Newly formed Leeds University Union society Food4Change are launching the Worth my Earth campaign in collaboration with Great Food At Leeds. 

During exam season, it’s easy to fall off track with eating healthily when you’re busy revising and feeling stressed. The Worth my Earth campaign and Food4Change society have designed resources to help you make small changes that can boost your brain for optimal function during your exams. Nutrient sources posters can help you understand where you can get meat-free sources of Iron and Protein to contribute to a healthy balanced diet.

Explore the Worth my Earth website for more tips and advice on eating a healthy balanced diet during exam season.

Follow LUU Food4Change on Instagram for quick tips and recipe inspiration, or get involved with the society yourself!

Great Food at Leeds is proud to have been awarded the ‘Food for the Brain’ Nutritional Accreditation for the 6th year in a row. Find out more about Food for the Brain.

Enjoy the finest Yorkshire grub each day at the Specials Counter in The Refectory, from 30/04/2018 – 06/05/2018.

Here at Great Food at Leeds we know that buying local produce means that we can cut down our food miles, bringing you fresher food that tastes better and is more nutritious. Win-win!

We’ve decided to celebrate this Tour de Yorkshire-style, showcasing the local suppliers through a Yorkshire themed menu, each day’s line-up inspired by the route the tour takes through the region.


Find out more about the Refectory.

Great Food at Leeds (GFAL) is delighted to announce that it has received the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s highest accolade, a three star ‘Food Made Good’ sustainability rating. The team achieved an overall score of 70% over three main categories; Sourcing, Society and Environment.

GFAL scored exceptionally highly in the following areas:

  • Supporting the community through volunteering time, raising money, donating surplus food, and working with the local community to make a difference.
  • Monitoring and reducing food waste.
  • Treating customers and staff fairly.
  • Supporting farmers to keep supply chains healthy and predictable.

Beverley Kenny MBE, Deputy Director of Commercial Services, saidReceiving the highest rating at the first attempt is a fantastic achievement. It is a reflection of the commitment of the entire team and the hard work they do every day, ensuring the catering service supports the sustainable aims and objectives of the University. We look forward to using the feedback from the Sustainable Restaurant Association report to guide improvements in sustainability across our catering outlets”.

Find out more about the Sustainable Restaurant Association

Great Food at Leeds has helped the University of Leeds rise to third place in the UK in a major survey that asks students about their experience while studying. The University also scored highly for its campus environment, facilities and extra-curricular activities.

The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey goes beyond the usual measures to ask students about the details of university life that matter to them the most.

Simon Wood, our Head of Food Development, has been identified as one of the key influencers to the happy student experience at Leeds. Linking up with groups around the University he runs food demonstrations, which give students a chance to socialise and to taste homemade food. He also designs and develops the food for the student experience on campus, taking account of feedback from students and current food trends. Simon’s passion for food, cooking, and the University, where he’s worked for 21 years, is obvious.

Simon said: “I hope that I can inspire students to give cooking a go if they’ve not tried it much before. I get so much satisfaction from this job, I consider myself very lucky.”

Open to everyone, food demonstrations particularly provide support to international students. Felisha Chong signed up to a food demonstration run by the International Student Office in partnership with the Business Confucius Institute and Great Food at Leeds to celebrate Chinese New Year – which had sold out and had a waiting list of 70 people.

In the first year of a BSc in Sustainability and Environmental Management, she wanted to understand more about the University and to meet new people. She said: “Student support at Leeds is really good. Taking part in events like food demonstrations is fun and a good way to feel a part of what is happening at Leeds.”

Read more about the Times Higher Education Student Survey and why students voted the University in the top three in the UK, and lookout for our upcoming food demonstrations on our Facebook and Twitter channels.

The Refectory will be open on the following dates over the Easter break.

  • Mon 19 – Fri 23 March 8.00 – 14.00 Saturday & Sunday Closed
  • Mon 26 – Wed 28 March 8.00 – 14.00 , Thur 29 March 8.00-11.30
  • Friday 30 March – Tuesday 3 April University Closed
  • Wed 4 – Fri 6 April  8.00 – 14.00  Saturday & Sunday Closed
  • Mon  9 – Fri 13 April 8.00 – 14.00  & Sat 14 – Sun 15 April 10.00-14.00

Please see all of our Easter opening times here.

Meal Plan Cards

If you are a Meal Plan student please be aware that you won’t be able to use your card from Fri 16 March – Fri 13 April, resuming at 10am on Saturday 14 April.

