Aspire Restaurant

Our student run training restaurant offers a superb and affordable dining experience

The finest sourced ingredients are freshly prepared each day and used to create a range of exciting lunch and dinner menus which are planned, prepared and served by City College’s hospitality and catering students.

Whether it’s dinner for two, a business meeting or a group celebration, Aspire Restaurant offers guests a truly unique and memorable dining experience complete. We cater for all dietary requirements so please ask if required.

Download a sample Lunch menu

Download a sample Dinner menu


For reservations
Call 023 8057 7377
or email

Reopen to customers from Thursday 4th November.
Please note bookings are only available Thursday and Fridays during term time from 12:00pm - 1:15pm


Parties over 10
We can cater for larger groups and parties including private functions. A £5pp non-refundable deposit is required for parties over 10. Please contact us for information.

Christmas Meals 2021 - SOLD OUT

Experience a unique Christmas meal at Aspire Restaurant. 

Our festive menu is available between 12pm-1.15pm on: 

Thursday 2nd December - SOLD OUT
Friday 3rd December - SOLD OUT
Thursday 9th December - SOLD OUT
Friday 10th December - SOLD OUT
Thursday 16th December - SOLD OUT
Friday 17th December - SOLD OUT

Only £22.00 per person (10% discount if booked before end October)


Book early to avoid disappointment. 
Call 023 8057 7377 or email  

Super Trouper! Feast & Party - SOLD OUT
Thursday 20th January 2022 7pm
£35 per person

City College Southampton & Essential Cuisine are pleased to invite you to our upcoming Super Trouper! - Feast & Party Let us take your taste buds on a trip to our Greek themed Taverna while the Classic tracks from ABBA are performed around you in a mesmerising party atmosphere.

The event begins with welcome drinks and canapés. This is then followed by a 3 course meal designed by chefs from Essential Cuisine and cooked & served by City College Southampton catering students.  Entertainment will be provided by City College performing arts students performing songs from the hit movie ‘Mamma Mia’.

The event is to raise money for Abby’s Heroes, a Southampton children’s cancer charity.

For more information and waiting list:
Call 023 8057 7377

Training Facilities

Aspire Resaurant

Aspire Restaurant

Serving food

Coffee making facilities

Our contemporary Aspire Restaurant seats up to 40 people and is open to the public during term time. Aspire has a licensed bar and a dedicated barista area for guests to enjoy while dining and for students to develop their front of house and bar skills.


Our three training kitchens are each fitted out with advanced industry-standard equipment enabling students to gain the up-to-date knowledge and practical skills needed to develop an exciting career in this fast-paced industry.

Student Success

The renowned Paul Ainsworth originally trained here before going on to cook for Gary Rhodes and Gordon Ramsey.

Paul is now a Michelin-star restaurant owner, managing No. 6 and Rojano's in the Square, both located in Padstow, Cornwall. He was winner of BBC2's The Great British Menu (South West region) in 2011 and now also runs Padstow Townhouse, providing beautiful accommodation to his guests.

Paul Ainsworth