Summer Jobs in Catering

A Food & Beverage Assistant pulling a pint of beer in Mungo's

Are you looking to earn some money this summer?

Kent’s catering team are currently seeking warm, positive people with bags of energy to help out over the busy summer season.

Ideal candidates must be reliable, punctual, and possess excellent communication skills. They should have a friendly and approachable personality, with the ability to work well in a fast-paced, high-energy environment.

If you’re looking to start a career in hospitality, or just want to learn new skills while you study, this could be the perfect job for you!

Responsibilities will include:

  • Greeting customers and taking orders
  • Serving food and drinks in a timely and efficient manner
  • Ensuring a clean and organized dining/kitchen area
  • Handling payments

Candidates must be available to work flexible hours (possibly including evenings and weekends), throughout the summer season. Prior experience is not necessary, but it is desirable.

How to apply?

If you’re interested in applying for this role (Food & Beverage Assistant), please send your CV, along with a potential start date, to

Flexible casual contract with a total hourly rate equal to £7.83 – £10.89p/h (depending on age)

Application deadline: Friday 16 June 2023

Kerala Curry: Authentic Indian Street Food

A box of chickpea curry, rice, mango chutney, mint yogurt, and mini poppadums

Discover the flavours of South India this Summer term!

Gulbenkian Café chef, Anto, will be cooking up authentic Keralan street food from his pop-up food stall outside the Gulbenkian Arts Centre, for the duration of the Summer term.

The menu will change on a weekly basis, meaning customers can enjoy a variety of different South Indian dishes, from aromatic biryanis to mouth-watering dosas.

Find the Kerala Curry street food pop-up outside the Gulbenkian Arts Centre, 9 May – 16 June, Monday to Friday, 11.00 – 14.00.

V – Vegetarian | Ve – Vegan | GF – Gluten Free

Week 1

Tue 9 May – Fri 12 May

Homemade Chicken Curry (GF) £6.00
Served with basmati rice and poppadums.

Homemade Aloo Gobi Curry (Ve, GF) £5.00
Served with basmati rice and poppadums.

+ Mango chutney (Ve) and minted soya yogurt (Ve)

Week 2

Mon 15 May – Fri 19 May

Chicken Masala Dosa £6.00
Indian style pancake filled with chicken masala. Served with fresh chilli, coriander, onion, coconut chutney, and minted soya yogurt.

Vegetable Masala Dosa (Ve) £5.00
Indian style pancake filled with vegetable masala. Served with fresh chilli, coriander, onion, coconut chutney, and minted soya yogurt.

Week 3

Mon 22 May – Fri 26 May

Homemade Chicken Biryani (GF) £6.00
Served with a hard-boiled egg and topped with chilli, coriander, and onion.

Homemade Vegetable Biryani (V, GF) £5.00
Served with a hard-boiled egg and topped with chilli, coriander, and onion. (Vegan option available)

+ Mango chutney (Ve) and minted soya yogurt (Ve)

Week 4

Tue 30 May – Fri 2 June

Bombay Street Pulao (Ve, GF) £6.00
An all-in-one rice and vegetable dish.

Butter Chicken £5.00
Served with cumin rice, poppadums, fresh coriander, chilli, and onion.

+ Mango chutney (Ve) and minted soya yogurt (Ve)

Week Five

Mon 5 June – Fri 9 June

Sabzi Vegetable Curry (Ve, GF) £5.00
Served with fried rice and poppadums.

Aloo Paneer Onion Curry (V) £5.00
Served with fried rice and poppadums.

+ Mango chutney (Ve) and minted soya yogurt (Ve)

Week 6

Mon 12 June – Fri 16 June

Pick ‘n’ Mix Indian Snacks – 4 for £10

Homemade Giant Onion Bhaji (Ve, GF) £3.00
Homemade Chicken and Vegetable Samosa £3.00
Homemade Vegetable Samosa (Ve) £3.00
Homemade Spinach & Onion Pakora (Ve) £3.00

+ Mango chutney (Ve) and minted soya yogurt (Ve)

A basket filled with a vegetable dosa and drizzled with mint yogurt

Plant-Based Loyalty Scheme

A close up image of a hand holding the plant-based loyalty card which has been stamped a number of times

Get ready to help fight the climate crisis, protect nature, and improve human health!

The School of Anthropology and Conservation’s student-led Sustainability Working Group have been working with the catering team to produce a plant-based loyalty card.

The loyalty scheme rewards customers with a FREE meal for every 9 vegan meals purchased in a campus restaurant, cafe, or bar.

Plant-based loyalty cards can be used in:

  • Rutherford Dining Hall
  • Sibson Café
  • The Street Kitchen
  • Dolche Vita
  • Mungo’s
  • Origins
  • Hut 8
  • K Bar
  • Gulbenkian Arts Centre Café


The loyalty scheme is not just for vegetarians and vegans, but for flexitarians who are looking to reduce their meat consumption. The scheme offers an easy way for customers to try the delicious meat-free meals on campus, whilst saving money.

