Pembroke students are catered for by our fantastic teams in both our historic dining hall and our 21st Century Farthings café.

Also see below for information on The Hall Bar, special occasions, dietary requirements, self-catered accommodation and food policies.


  Lunch Informal Hall Formal Hall
Mon 12.30-1.30pm 5pm - 7pm  -
Tues 12.30-1.30pm 5pm - 7pm  -
Wed 12.30-1.30pm 5pm - 7pm  -
Thur 12.30-1.30pm 5pm - 7pm  -
Fri 12.30-1.30pm 5pm - 7pm  -
Sat  -  -  -
Sun  - 5pm - 6.15pm  7.10pm

Lunch is served on a pay-as-you-go basis five days a week and is a self-service choice of hot meals, a well-stocked salad bar, desserts and drinks. Breakfast options are available in Farthings café (see below).

Informal Hall refers to a self-service evening meal offered in Hall six days a week, which consists of a two-course dinner.

Formal Hall is a two or three-course meal served at the table, on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday in Michaelmas term, dropping to twice a week in Hilary term, and once a week in Trinity term.  Wine is included on Sundays.

All students living on the main site are catered for in the Hall each night, having pre-paid termly for an evening meal plan. On the evenings where both Formal and Informal Hall are served, all first year students attend Formal Hall, whereas non-first-year students have the option of attending either sitting.

First year students automatically take out a 'standard meal plan' (£315.18 per term) which covers their evening meals six nights a week.

Non-first year students living on site can choose between this or a 'flexible' meal plan which, at £377 termly, allows them to use their allowance flexibly and purchase meals by way of brunches, lunches and dinners in Hall or Farthings Café.

Students living at the Geoffrey Arthur Building (GAB), or out of College, do not take out a formal meal plan but may eat in Hall and Farthings using a pay-as-you-go card system.

For up-to-date details about Hall meal times and procedures, including inviting guests to Formal Hall, current College members can view the Catering intranet pages.



Monday - Thursday 8am - 6pm & 7pm - 10pm
Friday 8am - 6pm
Saturday 9am - 2pm
Sunday 10am - 2pm

At the heart of the modern Rokos Quad, Farthings café offers breafkast items, sandwiches, snacks, confectionery and drinks, all on a pay-as-you-go basis or as part of the termly 'flexible' meal plan (see above).

Farthings is a space for students and staff to relax, work and socialise with others. The café is equipped with WIFI and a digital notice board, where Hall menus and notices are displayed daily. Brunch is available here on Saturdays and Sundays.




All students who live on the College's main site are catered for in Hall, and take out a 'meal plan'. Those accommodated off the main site in the Geoffrey Arthur Building (GAB) - some graduate students as well as some 2nd year and finalist undergraduates - can operate on a self-catered basis using the kitchens on each staircase. Students in the GAB can eat in Hall and Farthings if they wish, using a pay-as-you-go card system.

For more information about accommodation options for students, CLICK HERE.



The Hall Bar is located in Chapel Quad and is open to students from Monday to Saturday during term time. A noticeboard displays special promotions.

 Monday - Friday    8pm-11pm
 Saturday  7pm - 11pm 



If a student wishes to organise a special dinner, the Forte Room can be booked for weekday evenings via the Conference Office. The room can be booked for between 20 and 38 people, and a Fellow or Junior Dean must be in attendance.

These facilities are popular with Pembroke societies and subject groups, so students are asked to book at least 10 days in advance using the Event Request Form on the intranet.



Every effort is made to accommodate the dietary requirements of all Pembroke members. We provide, for instance, vegetarian, vegan, halal and kosher options to those who have registered their needs and obtained a 'dietary card'. We regularly produce allergen information related to all dishes, and members of staff are happy to be consulted should you have any concerns.



Information about Hall procedures and etiquette, plus alcohol regulations, is available in the Student Handbook.

Pembroke has a Sustainable Food Policy, which can be viewed by College members on the intranet.