Key points:

  •  Remember to bring your Bodcard to dinner every time!!

  • Informal at 6pm

  • Formal at 7.15 - remember to wear your gown!

  • Remember to bring your diet card (if you need one)


Informal and Formal:

Informal is a faster paced dinner, where you will queue to collect food. Formal takes longer and involves the food being brought to you course by course. Gowns must be worn for formal dinner, and a latin grace is read before food is served (all you need to do for this is stand!). The buttery bar is open before formal if you’d like to buy wine or any other drink for dinner - these can be paid for by card or bodcard, but there is a limit to the amount you can spend on your bodcard.

Formal Fridays: We are currently trialing Formal Friday - dinner at normal formal time on a Friday with some favourite dishes, where smarter dress is worn - shirt and smart trousers/skirt, dress, jumpsuit


Special diet cards:

At the start of a new year, anyone who wishes to have a special diet needs to go and get a new dietary card (even if you have one from last year).

To do so, go to the office in hall (on the left hand side, after the entrance) at a non-meal time and let them know what sort of card you require (e.g Vegetarian, Vegan, Pescatarian, Halal, etc). Please take a passport size photograph of yourself, or your bodcard so they can put a picture of you on the dietary card. The card will be issued then and there, and you must remember to take it with you to every meal!! This helps reduce food waste, and makes sure that you will be given the meal you have signed up for. If for any reason you stop needing a dietary card, make sure you return to the office and inform hall so they can update their records.


If you have an allergy you will need to go and get a special diet card that indicates this. Give the card to the hall staff at every meal and they will be able to check with the chef that the dish is safe for you, and if not they will provide the alternative.

Every day a list of all of the allergens in the food for that day will be put up on a board just before the red doors to hall on the left - make sure you check this before going in and take responsibility of your own health!

Meal plan:

Everyone living in college is automatically subscribed to the dinner meal plan - on this, dinners cost £2.38 a day and you are charged whether you attend dinner or not. Students living in Liddell are not on the meal plan. You can choose to opt-in if living in Liddell, or opt-out if living in college, by emailing the Steward: pauline.linieres-hartley@chch.ox.ac.uk. If you are not on the meal plan, you must email the hall manager: hallmanager@chch.ox.ac.uk by 11am on the day, or by 11am on Saturday for Sunday night, in order to attend dinner. In this case you will be charged £3.54 for dinner.

Inviting Guests:

If you ever want to invite a guest to formal dinner in hall, you will need to email hallmanager@chch.ox.ac.uk, and inform them how many guests you would like to bring and on which date. Make sure to do this in plenty of time, as it needs to be agreed by hall. Deadline is usually 11am on the day, or 11am on Saturday for Sunday night, but if possible do it before then!

Usually only 2 guests will be allowed to come per dinner, but you can always try asking for more which will be at the hall managers discretion. It costs around £8 per guest, and this will be added to your battels.

Guest Dinners

Guest dinners are special, formal, black tie dinners that happen twice a term. The dates for these are typically Friday of 3rd and 7th week (with the exception of the third term Trinity, when the second is Thursday of 8th week in order to avoid clashing with exams).

A ballot is run to determine who will get tickets to these dinners. The ballot will be run as far in advance of the dinners as possible, to ensure there is time to invite guests. An email will be sent out with a link to the poll to enter the ballot, and the results will also be sent out via email. If successful, you will be able to bring one guest. If for any reason you are unable to come, you need to let me know as soon as possible, and your space will be offered to the next person on the ballot who was unsuccessful.

Everybody has one priority pass a year for guest dinner. The pass doesn’t guarantee a space, but gives you

an increased chance over people who did not use a priority pass. You can use your priority pass when

balloting, but be warned that the guest dinners in Trinity are often oversubscribed, so you may not be

able to go even if you’ve used your priority pass. Members of the JCR committee receive two priority

passes, and priority passes don't roll over between years.

The cost of a guest dinner ranges from £29 to £40pp. A seating plan will be put together before the

dinner, and I will take requests of groups that would like to sit together. If you feel there is nobody going

that you know well, I will try to place people on tables with people in the same year - GD is a great time

to chat to new people! After GD everyone foes to the Undie for POB.

Other special dinners

Occasionally, there will be other special dinners in hall, and these will be clearly indicated on the menu.

If there is any dress code required, or sign up needed, this will be in the email with the menu.

Some examples of special dinners include Holiday dinners, or charity dinners (where a slight additional

charge is paid and donated to a chosen RAG charity).

Breakfast and Lunch

Self service breakfast and lunch is available in hall each weekday from 8 to 9am and 12:30 to 1:30pm respectively. Brunch is available from 11am to 1:30pm at weekends. This is paid for through your bod card which can be topped up in advance at topup.chch.ox.ac.uk - this is cheaper than paying using credit/debit cards. Guests are allowed.

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