We offer a Market Place offering a range of food-to-go, cooking kit, grocery items and inspiring food books open all day and a Pay-on-Entry Lunch service. Our entrance near the Students’ Union is now closed so please walk around towards Park House/back of Library to find your way to us!
Pay-on-Entry Lunch runs from 11.30am to 2.30pm. All guests passing the till line are required to pay and we operate a strict policy that no food may be taken out of the Dining Room unless you have purchased a takeaway only option.
You can find hot Breakfast and Dinner at either Park House next door or at Park Eat near Windsor Hall.
This service is currently suspended and customers with Coffee Subscriptions can use Eat at the Square Coffee Bar free of charge.
The Sustain It bottle contains a RFID chip that allows you to pre-pay for drinks, choosing from different payment options as outlined below. The bottle is designed to pair up with our Coca-Cola Freestyle machines, offering well over 100 varieties and customisable mixes – the majority being zero and low calorie options.
Our Market Place at The Square sells a range of ethical and sustainable goods including food items, drinks and everyday essentials as well as food-to-go, Cooking Kit and Inspiring books to unleash your inner Chef!
As part of our commitment to sustainability, bring along your containers and use our refillable service with our range of loose foods, including lentils, rice, and pasta.
We also stock a range of Suma items, delivering vegetarian, natural, responsibly sourced products to our community.
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Our allergen information is displayed above every servery counter. If you would like more information on allergens, ask our staff. We’re happy to help.
We are open to all students, staff, and visitors.
We are committed to delivering environmentally sustainable activities.
All our eggs are from Nathan, a former student of ours. He is located on Beechwood farm only 13 miles away from the University.
Most of our meat, veg, fruit and dairy are sourced from the UK.
All of our tea, coffee and bananas are Fairtrade.
Often you can – we serve smaller portions to help prevent food waste and encourage you to ask for more if you feel portions are too small. Exceptions to this are generally items that are sold by the item such as a Burger, a piece of fruit, pre-made sandwich, a Chicken Kiev etcetera or sold by weight or by container size. Our team are happy to advise you.
We definitely do! Have a look at the Clever Cuisine Nutrition page and also our Wellness Portal to see all the great things we do. Cooking from scratch gives us the ability to leave out various nasty ingredients. If after looking at our pages you feel we aren't offering anything healthy, please request a face to face meeting letting us know what you want to talk about (the more detail the better) and we’ll send the most appropriate and senior member of the team to talk to you. We are always happy to work with you to ensure you eat how you want to.
Many of the food items we sell take several hours to cook, some up to 24 hours, and as they don’t come out of a packet, this does mean we run out of certain dishes. Our team use their knowledge of what sells, and what doesn’t sell, to try to get the numbers correct but this doesn’t always work. While it is annoying when things run out, it is also a good thing we don't have packets of highly processed food in the freezer....
This is a myth. We cook our food from scratch each day from the freshest ingredients we have available to us and are reducing the number of deep fat fryers across our sites, using seasonal ingredients and avoiding processed foods, bases, pastes, preservatives etcetera. Our teams don’t like fryers as they are unpleasant to use and make you smell, so we keep frying to a minimum. Park Eat, Eat at the Square, Wantage and St. Patrick's are all working on phasing out fryers, so are focussed on oven baking items. Our Wellness Portal displays the nutritional value of the majority of items we serve.
All chicken and lamb we cook with is Halal and is slaughtered in a humane manner that is approved by the RSPCA. Beef is not currently certified as Halal as it comes from our own farm and our local butcher isn't certified Halal. At Bars and Dining locations, our food is labelled on counters indicating whether or not it is suitable for a Halal diet. Park Eat, Wantage, Eat at the Square and St. Patrick's can cater for a Halal diet with a wide range of choice. At Park House and The Dairy, only vegetarian and vegan dishes are suitable for Halal diets.
Please ask to speak to a member of our team who’ll be able to help you. We cook from scratch in kitchens handling multiple allergens so there is a risk of cross-contamination so those with severe allergies should ask before eating. If you are on a Clever Cuisine Eating Plan please book a time to see our Head Chef so we can tailor our services to you. You are also welcome to ask our staff to change their gloves or wash their hands before serving you due to your allergies.
All our sites handle ingredients are or contain nuts as our kitchens co-produce for each other. For example, we'll make Chocolate Cake at one kitchen for all our kitchens to use. If you have a nut allergy please contact us as we are often still able to cater for many individuals with nut allergies.
We love all feedback as it helps us improve our services. Please provide as much detail as possible, including where and when, as it really helps us. All our team members will give you their name if requested. Certain staff in some areas may only give you first name and initial for privacy reasons. Feel free to drop us an email email@example.com , or we have feedback forms on our outlet pages.
We absolutely love all feedback regardless of what it is as it helps us improve our services