Almost all of the food on offer is cooked from scratch, using fresh ingredients and local suppliers wherever possible. We happily cater for pupils with special dietary needs such as dairy/lactose intolerance, gluten-free diets and halal food. Simon Illingworth, the Catering General Manager, welcomes the opportunity to talk both to parents and pupils about any special dietary needs or concerns that they may have. Please call him on 01527 579679 ext 380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a three-week rolling menu for the Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior that changes each term, and although this can occasionally be subject to some variation, the general format remains the same.
In January 2015, the School appointed Holroyd Howe
Independent as our catering partner. Holroyd Howe is an award-winning catering company that specialises in the independent school sector. Since their introduction at the start of term, a number of improvements and changes have already taken place, both to the food and menus on offer. When the new dining hall is completed in the summer holidays of 2015 the servery areas will be completely redesigned, making it more ergonomically efficient, with a fresh and contemporary feel and creating more space for staff and pupils to move around in when choosing their meal.
A continental and a full cooked breakfast is on offer on all teaching days, and a continental breakfast on Sundays.
On all teaching days, lunch options include two hot meat choices, a vegetarian choice, soup and bread, a salad bar, a fresh fruit and yoghurt bar and a hot pudding. In addition, two theatre-style deli-bars offer different options such as oriental noodles, paninis, on different days of the week. On Sundays, the ever-popular brunch is on offer between 11.00am and 1.00pm.
The format for supper is similar to that of lunch, and on Sundays we offer a traditional roast meal.
Theme days and menus
We always ensure that we provide regular theme menus to help provide the pupils as much choice and variety as possible. Themes have included The Bromsgrove Banger – where pupils help choose a bespoke school sausage from a local butcher, Healthy eating weeks, Pancake Day, Burns Night, Chinese New Year, pasta and sushi demonstrations and international speciality dishes - Spanish tapas being a favourite! In December 2014 Holroyd Howe presented a Christmas theme evening to the Bromsgrove boarding pupils and Houseparents. It was a perfect opportunity for the caterers to introduce themselves to the wider boarding community. The feast was certainly well received and the savoury and sweet treats provided the perfect send off to the pupils before their Christmas holiday.
The Dining Hall
All pupils eat centrally in either the Senior School Dining Hall or the Preparatory School Dining Hall. Meal choices are varied and cater for the diversity of nationalities and for special diets. The Senior School Dining Hall has recently been refurbished and extended - this opened to pupils on 6th September 2015.
Cafe 1553, located within the Sports Centre, opened in 2012 for the use of pupils, staff, families and visitors to the School. Open during term time, it offers a relaxed place for boarders to meet after School and for parents to enjoy a hot or cold drink and snack whilst waiting for their children after School or on Saturday after matches.
The Cafe offers a wide range of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, paninis, cakes and other snacks.