Food for thought

Where Can I Find Vegan Food on Campus?

We’re inviting you to celebrate Veganuary with us and explore our fantastic plant-based food range available at most of our Newcastle University food and drink outlets.

We’ve made it really easy to find plant-based food on campus. So, whether you’re vegan or simply fancy swapping your usual chicken sandwich for a plant-based substitute, we have plenty on offer to help satisfy your cravings.

From mouth-watering cakes to delicious hot meals, find your nearest vegan café and eatery on campus with our handy list below:


Here, you’ll be able to find a variety of vegan snacks and cakes. Cakes could include: lime & coconut, banana & cinnamon, raspberry & coconut, and victoria sponge.


Bites has a number of plant-based sandwiches, sweet and savoury snacks, wraps, and jacket potato toppings including beans and vegan cheese.

Business School Café

You’ll be able to grab a vegan lunch on-the-go with our selection of cold sandwiches and snacks.

The Grand

Our vibrant café offers a variety of plant-friendly sandwiches, cakes, and snacks. Grab yourself a hot drink with your order and choose a milk substitute.

Castle Leazes

For those of our students living in our catered accommodation, Castle Leazes, we have plenty of vegan choices to choose from.


Our wonderful food court benefits from a number of weekly specials, complete with many different plant-based meal choices. For example, choose from roasted vegetable vegan pizza, jacket potato with vegetable chilli, or vegan soup of the day one week, then jackfruit curry, garlic and lemon roasted flatbread and hummus, falafel & roasted vegetable couscous salad the next!

Daysh Café

Here, we serve a brilliant assortment of vegan sandwiches, hot paninis and snacks. Perfect for when sitting in the study area and looking for a quick bite to eat.

Frederick Douglass Café

Visit FDC and choose from our plant-based sandwiches and sweet and savoury snacks.


Make your way to the INTO building and enjoy vegan food from our Asian-inspired menu. Opt for tofu and pair it with sticky jasmine rice with sweet chilli, katsu curry or sweet soy.

Robinson Library

At the heart of our library sits our café, providing you with the perfect place to grab a plant-based sandwich, snack or hot drink in between your studies.

Sports Centre Café

Grab a vegan sandwich and snacks on your way out or sit in the light and bright study space with a hot drink at out Sports Centre Café.


We have plenty of vegan sandwiches, paninis, and jacket potatoes on offer at Urban.

Walton Library

Grab a barista quality coffee with a plant-based milk alternative and a vegan snack during your visit to Walton Library.

Discover our opening times and where our units are on campus with our campus map. Don’t forget to download and use your Yoyo app to get exclusive access to promotions and discounts.

Download it on the App Store or Google Play.

In the meantime, why not have a go at baking a vegan recipe this Veganuary? Take a look at our recipe for a Vegan Victoria Sponge Cake and try it yourself.

We look forward to seeing you!

Events Food for thought

Did You Know? 8 Black History Facts

October marks an annual, month-long celebration of black history, its culture and its impact on our nation. Black History Month in the UK was established in 1987 – on the 150th anniversary of Caribbean emancipation – and raises awareness of important names and events in the history of people of African and Caribbean descent.

Honouring the countless accomplishments of black Britons, this month, our catering units at Newcastle University are celebrating what it stands for through the universal language of food and dedicating a week of our Street Kitchen to serving an African and Caribbean-inspired menu.

To mark this occasion, we’re sharing 8 interesting facts about black history in Britain, below:

  1. A group of African soldiers called the Aurelian Moors defended Hadrian’s Wall during Roman times.
  2. Tudor king Henry VIII employed a black trumpeter called John Blanke.
  3. Black people in Britain, including Olaudah Equiano, were some of the leading campaigners for the abolition of the slave trade.
  4. In 1833 the government paid £20 million to 46,000 British slave owners to “compensate” the owners for their “loss of property”, but not a penny was given to the former slaves.
  5. In response to the Notting Hill riots of 1958, Claudia Jones launched an indoor Caribbean carnival in St Pancras in 1959 to bring people. It was finally taken to the streets of Notting Hill in 1965. Five decades later, Notting Hill Carnival is second only in size to Brazil’s Rio carnival.
  6. When 18-year-old Guy Bailey was turned away from a job interview at the state-owned Bristol Omnibus Company because he was black, members of the community led a boycott of the buses in protest in 1963. After four months, the bus company relented – marking a significant step towards the UK’s first laws against racial discrimination.
  7. It was only in 1976 that the Race Relations Act, which banned discrimination in public places based on a person’s colour, became law.
  8. The ‘Ivory Bangle Lady’ was a middle-class woman of black African ancestry and is recognised as one of the wealthiest inhabitants of fourth century Roman York – challenging the assumption that Africans in Britain at the time were not wealthy and were likely to have been slaves.. Discovered in 1901, her grave goods included; jewellery made of African elephant ivory, a glass mirror and a blue glass jug.