I am one of those people that need a hot meal for lunch, and ideally a bit of sunlight to an fro. One of my goals is to eat at all the colleges in Cambridge, either lunch or dinner. I am slowly making my way through the colleges, and after three years in Cambridge I have Christ, Clare, Emmanuel, Magdalene and Sidney Sussex left on my to do list.
A while back I compiled a list of which colleges you as a University Member could go to and pay cash. If you want to try a new place for lunch then perhaps this list could be of interest. Let me know if I have missed a college that lets you pay cash.
- Pembroke College (cash or pre-charged card)
- Downing College (cash)
- Selwyn College (cash)
- Fitzwilliam College (cash)
- Churchill College (cash)
- Robinson College (cash)
- Girton College / Wolfson Court (cash)
- Queens’ College (cash)
- Murray Edwards College (cash)
- St Edmund’s College (lunch coupon from porter’s lodge)
- Lucy Cavendish (weekend brunch?)
- Homerton College (cash)
- Newnham College (cash)
- Clare College (cash? – unconfirmed)
Yesterday we did something a bit different: a Three College Lunch. It all started as a joke over lunch a couple of months back but somehow the idea stuck. With me were Ellese Cotterill and Stephen Kissler.
For something like this to work you need to make sure you do not get stuck in any unnecessary queues. I guess it helps that term just ended. We began our lunch with a starter at Queens’ College, which opens their lunch serving at 12:30. Then from there to King’s College for the main course. We rounded off with a nice dessert at Trinity College that closes their lunch at 14:00.
Queens’ College, King’s College and Trinity College were a pretty great combination. It felt like we had a sort of Royal Theme to this lunch. To be honest, we could probably have done a fourth college as some of them start serving lunch at 12, which makes me wonder, how many colleges can you eat at in one day?