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Meal Plans, Prices and Procedures

Meals in Hall are served twice a day during term time. Please find information about meal times, plans and prices below.

If you have any questions, or queries regarding charges, contact the Catering Department on pmbcateringadmin@pmb.ox.ac.uk or 01865 610900. For MCR Table enquiries you can also contact the MCR President or Social Secretaries.

Further information, including notes on Hall etiquette and alcohol regulations, can be found in the Student Handbook.

Farthings Café opening times and further information can be found here.

Pembroke Meals

Pembroke Meals (BlueRunner) is the hospitality booking platform used by the College. You will receive full details an an invitation to download the Pembroke Meals app via email at the end of September 2023. The mobile app allows you to view and top up your balance, check in to meals in Hall, and pay using your meal plan or top-up credit. Full details on downloading the app, creating an account, and using Pembroke Meals can be found here.

  • Meal Service in Hall & Timings

    Lunch

    Lunch is served cafeteria style in Hall.

    - Monday to Friday: 12.00pm to 1.30pm

    Dinner (Informal Hall)

    Served cafeteria style in Hall, usually at the following times:

    - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday  and Friday: 5.00 pm to 7.00pm
    - Tuesday and Sunday: 5.00pm to 6.15pm

    Please note that we offer a meat-free menu on Wednesdays as part of our sustainability efforts.

    Formal Hall

    Formal Hall is a three course, fully-served meal on Sundays and Tuesdays starting promptly at 7.10pm.

    Gowns must be worn with appropriate clothing.

    Undergraduates must sign in to Formal Hall in advance to help prevent food waste. The closing date for to sign up is always Thursday of the week before. Please book via Pembroke Meals.

    Takeaway Options

    Please tell the serving staff that you would like a takeaway when you get to the main counter. Takeaway containers are not provided - please bring a clean reusable container with you.

    Takeaway meals are only available during informal hall meal times. We are not able to serve takeaway meals during Formal Hall.

  • Meal Plans and Prices

    Meals are either covered by a pre-paid meal plan (see more below), or you can pay-as-you-go by topping up your Main Account 'wallet' on the Pembroke Meals app. We do not take credit or debit card payments in Hall.

    If you have any questions or concerns please contact Kevin Dudley.

    Meal Plan Basics

    Meal Plan credit can be used freely throughout term-time to pay for:

    Hall lunch and dinner

    - Charged according to food selections (no fixed meal charge)
    - Must be pre-booked on Pembroke Meals
    - No requirement to book a minimum or maximum no. of meals per week

    Non-retail items at Farthings Café

    - Includes pastries, hot drinks, bagels and hot food
    - Excludes bottled drinks, Urban Eats sandwiches, chocolate bars and crisps which must be bought separately using your Main  (top-up) Account on Pembroke Meals, or by debit/credit card.

    Special Formal Halls (see more on Formals below)

    When you run out of meal plan credit you can top up your 'Main Account' wallet on Pembroke Meals and continue to use your new credit freely in Hall and Farthings.

    Meal plan balance will not be carried over to the next term and must be used between weeks 1 and 8 of term.

    Fresher Meal Plan

    All first-year undergraduates take out a Fresher Meal Plan. 

    - Price: £426.97 per term, which becomes credit on Pembroke Meals.
    - Credit can be used for Hall lunch and dinner, special Formals, and purchase of non-retail items in Farthings.
    - Includes 1 Formal Hall per week (8 across term) - automatically deducted from your balance. To help prevent food waste all diners must book in for Formal Hall via Pembroke Meals. No refunds will be issued for missed Formals.
    - Cannot be used for guests - please top up your Main Account wallet on Pembroke Meals and pay-as-you-go.

    In Michaelmas term, Freshers' battels will include an additional £57.00 for meals during Freshers’ week (Saturday dinner through until Thursday dinner inclusive).

    Flexi Meal Plan

    All returning undergraduates (non first-years) living on Main Site take out the Flexi Meal Plan.

    Optional for returning students living offsite, and for graduate students.

    - Price: £397.60, which becomes credit on Pembroke Meals.
    - Credit can be used for Hall lunch and dinner, special Formals, and purchase of non-retail items in Farthings.
    - Includes 4 Formals per term - automatically deducted from your balance. No refunds will be issued for missed Formals.
    - To help prevent food waste all diners must book in for Formal Hall via Pembroke Meals.
    - For onsite returners: cannot be used for guests - please top up your Main Account wallet on Pembroke Meals and pay-as-you-go.
    - For offsite returners and graduates: can be used for guests

    Mini Meal Plan

    Optional for returning students living offsite and for graduate students.

    - Price: £100, which becomes credit on Pembroke Meals.
    - Credit can be used for Hall lunch and dinner, special Formals, and purchase of non-retail items in Farthings.
    - Can be used for up to 4 optional Formals per term.
    - To help prevent food waste all diners must book in for Formal Hall via Pembroke Meals.
    - Can be used for guests

    Guests

    Guests are paid for with funds loaded to your Pembroke Meals Main Account (top-up) wallet, separate from your meal plan.

    If you are bringing a guest please ensure you have sufficient funds on the Pembroke Meals app. If you intend to bring more than two guests on any evening, you are advised to check with the Events Team whether there is an event on which might lead to a restriction in numbers that evening.

    Guests can be booked in for Formal Hall via Pembroke Meals. Please inform the catering team of any dietary requirements by emailing pmbcateringadmin@pmb.ox.ac.uk.