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We are proud to offer a wide range of high quality, good value food for breakfast, lunch and dinner in our Dining Hall, including special options for a variety of dietary needs; ensuring that all of our students, staff and guests are well catered for. These meals are available between Monday and Friday during term-time, with brunch served at the weekend.

All our meals are accompanied by allergy charts, providing comprehensive information about the allergens in the food we serve. While we will do our best to cater for those with allergens, as with most commercial kitchens, we do not operate an allergen-free environment. This means that while a dish may not contain allergens such as nuts, dairy or seafood, it will have been prepared in a space which uses those ingredients. Additionally, the college serves food items manufactured elsewhere (including confectionary, desserts and pastry, sandwiches and other pre-prepared foods), which may contain allergens, or be produced in a location in which such food allergens are present. Wherever possible (and where not already identified by labelling on the product itself), the college will identify potential allergens.

College members with known food allergies (whether mild or serious) should notify the Catering Manager and the Head Chef of their dietary requirements at the start of each term, so that suitable meals can be prepared for them. While St Hugh’s is not in a position to guarantee a completely allergen free environment, College members must advise the catering team at the beginning of each week which days they intend to eat in the Dining Hall so that the catering team can take as many precautions as possible to prepare the individual meals as and when requested.

Our easy-to-use cashless card system means you only pay for the meals you eat. For those who want to cook their own food, there are kitchens around College with cooking facilities.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Catering Manager if you would like to discuss your personal circumstances.

Please remember to wear your face mask/face coverings when in the Dining Hall.  Please follow all signs and instructions and remember to use the hand sanitisers as you enter and leave the Hall.

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How to Book

You no longer need to book any meals in advance, but you must use the Upay System: (or you can download the Upay app) to ensure that you have sufficient funds topped up on your card in advance to pay for your meal when you arrive to eat it or collect it.

Dining Hall Hours

Term-Time Dining Hall Hours

Breakfast (Monday-Friday). 8.00-9.30am

Brunch (Weekend Only). 10.30am-1.30pm

Lunch (Monday-Friday).  12.30-1.30pm.

Dinner (Monday-Friday). 6.00-7.15pm.  



Elizabeth Wordsworth Tea Room

Unfortunately, the Wordsworth Tea Room will remain closed in Hilary Term until further notice

Normally Open Mondays to Fridays in Term Time 9.30am-4.30pm 

The Elizabeth Wordsworth Tea Room in the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building is normally open throughout term-time (0th-9th Weeks inclusive) for eat-in or take-away service.  The Tea Room is usually open from Monday-Friday, 9.30am-4.30pm, serving breakfasts, lunches and delicious tea-time treats.

You do not have to order in advance and you can eat in the Tea Room or take food and drinks away.

The Tea Room is cashless, but you can pay with your Bod Card (linked to a St Hugh’s account), or with a credit or debit card.

Cashless Card System

The College operates a cashless card system for all dining hall transactions. CASH will not be accepted in the dining hall. To purchase your food and drink from the hall you will need your University Card (Bodleian Card) which acts like a debit card within College, and money must be credited to the card prior to use.

A £10 token will be automatically added to your card by the College, which will be invoiced to you with your deposits. Payment of this will be expected before or on arrival, or via direct debit if this is in place. This token is non-refundable and will remain on your card until it has been spent.

Additional “Top-ups” should be done online via the website

This site enables you to see your usage history, check your balance and add money to your card. You can also set up an automated top-up system for when your balance drops below a certain amount.

If you have not already registered for Upay, you will receive an e-mail with a username and password.

The username is your e-mail address in the format and you can use the password received via e-mail to login to your account.

If you haven’t received this, please contact

If you need to change the password, this can be done from the Account Management page on Upay.

Until you set up your account with UPAY, you will be able to top up in the finance office Monday – Friday 8.30am-4.30pm; however you are encouraged to set up your UPAY account as soon as possible. Payment is accepted by credit/debit card or cash.

The card does not have an overdraft facility so it is important that you know the balance prior to purchasing food. As stated previously, you can find out your balance online, or at any till in the hall. If you do go over your balance there is a surcharge of £5, so please make sure you check your account before using your card.