Find out more about dining at High Table as an alum of St Catharine's College.
Who can dine?
St Catharine’s alumni who have taken their MA (approximately six years after matriculation for an undergraduate course) or graduated from a postgraduate course are eligible to dine at High Table free of charge once a term, as long as they are not studying at the College. This is known as 'taking up your dining rights'.
High Table dining effectively means joining a private dinner with any Fellows who have registered for that evening; not eating in Hall with students. Undergraduates or minors are not permitted to dine at High Table under any circumstances.
It should be noted that alumni are encouraged to converse with Fellows at High Table. Taking up dining rights is not intended as a way to host a reunion; if you wish to organise a small private dinner you are welcome to make an enquiry.
When can I dine?
All those with dining rights are eligible to dine at High Table free of charge once a term, during Full Term, when there is at least one presiding Fellow registered to dine.
Dining is currently available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays during term and on a Tuesday out of term, excluding August.
Can I bring a guest?
Alumni can bring one adult guest at their own expense; the current cost of this will be confirmed when booking. Only one paying guest per person is permitted.
How can I book?
The dining list closes at 1.30pm three days before.
Please note that dining will only go ahead with a minimum of four diners (including at least one presiding Fellow). Requests to book are therefore not guaranteed. A maximum of six alumni (or a combination of alumni and their guests) can dine on any one night.
Gowns are not required although smart attire (lounge suits or equivalent) is appropriate.
On Sunday evenings, High Table will typically include the guest preacher and other attendees at Choral Evensong, which starts at 6.00pm. Members are warmly welcomed to attend Evensong in the Chapel prior to dining.
Registered High Table Dinner guests should arrive in the Armitage Room between 7pm and 7.15pm. The dinner will then usually be held in the SCR. If any guests are delayed they should inform the College via the Porters’ Lodge (01223 338300) or the Buttery (01223 338342).
The dining venue should be vacated at 10pm at the latest unless there is a Fellow present.