V Café at the Institute

Coronavirus update: Following the latest Government announcement, we will sadly be closing from Thursday 5 November – Wednesday 2 December. We hope to re-open in December and look forward to welcoming you back. There will be some delicious veggie lunches waiting for you! Please see below for information on our planned Christmas lunches.

Our restaurant – V Café at the Institute – is run by Nick Humble and Ian Loffel. The two chefs aim to carry on the long legacy of producing freshly-cooked vegetarian and vegan food in The Guildford Institute’s historic Assembly Room.

V Café logo

Nick and Ian have been best friends since school and both have an extensive background in catering, which includes roles at KPMG, The Savoy and Claridge’s. Together they bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table!

The daily-changing V Café menu is based on seasonal, locally-available produce, including vegetables grown by The Halow Project. We also offer freshly-roasted Surrey Hills coffee.

V Café was delighted to win the prestigious title of Newcomer 2019 at the Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards.

Christmas Lunches

Nick and Ian plan to bring you some much-needed festive cheer with V Cafe’s three-course Christmas lunch from 16 – 19 December.

Pre-booking is essential and can be done using our online booking system. Nick and Ian will then be in touch with further information including pre-payment requirements (please note payment for your meal must be made by 11 December). Bookings can be made anytime from 12pm-2pm.

View our festive menu below. We look forward to seeing you for a very veggie Christmas!

Nick and Ian of the V Café
Salads at the V Café

Key Information

Opening Times:

V Café will be closed from Thursday 5 November – Wednesday 2 December 2020


The Guildford Institute, Ward Street,
Guildford GU1 4LH
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01483 562142


Read our reviews on TripAdvisor.

A really unique place to enjoy a vegetarian lunch, I had the potato frittata with salad and it was delicious. Lots of choice. Nick and Ian are great hosts and they prepare everything fresh each day, including their jokes! The Institute and the Café are true gems that everyone should try…


We visited the V Café today for lunch. It is a haven of peace from the busy town centre. The food is delicious and the welcome was warm. The menu was really varied and we were spoilt for choice – what a joy!

The Assembly Room