Homerton, like other Cambridge colleges, provides catering facilities as well as the self catering facilities in your residential gyp rooms. There is more information available on the Homerton Nexus for students.
You can see what’s on in hall for the whole term here.
Term time opening hours for our catering facilities are:
Monday to Saturday 8am – 10am in the Buttery
Monday to Friday 12a.m – 1.45pm in the Great hall
Saturday 12a.m – 1.30p.m in the Great hall
Sunday 11am – 1.30p.m in the Great hall
Monday to Friday 5.30p.m – 7.30pm in the Great hall
(Tuesday 5.30 – 6.30, due to formal hall and some Fridays due to Grad formal hall)
Monday to Friday 7.30am – 6p.m
Saturday 7.30am – 11p.m
Sunday 7.30am – 4p.m
Monday to Friday 6p.m – 11p.m
Sunday 4pm – 11pm
Tuesday 6pm – 11pm
Saturday 4pm – 11pm
(Occasional Fridays during Grad formal 6pm – 11pm)
Ethical Food Policy
Homerton College Catering Department recognises its responsibility to carry out its procurement activities in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.
As far a possible the department sources its products from local suppliers. (Local being 25 miles radius of Cambridge) These reputable companies have procedures in place that help us manage our purchasing decisions.
Andrews Butchers, Cambridge – East Anglian pork, beef & lamb
Hilary’s Wholesale, Cambridge – Fruit & Vegetables from Ely Chatteris Lincolnshire and many other local farms.
Foodwell Waterbeach, Cambridge – Local grown vegetables
Radwinter Wild Game, Saffron Walden – Local game from Duxford Great Shelford
Cobs Bakery Cambridge – Bread made from locally sourced organic flour
As well as using local companies the department also tries to minimize energy usage in food production, storage and transport by careful management and controlling the delivery process.
Our suppliers have cut down on the amount of cardboard they use in deliveries
The Department as also started to use E- Procurement, in particular for groceries and frozen foods.
The college as its own recycling system in place, for cardboard, glass & tins as well as food waste, which is sent off for composting by a local company. Records are kept and monitored. Increased recycling means a reduction in the use of landfill, and this is also recorded and monitored.
Why is my food so expensive?
It’s probably not as bad as you think…
1. Did you pay with your university card?
College actually operates three different prices for each of the food items it sells: one for external customers paying with cash, one for students paying with cash, and a third for students paying with their university card. The cheapest way to buy food is to use your university card, which has EPOS (Electronic Point of Sale) functions. Every term you will have £195 loaded onto the card (see below for details about this), but you can check what you’ve bought and add more funds at Upay.
2. Did you look at the till?
What is displayed on the till isn’t always what you’ve paid! When the cashier types your purchase into the till, it shows the external cash price, which can be quite a bit more than the price you pay with your card. Annoyingly, this cheaper price doesn’t show up until you touch to pay with your card! If in doubt, don’t hesitate to ask how much your meal cost you. The cashiers will be happy to tell you!
3. Did you know that Homerton doesn’t have a KFC?
We’re not talking Kentucky Fried Chicken here, but a Kitchen Fixed Charge. Almost all colleges operate these, which require students to pay anywhere up to £400 per term to subsidise their food service. Students at such colleges will pay their KFC and not see a penny of it. That money is instead used to make food much cheaper at the point of sale. Homerton, on the other hand, operates a Minimum Meal Contract (MMC) where students pay £195 per term, but are then able to spend that money as they please. The drawback is that food appears more expensive when you buy it.This was a point of contention a few years ago, and the Finance Office produced calculations which showed students are much better off under the MMC system. A student referendum was held on the matter, and MMC won by a landslide. In fact, recent tables show that Homerton is one of the cheapest colleges to be at. If you ever have a concern about the quality, price, or anything else about your food in college, please use the Contact page and let our Services Officer know. Bear in mind that you can always ask your server if you feel that you didn’t get a fair portion!