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We provide a range of food and drink outlets across the De Montfort University campus, offering staff and students a variety of sit down and takeaway options throughout the year. Check out the latest menus and opening times by clicking on the relevant options below.

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  1. The Food Village

    The Food Village is the main dining facility for the university and is located in the heart of the campus, on the crossroads of Mill Lane and The Gateway, and sits within the Vijay Patel Building.

    The Food Village offers a wide range of menus which incorporate breakfast, lunch and dinner, with different food concepts and offers alongside favourites which are available every day.

    Let one of our chef’s create your perfect pizza and watch it cook in our stone baked oven in minutes, enjoy a homemade curry, prepared in our dedicated Halal Kitchen or sample one of the street-food inspired concepts on the main counter – whatever you’re in the mood for you’re sure to find it in the Food Village.   Even if you’re pressed for time you’ll find something to tempt you here as we offer a range of snacks and on-the-go dishes, from sandwich meal deals to a take away pasta pot.

    Our team of experienced chefs ensure every meal is not only delicious but work to cater for individual’s needs and dietary requirements.

    The Food Village is also home to most of our pop-up events, showcasing new food and drink concepts in creative ways – keep an eye on our social media pages or in the Food Village for information of upcoming events!

    We run a four-weekly menu cycle on rotation. View the latest Food Village menu. 

    Opening hours

    Monday to Friday, 8am-7pm

  2. Riverside Cafe

    Located at the western side of the university, in the ‘nose’ of the Vijay Patel Building overlooking the River Soar, The Riverside Cafe has a distinct and modern menu. There is a strong focus paid toward vegetarian and vegan dishes, as well as a number of gluten free options, but we don’t forgot the meat eaters either!

    Led by a small but very passionate team of chefs, enjoy our Buddha Bowl Salads, signature Katsu Curry or Dirty Fries, to name a few dishes! 

    Open to public, we serve hot and cold meals and drinks, including a licensed bar, throughout the day.

    Riverside Cafe is also the home of Riverside Events, where we open our doors to local performers and artists as well as hosting food and drink events.

    View the latest Riverside Cafe menu. 

    Opening hours


    • Monday to Thursday, 8am-7pm
    • Friday, 8am-9pm
    • Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm

    Vacation periods

    • Monday to Friday, 8am-4pm
    • Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm
  3. Newarke Cafe

    Newarke Cafe is located just off Hawthorne Square, within the Hugh Aston Building, we offer the perfect place grab a quick drink or bite to eat as you switch between lectures or seminars, or take a break and relax in the café.

    Serving freshly ground ‘Proud to Serve Costa’ coffee alongside a range of freshly prepared hot and cold food including paninis, flatbreads, baguettes, sandwiches and cakes, you’ll find just what you’re looking for at the Newarke Cafe.

    We run a two-week menu cycle on rotation. View the latest Newarke Cafe menu. 

    Opening hours


    • Monday to Thursday, 7.30am-7.30pm
    • Friday, 7.30am-6pm

    Vacation periods

    • Monday to Friday, 7.30am-4pm
  4. Coffee Hut

    We understand that sometimes it takes a strong coffee to get, and what better place that The Coffee Hut, situated in the heart of the Student Union space within the Campus Centre Building.

    Offering a range of hot and cold barista made Starbucks drinks, to be enjoyed in our café area or on-the-go alongside our handmade deli sandwiches, baguettes and paninis, cakes, biscuits and many other refreshments.

    We run a two-week menu cycle on rotation. View the latest Coffee Hut menu.

    Opening hours (term time only)

    Monday to Friday, 7.30am-7pm

    Closed during vacation periods.

  5. Library Cafe

    The Library Cafe sits within the Kimberlin Library, giving students (and staff) the caffeine and energy boost they need while studying, researching or revising.

    Featuring ‘We Proudly Serve Starbucks’ coffee and a wide selection of handmade deli sandwiches and baguettes, cakes, snacks and refreshments.

    We run a two-week menu cycle on rotation. View the latest Library Cafe menu.

    Opening hours (term time only)

    • Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm
    • Saturday and Sunday, 12pm-6pm

    Closed during vacation periods.

  6. Simply Fresh Store

    Your handy on-campus shop, stocking all the essentials, whether it’s something quick and easy for dinner tonight, a grab and go lunch or an energy boosting snack while you’re busy studying.

    Situated in the Campus Centre Building, you can access the shop direct from Mill Lane or from within the building.

    The store features freshly baked savoury and sweet snacks, ‘Costa to Go’ hot drinks, and a huge range of international products, sourced from across the world, together with all the staples you may need including bread, milk and pasta.

    Opening hours

    Term time

    • Monday to Friday, 7.30am-9pm
    • Saturday, 8am-5pm
    • Sunday, 10am-4pm

    Vacation periods

    • Monday to Friday, 7.30am-6pm
    • Saturday and Sunday, closed
  7. Subway

    Whether you’re looking for a six inch or a footlong, when you see the Subway sign you know what to expect…..freshly baked breads and your sandwich served just how you like it!

    Located in the Campus Centre Building, you can access Subway direct from the top of Mill Lane or from within the building.

    Opening hours

    Term time

    • Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm

    Vacation periods

    • Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm

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