If you speak to students around Oxford you’ll soon realise Worcester has a reputation for culinary supremacy. Having perhaps the best formal hall food in Oxford (and certainly amongst the best in value) you will quickly understand why. With dishes such as “swordfish with mango salsa”, sirloin steak and créme brulee not uncommon, the high quality food is a reflection of the top team of catering staff Worcester College is lucky to possess.
Apart from eating at Hall, all graduate accommodation has kitchen facilities and Oxford itself has a host of food shops, markets and restaurants to suit all inclinations.


Eating at Hall

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided in Hall from 0th to 9th weeks inclusive.

There is a choice of continental or cooked breakfast (only continental on is served on Sundays). Continental breakfast consists of cereals, toast, tea/coffee and fruit juice whilst the cooked breakfast includes these plus a selection of cooked options.

There will normally be a cold food selection (such as sandwiches, baguettes) as well as a hot food choice including a vegetarian option.

There are two sittings for dinner. First Hall is an informal and more basic meal served using a ‘canteen’ style system (two courses are served: the main and dessert). There is no dress code, and you can pay on the door (i.e. no prior booking is required). You use your white card to pay for meals; you will need to top this up with money (using cash) at using the machine at the lodge.

Second Hall (Formal Hall) is a served three course formal meal. Smart clothes should be worn (for men, jacket and tie) and gowns are required. Tickets are bought through the online booking system: Upay. During term special guest night dinners, including some for parents, are arranged by the MCR Committee.

Outside of term time a lunch meal is offered in Hall. Sign up in the lodge prior to 10:30am is required for this.


Meal Mon-Sat Sun
Breakfast 8.15am-9.00am 9.00am-10.00am
Lunch (Term Time) 12.00pm-1.30pm
Lunch (Vacation) 12.30pm-1.30pm
First Hall 6.00pm-6.30pm
Formal Hall 7.15pm* 7.30pm

* Formal hall is on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings.


Payment for all meals in Hall is by college card only which can topped up by cash via a machine located in the lodge. An exception is for Formal Hall which is booked online in advance and is charged automatically to battels. You are only permitted to purchase a ticket for yourself and a guest(s) from outside College.

Correct as of 2011-12

Meal Price
Continental Breakfast £1.60
Cooked Breakfast £2.25 (£3.00 for guest)
Lunch £3.00
First Hall £3.10 (if living in)
£3.75 (if living out)
Guests – £4.50
Formal Hall £3.50 (if living in)
£3.75 (if living out)
Guests – £8.58


Dinner menus for First and Second Hall are posted each week on the college website. See Upay

Vegetarian and vegan meals can be provided, but advanced notice of this preference must be given. In general, food allergies can be catered for, but the College cannot guarantee to accommodate all special diet requirements.


Food Outside of Hall

Self Catering
All graduate accommodation has equipped kitchen facilities for use by graduate students.

Food Shopping
A number of major supermarkets are located within walking distance of Worcester. Two of the closest are:
◾Co-op: located on Walton St, open 7am – midnight (except on Sunday open from 8am)
◾Tesco: located on Magadalen St, open 7am – midnight (except on Sunday open from 11am – 5pm)

Other food shopping alternatives include:
◾Covered Market: located just off Cornmarket Street has fresh produce such as fruit & vegetables, meat and fish as well as speciality food.
◾Open Market: held every Wednesday from 9am – 5pm selling fresh produce
◾Cowley Road: located in East Oxford and has a number of speciality food shops selling items from Asia, continental Europe and elsewhere.

Eating Out
Being a reasonably large town, Oxford has all manner of places for eating out. This includes the area of Jericho just up the road from Worcester which has a number of options from fast food to fine dining.