Guest Nights & Formal Hall

Guest Nights and Formal Halls are three-course meals, open to all members of College and Common Room. Both dinners can be booked using the Wolfson Gateway booking system. 

Booking Dates:

The Wolfson Gateway will open for Hilary 2020 Guest Night bookings on the 6th of January.  This includes Burn's Night dinner, on 23 January.

Formal Hall bookings open on the Friday two weeks prior to each dinner:

21 Feb Family Friendly Formal Hall

Bookings start 7 Feb

6 March Formal Hall  (VEGETARIAN)

Bookings start 21 Feb

Please also read the notes about cancellation fees under each dinner type below.

Guest Nights

Guest Night dinners are elaborate, served formal dinners, with wines.  They take place on Thursdays during term time and are open to all members of College and Common Room. Members may invite up to five guests to attend with them.  Guest Nights provide a convivial atmosphere and the chance to meet other Wolfsonians as well as to entertain guests. Dress code is smart, academic gowns are not worn, and ties are optional.

Pre-dinner drinks are normally at 7.00 pm, followed by dinner at 7.30 pm.  

You can make a booking for yourself and your guests using your single-sign-on via the Wolfson Gateway, where you can also see each night's menu. There is a limit of five guests in addition to yourself.  

If you have any queries, please email catering.administration@wolfson.ox.ac.uk.

Guest Night Price List

Student Members booking their own meal: £18.25
Non-student Members: £36.50
Guests of members (including guests of student members): £36.50 (each)
Student Member's Supervisor as a guest of a student member: £18.25

Please note:

  • Student diners are charged immediately, via their Top-up account.  Others are charged on their monthly battels.
  • Bookings, changes and cancellations must be made no later than 11am on the day before the dinner, when the booking list closes.  All dinners that are still booked when the booking list closes will be charged for at the full rate.
  • Cancellations made before the booking list closes, but after 11am on Wednesday the week before the dinner, will incur a fee of £10 per cancelled place.  
  • Any special dietary requirements or seating requests should be noted on the online booking form.
  • Children aged 11 years and over are welcome.
  • Please refrain from 'block booking' and then cancelling.  This blocks other people from planning to attend.


Formal Hall

Formal Hall is a served three-course meal that takes place three times each term. Dress code is smart, though black tie is not required, and academic gowns are not worn.  Drinks are at 7.00 pm, with dinner at 7.30 pm. Formal Halls are open to all members of College, and members may invite up to three guests to attend with them.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no informal dinner served on the night of a Formal Hall.

You can make a booking for yourself and your guests using your single-sign-on via the Wolfson Gateway where you can see each night's menu. There is a limit of three guests in addition to yourself.  Please note that Formal Halls open for bookings 14 days before each dinner.

If you have any queries, please email catering.administration@wolfson.ox.ac.uk.

Formal Hall Price List

Student Members: £9.50
Members: £19.00
Guest(s): £19.00 (each)

Please note:

  • For Formal Hall, wine is not included in the price, and can be bought by the bottle in the Kitchen.  BYO is not allowed.
  • Bookings, changes and cancellations must be made no later than 11am on the day before the dinner, when the booking list closes.  All dinners that are still booked when the booking list closes will be charged for at the full rate.
  • Cancellations made before the booking list closes, but after 11am on Thursday the week before the dinner, will incur a fee of £5 per cancelled place.  
  • Student diners are charged immediately, via their Top-up account.  Others are charged on their monthly battels.
  • Any special dietary requirements or seating requests should be noted on the online booking form.
  • Children aged 11 years and over are welcome.
  • Please refrain from 'block booking' and then cancelling.  This blocks other people from planning to attend.

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