Graduation 2014: catering and accommodation options available


Degree Congregation Lunches

Celebrate your graduation in style with a special lunch or buffet in the Astor Suite in Staff House. Book your lunch in advance and enjoy the day without worrying where you can eat. Drinks and wine can be chosen from a comprehensive list, and can be purchased when you arrive.

Lunches cost £23.95 for two courses, or £25.95 for three courses, and the price includes VAT and a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.

Book now at the University online shop: for more information email Staff House reservations or call us on 0121 414 6252.


Degree congregation lunch menu:

To start:

  • Light Asian vegetable broth, finished with enoki mushrooms
  • Nest of seasonal melon, summer berries, pear sauce and raspberry sorbet
  • Double baked cheddar cheese soufflé, with a walnut salad, and nut oil dressing
  • Chicken liver and brandy pate, with onion chutney and toasted brioche  


Main course:

  • Slow cooked loin of lamb, pea puree, broad beans and young vegetables, fondant potato and lamb jus
  • Grilled Scotch rib eye steak with your choice of Béarnaise sauce or green peppercorn sauce, served with Portobello mushroom, roasted cherry tomatoes and chunky chips         
  • Poached free range chicken supreme, served with creamed summer cabbage, cocotte potatoes and pan juices
  • Pan fried sea bass fillets, served with fennel compote, roasted cherry tomatoes, crispy potato and tarragon butter sauce
  • Celeriac and potato cake, butter fried free range egg, wilted spinach and Hollandaise sauce


To follow:

  • Orange and chocolate torte on a chocolate biscuit base
  • Chef’s dessert of the day
  • Exotic fresh fruit salad
  • Selection of luxury ice creams
  • Farmhouse cheese and biscuits


Add a cheese course for only £1.95 per person

Coffee and chocolate mints

Book now at the University online shop: for more information email Staff House reservations or call us on 0121 414 6252.


Catering Outlets on Campus

Our dedicated catering teams are here to provide everything you need during Graduations, from simple refreshments to light lunches and exquisite dinners. The University hosts a range of bars and cafes on Campus and all our menus promote local, organic and Fairtrade products wherever possible.

  • Bratby Bar - Ground Floor, Staff House
    11:00 - close
    The Bratby Bar will be serving hot and cold food from 12:00 noon – 2.00pm and bar drinks all day.
  • Café Aroma - 1st Floor, Staff House
    9am – 4pm
    Café Aroma will be serving coffees, cakes, sandwiches and paninis.
  • Noble Room - 2nd Floor, Staff House
    12 – 2pm
    The Noble Room will be serving traditional carvery lunches, salads, soups and other hot food.
  • Costa Coffee - Ground Floor, University Centre
    8am – 6pm
    Serving Costa coffee, sandwiches and snacks.
  • Go Central - Ground Floor, University Centre
    8am - 3pm
    Rice and noodles, with dishes from India and Asia; breakfast and traditional fayre; pizza and pasta
  • Food Court: Go Mex and Cafe Go - First Floor, University Centre
    8am - 5:30pm
    Soup, handmade and prepacked sandwiches, paninis, salads jacket potatoes and coffee; Mexican burrito bar
  • Costa Coffee and Auditorium Bar - Bramall Music Building
    8am – 7pm
    Serving Costa coffee, Carte D’Or ice cream, sandwiches and snacks.
  • Raising The Bar - Munrow Sports Centre
    8.30am – 2.30pm
    Serving coffee, snacks and light lunches.
  • Go 2 - Learning Centre
    8:30am - 3pm
    Soup, handmade and prepacked sandwiches, paninis and coffee
  • iLounge - Library
    9am - 3:45pm
    Homemade cakes and coffees, prepacked sandwiches and paninis
  • Starbucks - Muirhead Tower
    8am – 5pm
    Serving Starbucks coffee, cakes, sandwiches and snacks

We can also deliver hot and cold buffets to your location: see our Fresh Thinking delivered catering page for more details.


For those friends and family who require accommodation during graduation time, we are able to offer bed and breakfast at the nearby Conference Park. Prices start at £49 per night for off peak, single rooms and we can offer the following facilities:

106 en-suite bedrooms with a mix of double, twin and single rooms, with:

  • telephone,
  • flat screen television,
  • hairdryer,
  • radio clock alarm,
  • ironing facilities
  • full welcome tray
  • 24 hour reception
  • Disabled access
  • Free on-site car parking
  • Free 20Mb/s Wi-Fi for all residents, available in all bedrooms and meeting rooms.

To book a room, or to obtain further information, please contact the venuebirmingham team on 0121 415 8400 or book your bed and breakfast online now.