A few suggestions to eating on campus, grocery shopping and dining out. Click on the name of each place to find out more information.  

On Campus 


Main Campus: 

Garden Room Restaurant inc. Starbucks

Thyme Out inc. Costa

Cow Watering Campus:

Watering Hole 

Lordship Campus:

Tiptree Tea rooms 

Writtle University College does not run Tiptree Tea rooms so for all information

regarding this, contact them directly. They do offer WUC students a 10% discount

with a valid student card

Hot and cold meals, grab and go drinks and snacks are served at the main restaurant on campus, The Garden Room. Thyme Out, next to the Student Baa (yes, that’s right– our bar is called the baa!), is our on-site coffee shop. You can buy breakfast from 7.30am and there is a good range of baguettes, sandwiches, wraps, and other items available throughout the day to satisfy your hunger!

The Watering Hole at Cow Watering Campus offers a range of hot and cold items such as paninis, breakfast baps, lunchtime jacket potatoes and pasta, alongside a range of grab and go food, drinks and snacks. 

Meal cards are topped up each term with the next term’s allowances. They will be wiped when you vacate your room.

Please click on the name of each outlet to find out opening times. N.B these are term time opening hours and may be subject to change. 


Hall fees include a meal allowance of £40 per week which is added to your ID card.*


You can gain a full transaction history by  popping into the Garden Room’s Catering Office.

You should monitor your spend to ensure you have enough to last you through the term


You can also top up your card value at Finance.


You can spend your meal allowance in the Garden Room, Thyme Out and the Watering Hole.

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There is no cash redemption value on your card

You can’t transfer your allowance to another student and only the card holder can use their allowance against transactions.

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If you don’t present your ID card at the till, you won’t be able to use your allowance as payment.

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You can’t use your meal allowance on vending machines.

Due to COVID-19 WUC are implenting a takeaway lunch service and a booking system for evening meals in the Garden Rooms

Allergies & Dietary Requirements

Please email  if you have any

allergies or dietary needs.


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Looking for somewhere local to visit with family? Writtle Village offers some lovely pubs and dining.  Please click on each restaurant to go to their website/Social Media page*


Olio on the Green

Robyn's Nest

Rose and Crown 

Horse and Groom 

Pakwaan Indian Cuisine

*N.B Writtle University College has no association with any of the places listed therefore cannot be held responsible for any issues due to adverse experiences.


Further Afield   

As well as Writtle, there are also some other dining experiences around!

Chelmsford City Centre 

Fox and Goose 

The Hare 

Miller and Carter

Toby Carvery

*N.B Writtle University College has no association with any of the places listed therefore cannot be held responsible for any issues due to adverse experiences.