Chartwells is the specialist education operating company of Compass Group UK and Ireland.

Chartwells has been providing a range of catering and support services to universities, independent schools, colleges and state schools for almost 30 years. We are the market leader providing catering, retail and support services to over 80 colleges and 35 universities in the UK and Ireland, with more than 320 universities worldwide, including key markets in North America, the Far East and Europe; we understand the education sector and the changes being experienced across this area.

We provide retail high street brands to create a familiar feel on campus, or work with individual universities or colleges to create bespoke brands which bring their values to life. In some cases, we are also able to provide investment to create attractive and welcoming environments in which students can eat, study and meet with friends.


We’re giving children all the get up and go they need with our tasty food and unrivalled approach to school meals. As well as providing thousands of meals daily to students across the country, we run activities and workshops to encourage healthy eating and inspire good, lifelong habits.

We don’t just want children to eat our food… we want them to LOVE it. We wholeheartedly believe that lunchtime should be a fun part of the day, jam-packed with lots of different, flavoursome and healthy food. Plus our dedicated nutritionists bring food to life through our Eat Right, Stay Bright programme. It’s crammed with goodness… from Fun Into Food lessons, student survival talks, parent workshops and breakfast clubs to our Food Superheroes and Beyond the Kitchen web hub.

We want to set young people up for their day, and for a lifetime of good eating habits. Ensuring every student has the same opportunity to develop and make a positive contribution at school, by having access to fresh, healthy and great tasting meals. Our nutritionists and chefs go to great lengths to create food that looks good, tells a story and is in tune with the latest trends – because that’s the food students tell us they want. In their words: food that’s “tasty, lovely and delicious”. And we serve it in fun and innovative spaces that are as inspiring as the classroom.


Just because you’re at university doesn’t mean you have to subsist on beans on toast and instant noodles!

Students’ tastes are forever changing. To keep in step with the latest trends, we make sure our food offer is continually evolving too.

We know that time and budget constraints are big factors in the way students eat… but the key to concentration is a good meal. We dish up tasty, on-trend and nutritional meals that are not only exciting, but are also budget friendly. More than that… on campus we serve up supplier events, workshops on healthy living, and even the occasional tasting, to inspire students on the best ways to eat well for less.

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