The Hawks’ Dining Rights Club, apart from supporting the Hawks’ Club and sharing its sporting ethos, is also both a business networking club and a social group.
It holds regular meetings as well as giving members the opportunity to enjoy full access to the Clubhouse on Portugal Place.
The Clubhouse has a fully stocked bar, members’ lounge, restaurant, and a meeting room. A range of meals is served in the restaurant and in the bar.
Members’ Lounge and Dining Room
The members’ lounge has a relaxed atmosphere and is often used for receptions, pre-meal drinks or coffee. It is well suited for private discussions.
The restaurant is the main dining room and seats up to 24 people. It is regularly used for lunches and dinners for members, their guests, and sometimes their families, providing a high standard of catering. It is available to be privately booked by any member.
Catering facilities are provided by a full-time chef who will, on request, produce bespoke menus as required.
Central Cambridge Location
The Club’s location in the historic heart of Cambridge provides opportunities for corporate entertaining, networking events, business meetings, family gatherings and as a ‘watering hole’ during visits to the city.
There are regular events held especially for DRC members including lunches, dinners and receptions.
One example of this is the twice-monthly Club table in term time where members, sometimes with guests or prospective members, meet in the bar and then enjoy a three-course luncheon together.
Themed dinners are also popular, being held at least once a term.
The Hawks’ DRC president holds receptions at least once a term for all members and also special receptions for new members.
Those interested in local cultural opportunities join together for special pre-arranged access to colleges, museums, galleries and other interesting places in and around the city.
The Hawks’ Club is, of course, essentially a sporting club and the many contests between Cambridge and Oxford are followed with interest.
One highlight of the sporting year is the rugby match between the University XV and the Mickey Steele Bodger invitation XV. On this famous occasion, the Club hosts a luncheon at the ground attracting over 400 people and the hospitality marquee later plays host to many more.
Over the years this has developed into one of the most important business networking events in the city.
A further benefit for members is the number of reciprocal club arrangements available. A growing number of famous clubs are signed up to grant reciprocal rights to our members. These clubs are located throughout the UK and internationally.
Ideas and Suggestions
The committee meets regularly to plan the affairs of the Club and it is keen to learn from members any ideas and suggestions to improve the membership experience.
The Club is looking to increase membership and current members are encouraged to introduce people they think would contribute to the life of the Club.
Prospective members without direct contacts within the Club are welcome to apply to be considered and will be invited for an interview.
For more information on joining the Hawks’ DRC, please see the How to Join page.