Beyond Ordinary Food (Compass Group at The University of Oxford) is committed to being a sustainability pioneer, and is excited about the future developments in conjunction with a world class research environment. The consideration as to the sustainable impact of a decision is at the core of the operation, at every level. In 2019 we were delighted to have been awarded SRA two stars in all of our departmental cafe sites, and SRA three stars for our 'Occasions at Oxford' and 'Only and Oxford' hospitality brands.

Supporters of SugarSmart Oxford, ReFill Oxford, and Oxford: Sustainable Palm Oil City, we are keen to become more sustainable in our food operations in the future.

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Celebrate Local and Seasonal

We use 100% British meat

We change the menu with the seasons

We source food from at least one local farmer, fisherman, or producer

We promote local, seasonal produce on the menu

Serve More Veg and Better Meat

We offer meat in reduced portion sizes (if over 85g)

We offer at least one vegan dish a day

At least half our menu is vegetarian

We don’t serve eggs from caged hens

Source Fish Responsibly

We never serve endangered species (IUCN Red List)

We only serve MCS green rated fish

We serve a diversity of species (beyond Tuna, Cod, Haddock, Salmon & Prawns)

We change fish options on the menu to avoid spawning season

We tell diners about fish sustainability on the menu

Support Global Farmers

We work with coffee, tea, chocolate and/or sugar suppliers who have transparent direct trade agreements

We buy produce in a way that ensures workers rights, labour and environmental stewardship in our supply chain


Treat Staff Fairly

We ensure equal pay for equal roles

We have a known grievance policy and system for feedback and complaints that is accessible to all staff

We don’t have staff working unpaid overtime

We pass on all customer tips and service equally to all staff

Support the Community

We are accessible to those with disabilities

Feed People Well

We do not serve endless refills on sugary drinks

We cater to different dietary needs

No main courses on our menu are more than 50% of your recommended daily intake of calories, fat, sugar or salt


We Value Natural Resources

We buy 100% green energy

We only use LED lights

WWe monitor and reduce our energy and water consumption

We Reduce Reuse Recycle

We don't use plastic straws, cutlery, stirrers or sachets

We recycle glass, plastic and paper/card

We send no waste to landfill

We Waste No Food

We donate surplus food

We separate food waste, and ensure it is disposed of as AD or composting

We offer leftovers to go