Dinners at Kellogg College

College Dinners

College Dinners are served between 18:00 and 19:00 every evening, Monday – Friday, during weeks 1 – 8 each term, except when a Guest Night Dinner or other event is scheduled in the Dining Hall. Dinners are only open to Kellogg members and their guests.

There is no dress code for College Dinner and it’s a relaxing way to enjoy a meal.

The menu format is similar to the lunch offering; however, College dinners are more informal than lunches. Menus for College lunches and dinners will be published on the College website at the start of each term. They are also available via hospitality@kellogg.ox.ac.uk.

It is not necessary to book College lunches and dinners in advance; however, we recommend you arrive as close to the meal’s start time as possible. If you have a special dietary requirement the kitchen needs to be made aware of (e.g. gluten free, dairy free), please notify hospitality@kellogg.ox.ac.uk at least two days in advance to ensure that an appropriate meal can be provided if possible.

If you have a large group that would like to attend dinner, we request you contact hospitality@kellogg.ox.ac.uk, at least 48 hrs in advance, so the number of meals can be increased.

All guest meals must be paid for by the hosting Kellogg student. Guests may not attend without a Kellogg host. Dining Hall meals are for dine-in only and not available to takeout.

Guest Night Dinners

The College holds a number of Guest Night Dinners per term. These are formal dinners, with a seating plan. Guest Night Dinners begin with a drinks reception where you can mingle with other guests, followed by a sit-down three course meal, coffee and Kellogg chocolates. The dinners include a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Students and Fellows are encouraged to attend and may bring up to two guests. All members of the College are encouraged to extend a warm and courteous welcome to all guests, both at the reception and at table.

Booking is required for Guest Night Dinners

The dress code is smart and formal (i.e. suits, jackets, ties, dresses, smart trousers). Academic gowns (the Advanced Student Gown, as is the custom at Kellogg), should be worn by all students for Guest Night Dinners. Gowns are also worn by Fellows but are not worn by guests.

Plenty of people attend a Guest Night Dinner alone and you can rely on a friendly reception and good company. However, if you would prefer to be accompanied, the Junior Dean who attends all Guest Night Dinners, would be happy to meet you at the event. To contact a Junior Dean, please email junior.dean@kellogg.ox.ac.uk, to arrange meeting at the event and to arrange to be seated with them.

Guest Night Dinner charges are generously subsidised by the College.

Special dinners and events

Each term the College holds several special dinners and events. Information, dress codes and prices for these special events can be found on the College website and will be sent to you throughout the academic year. A list of dates for guest nights and main events for the year is published on the College website on a yearly basis.

Booking Procedure

Members are required to book in advance for Guest Night Dinners and certain other events, the College website and email newsletters will indicate when booking is required.

Bookings will close promptly at 17:00, three working days prior to the event, excluding weekends and bank holidays or when the event is full. Bookings will not normally be taken after this time, other than for the waiting list, unless circumstances are exceptional.

Book in for Guest Night Dinners online using your Upay account, www.upay.co.uk (see the Meal charges and payment page for more information on Upay). Bookings cannot be made by telephone. You must have a minimum credit of £15 in your Upay account to book for Guest Night Dinners. The College creates Upay account for all its members. Please email hospitality@kellogg.ox.ac.uk if you unsure about your account.

When booking online, please be sure to indicate the full name(s) of your guests, any dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, vegan, coeliac) for you or your guest(s); such requests can only be dealt with by prior arrangement. This information must be provided in the free-text box online before you complete your booking. Vegetarian/vegan meals and most special medically authorised diets can be catered for, and other requirements met within reason, and to the best of the ability of the kitchens – please contact Bookings for further information about food allergies and special diets via bookings@kellogg.ox.ac.uk.

Please indicate at the time of booking if you wish to have a meal without alcohol as an ingredient.

If any of your guests are also current Oxford University students, please mention this in the message box.

Cancellations for Guest Night Dinners after the cancellation deadline (12:00 noon five working days prior) will not be refunded and will be subject to a cancellation fee equivalent to the College subsidy of the meal provision. Should a student and/or their guests(s) fail to attend a meal or event, for which they have booked, without giving prior notice within the cancellation period, they will be charged the full cost of the meal or event. The full cost of the meal is £45, and this charge (for late cancellations and no-shows) will be made soon after the event. You cannot transfer your booking to someone else if you cannot attend. For more information, download the Booking procedure Ts & Cs (pdf)

Guests cannot attend College events without their host (College member) present at the event, including Guest Night Dinners. The Bookings office cannot transfer tickets between members on the Upay portal. 

All queries regarding Guest Night Dinners should be sent to bookings@kellogg.ox.ac.uk or read the Booking Procedure FAQs (pdf)

Updated on: 18/07/2023