Fellows' High Table

The High Table during term is located in the Cripps Dining Hall in Cripps Court with the exception of the summer vacation period and on the occasion when the main dining hall is in use for an external event. During these period meals can be obtained from the main cafeteria servery.

Meal Times


Opening Hours


Self-service lunch

12:30pm - 1:45pm

Monday - Friday (Saturday's on request)

Served dinner


Every day except Saturday


COVID 19 Guidance

  • Please sanitise your hands before you enter the High table servery area or dining hall.
  • Whilst there is no longer a formal requirement for face coverings and social distancing, we ask that courtesy and respect is shown to others, that crowding is avoided wherever possible and not to attend if displaying symptoms of Covid 19 or other serious transmissible illness.

High Table Booking


Booking is not necessary for lunch (with the exception of Saturday) however if you are bringing guests please book these in by telephoning the Catering or Butlers office, or by emailing the Butlers office or a member of the catering management team, or by filling out the book which is located in the SCR.


Fellows must book for dinner in advance by 2.00pm on the day of dining by telephoning the Catering or Butlers offices, or by emailing the Butlers office or a member of the catering management team, or by filling out the book in the SCR.

Please note: Fellows are requested to restrict guest numbers to a maximum of one guest during Michaelmas term 2021


Contact information:




Butler's office

01223 335595


Catering office

01223 335592


Senior Combination Room (SCR)

Dining Members are welcome in term to join the Fellows in the Senior Combination Room (SCR) after Lunch or Dinner.   A choice of teas, coffees and hot chocolate are available from the two dispensers on the servery at the far end of the SCR.  There is a selection of newspapers and magazines and a few current reference books on the table and shelves behind the coffee pots.

Gowns are not worn at lunch time.  A black* gown (no hood) should be worn in the SCR in the evening immediately before Dinner, at High Table and in the SCR after Dinner.  Scarlet may be worn on scarlet days as indicated in the University Diary. 

 There are no particular seating arrangements during or after lunch - you may join any group or table but after dinner the company generally rearranges itself in the SCR or OSR so you should find yourself sitting next to someone you did not have a chance to talk to during the meal.  The presiding Fellow should act as host to facilitate this.

 There is no formal end to the proceedings in the SCR.  Guests should feel free to depart whenever they wish.

 On Thursdays during term recombination often takes place in the Old SCR on the far side of Cloister Court.

 Please note that it is not appropriate for guests to bring their own wine to High Table or to the SCR.

 *Except for the Fellow Benefactors who should wear their green gown