Cafeteria-style self-serve meals are available from the Servery between the following times:
Breakfast: Monday to Friday 8am - 9.30am
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.
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 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.
More information on conduct and dress code for Formal Hall is given below.
Reciprocal dining rights with Girton & Churchill Colleges
The College has reciprocal lunchtime dining arrangements with both Girton and Churchill Colleges. This means that Downing members may have lunch at these Colleges and will be charged the same rate as their own students. Similarly, members of Girton and Churchill Colleges may have lunch in the Servery at Downing and will be charged the same rate as our own members would be.
You will need to carry your University Card with you as proof of College membership in order to claim these discounts.
Safety and general information
The College operates in line with stringent food safety legislation and guidelines. If you wish to discuss food safety issues, please arrange to see the Catering Manager or his Deputy.
Food is a very personal matter and the Catering Team are anxious to provide the kind of dishes you want. If you have particular dietary requirements, the Catering Manager will accommodate your needs where possible. If you have a complaint about a particular meal it is important that you raise it immediately with a member of the Catering Team.