Everyone surveyed was offered space for additional comments. These comments are all listed below and ordered by college. Comments that were not specific to a college or hall are under "general." If a college or hall is not listed below, that means there were no specific comments provided. 



  • It is not just vegetarian and vegan food, the catering for halal and other dietary requirements is often poor across many colleges. The fact that many students pay a fixed catering fee for college food that they cannot always eat because of their religious or dietary requirements is a poor standard for any public institution to think is adequate.
  • All colleges need to improve. Vegetarians need protein. Vegetarians don't all want cheese! I want nice, varied vegan options e.g. dhal, bean curry, bean burgers etc. not just bean spicy stew all the time.
  • Animals are my friends and I don't eat my friends! hope more Oxford colleges will appreciate their vegan students' ethical value and therefore will have proper vegan menu.
  • Generally I should say that veggie life in Oxford would be better if those catering for vegetarians could resist reducing things to one of two options: covering something in lots of cheese, OR drowning it in a disappointing tomato sauce!
  • Vegetarian/vegan meals at most colleges are only pretty average. They have a long way to go provide nutritionally adequate and tasty food for veggies.
  • A lot of fake mortadella tofu slices instead of the chunk of meat. Or a really sad shrimp cocktail without shrimp. Just swapping or leaving out the meat/fish is not a good enough alternative.
  • I've really appreciated having the Veggie Norrington Table this term - not only have the exchange dinners it's stimulated been very enjoyable, but it's made me think more about the different care and quality which colleges give to their catering and, by connection, their students. Too often I've encountered colleges which require vegans (which hasn't been normalised as much as vegetarianism has in the last decade) to email their catering team in advance for them to prepare a meal *specially* for them. Although colleges don't realise it, this is an administrative burden which students really don't need, and also adds to the sense of alienation which having a vegan diet in a largely carnivorous society can bring. Colleges who don't provide clearly marked, nutritious, and readily available vegetarian and vegan alternatives, as a matter of course, need to get with the times. Providing good [food] for their students on an equal basis, whatever the diet, is fundamental to their health, and their happiness at Oxford. Hopefully, with the Veggie Norrington Table such discrepancies in hall standards will become more apparent, and under-performing colleges will be able work with their students, as well as other colleges, to make their food, and hence life at their colleges, much better!
  • What seems to be the issue at most colleges is the balance of carbs and protein. At all the colleges I've eaten at, it is almost always the case that the meals are carb heavy and veg/protein is really slim. I'd like to see the kitchen using pulses, beans and lentils more often, offering more greens and exploring meat substitutes other than veggie sausages!!
  • When I tell the kitchen staff that I've ordered a vegan meal at a formal, they usually react negatively and seem annoyed. This is unfortunate, given the weighty moral reasons for going vegan! Vegans should be treated like anyone else, even if this means that they will be served another dish than the majority.

all souls college

  • All Souls is the worst!

balliol college

  • I praise Balliol for specifying which things are vegan but the actual quality of food has been low.

brasenose college

  • Brasenose - wonderful quality for amazing price. Inventive and tasty vegan food.


  • Christ Church has meat-free Mondays every week where no meat is served at all in Hall.
  • Some of the main courses at Christ Church are poorly chosen to compliment the side dishes e.g. around 3 times we've had risotto (which I personally think isn't very nice at all) but the side dish provided was then rice? Which essentially meant my main course was just rice. Variation in the vegetarian food is very important as it ensures I get the best balanced diet possible and ensures the food is fun and enjoyable and not the same as always. The dishes I find at my college are hit and miss, some dishes are particularly nice and others are particularly unpleasant. I think colleges should actually ask the students opinions. I'm not sure if there is available (if there is then it is horrendously advertised) somewhere where I can vote every meal I eat and my college or give my opinion on it. There might actually be a dish that we get served a lot that quite a lot of people would be prefer us not to get served and I would love there to be somewhere where I could give my feedback and opinion on the meals I eat so the hall staff can develop a feel for what dishes work and what dishes just don't. In conclusion, improvements to the food could definitely be made but the food on average is okay. Also, I wish there was somewhere I could give feedback directly to my college so they have an idea about people opinions of particular dishes.


  • Exeter has  varied spread though I was only was there for a week. There is a good variety and good quality of veggie food
  • Exeter provides at least two choices which are generally interesting and very cheap.
  • At Exeter, informal vegan food needs to be pre-arranged but is then sometimes forgotten (emergency options available). Otherwise usually ok to good food and respectful staff.


  • I put GTC on both the 'best' and 'worst' lists because the food is inconsistent and at lunch they don't offer vegan options except for some boring salad. Even their daily soups always have dairy in them, even the vegetarian ones. For dinners, sometimes the main is excellent and sometimes it is inedible. And for dessert they only offer vegans fruit while everyone else gets something indulgent and delicious-looking.


