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A Food Survival Guide for Freshers

Food, of course, is an important part of making university life all the more enjoyable. On-campus there are plenty of coffee shops and restaurants to pick from to ensure your self-catered life is as convenient as possible. Refer to the link to find out more: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/retail/eat-drink/

However, for those looking for alternatives and places to eat outside of campus, we’ve also provided you with several suggestions listed below!

Places to Buy Ingredients and Snacks 
Cannon Park (Coventry)

Open 7 hours a week with a 24-hour Tesco, the Cannon Park Shopping Centre is a good spot to get your daily essentials. Easily accessible as it is only a short walk from the university with major bus links, Cannon Park has over 30 popular high street names. Here are some listed below:

  • Asian Mart:  
Seoul Plaza

Enjoy choosing from the range of Korean, Chinese, Thai, and Japanese food products to snack on or cook meals of your own. 

  • Bubble Tea:
Happy Lemon

Fancy grabbing bubble tea after grocery shopping? Apart from being able to enjoy nice traditional Taiwanese bubble tea, the shop offers flavored drinks such as their signature “Rocks Salted Cheese” series. Their “Fresh Lemon” series and “Lemon Smoothies” series are also worth trying. 

  • Quick meals & sandwiches: Greggs, Subway, Costa, Legends the Sandwich Shop
Location: Coventry  
  • Asian Marts:
Wah Yan Hong Chinese Supermarket

Located in the heart of Coventry City Centre, Wah Yan Hong is the biggest oriental supermarket in Coventry with a huge range of noodles and frozen food products totaling over 2000 different types of products in store.

  • Korean BBQ:

With a live charcoal fire provided at each table, get ready to grill your food from numerous choices that range from locally sourced meat, seafood and vegetables. If you’re not feeling up for a BBQ, no worries, there are plenty of traditional korean dishes to order from too.

  • Chinese Cuisine: 
China Red 

This restaurant specialises in the buffet concept of “Full Menu, All You Can Eat” where you can choose your dishes from their menu consisting of more than 40 starters and 130 mains and side orders. It is also a good place to go for Karaoke too! 

Xiongqi Hotpot

Warm up your stomach by having some hotpot with your friends. The restaurant has many broths to choose from and with their big portions, eating here will certainly satisfy your hunger. 

Noodle Bar 

Open for lunchtime diners and evening meals, this is a great place to get noodles and dim sum without having to wait for long at all. You can also try different combinations of rice and noodles with their mix and match meal options. 

Source: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g186403-d2242249-Reviews-Noodle_Bar-Coventry_West_Midlands_England.html
  • Japanese Cuisine:
A Sushi

With over 100 dishes to order from, this contemporary Japanese and Korean restaurant offers an oriental dining experience with a guaranteed authentic and traditional taste.

  • Dessert: 
Dolci Take Me Away

Dolci is a great choice to satisfy your sugar cravings with their freshly made treats that include waffles, cookie dough, cakes, pancakes, crepes, sundaes, sorbets and gelato.

Alsgongcha Tea

Alishan Gongcha is from Alisha which is the most famous tea growing area in Taiwan. Bubble Tea lovers, you’re in luck! This shop serves high-quality bubble tea, milk cap tea, and fruit tea for you to choose from. 

Location: Leamington Spa
  • Thai Cuisine: 

A big shout out to Thai food lovers, Leamington Spa is home to several Thai restaurants! Be sure to indulge in the variety of freshly cooked authentic Thai dishes such as pad thai, curries, and many more. 

  • Giggling Squid 
  • Sabai Sabai
  • Thai Elephant
  • Lotus Moon
Sabai Sabai - Taste Leamington Spa
Source: Sabai Sabai
  • Chinese Cuisine

Been bar & restaurant is regarded by many to be the best Chinese restaurant within Leamington Spa. The menu offers a large selection of Chinese dishes, ranging from Szechuan Chicken to the crispy and succulent Cha Xiu. This restaurant is a must-try for all students craving a taste of home!

  • Japanese Cuisine
Nana’s Japanese

When setting up this restaurant, the owner’s main mission was to bring Japanese home cooking to the UK, and in the opinion of many, she has successfully done so! You can truly enjoy a sense of staying in a Japanese home within Leamington, Nana’s thoughts, creativity, and passion can be felt through her combination of rice and topping in Donburi dishes. Definitely not one to miss out on!

  • Western Cuisine
Coffee Architects

Coffee Architects is probably one of the most visited brunch spots within Leamington! This cafe offers a variety of comforting and original, generously portioned English inspired dishes. The culinary experience here is further enhanced by the courteous service and appealing decor!

Fat Birds Cafe

Fat Birds Cafe is a lovely airy space that is decorated very tastefully, who will always try to accommodate your every need. They offer a varied menu filled with fresh ingredients, and a large selection of tea and cakes if you can be tempted too! Another lovely brunch spot you should definitely visit!

  • Indian Cuisine
Five Rivers

Five Rivers brings you a new way of experiencing Indian food that is very tasty, clean, and healthy, yet very authentic too! Their cooking combines a multitude of exotic flavors and respect for fine ingredients -fresh produce and herbs, delicate spices, and homemade dairy products that have attracted generations of food lovers ever since it opened!

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