A bakery serving fresh bread, cakes and pastries, a Papa John’s pizza outlet delivering late into the night, a live 'theatre station' with chefs cooking food to order, Jamie Oliver's 'Deli Van', new and extended coffee bars and revamped retail stores... these are just some of the exciting new food options coming to the University of East London next term.
Catering services across the UEL’s campus are undergoing an extensive makeover this summer as new high street brands are added, menus are overhauled and food outlets are replaced, rebuilt, refitted and relocated.
The emphasis will be on choice, variety and quality, with menus catering for all tastes and dietary requirements and outlets operating longer opening times.
The University hopes the changes will improve the student experience even more just months after UEL was named by Times Higher Education as the UK’s most improved university
over the past decade for the quality of the student experience.
Here’s what to expect when you’re feeling peckish this autumn...
• The Edge restaurant will be transformed into a 'food court emporium', offering home comfort meals, rotating ‘guest food’ concepts, a fruit and salad bar, jacket potatoes, freshly made soup, a bakery section and a live 'theatre station' with chefs cooking food to order.
• A new Papa John's pizza outlet will open in the Edge restaurant, with takeaway or eat-in options. They will also deliver to the residences and Underground Bar. The good news for students is that opening hours will be 11am to midnight on weekdays and 12 noon-10pm at weekends.
• The Underground Bar is getting a revamp soon and contractors will meet with Students’ Union representatives to discuss ideas.
• Munch in SportsDock will start to serve Grumpy Mule Coffee as well as street food and a healthy takeaway option.
• The Origins café in Knowledge Dock is to start serving 53°5 Degrees Triple Fairtrade coffee to appeal to ethical consumers, as well as a hot deli.
• A new-look grocery store will replace the John Smith's shop in the East Building.
• Starbucks will be extended to include dedicated seating and a wider food range.
• Oscars – currently the home of the summer street food service in the corner of the square – will become a local bakery, selling fresh breads, croissants, muffins, cakes and savour pastries.
• Costa will remain on campus in its current location - although it’s still possible that it may relocate to the Oscars site in the future.
• The Green restaurant in Stratford will add a new 'grab and go' salad unit to the Subway outlet and everything else that’s already offered.
• The Buzz café will serve Starbucks coffee and add a hot food-to-go deli as well as a range of grab-and-go foods.
• The Origins café, like its namesake in Docklands, will provide Triple Fairtrade coffee and a hot deli to go.
• Costa will move into the entire space soon to be vacated by John Smiths in the reception area, with dedicated seating and extended opening hours. There will also be a retail area selling groceries, snacks, confectionary and newspapers.
• There will be new street food outlets in the quad – and Stratford will be the first university campus to host Jamie Oliver's Deli Van.
University Square Stratford:
• The existing Starbucks will have a new look and feel, with a wider choice of cold snacks and a new option of hot-food-to-go.