Dining Rights and Guest Rooms

Dining rights

Pembroke Members who hold an MA, another Master’s degree or a higher degree from the University, or who are qualified for an MA, are welcome to dine in College during Full Term or the period of residence in the Long Vacation. For the academic year 2014–2015, ‘Full Term’ means 7 October to 5 December, 13 January to 13 March, and 21 April to 12 June; residence in the Long Vacation runs for five weeks from early July.

Dining for Members is available on any evening of the week during term or the Long Vacation residence except Tuesday or Saturday and on occasions when large College events take place. A Member may dine as a guest of the College at High Table up to four times each academic year (once a term and once in the Long Vacation residence), provided a Fellow is present to preside. On one of those occasions, overnight accommodation is free of charge for the Member if it is available.

It is regrettably not normally possible for non-Member spouses/partners to dine at High Table. However, for the academic year 2014–2015, the College will hold six ‘Members’ Evenings’, when up to ten Members and their guests (ten people in all, both Members and non-Members) may dine at the College’s expense. It is recommended that large parties of Members, and Members and their spouses/partners, should seek to use these evenings as particularly good opportunities to dine in the College. The dates of these occasions in 2014–15 are Monday 20 October and Sunday 9 November, Monday 19 January 2015 and Sunday 22 February, Wednesday 6 May and Sunday 7 June (also a Scarlet Day – Whitsunday).

On the evening that you have booked in to dine, we would be grateful if you could arrive at the Senior Parlour no later than 7.15pm for drinks before dinner. The dress code is smart but it is not necessary to wear a gown.

Guest rooms

Overnight accommodation may also be available in College, at a reasonable charge (£42.50 per person per night for the current academic year, payable on arrival), for visits of a maximum of two consecutive nights. The College has four en suite guest rooms (one twin-bedded room in H staircase and three double-bedded rooms in G, H and K staircases). Given these limited facilities, early notice is strongly advised when making inquiries. The College guest rooms are usually available from 2pm on the day of arrival; guests are asked to check out and remove their luggage before 9.30am on the day of departure (but the Porters’ Lodge can store luggage until later in the day if necessary). Breakfast is not included in the charge but Members and their guests are welcome to have breakfast in the Buttery (usually open Monday to Saturday between 8am and 10am and for brunch on Sunday between 10am and 1.15pm), which can be paid for with cash.

The College would be extremely grateful to be informed at the earliest opportunity if a Member’s plans to visit have to be amended. The College regrets that it will be necessary to charge a Member for the full cost of the room in the event that that Member should cancel his or her visit without notice. The College also regrets that children under the age of fourteen are unable to stay in the College guest rooms.

How to book

Arrangements for dining or for staying in a guest room should be made by completing and submitting the Accommodation and Dining Online Booking Form. If you experience any difficulties using the online form, please phone Dr Emma Adlard on 01223 339079 or email dev@pem.cam.ac.uk.