In First Court, what we call the Buttery (an old word) is a café during the day and a bar in the evening, so it's one of the main social areas in College and a source of snacks and pastries outside of Upper Hall meal times. Bar Manager Kiril and his team make everyone welcome, and the café is subsidised and so cheaper to use than the equivalent coffee shops in town. You'll often find fresh pastries and cakes, and there are sofas, newspapers and a TV. Students are encouraged to bring a coffee cup if getting a hot drink to take away to avoid using disposable ones. The bar serves a wide range of drinks in the evenings including plenty of non-alcholic options.
The Buttery is one of my favourite places in College. My friends and I often spend time there in the evenings, playing darts and card games. It gets quite busy before formal meals in the Hall, or if a sports match is on and it’s played on the TV.