Food & Drink
The dining experience at The NEC is tailor-made for each show or exhibition to make sure you are never far from great tasting food. We have a selection of different bar, café, sandwich shop and restaurant concepts that move to fit the audience of each unique event.
If you feel spoilt for choice, just ask one of our staff to direct you to the nearest findit food map to find the available food outlets at the particular show you’re visiting.
Below is just a taster of some of the food experiences you will come across on your visit to The NEC.
Our newly refurbished food & bar concept offers a modern, clean self-service restaurant with a choice of sandwiches, salads and hot and cold meals. With seating for 200 in a spacious and bright dining area, these outlets provide calm among the buzz of the shows. Serving the widest choice of high quality foods available in one place, the trusted NEC food brand can provide something delicious for everyone.
Based on a market-place style, the NEC food market offers all the ingredients to find and eat tasty food quickly and without fuss. Offering customers choice and flexibility, foodmarket options are usually served in high quality take-away containers for those on the move.
Serving the highest standard of tasty sandwiches, salads, snacks and drinks that you’ve come to expect from us – but even quicker! We’ve handpicked our most popular takeaway options to provide you with the fastest way to enjoy food on to go.
While one week we may offer a deli, noodle bar or sausage and mash concept, the next week it may be a jacket potato or curry concept – the possibilities are endless for our customers who like plenty of choice!
Ideal for a quick drink and a chat, the cafe bars can be found in halls 9 to 12 and offer an alternative place to grab a coffee or glass of wine. Ready-made sandwiches and snacks are also available.
A relaxing table service restaurant and bar with a menu reflecting the freshest ingredients of the season. Guests can sit back and enjoy being spoilt with delicious quality food and contemporary stylish surroundings.
The Food Bank
Our self-service restaurants offer an extensive choice of hot and cold meals with plenty of seating to relax. Freshly prepared and served in a modern environment, the menu changes regularly.
The Damn Fine Sandwich Company
Experts in speciality sandwiches, The Damn Fine Sandwich Company serve a range of unusual breads with hot or cold fillings. Select a choice of bread, then add a filling! Alternatively, our salad favourites including Red Thai chicken salad and Buffalo Mozzarella with chargrilled vegetables are also popular options.
As part of the NEC’s multi-million pound investment programme, a select choice of branded food retailers have been invited to trade at the NEC.
The brand names have been specifically chosen to reflect the NEC’s own high standards in food quality, choice and service.
Offering the very best in Indian, Chinese Mexican and Italian cuisine, Jimmy Spices provides a quick, tasty option for a great meal. With live cooking right in front of your eyes creating a touch of drama, choose from your favourite Indian, Chinese, Mexican or Italian dishes to eat in or take out. Also open for a tasty full English breakfast, Jimmy Spices offers cereal and great coffee too.
One of the world's most iconic coffee brands offering a fine range of freshly roasted coffees, Italian-style espressos and ice-blended drinks, plus delicious hot and cold sandwiches, cakes and pastries.
Specialists in toasted and cold submarine sandwiches and salads, Subway also offers a delicious range of deli-style sandwiches, kids meals, salads and wraps. If you want a healthier option try their popular ‘under 6’ range – a low fat selection of sandwiches with under 6 grams of fat each. Freshly baked cookies and muffins are also available.
One of the UK’s most popular free houses, JD Wetherspoon offers a friendly and comfortable atmosphere and serves good quality, great value food all day. The menus offer a mix of traditional British meals along with popular international dishes and a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks.
Prepared using free range, locally sourced and organic ingredients (wherever possible) the Pasty Presto menu predominantly serves freshly baked Cornish Pasties with a range of different fillings. Organic filled baguettes, soups, salads, a range of handmade cakes, fair trade coffee, fresh smoothies and ice cold drinks are also served.
Catering at The NEC is operated by our sister company Amadeus.