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We have a modern, light, and airy dining hall

The kitchen is normally open every weekday lunchtime throughout the year, with the exception of short breaks at Christmas and Easter. During term we are open for breakfast from 8:30am until 11:30am, and on Saturdays we are open for Brunch from 11am until 2pm. On Sundays we offer a traditional roast from 12am until 2pm.

We serve informal evening suppers Monday to Friday throughout term time. Breakfast, lunch and informal suppers are cafeteria style.

All students, Alumnae, Associates and Emeritus Fellows are very welcome at Formal Hall which occur on most Thursdays and some Fridays during Term.

**Please note that currently there is no Formal Hall and the servery is open for lunch on weekdays (12pm-1.30pm) and for brunch on Saturdays (11am-1pm). We are working hard to offer the widest variety and the highest quality of food.**

When the kitchen is open for cafeteria-style meals then food can also be purchased to take away. You may enjoy dining with friends and colleagues within current regulations.

Click here for Formal Hall bookings, bill payments and MMC top-ups

Scroll down for information about menus, our College café and for costs.

The menu

There is always a choice of hot food, sandwiches, soup, salads & pudding (healthy choices available), including options for vegetarians and vegans. We send out a menu in advance every week, and our chef caters for a wide variety of dietary requirements.

Catering Weekly Menu by Lucy Cavendish


Cafeteria style food

Nautilus Café

Breakfast and snacks are available at the Nautilus / Paul Paget Study Café, 8:30am-11:45am weekdays. Yes, barista coffee is back! Service is takeaway or single-person study tables only. We will also have a great selection of paninis, wraps, toasties and more.

Almond Croissants



Meals are significantly subsidised by the College and costs are kept as low as possible. All Cambridge colleges make some form of advance meal charge to their students, in order to encourage students to eat together on site. This, in part, is what helps to create a strong college community.  At Lucy Cavendish we do not have a “standing charge” but instead ask students to pre-purchase a “minimum meal charge” (MMC) credit, which you can spend on breakfast, lunch, supper, or takeaways. 

Learn more about: living costs and financial assistance.

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