Loyalty cards can be picked up in participating outlets, at the till.

For more information, please contact Philippa Page (

Gulbenkian Open Air Film Festival

Gulbenkian Open Air Film Festival Title card with a background of stars and light clouds

Get ready for an epic summer of cinema under the stars! From 11 May – 8 June, as part of the Gulbenkian Open Air Film Festival, you can enjoy a different movie every Thursday night on the big screen outside the Gulbenkian Arts Centre!

The festival will be showing a variety of different films, from 90’s romantic comedy, Pretty Woman; to biographical fantasy musical, Rocketman.

Gulbenkian Open Air Cinema events are free to attend and non-ticketed, so you can just turn up on the night and enjoy the film!

What’s on?

Encanto (Sing Along) – Thursday 11 May, 21.00
Licorice Pizza – Thursday 18 May, 21.00
Pretty Woman – Thursday 25 May, 21.00
Shaun of the Dead – Thursday 1 June, 21.00
Rocketman – Thursday 8 June, 21.00

Will there be food and drink?

A selection of food, drink, and snacks will be available for purchase during the event. Enjoy fries, wings, nachos, ice cream, popcorn, sweets, and drinks while you sit back and enjoy the film.

There will also be an outdoor bar, serving a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Can I bring something to sit on?

There will be hay bales to sit on, but you are more than welcome to bring backrests, chairs, or picnic blankets to watch the film. We recommend you wrap up warm and wear lots of layers – even summer nights can get quite cold.

What happens if it rains?

As we all know, the Great British Summer can be unpredictable, so in the event of rain, film screenings will move indoors to the Gulbenkian Arts Centre cinema (except for Licorice Pizza on Thursday 18 May).

What time does the film start?

The film starts at 21.00, but you are more than welcome to arrive earlier, get comfortable, and order some snacks before the film begins. Food and bar open from 18.00.

Are the screenings accessible?

Access to the site is along level, hard paths.

The cinema area is predominantly level grass, with limited hard standing pathways. In the event of bad weather, mud and puddles are likely.

Please let us know if you require any additional support and our on-site staff members will be more than happy to help.

Are there toilet facilities?

Yes, toilets are available in the Gulbenkian Arts Centre.

Will there be subtitles?

Films will not be shown with subtitles. However, for hearing-impaired guests, we recommend the use of an app called ‘Subtitle Viewer’ where you can search for the film and play the subtitles as the film plays on the big screen.

For more information, please email Daniel Parsons –

Pancake Day 2023

American pancake stack with blueberries


Rejoice, batter-based desert lovers, Pancake Day is coming up again on Tuesday 21 February. From American-style stacks to classic lemon and sugar crêpes, we’ve put together a list of places on campus you can enjoy pancakes…

Gulbenkian Cafe

American Pancake Stack – £4 – OUT OF STOCK

With your choice of topping:

  • Blueberry & Maple Flavoured Syrup (V)
  • Crispy Bacon & Maple Flavoured Syrup
  • Nutella (V)
  • Nutella & Banana (V)
  • Nutella & Strawberry (V)

Savoury Dosa Pancake – £6

A North Indian rice pancake filled with mixed vegetable sabzi curry


American Pancake Stack – £4

With your choice of topping:

  • Blueberry & Maple Flavoured Syrup (V)
  • Crispy Bacon & Maple Flavoured Syrup
  • Nutella (V)
  • Nutella & Banana (V)
  • Nutella & Strawberry (V)

Dolche Vita

Classic Crêpe – £1.50 – OUT OF STOCK

Lemon & Sugar Crêpe – £1.50 – OUT OF STOCK

Extra toppings 50p each: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, banana, chocolate sauce, Biscoff sauce, strawberry sauce, toffee sauce, honey, syrup, whipped cream, Biscoff crumb, Oreo crumb

Kent’s number-one pre-paid card

Did you know you may be in possession of this number-one card, without really understanding its full potential? Yes, that’s right – your ID card, also known as a KentOne card does more than just tell us who you are!

What’s all the fuss about?

Your KentOne card can even save you money!

  • Cashless card – If you log in online to add credit to your KentOne account, you’ll be able to use your card to pay in a range of outlets
  • Library card – You need your KentOne card to enter, exit or borrow items from either Templeman or Drill Hall libraries
  • Sports membership – If you are a member of Kent Sport, you will need your KentOne card to access the gym and other sporting facilities on campus

Sound good! So how do you use it?

The KentOne card uses contactless technology, so you’ll just need to tap it on the correct contactless machine for access. It also works the same way as your contactless debit/credit card when you use it to pay at one of our outlets around campus, with some outlets even offering a 10% discount when you do!  

How do I put money onto my card?

You can top up your KentOne card online – it’s easy! Simply create a KentOne account to get started. Once you’ve logged in, you can top up your card, view your balance and track your account activity. Just check out the steps below to get started!






I don’t have a KentOne card. How can I get one?

