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Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge

Eating in The Dome

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Opening hours

From 28 September, the Dome will be open for a takeaway service during the following times:

Monday to Friday

  • 08:00-09:30 – Breakfast
  • 10:15-11:30 – Coffee shop
  • 12:00-12:30 – Lunch (staff)
  • 12:30-14:00 – Lunch (students)
  • 12:30-13:45 – Lunch (Fellows)
  • 14:45-17:00 – Coffee shop
  • 17:30-19:00 – Dinner

Saturday and Sunday

  • 11:00-12:30 – Brunch
  • 14:30-17:00 – Coffee shop
  • 17:30-19:00 – Dinner

From 6 October, the College bar will be open daily from 10:00-17:00 as a shop, where you will be able to buy cupboard essentials such as pasta, rice, bread and cheese. Between 12:30 and 14:00, the shop will operate as a 'Grab & Go' lunch area where you can pick up soup, sandwiches, crisps, fruits, chocolate and cold drinks. Students will need to top up their College account to use this area as there is currently no debit/credit card payment system available.

Formal Hall

Formal Hall is a high-quality dinner with full waiter service. It takes place on Tuesday evenings in term time and also on some Fridays. It is a popular occasion for entertaining guests; sign up for tickets online (by 14:00 on Sunday for Tuesday Hall, and 12-noon on Wednesday for Friday Hall). The cost of Formal Hall tickets will be deducted from your college card at the time of booking.

Postgraduates are invited to one Formal Hall per week free of charge (until they have completed the required number of terms for their degree, when Formal tickets will be charged at the student rate and billed termly in arrears). The Fellows invite all postgraduate students and their guests to drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) in the Fellows' Drawing Room before Formal Hall from 18.45.

Further information, including booking forms, is available here. Please see the downloads list on the right hand side.

Access the meal booking system

Formal Hall group booking form


EPOS top-up - cashless tills

Murray Edwards College operates a cashless till system. Students are encouraged to pay money into individual Student Debit Card accounts, which can then be used via the student's ID card, to pay for meals in the Dome dining hall. By using the cashless system, you receive a 10% discount on the cash price of meals. You can also use your account to buy stamps, telephone cards or memorabilia at the Porters' Lodge, or use online when booking a meal at Formal Hall.

To top up on line, please log in.


Fine dining events

We have a variety of dining rooms in College. The Events team would be delighted to discuss your event with you. Either pop into their office on B staircase or log in to access the student booking form.


Catering team

The kitchen team is led by Chef Joe Dean, who worked previously as Head Chef at the Hotel du Vin. His team have a variety of experience and produce an extremely high standard of food from cafeteria to fine dining.

The kitchens can cater for most dietary requirements, provided they are informed in advance. Food is sourced from sustainable sources and local suppliers, where possible.

The front of house team is led by Teri Byrne. Her skills make for a smooth catering experience, whether you’re in cafeteria or at a formal meal. 

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