Enjoy healthy and fresh food on campus in The Refectory 

The Refectory is open for takeaway service 9am-2pm each day from Monday to Friday. Offering a choice of breakfast (served 9 -11:30am) hot meals, sandwiches, Panini’s, salads and pasta pots (11.45 – 2pm).

Great Food at Leeds is committed to providing healthy and fresh food for customers with different dietary requirements and we are able to provide a selection of gluten-free and Halal certified products in The Refectory.

 

HOW DOES THE REFECTORY TAKEAWAY WORK?

When you arrive at The Refectory you’ll be asked to wait at the entrance, where a member of The Refectory staff will call you forward to let you know when you can go inside. When queuing outside, please maintain a 2m distance between you and the person in front of you.

In addition to the current food safety and social distancing controls we have in place, to keep both our Refectory customers and colleagues safe, we ask all of our customers to follow this advice when inside The Refectory:

 

  • Remember to wash your hands before and after entering The Refectory
  • Keep 2 meters away from others
  • Please pick up only what you intend to buy /use
  • Pay using contactless card or app

 

HOW IS MY TAKEAWAY PACKAGED?

We use recycled packaging that is safe and designed to keep your food fresh, and piping hot.

 

HERE FOR YOU

Thank you for your patience and in the meantime, if we can be of any assistance please do get in touch with us. For general enquiries please email gfal@leeds.ac.uk.

Join Great Food at Leeds for a live Q&A with Chef Lisa on instagram this Thursday 21 May at 11:45am. We’ll be discussing all things food and cooking at home over the Bank Holiday.

Simply follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and share your questions to us in the comments section below and we’ll select the best ones for the Q&A!

Image of chef who has created the videoChef Bio

Lisa joined the Great Food at Leeds team in 2007, before then she had served 15 years in the Royal Air Force. Her first RAF camp was ‘RAF Finningley’ in Doncaster and was stationed around the UK with tours consisting of the Falklands, Italy, Germany and Kuwait.

Food to me is a good morale booster. So making food that is enjoyed by everyone is what keeps the passion for cooking a necessity for me”.

Her catering knowledge and experience is extensive, from cooking for hungry soldiers in the field with basic rations, to fine dining senior dignitaries and members of the Royal family!

A student favourite from The Edit Room! Chef Lisa shows you how to create pizza at home and a fresh ‘NHS Rainbow’ salad.

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 -20 minutes

Easy

Makes 2 Pizzas

Non -Freezable

Vegetarian (depending on toppings)

View video transcript, recipe and method as a Word or plain text file (opens link in a new tab).

Pizza base

  • 350gm plain flour
  • 2&3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoon oil (1 tbsp for the dough and 1 tbsp to glaze the edge of the dough before cooking as this helps it go golden brown). 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 200ml lukewarm water 

Gluten free pizza base 

  • 350gm gluten free plain flour 
  • 2&3/4 teaspoon gluten free baking powder 
  • 2 tablespoon oil (1 tbsp for the dough and 1 tbsp to glaze the edge of the dough before cooking as this helps it go golden brown). 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 200ml lukewarm water 

Pizza sauce 

You can buy this ready made or an easier alternative is.. 

  • 4 tablespoons pasta sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato purée
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch of garlic salt 

 

Pizza Toppings 

I do not like to give quantities as this is where you can be as creative as you like!

 Any Grated cheese you want (mozzarella is most traditional) 

You can also use vegan cheese 

 

Pizza topping suggestions 

Sliced mushrooms               Cooked and chopped bacon 

Diced/slicedHam                  Drained tinned tuna 

Diced/sliced Peppers          Meatballs 

Sliced Tomatoes                    Cooked and chopped chicken 

Sweet corn                                Roasted courgette 

Pepperoni                                  Sliced hotdogs 

Spinach                                       Diced chopped pork/spam 

Finely sliced onions            Finely sliced chilli /jalapeños  

Sliced olives                              Anchovies 

 

You can put any of your favourite foods on a pizza. Change the pizza sauce to some bolognese or chilli you may have left over. If you don’t like tomato sauce, then change it to a swirl of barbecue sauce or garlic butter instead. 

Rainbow Salad

Base

Lettuce / Spinach / Mixed Leaves

Toppings

Grated carrot
Cucumber
Tomatoes
Onions
Pickled Beetroot
Sweetcorn

Vinaigrette Dressing
Balsamic Vinegar
Olive oil

or any dressing you prefer!

 

Inspired by the GFaL Club Bunny, Chef Lisa shows you how easy it is to make tasty shortbread biscuits at home using simple ingredients that can be found in your cupboard.

