There are a range of catering options available from formal candle-lit dinners to high quality cafeteria food. Gyp rooms also provide facilities for students to prepare their own food, or to eat together in small groups.
Magdalene is one of few colleges where it is possible to dine formally every night of the week during Full Term. Formal dining is never obligatory, but it is always an option and one which most students choose to enjoy on a regular basis. Formal dinners are waiter-served and always by candlelight in the stunning but intimate environment of our sixteenth-century Hall.
Formal provides a wonderful opportunity to get together with friends or to meet new people over a high quality three-course dinner, and represents excellent value for money.
Ramsay Hall in Second Court is the Magdalene cafeteria, which is open all year round for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday - Friday, and for brunch and dinner at the weekends. Menus are posted on MagNET each week in Term time. There are always a range of hot and cold options, including vegetarian options, and special dietary needs can be catered for.
Through Ramsay Hall, the College aims to provide a good range of high-quality food at convenient times and affordable prices, and for many students this is the place where they eat day-to-day.
Whilst we encourage members of College to eat communally as often as possible, we recognise that this is not always convenient, and all student rooms are located close to a 'gyp room', which is a small kitchen providing storage and cooking facilities to enable students to prepare simple meals when they want to. Some of our College houses and other accommodation blocks have larger kitchen facilities, and students often choose to cook and dine together in small groups.
Allergies and Special Dietary Requirements
The College will do its best to cater for any special dietary requirements, and students and staff are able to set their default requirements in the Hall booking system. Examples of special diets include: vegetarian; lacto-vegetarian; fish-eating vegetarian; chicken, turkey and pork only; halal; nut allergy; gluten-free; and vegan.
Students are asked to ensure that the College is made aware of any food allergies by informing the Head of Catering, Mr Vincent Howard, who is also happy to answer any questions you may have relating to the provision of special dietary requirements.