Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all available in College during term time.
Mealtimes in Hall
11:00-13:00 Saturdays only
10:00-13:00 Sundays only
Dinner - Informal Hall
17:45-19:15 Monday, Wednesday
17:45-18:30 Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Dinner - Formal Hall
19:15 Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday
Gowns must be worn
Undergraduates will need to bring their University Cards with them to meals.
Graduates must book their meals before 10am on the day they want to go to dinner in Hall, using the the meal booking system. Payment for lunch and breakfast is organised electronically through your university card ('Bod card'). You will need to bring it with you to meals.
Fridays alternate between JCR and MCR ‘guest nights’, a more formal and social occasion than regular Formal Hall. Dress is smart (no gowns required) and guests are allowed. A more expensive menu is served, and most groups choose to bring wine (bottles are also available from the College bar). You will need to sign on in advance of guest night if you wish to attend.
The number of places at Guest Night Dinner is limited to 140, so early booking is recommended. The system will penalise you if you cancel after 10am on the Thursday before, so please make sure you only reserve places you know you will fill.
Up to four MCR members at a time are permitted to dine on high table at their own expense on battels for food (drinks extra - turn glass over if you don’t want wine) on Thursday in full term. You may use the SCR before/after dinner but may not invite guests. Sign-up is by email to the SCR Butler, Hassan Hamed, by 10am on the Thursday in question.
Up to four MCR members at a time are permitted to dine at High Table at their own expense on battels for food (drinks extra - turn glass over if you don’t want wine) on Thursday in full term. You may use the SCR before/after dinner but may not invite guests. Sign-up is by email to the SCR Butler, Hassan Hamed, by 10am on the Thursday in question.
The Tutor for Graduates dines at High Table every even Wednesday within Full Term, and on these occasions will be delighted to entertain first-year graduates free of charge. Because High Table has limited space, she will take up to four guests per session. The Student Services Administrator sends out an invitation at the beginning of each term to the first-year graduates, with places available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are able to attend, the Tutor will be pleased to offer you a pre-dinner drink from 18:35 for 19:15 on the Wednesday in question.
You can book attendance in advance, using the meal booking system. Meals and menus are usually uploaded the Thursday afternoon of the week previous to the meal.
During term, undergraduates living in College accommodation that is not classified as self-catering are automatically booked. The default setting is for the early (‘informal’) sitting. It is up to you to sign off if you don’t wish to attend or change to Formal Hall and Guest Nights. All other students are required to book-on for dinners as required. You need to do this by 10am of the day in question.
Up to two guests can be registered in advance for any meal. Should you require more than two guests please seek help from the Catering Manager.
Your default dietary meal (standard, vegan, pescetarian or vegetarian) is permanently set to match your preference when you first arrive in college. If this needs to be updated, please email Sheena Hinton email@example.com
You can specify what type of meal is required for each of your guests, in advance, using the meal booking system.
Should you have any particular allergenic needs, you should discuss this in advance with the Catering Manager.
The College's Halal provision has been led by consulting our current students who eat Halal meat. Currently, their preferred provision is to have Halal options at dinner 3 days per week, and a large range of vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian dishes on the other days.
All formal halls and guest nights offer a Halal option.
You can view the College's Food Code of Practice in our policy documents section.