Deli(very) worked in collaboration with the School of Healthcare and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS trust in order to help showcase unsung heroes of the First World War in an event partnering history with healthcare this week.

Head of Food Development, Simon Wood, created a delicious lunch menu inspired by the early 20th Century, serving up a traditional Beef Brisket with Seasonal Root Vegetables and Dumplings and a Steamed Jam Sponge.

Guests were also treated to an Edwardian Afternoon Tea, including a selection of sandwiches, succulent mini pork and chestnut sausage rolls and sweet items including fruit tarts, Victoria sandwich cake, rich fruit cake and scones with Jam & cream. Provided by the GFAL team, the lunch was served on traditional metal blue and white plates and the afternoon tea on fine china for added authenticity.

Del(very) are pleased to collaborate with departments and help come up with innovative ideas. For Further information please contact Anthony Lowe at

A date for everyone’s diaries! Our annual Christmas Fairtrade Fair will be held on 5 December 2017 in Parkinson Court.

Stuck for Christmas ideas? come along to the annual Christmas Fairtrade Fair with over 30 stalls selling an assortment of gift ideas from jewellery to handbags to ceramics to Christmas cards to foodie items and much more.

The University Choir will also be getting everyone in the Christmas spirit when they join us to sing carols over the lunchtime from 1:00 and we will be running a raffle and selling mulled wine with a mince slice.

All the money raised goes to the Facilities Directorate’s two chosen charities this year, Alzheimer’s Society and Children’s Heart Surgery Fund. 

We look forward to seeing you all on 5 December between 11:00-15:30.

Simon Wood, Head of Food Development for Great Food at Leeds, has been at the University for 21 years and during that time has hosted many cooking demonstrations for different departments across campus.

In partnership with Leeds Global Community, the demonstrations are interactive, fun, a chance to socialise and give students an opportunity to taste home-made food. Although the sessions are open to all students, they are aimed to provide support and an engagement opportunity for our international cohort.

Simon’s passion for food, cooking and the industry is obvious during his demonstrations, and it’s evident this inspires the students. Simon said: “If I can inspire people who might not otherwise try to give cooking a go, then that’s great! There is so much job satisfaction to be had doing this job, I consider myself very lucky.”

Accompanied by Senior Chef de Partie Chris Johnson, Simon held a demonstration for new students in The Refectory in September. Following fantastic feedback from the session, Simon and Chris held another demonstration around the theme of Halloween and Bonfire Night during October where students bobbed for apples, decorated Halloween biscuits and learnt how to make pumpkin soup, pumpkin curry and pumpkin rice pudding!

Keep an eye out for upcoming cooking demonstrations on the GFAL Facebook and Twitter pages.

We are proud to announce we have partnered with Too Good To Go, the innovative new app and social enterprise that aims to put an end to food waste in the hospitality industry. Following in the footsteps of some key players in catering across Leeds, such as Yo Sushi and Rola Wala.

The partnership sees us introduce the Too Good To Go app in two of our outlets, The Business School and The Refectory. This will help reduce food waste on campus at the university, by providing a platform to show what surplus food is available to students and staff at a cheaper cost before it goes out of date.

You can place an order using the app and collect your food before closing time. Food offering ranges from salads, sandwiches, jacket potatoes and daily hot specials. In the Business School Café you can pick up your order anytime between 2.30pm-2.40pm and in The Refectory you can collect your order between 7pm-7.15pm.

“We are so pleased to be able to work alongside Too Good To Go on such a great initiative. At Leeds, sustainability is at the forefront of what we do, and food waste pays a huge part in this for us as a Catering service. This partnership is a step forward in reducing food waste across campus, whilst creating an innovative platform to offer staff and students a way to access quality food at a reduced price. We are very excited to launch in The Refectory” – Julie Tong, Head of Retail Catering at GFAL.

We will have up to 15 meals a day available on campus, ranging from salads, sandwiches, jacket potatoes, daily hot specials and many more other menu items.

Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery’s latest exhibition calls upon one of our chefs, Phil Tostevin, to recreate recipes from the mid 15th century.

A new exhibition at the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, Cooks and their books – recipes from Romans to the present, explores the rise of the celebrity chef, how recipes have been collected and compiled since Roman times and highlights the University of Leeds’ collection of cookery books, papers, and objects.

The exhibition opened on Friday 1 September and a celebration took place Tuesday 5 September, for which one of our chefs Phil Tostevin was asked to recreate some of the recipes found in the exhibited books to be served at the event.

Phil, who works under the executive chef in the Function Suite in University House, researched recipes and cooked a French onion soup and a beef, carrot and swede stew for the celebration. Talking about the challenges of creating the medieval food, Phil said: “There are some interesting flavours in there that we’re not used to, that’s for sure!”

The exhibition and Phil’s medieval recipes caught the eyes of Leeds-based television channel, Made in Leeds, who came down to find out more about the exhibition and how Phil came to make his hearty dishes (play from 1min 53secs).

