Dining

Join your fellow members for a coffee, a light meal or a formal dinner in our stunning 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 dining hall for a drink or a snack throughout the day.

Two nights a week, we also offer traditional Formal Halls, hosted by senior members, with at-table service. Students are encouraged to bring guests and to wear their academic gowns. Some Formal Halls are themed to mark special occasions like Chinese New Year, Burns Night 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, teachers 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