Formal Hall

"Normal" Formal Hall

All MCR-only dinners are advertised on this website in the "Socials" section. In addition to these, College also runs Formal Hall aimed primarily at the Undergraduates who cannot directly book an MCR dinner.

You can go to as many non-MCR formals as you like. They are almost every Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during term. There are no dinners outside of term. You can take large groups on Tuesday and Saturday by contacting the catering staff. The price of your ticket is about £7. A single guest ticket costs about £10, but taking more guests costs more per ticket, up to about £14 per guest for the three guests maximum.

Food is served at 7:30pm, and you queuing starts at about 7:10pm. You should be there by 7:15pm or so if you want to get a good seat. Your name is taken at the door and checked against the signup. The food is good, but unlike MCR Dinners, there is not usually port or cheese. You can bring your own wine or buy it in the buttery, and the staff will happily uncork for you at no charge. (They'll even bring champagne glasses if you have champagne.) Gowns are required.


Booking Formal Hall

Booking for formal hall is quite simple:

  1. Go to
  2. Click the Login button at the top right-hand corner of the page
  3. Click Raven Login. Raven Icon
  4. Log in to Raven. You will then be returned to the Emmanuel home page.
  5. Click the fork and knife symbol in the top right-hand corner of the page, just below the Logout button.
    OR click the 'Book Formal Hall Online' link a bit further down the right-hand side of the page.)
  6. You should now be at the Formal Hall booking web page. Book away!

Guidance For Behaviour At Formal Hall


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