The College’s formal meals, and regular everyday dining, take place in a grand modern Hall on the ground floor of the Fenner’s Building. The Hall’s tall windows overlook the calm of the cricket field. While formal dining is one of the great pleasures of life at Hughes, as it is in the traditional Colleges of the University of Cambridge, we are different from other Colleges in not having an established ‘High Table’. This means that students and their guests eat the same food as the Fellows and have plenty of opportunity to sit with and meet senior academics if they wish to do so. An excellent kitchen has deservedly earned a reputation for delivering excellent food, and is highly regarded amongst the dining provision available in the colleges.
During term, most meals are served in the dining hall as self-service. On Saturday and Sunday, breakfast and lunch are replaced with the College’s popular brunches. The dining hall is open throughout the day to provide snacks and refreshments. In addition to regular meal provision, the College provides a traditional, waiter served, Cambridge ‘Formal Hall’ two nights a week. These are hosted by senior members, and students are encouraged to bring guests and to wear gowns. Formal Halls allow students to enjoy a good dinner with a more formal atmosphere with friends and academic colleagues. Special themed Formal Halls occur throughout the year to mark important traditional and national events.