Food and drink at Goodenough College

Goodenough College offers a full catering service every day of the year. 

What we offer 

Our caterer Holroyd Howe specialises in providing freshly prepared, nutritious food and takes pride in offering great hospitality.

To encourage College Members to eat together the College provides substantial, high quality meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner at heavily subsidised prices.  Members can get further discounts by buying meals in bulk through the current meal ‘token’ scheme. We are confident that you will want to eat regularly at the College’s catering facilities in The Great Hall and Freddie’s Café/Bar.

Hospitality and conviviality are key elements of the College experience and each term the College holds a variety of dining events where every Member is invited to dine for free.  If you prefer to cook your own meals there are kitchen facilities available.

Meal times 





Great Hall Freddie’s  Great Hall
Monday – Friday Monday – Friday Monday – Friday
07.30 – 10.15 12.00 – 14.30 18.00 – 21.00
Great Hall (brunch) Great Hall (brunch) Great Hall
Saturday – Sunday Saturday – Sunday Saturday – Sunday
08.00 – 14.00 08.00 – 14.00 18.00 – 20.00

NB: Our breakfast and dinner service is moved from the Great Hall to Freddie’s when special events are taking place.


With its oak panelling, gilded crests and portraits of the College Founders, our Great Hall offers a wonderful setting to come together and eat a meal with friends. Breakfast in the Great Hall includes continental and cooked options, so you can get the day off to a great start.



Freddie's is the College’s on-site coffee shop and restaurant.  At lunchtime, Freddie’s serves at least three hot meal options and offers a selection of sandwiches, a salad bar and soup. Hot drinks, cold beverages, snacks and sandwiches are available throughout the day. In the evening Freddie’s turns into a cosy bar serving drinks.



Dinner is held in the Great Hall most evenings, offering Members a three-course meal, which includes a choice of main courses, salad bar and a dessert. We also hold regular Dining-In Nights where the College provides a themed meal for Members to enjoy for free.

Food counter

Value for money meal tokens

If you plan to eat at the College regularly you should consider purchasing meal tokens which offer Members a discount of approximately 10% against lunch and dinner prices, while still allowing you the flexibility to choose when to eat at the College.

Freddies Café & Bar

Freddie's Café & Bar

Freddie’s is an ideal place to relax with a drink and something to eat. Members can watch news and sport and enjoy a great selection of cold beverages, beers, wines and spirits. It’s also a place where we regularly run themed events and special promotions, often tied into sporting events.

Freddie’s is open Monday to Friday 10.00 – 22.30 and Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays 10.00 – 22.00.

The College also has a Member-run bar called G-Bar, which is open Monday to Saturday 20.00 – 23.00 and Sunday 20.00 – 22.30 and is a great place to come to unwind and socialise with friends.

Self catering at Goodenough

All Members have access to self-catered facilities should they wish to cook for themselves.

All flats and studios include a kitchen equipped with cutlery, crockery and pots and pans and all single study-bedrooms have a full-sized fridge. There are also pantries with sinks and microwaves, and there are larger kitchens (known as butteries) which offer toasters, microwaves, ovens, hobs, sinks and seating areas where Members can cook and gather with friends to eat. Members can also have a locker within the buttery.

The College is within walking distance of several supermarkets and convenience stores. There is a large Waitrose and Sainsbury’s in the nearby Brunswick Centre and Tesco Express by Russell Square Underground Station, all just five-minutes walk away.

Dining events

Each term the College holds dining events to give everyone the opportunity to experience dining in the historical Great Hall.  It’s a chance to bring together old friends, and meet new ones, whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.

Dining-In Nights are fun, free informal evenings, often themed to tie in with Cultural Weeks. Our chefs design a topical menu for Members to enjoy, the Great Hall is often decorated and entertainment provided.

Each year the College hosts five Faculty Dinners, which bring together Members according to the discipline they study: Medical and Natural Sciences; Arts and Humanities; Economics and Business; Political and Social Sciences; or Law.  Each drinks reception and black-tie dinner gives Members the opportunity to dine free with leading academics, MPs, representatives from the City of London and key industry leaders and hear from prestigious speakers, with expertise relevant to the field of study.