  • I've eaten good vegan food at Harris Manchester college, in both regular hall and formal. Basically, it tends to be the mature/graduate colleges that have the best veggie food, as there seem to be more vegans at these colleges. 
  • Harris Manchester has fantastic veggie and vegan food - at lunch and dinner every day, as well as at formal. The chefs have been putting in extra effort to make veggie meals extra proteinous and tasty for veggies - and they welcome and improve on any feedback the students want to give.


  • Hertford vegan formal is usually pretty good, although the quality does vary. Christmas formal last year was especially delicious - with a vegetable crumble that actually tasted good (!!) and a caramelized pineapple dessert with sorbet. They also often make nice risottos or aubergine steaks for mains, dessert usually being a sorbet or fruit salad. Regular hall is **significantly** worse than formal though.


  • Keble is doing Meat-Free Mondays, which is great. The high-table vegetarian food is very good, and the normal stuff is pretty good as well. They do have vegan options too (thought often not enough as it's less calorific!).
  • All colleges should be made aware of vegan and vegetarian alcohol and should allow students to bring their own accordingly rather than insists on using college bought booze or nothing (as in the case of Keble).
  • Whilst the food at Keble was nice, I was mistakenly bought out a meat-based starter and main course, and falsely assured it was vegetarian prior to receiving the correct meal.
  • Keble vegetarian food has begun to improve over the last few months. A 'meat free Monday' motion was passed recently and the quality of vegetarian food is improving. Too often in the past though have I been served plain rice with peas and carrots and a dry main that doesn't go with it. The veggie formal hall on Tuesday at Keble was good, but I have heard that the Sunday hall is often a little disappointing (meat and veggie).

lady margaret hall

  • My experience at LMH was particularly disappointing. At the salad bar there was woeful attention given to the fact that vegans most likely do not wish to use the same spoons for getting out lettuce as for cheese (or even ham!). This reflects a more general hygiene problem at this college's dinning facilities.
  • Even though LMH doesn't have a vegan option on display all I have to do is tell them I'm vegan everyday in hall and they'll bring me a vegan option out in two or three minutes. And formal hall food is AMAZING - they go all out, maybe not with dessert as they always give me fruit but the main courses are amazing and not just half-hearted attempts at a meat-less meal.
  • LMH has vegan options available but not on display. It would be better to indicate that clearly and openly to ease the foraging for the vegans/vegetarians but also motivate carnivores to give it a try.


  • Linacre always have a dedicated vegan option (often more than one!) at lunch and dinner as well as vegetarian options. Plus allergy containing ingredients are clearly labelled on screens outside the dining room. At formal, the vegan pudding option is never just fruit salad (for once!!).

magdalen college

  • For the majority of the time, Magdalen College only ever offers one hot vegetarian option (compared to two hot meat/fish options). This vegetarian option is often lacking in protein (eg sometimes they serve pasta or curry simply with vegetables and nothing like chickpeas or tofu). Moreover, there is a salad bar which they frequently fail to include vegetarian protein in; the usual option is some pulses, but this often runs out. I notice that they never fail to keep the multiple non-vegetarian options stocked up on the salad bar. At formal hall, while the meat and fish eaters get imaginative courses, the vegetarian and vegan options are predictable and repetitive. The vegetarian/vegan starter will usually involve asparagus and tomato (no protein there), and the vegan dessert is always a fruit salad. The main course is usually better, with nuts and pulses often involved. I would like to see more regular experimentation from Magdalen College, with things like tofu, seitan, and tempeh in the menu. They have used Quorn before and that has gone down well with meat eaters and vegetarians alike. I would also like to see an acknowledgement of the fact that vegetarians deserve the same amount of protein in their meals as the meat eaters: pasta with vegetables is simply not good enough.
  • Magdalen, where I spent my undergraduate, was awful. Incredibly expensive food and compulsory catering charges, and never a vegan option in hall anyway so I could never eat there. No allergens ever labelled on food. Vegetarian options always dripping in cheese and cream and generally awful. JCR repeatedly voted in favour of meat free Mondays but this was never taken up by catering staff. Formal hall veggie options also abysmal. The college is stuck in the Middle Ages, food wise.
  • Magdalen provides only one veggie option of varied quality. Veggie options are often quite uninspired and there is no vegan option outside of formals. 


  • Mansfield has the best food ever!
  • I am the only vegan at Mansfield college, and being the smallest college in the university, I am deeply saddened that they will probably not top the table simply due to a lack of people who have tried them. They make an amazing effort everyday, cook me my own individual meal, the caterer raves about his excitement about his 'new project', and each day is like being served at a 5 star restaurant. I am never malnourished or unsatisfied, it is always delicious and never haphazardly made. Mansfield truly respects all diets, especially vegetarians - and now vegans! I wish they could top the table, because I will forever feel gratitude for what they have done.


  • Merton vegan formal was the worst I've ever had - the vegan option being something like soggy microwaved spring rolls in a sauce?