From all of us at Great Food at Leeds, have a safe and great Easter break!

This month we  invited customers across the university to sample some of the new dishes from our Deli(very) refreshed menu. Over 30 people, including past and present Deli(very) customers, attended the food tasting session and had the opportunity to sample some of the new dishes from the refreshed menu, together with some exciting new cakes and tray-bakes!

The new menus have been expertly developed by Simon Wood, Head of Food Development for Great Food at Leeds, taking into consideration the feedback received by customers. Simon said:  Vegan options from Deli(very) have become so popular that we now have a brand new Vegan menu to make it easier than ever for customers to cater for their guests”.

“Standing still is not an option for Deli(very), it is all about changing to the demands of the Customer”

Anthony Lowe, Conference and Events Manager, also said: “Holding tasting events is a great way for our customers to try ranges before they buy, as well as being able to chat with staff face to face.  The event was a real success and the feedback received has resulted in the new menus being amended to reflect the opinions of our customers. Standing still is not an option for Deli(very), it is all about changing to the demands of the Customer!”

The new Yorkshire, International and Vegan menus will be launched after Easter and available to order online from 5th April. You can also keep up to date with Deli(very) by subscribing to the mailing list.

Last updated 08/03/2018: Café 6 & Physics temporarily closed, we hope to reopen as soon as conditions improve! Please use our nearest cafes, Pure and Cafe 7 located in the Worsley building.

Hugo is closed until after the Easter break, please see our Easter Opening hours for full details.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 runs from 26 February to 11 March 2018, and this year it is focused on supporting the farmers and workers who grow our food.

As part of this commitment The University of Leeds hold a bi-annual Fairtrade & Craft Fair, with stalls operated by Fairtrade approved groups, staff, and local companies. The stallholders attending the Fair will be offering a wide spectrum of Fairtrade and Homemade Crafts, perfect for gifts or a treat for yourself!

Great Food at Leeds will be there with competitions, refreshments and cakes made from the finest ingredients by our expert chefs, as well as information on how the University contributes to Fairtrade and our commitment to ethically sourced ingredients.

Ketra Kyosiimire, who is partner in a coffee cooperative in Uganda, will give a presentation about how Fairtrade helps farmers and communities at 12:30 in the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery. 

Ketra will show the history of how her group came to become Fairtrade certified, what life was like before and the differences it has made to the lives of the community. This is open to everyone so please feel free to come along!

At Great Food at Leeds (GFAL), we recognise our responsibility to ensuring that we carry out our food business in an environmentally and socially responsible way.

As a university caterer we also recognise the influence and impact that we have on all aspects of our business, from suppliers, manufacturing, production and service. That’s why we continue to embed a sustainable approach into everything we do working with the University’s Sustainability service.

Our Pledge

Packaging plays a huge role in our business and with this in mind, we wanted to let you know about a number of initiatives we are currently working on to try and reduce plastic waste:

  • We are committed to removing all plastic disposable items including straws and cutlery from our outlets across campus with immediate effect.
  • We are committed to furthering our Keep Cup campaign which is seeking to reduce the use of disposable cups.
  • We will introduce a further discount on all hot drinks bought with a keep cup to 20p from 10p to encourage their use.
  • Working with Sustainability service at the University of Leeds and the Estates services to investigate putting in water fountains across campus
  • Continue to increase visibility of reusable water bottles through retail outlets

In 2018 Great Food at Leeds will:

  • Offer a pick and mix option in Meal Deals, so customers can swap a plastic bottle drink for another item
  • The university will be introducing compostable cups in all of its own outlets across campus by August 2018
  • Improve messaging around waste separation in café outlets.

Our aspirations for the future

  • Critically review all retail packaging to eliminate plastic and non –recyclable products.
  • Working with our stakeholders and partners to Introduce innovative ways to reduce plastic bottle usage

Throughout the year we’ll keep you updated with our progress on our website and social channels.

Beverley Kenny MBE
Deputy Director of Commercial Services

Here at Great Food at Leeds we’re passionate about making a difference to the environment and to our community, and we hope to encourage our customers to do so too!

We work closely with our sustainability colleagues on a variety of different initiatives – we sell Fairtrade products across our outlets and support local suppliers, sourcing 70% of our food from within 60 miles of the University. We’re also working hard to battle waste on campus by promoting KeepCups in all our outlets, encouraging our customers to use reusable cups and rewarding them with 10p off any hot drink when they do.

