download the Essex Food Rewards app to pay and collect loyalty points on every purchase by choosing loyalty and cashless payment when you set up your account.

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.

  • Sustainable Food policy .(pdf) -  Essex Food recognises its responsibility to provide a choice of food options, including healthy, sustainable and fairly-traded food.
  • Allergen policy - 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. The policy includes the UK Food Information Amendment, known as Natasha's Law, which came into effect on the 1 October 2021.

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.

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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