The Dining Hall is located in Cloisters, and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner almost every day of the year, as well as being used for many special functions. Dining is informal for all meals except Formal Hall, where all members of College must wear gowns, and on Sundays members and guests are asked to come in suits and ties. Formal Hall is held three nights a week; Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, and is always very popular, so it’s important to make sure that you book early so you don’t miss out! You are allowed to bring up to five guests to Formal Hall.
In total, if you eat all three meals in Hall, you can expect to spend about £7-9 each day. Your Bod card can be used as an EPOS card for purchasing dinner.
Breakfast is served from 8 to 9:30am, Monday to Saturday, and is a selection of cereals, fruit, toast, yoghurt, and cooked items. You do not have to pre-book breakfast, and guests are allowed.
Lunch is served from 12 noon to 1:30pm, Monday to Saturday, and is changing menu each day, with at least one cooked vegetarian option. Both cooked and cold lunches are on offer. You do not have to pre-book lunch, and you are welcome to bring guests.
The informal sitting of Hall is a buffet-style service from 6 to 7:15pm, Monday to Saturday, and 6:15 to 6:45pm on Sunday, and features a changing three course menu each day, and there is also always at least one cooked vegetarian option. There is a salad bar available. The informal sitting of dinner is not pre-booked, and you are welcome to bring guests.
Formal Hall is a served, set menu three course meal in a formal setting, and is one of the most well known traditions in Oxford. You have to arrive by 7:15pm, and following tradition, the students stand when the Fellows and their guests enter to go to High Table. The gavel is banged and a short prayer said in Latin, at which point everyone may sit down. On Sundays, the choir sings grace from the balcony above the screen at the back of hall. Each meal includes bread, a starter (which may be a soup or a special salad), main, and dessert. You may bring your own wine to drink with the meal, and a glass of port is offered on Sundays.
Formal Hall is served on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday each week during Term, and must be pre-booked through “Upay Chilli” before you can attend. Gowns are always required by College members (although not their guests), and on Sundays you must also wear formal clothes (for men, a suit and tie, and something equivalent for women). You are allowed to bring up to five guests with you. You must remember to bring your Bod card to Hall!
Old Kitchen Bar
The Old Kitchen Bar (OKB) is open from 10am to 5pm, and is a popular option for buying a hot or cold lunch or snack outside the hours that Hall serves food. There are sofas indoors, as well as seating along the side of the Cherwell river during summer.