Details of meal times, meal booking arrangements and other food facilities

To book for dinner click

Meal times

8.00-9.00am Monday to Saturday      

Sunday Brunch


12-1.30pm Monday to Saturday 

Informal dinner;

6.00pm to 6.30pm - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

6.00pm to 7.00pm – Wednesday

Formal Dinner;

7.15pm prompt on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Special dietary requirements
A vegetarian option is standard at meals in Hall. Further needs can be discussed with the Catering Manager.

Booking for dinner
Book for dinner online by 2pm for that day's dinner. Wine can be ordered at lunchtime for dinner that evening.
You can book for dinner or top-up your University Card at

If you are having problems the following FAQ may help:

For security you can only connect to the meal booking system from the Oxford ‘Eduroam’ or ‘OWL with VPN’ wireless networks, as well as from wired Ethernet connection within St John’s.

If you are attempting to connect from another network, such as from a cafe, home broadband or using 3G/4G you will not be able to connect without first connecting to the Oxford VPN system. VPN is used to protect and allow access to a number of ‘Oxford only’ Internet resources.

For information on how to set up VPN please see the IT Services page.

If you are connecting from Oxford Eduroam, OWL or the College network and still cannot connect, make sure you are using the correct address:  (Note it starts https and not just http. Also try another browser to see if that helps.)

To reset your password you need to contact the catering office at or go to see them on the 1st floor of the Buttery. Note the IT Office cannot reset meal booking system passwords.

If you are using the system for the first time then for details of your initial password please see the FAQ (you need to be on the Oxford network or connected by VPN to view this link).

You can now view your balance and transactions at For balance, top up and financial queries speak to the Accounts team on the top floor of the Bursary.

For menu, allergen and guest questions contact Leigh Ponting or Kelly Homer in the Catering Office, 1st floor, Buttery.  You can email them at .

For instructions see

but note you will have to be on the Oxford Eduroam, OWL or St John’s wired network to connect to the meal booking server. You need to be running VPN when connecting from elsewhere (such as a cafe's WiFi or 4G) as shown above.

If you are still having problems contact the IT team.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are paid for by a prepaid charge card. VAT is payable on meals for guests, so informal dinner for guests is £4.64 and formal dinner is £4.98.

You are welcome to bring guests to dinner and they can be booked in through the computer system. 
Space is limited so book in advance!

The JCR and MCR arrange Special Guest Nights, usually once or twice a term: prices of these are negotiated on each occasion.

The Buttery in Hall
Open 8 am–2 pm and 6–8 pm.

College Bar in Thomas White Quad
Open 6.00pm to 11.00pm Tuesday to Saturday.
Closed on Sunday and Monday.

Kendrew Café in Kendrew Quad
The café is open from 9am – 2pm for fresh coffee and snacks, including homemade cakes Monday-Friday, and 11am-3pm on Saturdays. 
Hot and healthy homemade food is served 12pm – 1.30pm Monday to Friday and 2pm – 6pm Tuesday to Friday.
A self service cash coffee machine and a vending machine are available when the servery is closed.