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 8 – 10 minutes

Easy

Makes 6 biscuits

Freezable

Vegetarian

View video transcript, recipe and method as a Word or plain text file (opens link in a new tab).

  • 56g/2oz butter
  • 28g/1oz caster sugar, plus extra to finish
  • 85g/3oz plain flour

Optional (to decorate):

Icing sugar
Lemon juice
Sprinkles
Chocolate buttons

 

Indoor Easter fun with Great Food at Leeds

Each year Great Food at Leeds staff like to raise funds for local and national charities.

Last term our customers helped raise an amazing £820 from sales of the GFaL Club Cub, with all the money going to local charity Leeds Mind. This spring we wanted to raise even more from sales of our GFaL Club Bunny. Unfortunately, this isn’t a normal Easter break so our plans are on hold, but we know we can still show support with some good old-fashioned indoor fun for all the family!

Easy Easter Shortbread Biscuits

with Great Food at Leeds, Acting Senior Head Chef, Lisa Hall

Inspired by the GFaL Club Bunny, Chef Lisa shows you how easy it is to make tasty shortbread biscuits at home using simple ingredients that can be found in your cupboard.

Lisa joined the Great Food at Leeds team in 2007, before then she had served 15 years in the Royal Air Force. Her first RAF camp was ‘RAF Finningley’ in Doncaster and was stationed around the UK with tours consisting of the Falklands, Italy, Germany and Kuwait.

Food to me is a good morale booster. So making food that is enjoyed by everyone is what keeps the passion for cooking a necessity for me”.

Her catering knowledge and experience is extensive, from cooking for hungry soldiers in the field with basic rations, to fine dining senior dignitaries and members of the Royal family!

 

GFaL Club Bunny colouring page

Generate some mindfulness and quietness as well as testing your colouring skills by downloading the GFaL Club Bunny charity poster.

Perfect for kids… and grownups!

 

Nosey bunnies!

Don’t forget to tag @greatfoodleeds and  #LeedsMind in all of your bakes and colouring pics so we can like and share across our social channels!

Find out more about our charities here. 

Here at deli(very) we’re passionate about providing the best possible service to our customers on campus and we would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of our proudest achievements from the last year.

You said, we did…

1. You asked for an improved website

Our team worked with online user-experience experts and focus groups to identify specific issues when ordering online and made recommendations to improve the experience for our customers.

We have updated our website, improved our photography and food categories based on the findings which have resulted in an improved customer journey with a quicker end result meaning “less clicks to order”.

2. You asked for more options

This year we updated our offers to ensure choice and variety including the Seasonal and a Taste of Yorkshire menus with the option of wraps at different price points.

We extended our sweet selection with more options with Gluten Free & Vegan as standard and offer an extensive selection of different locally sourced cake.

You also asked for healthier breakfast options so we have now added fruit with our continental combo.

3. You asked for more clarity around allergens

In October we launched a composite allergen sheet which is now delivered with all orders. We will shortly be supplying this information on new labels for all dishes made on campus giving you the customer clear information.

4. You asked us to become more sustainable

You asked us to reduce the number of plastic bottles used, and we are now encouraging the use of water jugs to be provided and no longer provide water as standard with every food order.

We have reduced the amount of single-use plastic trays and lids from our delivered service sandwich offer which has meant a saving on average of 500 plastic trays and lids per week.  This number is also set to increase by the end of the March 2020 as our new recyclable packaging range expands to cover our entire deli(very) menu will come into operation. More news to follow…

Get involved

We are always looking for mixed groups of staff who work at the University to take part in our focus groups. If you would like to contribute please register your interest below.

 

If you are adopting a plant-based diet or are more of a flexitarian, there’s plenty of vegan and vegetarian breakfast options for you to choose from on campus!

 

New! The Refectory – Build Your Own Breakfast Bowl  (V) (VE)

The Refectory serve a combination of hot and cold breakfast items, including great offers such as the new ‘Build Your Own Breakfast Bowl’. Choose a base of fresh porridge or cereal with your choice of three toppings and a sauce for only £3.35,  or a sizzling 5 item breakfast deal for £2.75.

The Edit Room – When you’re on the way to a lecture or work (V)

Situated on the ground floor of the Edward Boyle Library, the cafe provides healthy breakfast options such as toast, mueslis and porridge.  Coffee lovers will also enjoy the specially selected roast from local suppliers, Dark Woods Coffee.

Baines Wing – When you’re craving a breakfast classic (V) (VE)

Situated between the School of Healthcare and the Great Hall, Baines Wing Café has a large seating area including its own secluded courtyard. Served until 11am, the café offers a selection of freshly baked pastries and hot breakfast items including vegetarian sausage baguettes, egg sandwiches and beans on toast . Freshly ground Fairtrade tea and coffee is also on offer all day.  

