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It is well known that patients who have undergone major surgical procedures are vulnerable to the consequences of inadequate calorie or nutritional intake. Clinical studies have demonstrated that early post-operative feeding increases strength and healing of an intestinal anastomosis, reduces surgical site infection and length of hospital stay. The 'Enhanced recovery programme', ERP, includes early post-operative nutrition as one of its key goals, however there is no guidance on the type of food that should be offered to patients in this programme. Anecdotally, many patients and healthcare professionals believe that there are differences in how food tastes to early post-operative patients. If there are changes in taste following surgery this will affect the food choices that patients make in the early post-operative period. No studies have addressed this question to date. In this study we hope to describe this affect and consider the significance of any changes on the background of current hospital food options. We hypothesise that food preference and tastes and desires are altered in the early post operative period and this affects what patients eat at this critical time.