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Dining and Socialising

A range of dining choices in stunning spaces

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a much-restricted service will be running during Lent Term 2021. College members will be notified of the temporary arrangements in due course.

Dining in Hall

Girton has one of the largest dining halls in Cambridge, which forms a spectacular backdrop to a variety of dining occasions.

For everyday dining, three meals a day are available, served buffet-style from the cafeteria, with a wide choice of hot and cold food available every day, including tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes, and with provision made for special diets . Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday mornings, with a Saturday evening service and Sunday Carvery dinner.

Girton’s Formal Hall dinners, which take place on Thursday evenings in term, and for which gowns are worn, are extremely popular among students, and offer the chance to enjoy an exquisite fine dining menu prepared by our outstanding chefs, with waiter service. There is also the opportunity to invite guests from other colleges for a truly memorable occasion.

Social Hub

The Social Hub is the newest addition to Girton’s dining and social spaces, and was opened in 2019 by Girton alumna and Honorary Fellow Sandi Toksvig. By day, the Social Hub serves a range of hot and cold food and drinks in an open and friendly space which lends itself to conversations with friends, small gatherings and informal study. By night, the counter opens up as a Bar, and the Social Hub becomes a place to catch up with friends over drinks. The Social Hub also serves as a space for informal musical performances and other events and social occasions.


In the cellar beneath the Social Hub is a more traditional student bar which may be booked for a variety of social occasions, including JCR entz. Full of character and with nooks and crannies for a quiet (or not so quiet) conversation, it also includes a range of bar games such as table football.

Swirles Court

Wednesday Pop up Supper Nights

This service takes place every Wednesday, between 5:30pm - 7:30pm and is a selected takeaway menu, chosen by our Head Chef.

Supper will be served near the Porters Lodge at the entrance to Swirles Court and takeaway containers will be available. 
The menus advertised are subject to dish and allergen changes. Please ask the Chef if you have any concerns.


Weekly menus and meal times are available on Moodle. Allergens are advised on the daily menus. If you are in any doubt, please speak to the Catering staff.

Payment for all meals (in Hall or the Social Hub) is by College card (internal rates). A credit/debit card facility is available but will be charged at the external rate.

Please note we have cashless tills. 

Bar opening times:

  • Monday: 7pm – 11:30pm
  • Tuesday: 7pm – 11:30pm
  • Wednesday: 7pm – 11:30pm
  • Thursday: 7pm – 11:30pm
  • Friday: 7pm – 12:30am
  • Saturday: 7pm – 12:30pm
  • Sunday: 7pm – 10:30pm


Whatever your choice, receive top-class tuition & excellent learning support

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