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The Square

The Square marketplace with fruit and vegetable stall

SERVICE UPDATE 1st October 2020: We have temporarily transferred our hot food services to Park House and is just across the patio, next door and will be open from 8am – 8pm weekdays for food and 10am – 10pm for drinks. All Clever Cuisine Plans are accepted at Park House. The Coffee Shop and Market Place at Eat at the Square remains open and will provide Barista Coffee free of charge for any customers with a Coffee Subscription.

Located in the centre of the Whiteknights campus, The Square offers a variety of freshly prepared hot and cold meals from the three servery counters, and a coffee shop area serving barista-made beverages and snacks.


Food and Drink

Breakfast

Our counter services are currently suspended and Breakfast is currently being offered next door from Park House

Lunch & Dinner

Serveries

Our counter services are currently suspended and Lunch is currently being offered next door from Park House

Grab & Go

We have a range of Grab & Go options freshly prepared each morning, including sandwiches, baguettes, salads, fruit pots, pasta pots, and other deserts.

Photo of chop sticks picking up stir-fry

Coffee Shop

We serve a range of specialty teas and barista style coffees at The Square.

Our Roastology provides ethical and sustainable coffee, with every lot of beans fully traceable providing direct trade with the growers. We have a range of loose leaf tea from Brew Tea Co, which is also available to buy and take home from our Market Place.

Self-service coffee

This service is currently suspended and customers with Coffee Subscriptions can use Eat at the Square Coffee Bar free of charge.

Freestyle location

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.

A photo of a student with a Sustain It bottle

Market Place

Our Market Place at The Square sells a range of ethical and sustainable goods including food items, drinks and everyday essentials.

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.

Good To Know

Allergens

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.

Come on in

We are open to all students, staff, and visitors.

Sustainability

We are committed to delivering environmentally sustainable activities.

Nathan's eggs

All our eggs are from Nathan, a former student of ours. He is located on Beechwood farm only 13 miles away from the University.

Locally sourced

Most of our meat, veg, fruit and dairy are sourced from the UK.

Fairtrade

All of our tea, coffee and bananas are Fairtrade.

FAQs

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....

If you have missed something you really wanted to eat, please drop us an email.

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. Please ask the team for more information on Halal options. 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.

UPDATED 2 July 2020 - For the 2020/21 Academic Year all of our sites will be handling ingredients are or contain nuts as our kitchens will be co-producing for each other. This is to ease pressure caused by staff being unable to work across multiple kitchens to allow us to keep teams separate to reduce the risk of one person causing multiple staff to become ill. For example, we'll make Chocolate Cake at one kitchen for all our kitchens to use.

We will review this when Social Distancing is no longer deemed as required.

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 clevercuisine@reading.ac.uk , or we have feedback forms on our outlet pages.

Our Other Dining

Opening Times

Term Time Current Period

21 Sep 2020 – 11 Dec 2020
Monday: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Friday: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Out of Term Time

12 Dec 2020 – 10 Jan 2021
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Get In Touch

We absolutely love all feedback regardless of what it is as it helps us improve our services

clevercuisine@reading.ac.uk