  • The head of catering at New College, frequently asks to ensure the vegan food is up to scratch. He's stopped me from feeling awkward around my diet which I usually do at new places. However, when he left and went on holiday I received a lot of vegetables and fruit without anything filling. At guest night I also received the same fruit platter I receive for formal despite paying almost 3 times as much! ! Other than this period, the food has been tasty and filling.


  • Some colleges (such as Queens and Oriel) make great effort to satisfy all dietary requirements, and provide varied vegetarian meals that would encourage even meat-eaters to try. Others seem to treat the vegetarian as a second-rate option.


  • I don't know about any other colleges but on the occasions I've had vegetarian food at Pembroke I've been very satisfied.


  • Some colleges (such as Queens and Oriel) make great effort to satisfy all dietary requirements, and provide varied vegetarian meals that would encourage even meat-eaters to try. Others seem to treat the vegetarian as a second-rate option.
  • Queen's has literally served bowls of rice or vegetables (not both - one or the other) as vegan meals this term.
  • Queens college have come a long way since I first came to the college and have started putting vegetarian sausages on the breakfast menu. They have also started making vegan portion sizes larger than the meat equivalent since it was pointed out that vegan meals are less calorie dense. The manager, is always open to feedback so all the students need to do is drop her an email. The main downside is the lunch time menu and the deserts on formal night. There is normally no vegan option at lunch apart from a plate veggies even though there are a very large selection of meat and cheese options. I have suggested that a healthy option that is also nut free and vegan should be provided every lunch so this is not an issue. More people are going vegan and many students in college want to go vegan but feel it's impossible while living in college without a kitchen and not having options for lunch. A college without kitchens such as queens should make the most effort in providing food for everyone.
  • The good dining experiences have been consistent each time I've been to the college. Queens college have made great efforts and the food was very good. The bad dining experiences have been so on account of two factors: (1) inconsistency from one occasion to another and (2) lack of provision for vegan food and general unavailability of a specifically 'vegan' option. Whilst creativity in cooking in a great thing, at the moment I think many vegan and vegetarian students would simply settle for a consistent standard across the colleges where both chefs and catering staff were well informed about the differences between vegan and vegetarian diets. At the moment this isn't happening.


  • Regent's Park Burns Night formal last year served the vegetarian haggis on the same plate as the meat haggis (literally touching it) with the same spoon to help yourself.


  • The only colleges I've had enough meals at to include on this list are Catz and Somerville. Both are usually decent for veggie options. 


  • The only colleges I've had enough meals at to include on this list are Catz and Somerville. Both are usually decent for veggie options. Catz now lists the separate Vegan/Vegetarian/Meat/Halal options on its menu for lunch and Hall and are very helpful and accommodating at preparing a dish for anyone with unusual requirements (e.g. two overlapping dietary requirements). Catz hall is generally pretty good for vegan options (for quality & variety), and the starters in particular of the same quality as the equivalent non-vegan option. The Catz scaf (the cafeteria, not hall) vegan meals are generally OK to eat on occasion, but are quite repetitive, not professionally served (ie reheated/soggy/bland) and are a bit un-inventive (if you're not served stuffed pepper/aubergine you're almost guaranteed bland curry) and are often feeling lacking in substance (lack of enough tofu/nuts).

st. Cross College

  • I was impressed by St Cross, last year when I lunched there twice.
  • I really appreciate that vegetarian food is available both at lunch and at supper at St Cross. And I've been enjoying it very much. It would be great if you could provide vegan meals.


  • Teddy has the best vegetarian/vegan food, hands down.
  • Teddy Hall had a much better buffet style dinner and the veggie food was all much tastier than I was used to at Keble.


  • St. Hugh's generally has a good variety and good quality of veggie food. It's definitely not vegan friendly, but as a vegetarian its quite easy and enjoyable to eat their dishes. Only thing is they love to use mushrooms in nearly every veggie dish which is tired and lacking creativity.


  • St. John's is the worst. They don't have a Veggie option for SCR lunch.

St. Stephen's House

  • St Stephen's House has always done its best.


  • Vegan dessert at Trinity formal one time was just an apple on a plate, with a knife to cut it yourself.
  • A whole apple with a knife is not dessert, Trinity!


  • I have only eaten at the three colleges mentioned. Wolfson is not imaginative. There is seldom a Vegan hot dish...salads are ok.
  • Sometimes there are not any vegan options available [at Wolfson], or the vegan option is simply a side-dish for everyone else so it runs out quickly, so I tend to not eat in college. There really should be some provision of vegan dessert - not just fruit! This would not be that hard to do and would make me more likely to eat food in hall more regularly.


  • Worcester always has at least 2 different veggie options at first hall and they're generally really varied! Formal hall veggie is also so so good. General food quality and creativeness in Worcester is very high but they obviously also do try really hard for veggie options.


  • Wycliffe's new chef does really good vegan food which is very delicious and healthy!
  • Our new chef and his team at Wycliffe are brilliant in cooking vegan food and they are very understanding and friendly. Animal are our friends!