catering kingston maurward college, food, home grown foodAs one of the country’s leading colleges specialising in agriculture and country life we love food.

Join us and share our passion for home sourced food and seasonality, allowing you to enjoy the finest produce from our own estate or other local providers, prepared and cooked by our onsite catering team.

We believe in tasty, nutritious food and we make nearly everything ourselves. This way we choose the best ingredients and do not compromise on quality. Plus we now use 100% compostable catering ware – made from special ‘vegetable plastic’!

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The College has a number of catering facilities including the Coach House Café, Equestrian Café outlet and a student focused café at the top of the campus. The Animal Park Visitor Centre also sells snacks and light refreshments such as sandwiches, sausage rolls, cakes, cookies and drinks.


At the heart of the campus lies The Coach House Café – serving a wide variety of hot meals, salads and tasty snacks to both students and visitors. Food is home-made and caters for a wide variety of dietary requirements.

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Here further education residential students are well catered for with breakfast and dinner included in their accommodation fees.

Once a month the team put on a fun theme day, celebrating the diversity of food around the world, and don’t forget to look out for the regular meal deals!

Coach House Café Opening Times

Week days (term time) 8.15am – 6pm
Week days (out of term) 10am – 5pm

Free School Meals

The government, through the Education Funding Agency, is extending free meals from schools into Further Education colleges.

How can I get the new free meals?

  1. You must have been at school (not FE College) in the school year just completed
  2. You must have been receiving Free School Meals (FSM) at school
  3. Student or parents must still be eligible for free meals. One of the documents below will need to be copied to Student Support …
    • Income Support
    • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
    • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
    • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
    • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
    • Child Tax Credit (provided not entitled to Working Tax Credit) with an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC. Whole Tax Credit document required.
    • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit during the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit
  4. Kingston Maurward College will then have to send your name to the Education Funding Agency (EFA) so that it can check on its Free School Meals database to make sure your name is listed there.
  5. You will receive notification through your College email address to say if you are cleared to receive free lunch time meals at Kingston Maurward College.
  6. Once Student Support have sent you a clearance email, you can start having a free lunch time meal. You need to go to the Coach House restaurant and give your name to the staff there (either serving or at the till). They will explain your meal options to you.Meals are provided by EFA for £2.41 each.