The absence of a food venue has been the cause of considerable debate for the past few months with Chris Chapman (an unsuccessful presidential candidate) making one of his policies the completion of the venue. In an interview with The Founder back in January of this year, Joff Manning (the current President of the Students’ Union), promised that the contract for a new venue was "quite literally about to be signed".
Following all of this, ‘Bake & Bite’, dubbed as "the UK’s leading retail brand from Country Choice for in-store bakery and food to go" moved in over the Easter break to fit out the new food outlet, ‘T-Dubbs’ and today saw the opening ceremony.
Among the attendants were Councillor Hugh Meares, the Mayor of Runnymede, who cut the ribbon and officially opened the event. A speech was also given by a representative of ‘Bake & Bite’ who stated that "this is the first time we have worked together with a Students’ Union and we hope that it benefits both parties involved".
The venue was well-received by students with a queue snaking right the way round the outer wall when food service began at about 12:15pm. The venue serves a relatively wide range of food and drink from salad-packed baguettes and fresh fruit smoothies to cornish pasties and an array of pastries. With coffee for just 99p and almost all items priced at under Â£2.50, the venue is particularly appealing to students who have long complained about food prices at the College’s food outlets (namely The Hub and CafÃ© Jules). However, the College services have already reacted to the new venue with a revised and extended menu now being offered at The Hub. One student commented that "it’s great to now see that the College have some competition and to have an alternative to The Hub’s frankly overpriced sandwiches and drinks".