V Café at the Institute

Please note: V Café is closed for summer from Monday 1 August – Monday 5 September (inclusive).

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.

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

Key Information

Opening Times:

Tuesday to Friday, 9am – 3pm. Lunch served from 12pm – 2pm.


The Guildford Institute, Ward Street,
Guildford GU1 4LH
Plan your visit


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…

SLFDA 2019 Winner Logo

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