Cooks and their books – recipes from Romans to the present will be on display at Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery until the end of January 2018. Phil’s fantastic food can be sampled at MEETinLEEDs conferences and events!

This week we are celebrating at Great Food at Leeds as our newest of 14 cafés, The Edit Room, has been awarded a 5* certificate in the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

This means that all of Great Food at Leeds cafés, the Refectory and our amazing delivered catering service, Deli(very), have all achieved the highest possible rating of food hygiene. This is down to the excellent training from our Food Safety Training Manager, Geoff Tooley, and the diligence and strict adherence to government standards from all of our staff.

The Yorkshire Evening Post recently published articles naming of the places in Leeds that have got 2* in their latest inspections and even the places that managed to get zero points for their poor standards. Great Food at Leeds place great importance on offering our customers the best service using premium ingredients made in a clean and safe environment. That’s why we work hard and pride ourselves on achieving the highest ratings year on year.

So you can rest assured that whether you are visiting any of our outlets around the University of Leeds or ordering from our delivery service, the standards of hygiene are 5*, top notch and the best they can be.

Keep up the amazing work Geoff and the team!

This year Great Food at Leeds are supporting Staff Healthy Week in many ways!

Omelette Challenge

Fancy yourself self as a bit of chef?
Want to show your colleagues what your made of?
Can you beat the celebrity chef times?

Come along between 12:00pm -2.00pm on Monday 15 May at the precinct (next to Hugo) and have a go.
Omelettes will be judged by Lisa Hall our very own Refectory chef.

Fastest timed omelette wins a £10 Refresh credit!

Free Fruit

Don’t miss out on collecting your free fruit from the Refectory Foyer. Come along between 9:00am – 13:00pm on  Wednesday 17 May, all you need to do is capture what you and your colleagues are up to by taking a photo and sharing it on social media using #HealthyWeekHero to claim your prize!

Healthy Street Food

Finally our Refectory chefs will be preparing an amazing authentic street food Thai Chicken Salad (Gf) which will be sold at the tossed salad bar at The Refectory, The Edit Room & Pure, on Friday 19 May 12:00pm – 2.00pm.  Vegan Thai Salad option available at The Refectory also.

Thai Chicken Salad

Vegetarian option available with Halloumi

Vegan option available

Chicken in Chilli, Ginger and Garlic

On bed of:

Shredded Carrot
Shredded Broccoli Stalks
Shredded Red Peppers
Bean Sprouts
Edame Beans
Grated Coconut
Sesame Seeds
Lime Juice



Shortly after we launched our newest café, concerns were raised from another cafe nearby that the proposed name (chosen by student and staff focus groups) was very similar. Our relationship with the local community is very important to the University and therefore, we decided to change the name and go with our second choice, ‘The Edit Room’.

With a contemporary urban interior design whilst preserving the architecture of the University buildings. The Edit Room serves freshly baked pizza slices, a range of packaged lunch options for those on the go, and a freshly prepared deli salad of the day

If you’re ever in The Edit Room why not share your Edit Room moments by taking photographs and hashtagging them on our Instagram account #theeditroom for a chance to win a free bag of Darkwoods coffee.

We’re supporting Fairtrade fortnight 27 February – 12 March 2017.

We have been working with some of our Sustainability Architect students to raise awareness of Fairtrade across the University. The students also looked into Great Food at Leeds and what we already do to support Fairtrade across all our outlets and our deli(very) service.

They found:

  • We already stock over 60 different Fairtrade products in all our outlets across campus.
  • All the Cinnamon, Ginger, Black Pepper, Whole Cloves, Dried Apricot, Desiccated Coconut used in our dishes have all come from a Fairtrade supplier to be used on an on-going basis in The Refectory.
  • All the tea and coffee sold in The Refectory, Café 6, Business School Café, Café Seven, Baines Wing Café, Dolche Vita, Café Maia at Houldsworth, Café Maia at Ziff, Physics Coffee Bar and LIMM Café is ALL Fairtrade.

Throughout the fortnight the students held stalls at different locations across campus, where there was opportunity to take part in a short quiz with the lucky winners being entered into a prize draw to win a Fairtrade hamper. The students also handed out samples of some of the tasty Fairtrade food products we already sell across campus to encourage staff and students to choose Fairtrade more often.



Looking for a place to relax from studies, take a break, meet friends and chill? Then The Edit Room is for you!

Opening, January 2017 

The £24.7M refurbishment of the Edward Boyle Library includes a dynamic new Great Food at Leeds cafe, right at the heart of the campus.

Situated on the ground floor of the Edward Boyle Library, the cafe will offer an eclectic mix of grab and go food and drinks for everyone to enjoy at any time of the day.  The Edit Room doesn’t compromise on quality, serving up specially selected craft coffee, drinks, salads and sandwiches from local suppliers at competitive prices.

Taking its lead from PURE Cafe, The Edit Room prides itself on its excellent quality roast. The coffee blend is specially commissioned by craft roasters Darkwoods, and combines beans from India, Guatemala and Brazil.

Find out more about The Edit Room.