Food & Drink

At Newnham you can decide on a day-to-day basis whether to get coffee and cake in our chilled cafe, eat a full home-cooked meal in our Buttery, or to cook for yourself (and maybe your friends!).

Things will look a little different in 2021/22, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but College is working hard with students and the University to identify what we can offer with social distancing in place.  Rest assured, there will still be plenty of options to eat at Newnham!

The Buttery
Newnham has a good Buttery (cafeteria), offering a wide variety of hot, cold, vegetarian and vegan meals. Halal and kosher diets are also catered for in the café-style facility. The meals are cooked on-site by the dedicated catering team.

It is open all year round except for short periods of closure at Christmas and Easter and a period during the Long Vacation. At Newnham you have a choice about where you eat every day, unlike some of the other Colleges.

As well as the normal cafeteria set up, the Buttery also has comfy sofas for socialising with your friends and Wi-Fi should you want to browse the internet while you are there.

Buttery Opening Hours 

Monday to Friday
Lunch 12.30 – 13.45
Dinner 18.00 – 19.15

Saturday and Sunday

Brunch 12.00 – 13.45

Dinner 18.00 – 19.15

The Iris Café
The Iris Café and the outdoor Cafe Courtyard are a chilled space for barista-made coffee, hot and cold breakfast items available from 8.00am, delicious cakes, freshly-made paninis, and much more. It’s a great place to treat yourself once an essay’s been handed in, or to take time to relax with friends. Check the Iris Café page for current opening times.

The Iris Bar
Newnham has a student-run bar, with regular social events that bring members of the College together. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available, and the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. Find out more on the Bar’s own Facebook page.

Newnham has some of the best self-catering kitchens at the University and they are cleaned every weekday by our friendly housekeeping team. All kitchens have hobs, a fridge and microwave, most have an oven and some have freezers. Many have tables and chairs so you can entertain guests and nearly all have lockable cupboards to prevent people ‘borrowing’ your emergency stash of chocolate during the exam period. You may choose to cater for yourself or use the College buttery or a mix of the two.