Food & Drink
- All meals are eaten in the friendly atmosphere of our beautiful 13th century hall. It is pretty magnificent (especially when the fire is lit) although rather dark- the joke is that it is so you can’t see what you’re eating, although the food is actually pretty good! Like the Hogwarts dining hall there’s rather impractical benches rather than seats - which makes for lots of awkward shuffling and climbing over tables!
- There’s usually two meat options and one vegetarian per day, plus soup and salad and a selection of sandwiches, drinks and desserts. Other dietary requirements can be catered to on request. The range is not as good as some larger colleges - though the variety of potato options is truly legendary! We have a buttery book where improvements can be suggested - the expansion of the salad bar and reintroduction of mozzarella sticks at brunch being its recent successes!
- Students have to pay £170 each term towards the upkeep of the college kitchens- this is pretty annoying but most colleges have some variation of this charge. After that you pay per meal - usually around £3.50 (2016/2017).
- Peterhouse is one of only two colleges to have Formal Hall every night; a fully-waited three course meal with coffee costing only £6.30 a head -one of the cheapest in Cambridge. Dressing up and sharing a meal in our candlelit hall is a great way to celebrate birthdays or entertain guests. The food is generally good - though in classic Peterhouse fashion they sometimes go off-piste and do pizza formals, and a Christmas dinner in the middle of June...
- Peterhouse is one of the few colleges with a sign out system- you have to eat at least 35 lunches/dinners that cost >£2.80 each term or you will be charged for them anyway. Formal hall counts for two signouts. This system is not ideal - however most people end up eating far more meals than required. It also means hall is usually quite lively and full!
- First year accommodation has small kitchens shared between around 3-5 which contain storage cupboards, a fridge, sink, kettle, toaster and microwave, plus a toastie maker if you’re lucky! In later years most kitchens also have hobs. Freezers are rare and ovens rarer still. Hence Peterhouse is probably not the best college if you plan to do a lot of cooking. However people get creative with microwaves- and you can bring slow cookers etc. if you’re very keen!
- The College Bar is open from 7pm to 11pm every day apart from Friday and Saturday where it stays open till 12am. There’s a good range of drinks -alcoholic and soft. A pint is ~£2.60 and spirits ~£2.50 a shot. It’s spacious with comfy sofas and a TV with projector; it is a popular place to be after formal hall, before going out or just for a break from the library! *There’s a corner shop right opposite Peterhouse, a small Sainsbury’s a 5 minute walk away and a bigger one 10-15 minutes away.