University of Essex Zest

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University of Essex Zest

University of Essex Zest

Zest

Zest is a vibrant and stylish café with touch-down internet facilities and an adjoining learning space, the Orangery.

The perfect spot on Square 3 for socialising and studying, Zest is a great place to visit throughout the day. Zest serves Costa coffee, a range of teas, as well as chilled bottled drinks and presses.

Serving breakfast daily till 11.00am, Zest also offers delicious cakes, and made-to-order sandwiches, flatbreads, salads, bagels, sweet potato jackets and paninis. The comfortable interior is complemented by outdoor seating.

The ground-breaking Orangery adjoining Zest offers state of the art IT pods, designed with creative team working in mind. Students using the Orangery can enjoy food or drink purchased in Zest while they work.

Opening times

    • Monday to Friday, 8.00am – 6.00pm term time

Menu

Beat the queues and save 10% with Essex Food Rewards

Pre-order your lunch for collection from Zest using a debit or credit card via the Essex Food Rewards app. Enter the ‘shop’ section of the app and order and pay for your favourites, which will be ready for you to collect at a time you choose. Just head straight to our Collection Point! Take a look at what’s available on the app Essex Food Rewards

Find this outlet

Zest is located on Square 3 next to Refresh.

Contact details

Telephone 01206 873259

News and Offers

Make sure you’re up to date with all our new products and special offers.

Zest is operated by Essex Food and accepst Essex Food Rewards.

Latest news and special offers

  • Blues logo

    Blues Café

    What’s new?

    • Now pay and collect points with Essex Food Rewards.
    • Buy 9 hot drinks from our selected range and get your 10th one free with Essex Food Rewards.
    • Bring your own cup for your hot drink and we’ll give you 10p off too!
    • Grab one of our new multigrain croissants or our VEGAN apricot croissant to start your day right.
    • Book a booth for a comfy private meeting, enjoy a hot sandwich with freshly carved meat from the joint, toast your own bread to get it just how you like it and enjoy an even larger range with our extended salad bar and deli.
  • Bonds logo

    Bonds

    What’s new?

    • Now pay and collect points with Essex Food Rewards.
    • Buy 9 hot drinks from our selected range and get your 10th one free with Essex Food Rewards.
    • Bring your own cup for your hot drink and we’ll give you 10p off too!
    • Bonds has a warming cabinet and Costa vending machine making it easier for you to grab on the go.
  • Canteen logo

    Canteen

    What’s new?

    • Now pay and collect points with Essex Food Rewards.
    • Buy 9 hot drinks from our selected range and get your 10th one free with Essex Food Rewards.
    • Bring your own cup for your hot drink and we’ll give you 10p off too!

    Beat the queues and save 10%, just head straight to our dedicated Click and Collect collection point!

    • You can now pre-order your dinner online via our Essex Food Rewards app ‘shop’. Bespoke Asian grab bags for two are now available; just select a main, a side and a snack of your choice, order for a time that suits you and heat up at home with our easy to follow instructions.
    • You can get 10% off your breakfast every week day with Canteen when you buy before 9.00am.
    • Don’t fancy a full breakfast? Grab any muffin before 9.00am and get a free hot drink!
    • If you’re a member of one of our Blades teams, take advantage of our Blades Breakfast Bonanza and receive 10% off your breakfast before 9.00am on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Essex Food Rewards logo

    Essex Food Rewards

    What’s new?

    • You asked, we listened! You can now pay in store via yourEssex Food Rewards app and collect loyalty points at the same time. And we now give you FIVE points for every £1 you spend.
    • Every time you purchase a hot drink in a participating outlet from our selected range, make sure you get your app scanned. After you’ve purchased 9 drinks, you’ll get your 10th one on us!

    Earn while you eat with Essex Food Rewards!

      Every time you make a purchase in one of our outlets, make sure you get your app scanned and start building up your points towards your favourite treat. With Essex Food Rewards you will have access to monthly discounts and offers that are not available in store. You can collect and spend your points in Blues~Bonds~Canteen~Fusion~Happy Days~Lakeside Cafe~No.64 Bus~Refresh~Zest.

    Get edible credit and exclusive offers by downloading the app today:

  • Fusion logo

    Fusion

    What’s new?

    • Now pay and collect points with Essex Food Rewards.
    • Extended menu with new Asian and Indian dishes as well as tasty tacos.
    • Don’t forget you can Call and Collect so your lunch is ready when you are. Call 01206 874303 to place your order
  • Happy Days Diner logo

    Happy Days

    What’s new?

    • Now pay and collect points with Essex Food Rewards.
    • Buy 9 hot drinks from our selected range and get your 10th one free with Essex Food Rewards.
    • Bring your own cup for your hot drink and we’ll give you 10p off too!

    Beat the queues and save 10%, just head straight to our dedicated Click and Collect collection point!

    • Happy Days now offers you the chance to pre-order your favourties online via our Essex Food Rewards app ‘shop’. Make your selection and then order for a time that suits you.
  • Lakeside logo

    Lakeside Theatre Cafe

    What’s new?

    • Now pay and collect points with Essex Food Rewards.
    • Buy 9 hot drinks from our selected range and get your 10th one free with Essex Food Rewards.
    • Bring your own cup for your hot drink and we’ll give you 10p off too!
    • Visit the Lakeside Theatre Café before 11.00am and hot drink and a danish for just £1.75!
  • No 64 logo

    No.64

    What’s new?

    • Now pay and collect points with Essex Food Rewards.
    • Buy 9 hot drinks from our selected range and get your 10th one free with Essex Food Rewards.
    • Bring your own cup for your hot drink and we’ll give you 10p off too!
    • Back by popular demand- Moo, Free Ranger anbd Green Goddess Pieminister pies!
  • Refresh logo

    Refresh

    What’s new?

    • Now pay and collect points with Essex Food Rewards.
    • Buy 9 hot drinks from our selected range and get your 10th one free with Essex Food Rewards.
    • Bring your own cup for your hot drink and we’ll give you 10p off too!

    Beat the queues and save 10%, just head straight to our dedicated Click and Collect collection point!

    • You can pre-order from Refresh through our Essex Food Rewards app. Just head to the ‘Shop’ icon on your app, build your sandwich, then click and collect at a time that suits you to avoid that lunch time rush.
    • You can grab a sausage bap, bacon baguette or veggie breakfast bap with any hot drink for just £2.50.
  • Zest logo

    Zest

    What’s new?

    • Now pay and collect points with Essex Food Rewards.
    • Buy 9 hot drinks from our selected range and get your 10th one free with Essex Food Rewards.
    • Bring your own cup for your hot drink and we’ll give you 10p off too!

    Beat the queues and save 10%, just head straight to our dedicated Click and Collect collection point!

    • Zest now offers you the chance to pre-order your favourties online via our Essex Food Rewards app ‘shop’. Make your selection, order for a time that suits you collect at a time that suits you from our dedicated Collection Point.
    • Make sure you try one of our baked sweet potatoes!