Food and Drink

Eating together is an important part of life at Peterhouse and the Kitchens pride themselves on the quality and variety of the food. The medieval Dining Hall has been in continuous use by Students and Fellows for over 700 years and remains the ideal place to make new friends or catch up with old ones. The Fellowship considers dining together an important part of the rich experience of College membership and a valuable way of creating a close knit community and has structured the catering charges accordingly.  Most students eat in the College’s Hall at least once a day: the more you use the Hall, the better value your meals will be. The choice of informal or formal dining is available in college a daily basis. Whether you choose to make use of the Servery where delicious and freshly prepared, healthy meals are offered at breakfast, lunch or dinner, or dine formally with the Fellows at Formal Hall, there is always an option to suit.  


Cafeteria-style breakfast, lunch and dinner are available every weekday. Brunch is available on Saturday mornings (10.30-13.30), and Sundays offer a traditional roast dinner. The Servery typically offers a choice of individually priced hot meals and vegetables, a salad bar, desserts, fruit, sandwiches, snacks and hot and cold drinks. A vegetarian option is always available and wherever possible the Kitchens will try to meet special dietary requirements. We happily cater for vegetarian, gluten/dairy-free, halal, vegan and other dietary requirements. In addition, Peterhouse is 5 minutes’ walk from the city centre, where a range of other food options can be found. 

Formal Hall

A Formal dinner in HallIn addition, Peterhouse continues to offer the option of a more formal dinner every evening. Formal Hall is a three course, candle-lit dinner with waiter service. Popular and inexpensive, Formal Hall is an ideal opportunity for students to spend time with their friends and invite guests from other colleges. Occasional Super Halls are also arranged to test the Kitchens' culinary skills! 

What does it cost?

We pride ourselves on the quality of the food and on being one of the cheapest Colleges at which to dine regularly. 

For costs, please see the relevant student handbook Student handbooks, College regulations and procedures

The bar

The College bar is situated in the new Whittle building and is open every evening, serving a full range of reasonably-priced alcoholic and soft drinks. 


Nearly all student accommodation includes shared basic kitchens (called  'gyp-rooms' in Cambridge), equipped with a fridge, kettle, toaster and combination microwave. Whilst you won’t be making any roast dinners, these facilities are suitable for the preparation of meals and snacks and students are able to cook for themselves if they wish.