Staff will be given a KentOne card by your school/department administrator, prior to your first day. If you do not have a KentOne card it can be requested online (you will need to obtain authorisation from your department). Students will receive their KentOne card when they arrive on campus.

Check out our KentOne card pages online or our FAQs for more information

Taking traditional bar games to the next level


Origins bar, in Darwin College, is the perfect place to meet new people, hang out with friends, and enjoy some tasty treats.

Check out our new FREE-of-charge interactive darts and shuffleboards, available daily from 4pm – 11pm.


Get your shuffle on at Origins bar, which has two brand-new table shuffleboards! Designed for 2-8 players, these boards are the perfect way to chill with friends whilst keeping it competitive and fun.

Not played shuffleboard before? Don’t panic! Each player slides their weights down the table to earn points. The idea is, you want to slide your weight as far down the table as possible without it falling off the end! Weights which hang off the table are called ‘hangers’ and these are worth an extra point, so it’s definitely worth that risky shot.

Still unsure? Check out this Wiki How video which explains the rules and objectives of the game.

Interactive Darts

Now you’ve got that, how about trying out our interactive darts! This game takes darts to a whole new level, incorporating traditional darts with interactive gameplay. There are 8 games to choose from; Shanghai, Robin Hood, Killer, Hexa-gone, Halve it, Blockbuster, Showtime, and Classic darts. Using the interactive system, you’ll be guided through the setup and rules of each game. The graphics display who’s throwing, and whose turn it is next, and the magnetised darts sync with the board to display your score! So no more adding up!

Smart darts system

You can also choose your difficulty level, so whether you’re a die-hard dart champion or a total beginner, there’s a level and game to suit you. Check out the Robin Hood play-through here, to get a sense of how interactive darts work and then head down to Origins to get your game on!

Origins is open Monday – Saturday, 4pm – 11:30pm – Come along to enjoy some free games and good food! 

University Of Kent Christmas Market

Like many of us, you’re probably wondering where the year has gone! Yep, Christmas is rapidly approaching, with presents still to buy, gifts to wrap, and ideas quickly running out.

Well don’t fret, we’re here to get you on the right track with our fab-yule-ous Christmas market, exclusively for Kent students and staff. The market will be open on Thursday 15 December 2022 from 10:00 – 14:00 in the Colyer-Fergusson Music Hall for some festive delight.

What to expect?

We will have a host of talented elves and local suppliers, showcasing their fantastic products – including food, drink, and crafts!

This is your opportunity to discover local goods, browse gorgeous craft items, sample some delicious locally-produced food, and pick up unique and meaningful gifts in time for Christmas.

Let’s not bury our heads in the snow. Embrace the festive season, as we all know it’ll be over in a blink of Santa’s eye!

Catering Feedback Survey

Woman eating a burger

Catering would like to hear about your experience of dining at their outlets on the Canterbury campus.

The short survey, which asks questions about value for money, customer service and food/drink quality, gives you a chance to provide feedback after each visit.

Customers who leave feedback can enter a monthly prize draw to win a £20 catering voucher to spend on campus, and each month presents a new opportunity to enter! The feedback received will help the catering team maintain and improve their services and the customer experience.

The participating catering outlets are: Bag It, Create, Dolche Vita, Gulbenkian Café, Hut 8, K-Bar, Mungo’s, Origins, Rutherford Dining Hall, Sibson Café, Sports Café and The Street Kitchen.

Have you visited one of our catering outlets recently? Take the survey today!

Work at the Lambeth Conference

Are you looking to earn some extra money this summer?

The Commercial Services & Estates catering team are looking for enthusiastic, hard-working individuals to lend a hand at this year’s Lambeth Conference (18 July – 10 August).

Member of staff helping at an outside event

What is the Lambeth Conference?

Meeting around every ten years since 1867, the Lambeth Conference is an international meeting of Anglican bishops convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The conference takes place across venues at the University of Kent, Canterbury Cathedral, and Lambeth Palace during the British summer of 2022.

Over six hundred bishops (and their partners), from all over the world, will travel to the conference.

bishops at the Lambeth conference

What roles are available?

To ensure the Lambeth Conference is a success, the catering team are looking to recruit extra Food and Beverage Assistants and Bar Bistro Supervisors to help deliver a professional and memorable catering experience.

Duties will include:

  • Assisting with the preparation and serving of meals and beverages.
  • Providing first class customer service.
  • Ensuring kitchen and service areas are clean and tidy.
  • Working within a team to provide a high-quality catering experience.

Applicants must have a can-do attitude, bags of energy, and be willing to muck in! They will need to be able to work quickly and accurately within a busy environment and have a flexible approach to work.

Working at the Lambeth Conference will be challenging, but it will also be exciting and rewarding.

This is a great way to gain experience in the catering industry; and add valuable, transferable skills to a CV!


FREE on-campus accommodation will be available to those working 35 hours or more!

Member of staff putting dishes on a table

How to apply?

For more information, please email Adam Watkins