Self-service meals

Cafeteria-style self-serve meals are available from the Servery between the following times:

Lunch: Monday to Friday 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Brunch: Saturday 11.30am – 12.30pm

Brunch: Sunday 11am – 12.45pm

Dinner: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 6pm – 6.45pm; Tuesday and Thursday 6pm - 7pm

For cafeteria-style self-service meals, go to the Servery with your University Card, collect a tray and cutlery and make your choices from the wide selection of dishes on offer. There is always at least one hot vegetarian or vegan dish available, as well as a salad bar.

Pay for your meal by going to one of the tills that are situated near the Hall doors. Give the operator your card and, if it is valid, your name will appear on the screen. Your meal selection will be keyed in and charged automatically to your College bill, which you pay at the end of each Term. You may have a receipt if you wish.

You may sit anywhere in the Hall except at the High Table if it is laid up for Fellows (at the right-hand end of the Hall as you enter from the Servery). After your meal you should clear away your tray and dirty plates etc. onto one of the tray trolleys.

The Butterfield Café and Bar

The Lord Butterfield Café and Bar serves breakfast sandwiches and, later, a large range of made-to-order hot and cold baguettes, snacks, cakes and speciality coffees. There is a large flat screen television, Wi-Fi, and plenty of space to relax.

Opening times for the Café are:

Full Term: Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm

Full Term: Saturday 10am – 4pm

Outside Full Term: Monday to Friday 8am – 4pm

The Bar is open to all members of the College during hours recommended by the Bar and Amenities Committee (usually 7.30pm - 11.30pm), on which students and Fellows are represented.

The Butterfield Building also has a large party room in the basement for social events, which may be booked by emailing the JCR Entertainments (Ents) Officer.

Meal charges

The price of each menu item on sale in the Servery is displayed on a price list. You will also be able to see the charges for each selection you have made as it is keyed into the till. Cost of an average main meal can be found on the Fees and Charges page although, of course, the exact cost depends upon your selection.

Charges for Formal Hall are lower for College members than for guests. If you wish to arrange a private Formal Hall please contact the Internal Events Co-ordinator. More information on Formal Hall at Downing College is given below.

The key to using all catering services is your University Card, although you may pay by cash. If you do pay by cash and cannot produce identification showing that you are a Downing student, you will be charged an additional fixed charge per meal and if you cannot prove you are a student at the University your charges will also be subject to VAT.

Formal Hall

Formal Hall is held on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evenings from 7.30pm – 9.00pm during Term only. These times are subject to revision; please check the notice board outside the Hall. Attendance at Formal Hall is never compulsory.

On these days you may choose to dine at Formal Hall instead of using the cafeteria service. Formal Hall is a fixed-price fixed-menu formal dinner with waiter service. It is an occasion for junior members to bring in students from other colleges and other visitors as guests. Coffee is served as part of the meal.