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We are proud to have earned our reputation for having some of the best dining hall food and Hall service in Oxford: on any given day in our dining hall, the variety and quality of food available is second to none. Our chefs provide meals suitable for all dietary requirements, and also put on creative themed nights in Hall for special occasions. Our roast turkey spread for American Thanksgiving and Lunar New Year Chinese-themed menus are regular favourites.
Hall is also where a lot of socialising happens, both informally and through weekly guest nights and formal halls, which are fun and also great value for restaurant-quality food.
Our kitchen also aims to be as sustainable as possible in its food sourcing and production, using locally-sourced ingredients wherever possible; you can read more on our sustainability page.
Most importantly for many students, our food is very reasonably priced (and you pay only for the meals you choose to eat). Breakfast and lunch are self-service, and charged according to options chosen.
As a rough guide based on student purchases, the average meal cost you can expect is around:
Breakfast £2.55 (for a cooked breakfast)
Lunch £4.50 (for two full courses, less for one course or salads, etc)
Dinner on Sunday to Thursday nights is £4.71 for three courses.
Gowns are worn for Formal Hall and Guest Night dinners, but there is no other requirement to dress formally, although Members are expected to be tidily dressed for all meals. Friday is the weekly guest night, when Trinity’s chefs show off their talents providing a special four-course dinner. Booking for Formal Hall and Guest Night is made via an online sign-up system, and Guest Night is especially popular as a chance to invite your friends from other Colleges to sample Trinity's cuisine!
For snacks and hot drinks during the day as well as a fully-stocked bar with a wider selection of beer than you’ll find in many parts of Oxford, the college Beer Cellar is always popular. You can order hard or soft drinks to take into dinner, play darts or table football, or attend one of the many JCR or MCR social events held there.
On-site students who prefer to cook for themselves, or want to eat at flexible times, can use dedicated kitchens: there is a large kitchen for JCR members and another one for MCR.
All the off-site College flats (for third- and fourth-year undergraduates and for graduates) have their own kitchens shared between the small group of students in the flat.
Fancy trying some favourite Trinity recipes yourself? Our head chef Julian Smith and his team to share some of their tried and tested recipes.