Catering Services

Hospitality Shop

We are still operating our online shop. You can order food supplies and food packages from the Hospitality Shop to suit individuals or flats sharing. We are Caterers with a strong reputation of providing high quality, fresh foods using local produce and suppliers and have a variety of supplies available to purchase. Items include locally sourced fresh, meat and eggs as well as your standard store cupboard items. Individual breakfast, handmade cakes and picnic boxes are also available to pre-order.

We can deliver within the Plymouth area (subject to available time slots). However, we may be able to offer some items for same-day delivery subject to availability of stock. All deliveries will be made between Monday to Friday. Minimum order charge of £15 applies. Alternatively, supplies can be pre-ordered and collected from The Container, University of Plymouth, Monday to Friday.

Contact for more information on the products available or see the Hospitality Shop menu or halls food package menu.

How to order

1. Choose your items from the menus below.

2. Email with the following information:

  • Full name
  • Contact number
  • Goods required and quantity
  • Collection or delivery
  • Address (for delivery)
3. Pay via our Online Store using the reference number we send you.

The University offers a range of catering facilities for students, staff and visitors on campus. All eating areas are modern, self-service operations and prices are lower than many non-University outlets.

Fairtrade and locally produced products are widely promoted and the University operates a comprehensive recycling programme.


We offer a variety of options to suit your hospitality needs. We aim to use as much locally produced free-range and Fairtrade ingredients in all our buffets and hamper packages. 

Most needs can be catered for including gluten-free and vegan buffets, however, if you require any particular menu for your event please do not hesitate to contact us and we can create a bespoke menu, tailored to your occasion.

Our talented catering staff are available during the normal working week and out of hours at additional rates. We use the same ethical suppliers and purchasing on our hospitality menus as in our cafes, so you can enjoy our food and drink with the knowledge we do what we can no matter where you dine with us.

Our hospitality packages are designed to make your day easier, more enjoyable and to fit within your available budgets. When you book your rooms, please check you have separate spaces and tables for your catering to be served on or additional breakout spaces to minimise the disruption to your guests.

All hospitality orders carry a minimum charge of £15 including delivery.

To meet hospitality requests bookings are required 48 hours before the event. Late orders may not be accepted.

We have opened our first cafe, The Container on the ground floor of the Roland Levinsky Building. Our team have executed a delicious, high-quality menu creating handmade food using locally sourced produce. The Container is well worth a visit as the unique cafe has been refurbished from an old shipping container.

We are continuing to operate our ‘Hospitality Shop’ where we are stocking a range of food hampers such as our homemade cream tea option, savoury cheese scones, picnic box, and many more. From our local suppliers, we can also source and supply fresh produce such as eggs, milk and bread.

Our services are open to all, we are happy to accommodate external functions.

We want to thank you all for your continued support.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – 2 June 2021

Cafés on Campus

Reservoir Cafe is open 8:00–15:00 serving an exclusively vegetarian and vegan menu.

Drake's Kitchen is open 8:30–15:00 serving cooked breakfasts, hot lunch specials, coffee and cake.

Loafers Deli is open 8:30–15:30 serving breakfast baps, fresh sandwiches, Starbucks coffee and cake.

The Container is open 9:00–16:00 serving breakfast burritos, bagels, croissants, artisan sandwiches and more. The Picnic Box has returned with new sandwich fillings and irresistible brownies and bakes.

North Campus

John Bull Cafe is operating 8:00–14:30, serving breakfast baps, fresh sandwiches, hot pastries, coffee and cake.

Due to the national lockdown restrictions, the remaining catering outlets will remain closed until further notice. This will continue to be reviewed and the catering webpages will be updated accordingly.

We are offering the same great value and low prices using locally sourced seasonal ingredients.

Please follow the COVID-19 safety measures when visiting our outlets. 

We are operating a track and trace system when dining in any of our campus cafés. The NHS Test & Trace is a straightforward and fully secure user ‘check-in’ solution. To comply with current requirements, anyone visiting a venue and sitting down to eat or drink will be asked to access the NHS COVID-19 app and follow the instructions to enter their details.

These details will be encrypted and stored securely and can only be transferred to the NHS track and trace system if there is a positive COVID-19 case at the University.

The cafés are undertaking new safety measures that all customers need to adhere to:

  • Social distancing measures are in place when queuing.
  • Hand sanitiser points are in action at the entrance and after equipment use.
  • Face masks are mandatory to be worn until seated.
  • We are only accepting card payments.

Please note that posters are on display to detail the ‘new normal’ measures. Please be patient at this time and cooperate with our team.

We are proud to continue the Hospitality Shop offer. We have essential supplies and treats available to pick up from The Container (pre-order essential). Avoid the checkout queues and waiting outside in the cold by contacting for further details.