In addition, last year we introduced the Too Good To Go initiative at The Refectory and in the Business School Café. Helping to reduce food waste by offering surplus food at a cheaper cost, the concept has saved over 2 million meals so far – that’s the equivalent to avoiding 3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, the same as the energy required to power 324 homes for an entire year!

The founders of the Too Good To Go scheme are University of Leeds alumni, so we thought it was only right to get in touch with the team to find out a little bit more about them and how the idea started…

Where did the initial idea for Too Good To Go come from?

Chris and Jamie (Too Good to Go founders, pictured below) met when they shared a flat in Henry Price halls at the University of Leeds in 2010. In 2013 they first became truly aware of the food waste problem when they were catering for an event. Chris went on to set up Too Good To Go in 2015 after graduating with a masters in international business at Leeds with the help of Spark – the University Careers Centre’s dedicated team who support starting up and running a business.

“The fact that the University of Leeds catering outlets have now joined the food waste revolution is a source of great pride for the two co-founders”

After launching the site and getting going, Chris and Jamie met a few Danish guys who were wanting to address the same issue in Scandinavia. From sharing the same passion for addressing this global issue they joined forces and created the app that we see today!

“The app was founded with a mission to place the lost value back onto food as something that should be eaten and not thrown away”

What started out as a solution to tackling food waste in the hospitality industry has developed into a platform to significantly reduce food waste in retail and restaurants too, with over 1,000 businesses having saved food through Too Good To Go in its first year.

Then where did it go from there?

Chris and the team launched the Too Good To Go app in Leeds in June 2016. Two months later they launched in London and since then the project continued to gather momentum – it is now active in six countries with almost 2.5 million users combining to rescue over 2 million meals from heading to landfill.

“We’re trying to use Too Good To Go as a vehicle to catalyse public discussion on the subject of food waste”

The app was founded with a mission to place the lost value back onto food as something that should be eaten and not thrown away. It’s a response to the harrowing fact that as a global society, we carelessly throw away over one-third of the food we produce at the same time as watching one billion people go to bed hungry every night. We’re trying to highlight that food is food – our most valuable resource of energy – and not a mere consumer commodity.

We’re trying to use Too Good To Go as a vehicle to catalyse public discussion on the subject of food waste. Whilst the Too Good To Go app encourages users to consume ‘waste’ with the goal of getting the message across that in a lot of cases, what we perceive to be waste isn’t actually waste at all, it’s perfectly good food that just gets thrown in the bin because there’s nobody around to eat it.

“Food waste is a global epidemic, and if we can help to raise awareness of that then we’ve achieved something”

What does it mean to To Good To Go to have the University of Leeds on-board?

Having met in Leeds and lived there for a number of years together, it was always Chris and Jamie’s goal to be able to give something back to the community – not just the students but to the locals too. The fact that the University of Leeds catering outlets have now joined the food waste revolution is a source of great pride for the two co-founders who reflect upon their time at Leeds with great fondness! Add to that the support that Too Good To Go has received from Spark, and there is great reason to see Leeds as their spiritual home.

Where do you hope Too Good To Go will go from here?

Having so recently launched in the UK we’re currently focusing on tackling restaurant food wastage here. However, we are getting emails every day from people as far out as Brazil and Singapore to bring Too Good To Go to them – so who knows what the future has in store! Food waste is a global epidemic, and if we can help to raise awareness of that then we’ve achieved something.

Our ultimate goal is to turn Too Good To Go into a waste management platform that allows restaurants to control their supply better, eliminating any possibility of food waste at source and eventually making the platform redundant!

If you could market Too Good To Go to Leeds students in one sentence, what would you say?

We have written you a poem instead…

Students of the Uni of Leeds,
Take a second to listen please:
For here comes news you don’t want to miss,
Way more exciting than last night’s drunken kiss!
Too Good To Go is live on campus,
Here are some reasons why you probably want to thank us:
Get Refectory food for less than three quid,
So much food you can barely close the lid.
You won’t believe how good it will taste,
Especially considering it was destined to be waste,
So download Too Good To Go from your app store now,
And take home enough food to make your flatmates say wow!


Food offering in The Refectory and the Business School Café at the University ranges from salads, sandwiches, jacket potatoes and daily hot specials. Download the Too Good To Go app and place your order for collection from The Refectory between 7-7.15pm (10 meals available daily) and the Business School Café between 2.30-2.40pm (five meals available daily).

Keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for updates on Too Good To Go coming to more outlets across the University.