Met Food: Cafes on campus

 *Please note, there is no food provision on campus over Summer 2021.

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 2 years with an exciting new provider. An announcement will be made on this shortly.

In the meantime, 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.

From the autumn term, we will be running ‘pop up’ catering at Holloway Road and Aldgate. This will mean that we get to bring in lots of exciting local food operators, to brighten up our campus and tempt our taste buds with new things. We really want to know what you think of the different menus. Feedback is essential so we can do more of what you love, and ditch what you don’t. We’ll also be working closely with our new catering provider in overseeing the pop-ups, ensuring that exciting flavours are also easy on the pocket.

During the autumn term, we may not open all the traditional outlets. We will be reviewing the outlet locations, the equipment we own, and the ways in which the service has always been delivered. We will be putting together the successes from the ‘pop up’ outlets to bring you new menus and a revitalised service from January 2022.

During 2022 and 2023, working with our new provider, 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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