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.

Formal Halls

There will be a Reuben Formal Hall dinner on Wednesday evenings (weeks 1—8) at 7.30 p.m. (preceded by an early takeaway evening meal from 6.00¬6.30 p.m). Students can book up to 3 guests for any one formal hall.  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. Week 5’s formal hall is known as Halfway Hall.  Instead of the usual 3 course meal, a 4 course meal would be served on that evening. 

Please note that in Trinity Term 2022, there will be no Formal Hall in Weeks 1 and 6. 

[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.]

‘Dining with 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), 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. You must sign up for Dining with Dinosaurs through InkPath by midnight on the previous Monday. From 11 Nov, each Reuben student can bring one guest at a cost of £25 for student guests and £30 for non-student guests. Cancellations, menu changes and changes to dietary requirements cannot be made after the booking deadline. If you have booked a guest and your guest cancels after the deadline, no refunds can be made.  You are welcome to find someone else, with the same dietary requirements to replace your guest.  Please let Chloe Mak ( know of any changes to your guests, and find the full terms and conditions here.

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.