 

Our Sustainable Pledge

We are  fully committed to the University Climate pledge to reduce our carbon emissions by 35% by 2020 and be carbon zero by 2030. In 2020 we will continue to reduce the overall meat content across our meals and increase the amount of meat-free/vegan meals available. Read the pledge

Smarter eating during exams 

We’re open longer – check out our exam opening hours

 

During exam season, it’s easy to fall off track with eating healthily when you’re busy revising and feeling stressed.  So why not try our ‘Snack Heroes’ ideas below that will not only see you through the day but are tasty too!

Supercharged salads
Max up the flavour at The Refectory’s Tossed salad bar. Build your own scrumptious salad starting with a base of chickpeas, couscous or pasta, a deli item and three salad items. Finish with a selection of yummy dressings.
The Refectory, served from 11:30am, £3.96

Wok this way
Want nutritional comfort food in a hurry? The Hot Wok counter has a choice of noodles, rice, vegetables, meats and sauces to create your own sizzling dish of goodliness.
The Refectory, served from 11:30am, £3.70

Stay smooth
Brighten up your morning or afternoon with a delicious smoothie from Affine. Made in-store daily, our smoothies are crammed full of fresh ingredients.
The
ultimate way to get the boost of vitamins you need to feel energised and keep the mind sharp!
Affine, served from 8am, £2.45

The Doozy Life

Our healthy vending machines on the Red Route corridor and level 7 of the Worsley Building are quick and easy to use, allowing you to pay with cash, card or contactless.
Stripping the menu of sugary drinks and fatty snacks, our Doozy machines provide a range of gluten-free and vegan products, not to mention high protein/fibre options.

We’re open longer  – check out our exam opening hours 

Enjoy a vegan or veggie breakfast on campus 

Collect stamps via the free GFaL Club app and get 5 free when you transfer your paper stamps over at the till before 23 December 2019.

As of 6 January 2020 we will no longer promote the paper version of our loyalty stamp cards to customers as part of our strategic approach to reduce waste.

Customers can continue to collect stamps via the free GFaL Club app – Link: https://gfal.leeds.ac.uk/club/

How to transfer your paper stamps

  1. Download GFaL Club app https://gfal.leeds.ac.uk/club/ if you haven’t already
  2. Present your paper stamps and device to one of our team who will happily transfer the stamps over to your GFaL club account https://gfal.leeds.ac.uk/where-to-eat/cafes/

How to use the in app stamp card

Collecting stamps via the app is easy, simply open the app and click ‘Tap to display your ID Tag’ and scan your phone at the till. Your stamp card will update automatically if you have purchased a hot drink.

You can also set up an email alert to find out each time you get a voucher. Go to ‘Settings’ and click on ‘notifications’ to manage your email alerts.

Once your voucher has been added to your account you can choose for it to be automatically applied or redeem it at a time and drink of your choice. There’s no need to print anything off, just tell a member of the Great Food at Leeds team at the till and they will redeem this for you.

FAQs

What do I earn a stamp for?

You earn a stamp when purchasing a hot drink.

Do I have to link a credit or debit card to collect stamps?

No. We believe paying with the app is the best experience but customers can pay using cash or card.

Do my stamps ever expire?

No, unless you’re account is inactive for 18 months.

 How do I redeem my free drink voucher?

In the app select ‘Vouchers’ and then click on the hot drinks stamp card to view your stamps.

If you have any questions or concerns around this change, please contact us: gfalclub@leeds.ac.uk

Whether it’s for a work Christmas party, catching up with friends or colleagues, our daily festive menu has something for everyone!

Available from Mon 2 Dec – Fri 20 Dec 2019. 

 

 Main Course £6.95 or  2 course £7.95 
Add Mulled wine for £1.50!

 

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Mains

Roast turkey, chipolata, and stuffing
or
Mushroom, brie, hazelnut and cranberry wellington

Sides
Sprouts, syrup roasted root vegetables and roast potatoes

Dessert
Christmas pudding and rum sauce

 

Tuesday

Mains

Salmon en Croute with a mushroom and chestnut filling
or
Cranberry and pistachio nut roast

Sides
Sprouts, syrup roasted root vegetables and roast potatoes

Dessert
Chocolate sponge with orange chocolate sauce

 

Thursday

Mains
Honey and mustard pot roasted pork loin and apricot stuffing
or
Cranberry and pistachio nut roast

Sides
Sprouts, syrup roasted root vegetables and roast potatoes

Dessert
Chocolate sponge with orange chocolate sauce