Food and drink at our hospitals

Across our three London hospitals we offer a wide range of food and drink for patients, visitors, and the public. There are also shops selling newspapers, magazines, books and phone cards. Our healthy food is served across restaurants, cafés, trolley services and vending machines.

Find out more about the healthy hospital food options we serve our patients at Royal Free Hospital Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital:

Meal menus for in-patients

If you have diabetes, please read our choosing food in hospital for patients with diabetes page.

The Royal Free Hospital

*This is a two-week menu – please ask the ward team which week it is.

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Royal Free Hospital menus: allergen and nutrition information

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The Royal Free Hospital provides a restaurant with a deli bar and our own Aramata coffee shop inside the restaurant. To find it, take the lift or stairs to the lower ground floor.

The Royal Free restaurant serves breakfast and lunch, Monday to Sunday, currently from 7am to 7pm seven days a week.


Served from 7am-10.30am.


Served from 11.30am to 2.30pm.


Served from 4.30pm to 7pm.

Sandwiches, salads cakes, and other items are sold between meals.

Deli bar: open Monday to Friday, from 11.30am to 2.30pm.

Aromata cafe: open Monday to Friday, from 7am to 5pm.

Deli bar at the Royal Free Hospital

The Royal Free Deli Bar serves a selection of hot and cold sandwiches, Panini’s, wraps, salads and Jacket potatoes, all custom made and fresh to order.

It's open Monday to Friday, from 11:30am to 5pm

Aromata Café at the Royal Free Hospital

A range of speciality Aromata coffees are available including cappuccino, latte, espresso mocha herbal and traditional teas plus a selection of in house made pastries and cakes  It is open from 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, and is closed at weekends.

Vending at the Royal Free Hospital

There are selections of vending machines located throughout the Royal Free Hospital, including in maternity waiting area and A&E. These serve hot and cold beverages, and snacks including healthy food options.

Marks and Spencer and WHSmith

The Royal Free Hospital has a M&S Simply Food outlet and WHSmith on the ground floor. They sell a wide selection of sandwiches, snacks, cold drinks, and other items.

Barnet Hospital

Meal menus for in-patients

*for example soft bite, liquidised and pureed options


Barnet Hospital has a restaurant and a coffee shop, which actively promotes health and wellbeing for customers. 

The Lifestyle Restaurant, located to the left of the main entrance on the ground floor, serves a selection of food and drink including homemade daily specials, cooked breakfasts, a healthy breakfast selection of oats, cereals and fresh fruit, a range of hot meals, soup, salads, sandwiches, jacket potatoes and pizzas. It also serves bean to cup coffee and a choice of desserts and healthy snacks.

The Lifestyle Restaurant is open every day from 7.30am to 8pm. Breakfast is served from 7.30am to 11am, lunch 12 noon to 3pm and dinner 6pm to 8pm. Snacks and ‘lite bites’ are available at all other times.

Costa Coffee at Barnet Hospital

Costa Coffee serves coffee and cold beverages, sandwiches, paninis, cakes, and pastries. It is in the corridor that runs from the main entrance to the main lifts and is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 7.30pm.

Healthy food to take away at Barnet Hospital

There are vending machines located throughout the hospital, including in the A&E department, and we ensure they have healthy items. All products are available to take away via our retail outlets.

There is also a snack trolley service which visits wards and departments between 11am and 2pm Monday to Friday. 

Chase Farm Hospital

Meal menus for in-patients


A Costa Coffee outlet is available near the Main Entrance serving hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, and light snacks. Costa Coffee is open weekdays 7.30am to 7pm and at weekends from 8am to 3pm. 


There is a Little Fresh shop on the ground floor selling a range of healthy snacks and fruit, hot and cold food and stationery, magazines, and newspapers. The shop is open on weekdays from 7am to 7pm. Please note card only payment

Vending machines

Vending machines are located around the hospital, including in the urgent care centre waiting area.