Meal times are an important aspect of collegiate life. They provide you the opportunity to catch up with friends or meet College members in other areas of study. Hughes has an exceptional reputation for great food and we encourage all College members to take advantage of the great food on offer in our Dining Hall. Details of dining at College are available in our Student Centre pages, including Formal Halls and weekly menus.
Modern dining hall
Members of Hughes Hall all eat together in a grand modern dining hall on the ground floor of the Fenner’s Building, its tall windows overlooking the calm of the cricket field.
The delicious food is regarded as some of the best available at the University. You can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner here every weekday; at weekends, breakfast and lunch are replaced by our very popular brunch, or sometimes by a traditional carvery. During term time, most meals are self-service.
You can also drop into the Coffee Shop, located in the Peter Richards Room above the Dining Hall, for a drink or a snack throughout the day.
Traditional Formal Halls
Three nights a week, we also offer traditional Formal Halls, hosted by Senior Members, with table service. Some Formal Halls are themed to mark special occasions like Chinese New Year, Burns Night, LGBTQ+ history month and Thanksgiving.
Formal dining isn’t a dull duty or an official obligation. It’s a highlight of the week that staff and students alike look forward to. Unlike other Colleges, we don’t have a High Table reserved exclusively for Fellows. Students, tutors and guests all sit together and eat the same food, so this is a great opportunity to chat to senior academics.
Hughes Hall is one of the top five Cambridge Colleges for fine dining.