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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. On Saturdays we are open for Brunch from 11am until 2pm.

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.

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

All our food is sourced from best practice suppliers and we track and display the CO2 generated in production and transportation. Whenever possible we also source our produce locally (i.e carrots from Ely, chicken from Suffolk).


Cafeteria style food

Nautilus Café

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

Almond Croissants



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. All our meals offer good value for money and we offer a great variety of freshly made food.

Learn more about: living costs and financial assistance.

During term time

On Sundays we offer a traditional roast from 12am until 2pm.

We serve informal evening suppers Monday to Friday throughout term time (6 – 7:45pm).  Breakfast, lunch and informal suppers are cafeteria style.

Formal Halls

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

For Easter Term 2021, we wish to give students prioprity so we are limiting other spaces to 2 Tutors or Director of Studies to join their students.

There are limited spaces available, maximum 30, and we encourage students to book by household (6 maximum per table).

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


The Bar is open four evenings a week in term time from 6:30pm until 11pm. You can also make hot drinks and buy snacks in the Common Room, open 24-hours, whenever you like.


During term the Nautilus will open from 8:30am until 4pm.

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