Food and drink

Food and Drink

The Linacre Dining Hall is open throughout the year except, although there may be a reduced service during some short periods. Announcements will be made when this is the case.

Normal meal service is cafeteria (self-service) style, and the College attempts to cater for as wide a range of diets and preferences as is possible. By showing your University card at the till you will be entitled to student subsidised prices. Meals will be charged to your battels account.  The dining-hall also accepts payment by debit/credit card but this will not entitle you to subsidised prices.  Non-Reuben members pay by debit/credit card.

The standard pattern is of breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday-Friday. There are no meals on weekends and Bank Holidays. The cost varies according to what is eaten. Students may take as many or as few meals as they wish. Opening times are:

During Term Time

Monday and Friday

Breakfast: 7:30 – 9:00

Lunch: 12:00 – 13:30

Dinner: 18:30 – 19:30

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday:

Breakfast: 7:30 – 9:00

Lunch: 12:00 – 13:30

Dinner: 18:00 – 18:30 (Take away only)

Out of Term Time

Monday - Friday

Breakfast: 7:30 – 9:00

Lunch: 12:00 – 13:30

Dinner: 18:30 – 19:30

Students are encouraged to bring in guests and no signing-up is required for normal everyday meals. Only Reuben student members are entitled to the subsidised student prices. All guests and other members (e.g. ‘continuing members’), are charged nearer the full economic price for a meal; Value Added Tax (VAT) is chargeable on all non-student meals.

Guest nights

There will be a Reuben Guest Night dinner on Wednesday evenings (weeks 1—8) at 7.30 p.m. (preceded by an alternative early takeaway evening meal from 6.00¬6.30 p.m).  In order to give all students an opportunity to bring guests on guest nights, students are asked not to pre-book spaces by signing up with guests for more than two guest nights per term in advance. If spaces are available at the end of the week preceding a guest night, they can of course then be booked. Charges for the Guest nights are available here and bookings can be made on this booking site. You must sign up for Guest Night dinners by 9.30am on the previous Monday.

[Linacre College holds Linacre-only guest nights every Tuesday and Thursday in term. This means there will only be an early evening meal service on these nights.]

Guests nights will normally be preceded by informal ‘skills talks’ in the Reuben Common Room at Linacre (see Section 7.4). Students are welcome to attend both, or either, signing up for each independently.

‘Dining with the Dinosaurs’

In recognition that Reuben lacks its own dining spaces 2021-22, and to promote intellectual exchange, Reuben students are being invited to dine on Thursday nights in term-time at the University’s Natural History Museum. These meals are available to Reuben students who attend the prior lecture (see Section 7.4 of the Student Handbook), free of charge, with the expectation that diners will engage in discussion flowing from that lecture, during the meal, often with particular questions given by the speakers to be considered there. These dinners cannot be transferred to others, or exchanged for other benefits. Depending on take-up and any COVID restrictions on numbers, the College will work with the graduate body to investigate whether a limited number of guests, from Linacre or other colleges, might periodically be invited, at cost.

Although free of charge to Reuben students attending the prior seminar, to avoid waste, late cancellations and ‘no shows’ will incur a charge. You must sign up for Dining with Dinosaurs by midnight on the previous Monday.

College Bar

Reuben College will be using the bar at Linacre College.  It is open from 12.00 noon to 2.00 p.m. and from 6.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. on weekdays and 7.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. at weekends. The bar is “Members Only” with drinks charged via the University card. Only on larger social events can non-members purchase drinks for cash.