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Allergens and nutrition

We provide a wide range of fresh, healthy food for our students, staff and visitors to enjoy and do our best to accommodate dietary requirements wherever possible.

Dietary requirements

Campus units

We try to cater for a variety of dietary requirements based on demand. 

All of our cafés have vegetarian options available, and we are continuing to expand our plant-based provision, with the Frederick Douglass café offering a daily plant-based option. If you're after a vegan meal and are unsure about what you could get, please ask one of our team members. 

If you're looking for Halal dishes, visit Chicken Shack which serves a variety of Halal chicken meals; please bear in mind that these are not made in a Halal certified kitchen. 


Catered events on campus

With enough notice, we can cater for most dietary requirements; simply let us know what you need when making your order. 

Although we do not have the facilities to provide Kosher food, we can put you in touch with a university supplier who may be able to assist. Plant-based food may provide a suitable alternative, although it does not meet strict Kosher laws.

We also have Halal products are available on request.



If you have a food allergy and would like specific information on the ingredients of catering or food sold in our units, please email us, call us on 0191 208 6363, or ask any member of staff.

If you're making an order for an event, have a look at our Wellbeing Portal‌ which lists various allergens in our menus.

Please know that because of the cooking environment we're in, we cannot guarantee that our food will not contain traces of nuts.

View our Food Allergies Policy.


Healthy eating

Our outlets offer a range of healthy options, including:

  • a range of hot vegetables
  • undressed salads
  • fresh fruit
  • natural fruit juices
  • homemade vegetable soups
  • vegetarian options

We ensure that:

  • fats and oils (especially saturated fats) are kept to a minimum
  • levels of sugar are kept to a minimum
  • levels of salt are kept to a minimum
  • we use locally-sourced milk and free range eggs

Drinking water is freely available in all our outlets. To minimise our environmental impact, we only stock locally-sourced bottled water.