Private Dining and Receptions

Christ Church caters for Banquets, Dinners, Lunches, Weddings and Receptions. All meals are freshly prepared in the College’s medieval kitchen using only the finest ingredients, locally sourced wherever possible. Our extensive wine cellar includes Christ Church’s own label wine, sherry and whisky.   We’re proud of our catering team and the attentive and friendly service we offer.

Banquets in the Great Hall

Walking in the footsteps of many historical figures who have enjoyed Christ Church’s hospitality, you enter the magnificent Tudor Dining Hall at the top of the wide, stone staircase. The inspiration for Hogwart’s Hall in the Harry Potter films, Hall seats up to 300 guests, who can experience dining in traditional College style, surrounded by Portraits of the many famous people who have studied here. However, please note that availability is extremely limited to a few days during the vacation only.

Wedding Receptions

Hall is a magnificent venue for an important occasion. Wedding Receptions in Hall can be arranged, even if the Marriage isn’t taking place in the Cathedral and you have no connection with Christ Church. However, please note that availability is extremely limited.

Banquets and Wedding Receptions in Hall are only possible during Vacation with access after 4.30pm

For those with access requirements, there is a lift at the bottom of the Hall Stairs. 

Private Dining in the McKenna Room

Private Lunches and Dinners can be arranged in the McKenna Room from Monday to Friday during Term and Vacation, subject to availability. Dinners during Term begin at 8.00pm, to fit with our student dining. The McKenna Room layout is flexible to suit your event and can seat up to 47 guests. Minimum numbers for dining are 20 people. The McKenna Room is suitable for intimate Wedding Receptions throughout the year.   Wines can be ordered from our Wine List to accompany your meal.

Contact:  Haley Wiggins, Senior Assistant Conference and Events Administrator
email:  Telephone: 01865 286877


Guests can enjoy a Drinks Reception on one of the College lawns, during the Easter and Summer Vacation, served by our experienced Buttery Manager and his team.

Tom Quad is the largest quadrangle in Oxford, dominated by Tom Tower to the West, with an attractive ornamental pond and fountain in the centre. The short walk up to Hall makes it a popular setting for guests before a Banquet. 

The Masters’ Garden, with its views of Magdalen Tower and Merton College, is a delightful location for large Drinks Receptions. 

The Governing Body may occasionally give consent for a marquee to be erected in the Masters’ Garden.  In such cases outside caterers will need to be arranged. If you are considering such an event please contact the Treasurer’s Administrator, Sally Gillard – 01865 276178 email:

The Cathedral Garden is a smaller, walled garden situated between the Deanery and the Cathedral.  It can hold up to 100 guests and is available during the Summer Term and Vacation:

Monday to Friday 7.00pm – 9.00pm                                                                                                     

Saturday 2.00pm – 4.00pm and 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Please note that the quadrangles and gardens can only be used if an alternative wet weather location is available in the College.

Receptions can also be held throughout the year in one of our attractive Reception Rooms.

The Buttery Bar functions as a bar and wine cellar and is frequently used by guests dining in the McKenna Room, to enjoy a drink beforehand. During Term, Receptions in the Buttery start at 7.30pm to fit with our student dining. Groups can have a cash/credit bar, or pre-order drinks.

During Vacation, Conferences and Summer Schools can request the Buttery be open to enjoy a drink before dinner or to have with their meal in the Great Hall. 

The Undercroft is a renovated cellar bar which can cater for up to 120 people (Vacations only). It can be used as a communal space for Conferences and Summer Schools to have a drink before or after dinner, but can also be booked by groups for a Private Reception. With its Juke Box and two TV screens, it is an attractive space for Quiz Nights and socialising


The McKenna Room with its portraits and fireplace makes a cosy drawing room setting for up to 60 people.

The Upper Library may occasionally be booked for Receptions of up 90 people. Only Sparkling and White Wines may be consumed and no food is permitted.

Christ Church Picture Gallery can be enjoyed for Receptions up to 100 people, after 5.00pm. The Gallery is a modern space, which houses an important collection of Old Masters painting and drawings. You could combine it with an introductory talk by the Curator about some of the paintings and a chance to browse round the Gallery. Only Sparkling and White Wines may be consumed and no food is permitted. 

Contact:  Haley Wiggins, Senior Assistant Conference and Events Administrator
email:  Telephone: 01865 286877