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Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

Fellows: Meals in College

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The predominant High Table meal in Murray Edwards College is weekday lunch, which is well attended both in and out of term and serves as an important forum for College business. New Fellows are encouraged to come as often as possible. Meals are served in the Dome Dining Hall (“the Dome”).

It is essential that you sign in for meals so that sufficient food is available for everyone and to record meals actually taken for charging purposes. Use your CSR ID and Raven password to log in. Please note there are deadlines by which you need to sign up.

Full term

Breakfast is provided Monday-Friday (08.00-09.30). Items are charged as taken on the day. This provides a great opportunity to eat and chat with students in an informal environment.

Brunch is available on Saturdays from the Dome from 11.30-13.30. There is no lunch service on Saturdays.

Lunch (self-service) is available at High Table in the Dome on weekdays from 12:45-13:45. Lunch must be booked by 10.00 on the day.

Lunch is available on Sundays in the Dome from 12.30-13.30. Lunch must be booked by 10.00 the preceding day.

A self-service dinner is available from the Dome between 18.15 and 19.15. Cafeteria does not open on Saturday evenings. Dinner must be booked by 14.00 on the relevant day. 

Out of full term

Meals should be booked online in the usual way. Lunch and dinner service continues in the Dome. On days where there are fewer than 5 Fellows’, plated meals for those Fellows’ will be left in the fridge in the Fellows’ Pantry. No catering is provided at weekends.

Fine Dining in Full Term

Formal Hall – Held every Tuesday and some Fridays (depending on other College events). Graduate students and their guests are invited to join the Fellows’ and their guests for sherry and soft drinks served in the Fellows’ Drawing Room from 18.45. Dinner is served at 19.15 in the Dome. Wine is available at special Fellows’ rates (wine list available from the download on the right). Coffee is served after dinner in the Senior Combination Room (SCR). Gowns should be worn to Formal Hall.  

You are welcome to bring guests to Formal Hall.

You and your guests must be booked into each Formal Hall via the Meal Booking System by 14.00 on the preceding day for all Formal Halls.  

Signing for wines and spirits

There is a flat charge for table wine at Formal Hall. Drinks before Formal Hall are free for Fellows. At Formal Hall you should sign on the sheet provided for all your own and your guests’ drinks. If you or your guest do not require alcohol then please write T.T on the sheet provided or your will be charged the flat rate by default. The sheet is located to the right of High Table at Formal Hall and on the drinks reception table for Guests Nights and Fellows’ Evenings.

Dinner Parties

In addition to brining guests to High Table, Fellows’ may arrange dinner parties for undergraduates or graduates in the Fellows’ Dining Room, Council Room, Dome or Long Room on any evening during Term (subject to availability).

Special rates are offered to College members and menus and prices are available here (LINK). Costs will be charged directly to Fellows’ entertainment allowances where sufficient funds are available; any charges to your College entertainment allowance should be signed for at the time of booking.

To make a booking for a dinner party, please contact the Events team.

Fellows’ Pantry

Located opposite the Senior Combination Room (SCR), the Fellows’ Pantry offers good quality tea, herbal tea and bean to cup coffee making facilities. Please return cups to the Pantry when you have finished with them. If supplies run down, please email the front of house team . 

Also provided in the Pantry are a microwave, refrigerator, washing machine and tumble drier, intended primarily for use by resident Fellows’.

Fellows’ Alcohol

Wine by the bottle, sherry etc is available from the Fellows’ Wine Cellar. A wine list is available here (link tbc) and prices are subject to change. Orders should be emailed or placed in the Catering pigeon hole and charged to your College account. Ordinary wines are also available at 48 hours’ notice directly from the Wine Steward – Dr John Guthrie .

Fellows’ Entertainment Allowance

Entertainment allowances can be spent in College (NB waiting for confirmation of the definition of Ents). Catering prices are as follows:

Subject Dinners

If you host a subject dinner in another room on the same night as Formal Hall, the Formal Hall menu will be available at the Formal Hall price but additional staff costs will be charged to College Entertainment or individual Fellows’ account, as indicated below. These dinners should be booked separately from the online meal booking system, through the Events office .

Subject dinners on non-Formal Hall nights are available from £12.75 per person, with a supplement of £2.00 per person for Saturdays and Sundays and must be paid for using your entertainment allowance.

Other events such as end of term drinks with students receive discounted catering and can be charged to your entertainment allowance.

Current Charges

Fellows’ meals in excess of entitlement / Fellows’ guest at lunch or dinner £8.75
Fellows’ meal at Formal Hall in excess of entitlement / Fellows’ guest at Formal Hall £11.70
Sherry for Guests at Formal Hall £1.30 per glass
Wine at Formal Hall £4.70 flat charge