Wolfson College Kitchen

Food & Drink

Please note that currently the UCR, LCR and Café are closed until further notice. The Hall is open to residents for lunch (Mon-Fri) and brunch (Sat).

Guidance for self-isolating residents

If you're required to self-isolate, we have some services available to help you. 

Self-isolation support on arrival

New residents can order food supplies to be ready for their arrival through the Catering team. 

  • Complete the grocery order form and email it to groceries@wolfson.ox.ac.uk by 11am Monday to Friday. 
  • If you are arriving over the weekend, please make sure you order any groceries you need by Thursday 11am and any other food items by Saturday 9am.
  • The items you have ordered will be placed in your room ready for your arrival.
  • Hot lunch can be booked through the Wolfson Gateway. We can only deliver it during lunchtime Mon-Sat due to food safety.
  • We have limited equipment and resources available for people that must self-isolate, please do not use this service if you are able to leave your room and visit the College's and other local outlets.
Grocery orders for residents in isolation

Residents in self-isolation can now purchase grocery items from our wholesaler through the College's catering office.

Complete the grocery order form and email it to groceries@wolfson.ox.ac.uk by 11am Monday to Friday. Your orders will be delivered to your room next day normally around lunchtime. Orders placed on Friday will be delivered on Monday. Orders are charged to your top-up account—make sure you have topped up before placing the order. If your top-up funds are insufficient, your order will be cancelled, and you will need to resubmit your order the following day.

Food delivery service for residents in isolation

Those who are self-isolating and cannot leave their rooms can order food for room delivery.  We deliver at lunchtime (Monday to Saturday). 

Click here to book this service through the Gateway

The order deadline is 11am for a same day delivery (by 9am on Saturdays). Orders may be placed in advance. Since there are no deliveries on Sundays, please plan your ordering ahead.  We will attempt to meet dietary requirements, though there is a limited range of options. We will deliver to your room (staff will knock and leave your food outside).

Breakfast pack

Tea, coffee, sugar, UHT milk, 1 fruit, 1 small juice carton, 2 cereal bars (or similar)

£2.50 for students.  

£5.00 for all others.

Hot lunch

One main hot dish
Two hot side dishes
One piece of fruit

£3.50 for students.  

£7.00 for all others.

Ready meal

A microwaveable meal, 

or salad.

£2.00 for students.

£4.00 for all others.

For the latest information for residents, please see service updates under the Wolfson and COVID-19 page.

Informal meals Payment Methods, Meal Prices and Subsidies

College members can pay with battels, card and cash.  Please note that AMEX is not accepted.

All our meals are priced according to the cost of the food, with a 'mark-up' towards the additional costs of staff, power, etc. College members receive different levels of subsidy and/or allowances on their food as follows:

Graduate Student Members: 50% subsidy on cooked food at informal meals
Guest of Student Member: 25% subsidy on cooked food at informal meals, plus VAT.
Members: Full price
Staff: Full price

To see a summary price list, click here.

Upper Common Room (UCR)

Complementary coffee and tea are available from the coffee machine at the following times:


10:30am - 11:30am
12:30pm - 2:30pm
6.30pm 8.30pm

On Saturdays, to coincide with brunch, complimentary coffee is served in the Hall rather than the UCR.

Outside of the times given, coffee and tea are £1.20 per cup.  Please use your debit or credit card to pay.  The machine does not accept coins or University cards.

Children are allowed in the Common Room on Saturdays.

Wolfson Café

The Wolfson Café is situated next to the Lodge and serves hot and cold drinks and snacks from 8am to 6.30pm every weekday (closes 5.30pm during the Covid-19 situation). 

At weekends, the Café is open from 8am to 4pm on Saturdays. On Sundays, the Café is open from 9am to 2pm.  Note that the weekend staff member takes a short lunch break from 11am to 11.30am.  

College members can pay with battels, card and cash.  Please note that AMEX is not accepted and that the Café till is no longer able to look up accounts by customer name.

Cafe wifi password: leonard

Sunday Coffee Shop

During term time, coffee and cakes are served by volunteers from 13:00-15:00 in the Upper Common Room in aid of AMREF, the College charity.

Wine list

Wines may be purchased from the termly wine list.  To order, fill in a Cellar Order Form in Hall, leave it in the box, and wines will be left in the Lodge for collection.  The charge will be made to your battels.

Sustainably sourced

The fish served in Hall is either Marine Stewardship Council certified or locally farmed.

Informal Meal Prices Download
Trinity Term 2020 wine listDownload

The latest from Wolfson College

Aamer Sarfraz portrait photo
7 August 2020
Aamer Sarfraz appointed to the House of Lords

Wolfson congratulates Aamer Sarfraz on his appointment by The Queen as a member of the House of Lords.

George Smith portrait photo
5 August 2020
Professor George Smith Honoured by Royal Society

Congratulations to Professor George Smith, FRS, who has been awarded the Armourers & Brasiers' Company Prize 2020

Balcony view from the Harbour lawn
8 July 2020
Refurbishment of the balcony

This project has been given the go-ahead as part of the Estates Strategy to improve our College buildings and environment.

Our upcoming events

Parties and Dinners
12 - 12
Sep Sep
Degree Day
Saturday 12 September - 11:00am to 3:30pm

Preceding the degree ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre at 14:30, the College hosts the Signing of the Graces and a celebratory reception for our graduands and their family and friends. This event is by invitation only; please see the degree days page on our website for further information. 

Lectures and Seminars
05 - 05
Nov Nov
Margaret Oliphant and Oxford
Thursday 5 November - 1:30pm

Merryn Williams is a poet and critic. Her latest works are The Fragile Bridge: New and Selected Poems (Shoestring Press) and Mansfield Park Revisited (Plas Gwyn Books). At present she is collecting poems about the pandemic and the lockdown. Merryn is a long-standing member of Wolfson's Common Room.