Formal Hall - The Food


Tilly Rose

Formal Hall - The Food

So I've covered the formal hall traditions but what about the food I hear you ask?

Well formal hall is quite the treat because rather than helping yourself to food at a buffet-style counter, a three course meals is served to guests.

High-table are served first and it has to be said, their food is usually way nicer. They often seem to get a whole different menu!

In many of the colleges, the hall staff wear uniforms and white gloves. I'd never been served by anyone wearing white gloves before arriving at Oxford!

Jugs of water are placed on the table but students can bring their own drink or, in some instances, buy their college wine.

A typical meal would be a pea soup, followed by chicken and mash in gravy and a chocolate torte for pudding.

The menu goes up each week, so you can decide whether the food whets your appetite!

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High Table- The table at the head of hall used for fellows/tutors and their guests.