Drake's Cafe
We offer sustainable, locally-sourced fresh food and drink in 11 cafes on the city-centre campus, and John Bull Cafe on the north campus. Students can also find a number of food and drink outlets in the .
We pride ourselves on offering a variety of affordable delicious food and drink options, whether you fancy a hearty breakfast, a healthy salad, a pizza with the finest toppings, the choice is yours as we have a variety of themed food options in each cafe.
We are committed to providing a sustainable food culture at the University. We have held a three star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association for multiple years which reflects our company achievements to sustainable sourcing, reducing disposable packaging, reducing meat intake and much more. Explore our sustainable food culture that supports local, sustainable and Fairtrade produce and suppliers.
The University is also dedicated to achieving Fairtrade Accreditation. This commitment involves advocating for fair prices, improving working conditions, promoting local sustainability, and ensuring fairtrade terms for farmers and workers in our procurement processes and supplier partnerships.

Loyalty points information

We have installed a new till system in all our units across campus.
We are working hard in the background to bring you a brand-new app-based loyalty programme with new offers and deals!
Just a reminder that the hot drink loyalty points offer utilising your staff and student card is no longer valid, payment via these methods is no longer accepted.

Cafe offers

The University of Plymouth cafes offer various deals as a great way to motivated you throughout the day. Whether you are studying with friends, holding a meeting or simply feeling something sweet – these deals are for you.

Carbon emission labelling on menus

We have added the carbon impact of our dishes on many of our menus to enable customers to make choices that are better for the planet. We understand that what we eat can have a big impact on the environment, with food production estimated to account for a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions.
The carbon footprint figure was created using TUCO's innovative greenhouse gas footprint calculator. The calculator allows us to select ingredients, insert the relevant quantities and select where the product is sourced from. It looks at forms of transportation, energy consumption and direct emission factors to calculate the total greenhouse gases and the emissions per serving in kilograms.

We display the amount of greenhouse gases next to each item on the menu in kilograms per serving.
You can find the carbon emission labels next to certain items on our menus in the following cafes on campus:
We are working hard behind the scenes to update more items on our menus.

Use your reusable cup at our campus cafes

Our goal is to reduce the number of disposable cups that are used and then disposed of on campus. An estimated 2.5 billion paper coffee cups are thrown away in the UK every year (that’s almost 5,000 a minute, or 7 million per day), with our campus contributing over 300,000 of those. As of November 2019 there has been a reduction in the use of almost 60,000 disposable cups since implementing the 20p discount.
Use a reusable cup at our campus cafes and get a 20p discount.
Cut waste, cut carbon, save money.
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Global Recipe Book

As part of Global Week 2022, staff and students were invited to share their favourite recipes from around the world.
After receiving some excellent submissions, the Global Recipe Book was put together by the Catering Team, offering you the chance to create these dishes and try something new. Each page offers everything you'll need – from ingredients through to cooking methods.
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We pride ourselves on excellent customer service, quality products and ensuring excellent value for money. As we are a subsidiary of the University, all profits are invested back into the University of Plymouth.

If you have any ideas or questions regarding catering on campus, please get in touch by emailing catering@plymouth.ac.uk.

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