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.  

View the full weeks' menu

Venue Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Buffalo Joe's Six chicken nuggets and Fries Veggie Falafel burger and house slaw 4oz classic burger with house fries 3 Crispy coated tender strips with house salad 4oz cheese burger and fries
Canteen 5 item Breakfast Hash brown, tomato, fried egg, baked beans, sausage (veggie available) 5 item Breakfast Hash brown, tomato, fried egg, baked beans, sausage (veggie available) 5 item Breakfast Hash brown, tomato, fried egg, baked beans, sausage (veggie available) 5 item Breakfast Hash brown, tomato, fried egg, baked beans, sausage (veggie available) 5 item Breakfast Hash brown, tomato, fried egg, baked beans, sausage (veggie available)
Roost Roast chicken leg, mash and peas Macaroni cheese and garlic bread Spiced chickpea burger, side salad Macaroni cheese and garlic bread Roast chicken leg, chips and peas
Zest fresh 6” Sub of the day Cheese and Tomato on Italian white 6”Sub of the day Turkey breast on Italian white 6”Sub of the day Falafel patty On wholemeal 6”Sub of the day Simply ham on Italian white 6”Sub of the day Tuna mayo on wholemeal
Stem and Root Hot Jacket of the day Five Bean chilli Hot Jacket of the day Cheesy beans Hot Jacket of the day Curried chickpeas Hot Jacket of the day Vegan meatballs Hot Jacket of the day Cheesy beans
Cantina Crispy chicken burrito filled with Mexican rice, black beans, Monterey Jack and sour cream Tinga BBQ Pulled pork loaded nachos with Monterey Jack, sour cream, zingy red cabbage, salsa, and coriander Volcano beef burrito12” with sliced red peppers, mixed chilies, onions, and kidney beans Three Bean Chilli loaded nachos with Monterey Jack, sour cream, zingy red cabbage, salsa, and coriander Vegan nacho bowl with fajita cauliflower bites, cheeze and coconut soya yoghurt.
Fusion Grill Vegan Pad Thai Berliner Currywurst Fusion veggie burger Bali mee goreng fried noodles Classic bacon and cheese loaded fries

Opening times 

Until Sunday 18 December 2022  

  • Bonds 8.30am 4.00pm, Monday to Friday
  • Buffalo Joe's 12pm - 10.00pm, 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 12pm - 9pm, Monday to Friday 
  • Fusion Grill 12pm - 9pm, Monday to Friday
  • Lakeside Theatre Café 8.30am - 3.30pm, 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 - 3.30pm, Monday to Friday 
  • Zest fresh 10am - 3pm, Monday to Friday

 

Christmas and New Year opening times

Please see the attached document for all outlets and their opening hours of the festive period.

Essex Food Meal Plans - coming soon! 

New for  the academic year 2023/2024 - Our Essex Food meal plan provision is ideal if you wish to enjoy tasty, fresh and high-quality meals without the worry of shopping, cooking or washing up

Our meal plans will be available to all students living in campus accommodation and can be purchased either by term or annually (3 terms), A Special PG deal for the whole year will also be available.

This will include the provision of breakfast and dinner

Our plans will offer exceptional value for money, providing a wide variety of high quality freshly prepared food for all our residential students.

Plans will be available from either five day or seven day meal plans and, you can expect a discount of up to a whopping 25%.

Purchase an annual meal package and receive an additional 5% of the purchase price.

With lots of different outlets on campus there's plenty of options for everybody. 

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 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