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We have a modern, light, and airy dining hall

The kitchen is 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.

On Tuesday and Thursday until further notice the servery will be open for supper from 5:30pm until 7:00pm to allow for celebration of matriculation suppers to which all new graduate students will be invited in turn.  These suppers will start at 7:30pm. We hope to offer some bookable formal suppers for all students later in term. 

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

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.

View a sample menu here



The Bar is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evening in term time from 7pm until 9:30pm. You can also make hot drinks and buy snacks in the Common Room, open 24-hours, whenever you like.

Nautilus Café

Breakfast will now be available at the Nautilus Café from Monday 26th October. Yes, barista coffee is back! We will also have a great selection of paninis, wraps, toasties and more. Opening times will be 8:30am till 2pm. On our first week back we will offer a free coffee of your choice with the purchase of a sandwich, a hot item or a cake.



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 (£120 this term), which you can spend on breakfast, lunch, supper, or takeaways. 

Learn more about: living costs and financial assistance.

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