Food and drink at Colchester Campus

You'll never run out of choice for food and drink on campus - we have something for everyone.

£2 Daily Hot Meal

To make sure all our staff and students have access to affordable hot food options, seven of our Essex Food outlets provide a hot meal each day for only £2.

The dish of the day will be advertised in-outlet. A sample menu can also be found below and on each of the participating outlet webpages.

*Menus are subject to change but we will always make sure there is something for everyone. If you have any questions about our menus please ask a member of staff in our participating outlets. 

New sample menus for the Spring term 2023

Monday

Venue Meal
Bonds  Cheddar cheese toastie
Buffalo Joe's  Jumbo hot dog with curry ketchup
Canteen 5 item Breakfast - egg, hash brown, baked beans, toast and sausage (veggie available)
Cantina Jerk chicken, Mexican rice and bean burrito 
Fusion Grill Vegan meatball pasta with salad 
Roost Macaroni cheese and garlic bread 
Stem and Root Jacket potato with three bean chilli 
Zest Fresh 6” sub with cheese and tomato

Tuesday

Venue Meal
Bonds Jacket potato with three bean chilli  
Buffalo Joe's Hamburger with ketchup, pickles and onions
Canteen 5 item Breakfast - egg, hash brown, baked beans, toast and sausage (veggie available)
Cantina Black bean and vegetable burrito 
Fusion Grill Bacon and cheese loaded fries
Roost Chicken breast burger with lemon and herb mayo and lettuce
Stem and Root Jacket potato with fennel and carrot slaw and dill yoghurt
Zest Fresh 6” sub with turkey mayo

Wednesday

Venue Meal
Bonds Ham and cheese toastie 
Buffalo Joe's Crispy sweet-chilli chicken wrap
Canteen 5 item Breakfast - egg, hash brown, baked beans, toast and sausage (veggie available)
Cantina Vegetable and Peri-Peri pulled chicken burrito
Fusion Grill Roasted vegetable chimichurri loaded fries
Roost Pesto pasta and vegan parmesan
Stem and Root Jacket potato with lentil dal
Zest fresh 6” sub with falafel and mint yoghurt

Thursday

Venue Meal
Bonds Tuna mayo toastie 
Buffalo Joe's Cheeseburger with BBQ sauce
Canteen 5 item Breakfast - egg, hash brown, baked beans, toast and sausage (veggie available)
Cantina Fajita vegetable and Mexican bean burrito
Fusion Grill Roti with chickpea chana dal
Roost Crispy chicken wrap with peri-peri mayo
Stem and Root Jacket potato with chickpea curry
Zest fresh 6” sub with ham salad

Friday

Venue Meal
Bonds Jacket potato with chickpea curry 
Buffalo Joe's Crispy chicken burger with lettuce and mayo
Canteen 5 item Breakfast - egg, hash brown, baked beans, toast and sausage (veggie available)
Cantina Mexican rice, vegetable and tomato salsa burrito
Fusion Grill Roasted vegetable pasta with salad
Roost Roast chicken thigh and Caesar salad
Stem and Root Jacket potato with cottage cheese and chives
Zest fresh 6” sub with tuna mayo

Saturday

Venue Meal
Buffalo Joe's Beetroot falafel bites with salad 

Sunday

Venue Meal
Buffalo Joe's Vegan dipper wrap with spicy tomato salsa

Opening times from 16 January 2023 

All outlets  

  • Bonds 8.30am 4.00pm, Monday to Friday
  • Buffalo Joe's 12pm - 10pm, Monday to Sunday
  • Canteen breakfast 8am - 11am, Monday to Friday 
  • Cantina 11am - 8pm, Monday to Friday
  • Crumbs 7.30am - 6.00pm, Monday to Friday and 9am - 4pm, Saturday and Sunday
  • FUNc 10am - 9pm, Monday to Friday 
  • Fusion Grill 12pm - 9pm, Monday to Friday (Six Nations 2023 weekend opening hours - see Fusion Grill webpage for more details)
  • Lakeside Theatre Café 8.30am - 4.00pm, Monday to Friday
  • Roost at Canteen 12pm - 8pm, Monday to Friday 
  • Sports Pavilion 12pm - 4pm, Wednesdays and 10am - 2pm, Saturday and Sunday 
  • Stem and Root 8.30am - 4.00pm, Monday to Friday 
  • Street Food Huts 11am - 3pm, Monday to Friday
  • Street Food Pizza Hut 11am - 9pm, Monday to Friday
  • Zest fresh 10am - 5pm, Monday to Friday

 

Earn while you eat!

With the Essex Food Upay app you can earn rewards while you eat and drink. Scan the Upay app every time you buy a hot drink or selected meal deal from our Essex Food outlets - buy 5 and the 6th is FREE! (Full terms and conditions apply)

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Plus, bring your reusable cup and SAVE 25p on any hot drink in our outlets.

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Cashless payments only

Essex Food do not accept cash payments in outlets. Please pay by card or contactless payment method. Alternatively, download the Essex Food Rewards app to pay and collect rewards. Choose 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 6.314
Telephone: 01206 872385
Essex Food outlet enquiries University of Essex Campus Services Ltd
Essex Food Office, Room 5N.5.6
Telephone: 01206 872136