Dining rooms

Good food, company and conversation are prerequisites for a successful event, and they are very much part of the Wadham tradition. Whether you’re planning a formal conference dinner or an intimate supper for eight, Wadham College can meet your needs. From the majestic beauty of our 400 year old dining hall to the modern convenience of our refectory, we boast a range of dining rooms which reflect the history of the College from 1610 to present day. Our renowned chef will prepare menus to suit your occasion and our staff will assist with fine wine selection.

Dining at Wadham

For more formal dinners, consider three and four-course dinners in the Hall (seats 150) with its long tables, oak panelling and a soaring, vaulted ceiling in the hammer beam style. You can look forward to imaginative menus prepared by our Chef, with candle-lit tables, fine food and a selection of distinctive and affordable wines from the College cellars.

For special functions, the Old Library makes a perfect venue for up to 60 dinner guests, while the stately Trapp Room is ideal for more intimate dinners of no more than 16.


The Hall: Seats 150 Dining; hearing loop system; microphone available; seating plan; stairs, stairclimber. More pictures

Trapp Room: Seats 16 dining or boardroom; ground floor in Front Quad.

Old Library: Seats 60 dining (ten tables, each 7ft 11ins long x 4ft wide); seating plans available; second floor, access by stairs with stairclimber. More pictures

New Refectory: Seats 100 dining; ground floor. More pictures

Ante Chapel: 150 standing for drinks receptions; ground floor. More pictures

College Bar: 180 standing; relaxation area for delegates and students; opening hours by arrangement; ground floor.

We can help you with sample menus, seating plans and menu choices to suit your budget and requirements. 


With year-round interest, Wadham’s gardens are among the most beautiful in Oxford. The spacious Fellows' Garden is ideally suited to spring and summer events.

Wadham's gardens

A marquee in Wadham's stunning Fellows' Garden provides a weather-proof summer venue for a drinks reception.

If you’re looking for something a bit different, choose a reception in the foyer of Wadham Chapel. The Ante Chapel is part of Wadham’s original seventeenth century College buildings. It offers an elegant indoor meeting point for your guests.

For an informal and relaxed reception, the College Bar is the perfect location, spilling out onto the terrace when the weather is fine.

We offer Sherry, Wine, Pimms, Sparkling Wine and Champagne Receptions - a perfect way for guests to get to know each other and relax before sitting down to enjoy a special dinner.

Our menus

Please ask for details of our Chef’s special Lunch and Dinner menus and view the sample menus at the links below.

Breakfast: 8am

Help yourself from a magnificent buffet of fresh fruits, cereals, toast and a full English breakfast with all the trimmings.

Lunch: 1pm

Lunch can be arranged to suit, from a buffet of delicious salads, cold meats and sandwiches to a seated lunch with a 2 course menu and coffee

Dinner: 7.15pm

An exceptional choice of menus from Chef, affordable fine wines and friendly, attentive service add up to a truly memorable occasion.

Contact our Conference & Events Team

Make an enquiry via our online enquiry form here

Wadham College Conference & Events Team,
Email: conference.office@wadham.ox.ac.uk
Tel: 01865 277579  Fax 01865 277591