Met Food: Cafes on campus

There are exciting times ahead for food on campus, and we’d like to let you know what we are up to. Previously our catering services had been provided by Chartwells, part of the Compass group. Chartwells finished with us on 30 June 2021 and we are embarking on a short term contract for up to two years with an exciting new provider. We are now pleased to announce that this provider is Gather & Gather. More details to come on how they will be making our food on campus fresh, tasty and affordable.

Our Catering Working Group, made up of staff and students, has been meeting since April 2021 to discuss our needs and you can complete our survey to give your opinions on our catering needs

We want to do something different. We want to review our facilities and make positive changes to improve the service for students, staff and visitors. We also want to consider the changes COVID has made to all our lives, and how it has affected our eating habits. We will be running a reduced service in the autumn term at selected outlets.

The Junction is now open at Holloway Road (1st Floor Tower Building) serving great coffee, bakery, light bites and grab & go sandwiches and salads. We have given the place a bit of a makeover and we hope you like it. We also have some great pop up food experiences in the courtyard every day during the first few weeks of the autumn term and on Tuesdays and Thursdays thereafter. Come and try out some new flavours and let us know what you think. The Junction will be open 8am to 3pm Monday to Friday (subject to change).

The Atrium café at Aldgate is now open serving great coffee, bakery, light bites and grab & go. The café will be open 9am to 2pm Monday – Friday (subject to change).

During 2022 and 2023, working with Gather & Gather, we plan to further develop menus, flavours and styles of service to create a new catering strategy that will take us into a new long term contract tender. We need your input and feedback to make this work. Fill in the survey, or contact Elizabeth McGowan, Head of Events, Hospitality & Business Services about joining the Catering Working Group (

Previously our contract caterer Chartwells provided a hospitality service for staff meetings and university events. As previously communicated we do not intend to provide a hospitality service for the Autumn term. We will however still be able to cater for larger events, provided enough notice is given. If you have an event that requires catering please contact The Hospitality service will resume in a new form in January 2022. if you are someone who uses it please consider joining the Catering Working Group and shape its future!


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