Educating children to lead healthy, active lives and enjoy a balanced diet is an important part of their learning experience. It begins with providing every pupil with a high quality, nutritious lunch and healthy snacks at school, freshly prepared daily and served by our in-school catering team. There is also the option for day pupils children to join our boarders for breakfast and tea.

Lunch is served in our magnificent panelled dining hall from 12.45pm. Breakfast is served at 7.35am and tea is at 5.15pm, also in the dining hall. Senior School pupils can also enjoy tea or coffee and biscuits at morning break.

Our summer and winter seasonal menus are rotated on a three-weekly basis to provide plenty of variety and choice from a range of hot and cold main courses, including a full salad bar. Popular lunch choices include Wednesday’s carvery and fish and chip Friday. The breakfast choice changes daily as well, varying between continental, waffles and pancakes and full English. Menus for the Lent Term can be viewed here.

We can cater for special dietary needs and allergies, with menu items marked as vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free. Menus are available for pupils and parents to view at any time and our Catering Manager is always keen to discuss specific requirements. The serving team are very well informed about individual children’s needs and also about the ingredients within each dish. Local suppliers, such as Organic Acorn Dairy and Peat’s Butchers, are used as much as possible.

When pupils are on excursions, the school catering team supplies healthy packed lunches, which include a freshly made baguette, fruit jelly and a large bottle of water. Senior School pupils will often get to enjoy sports tea with opposing teams, typically sausage and chips after rugby and afternoon tea during cricket fixtures. Our busy 26-strong catering team also provides for sports day, house dinners, the leavers’ summer ball, Old Barnardians functions and a range of other events.

Pupils have the chance to contribute to the development of catering through the boarding and day pupils’ Food Committees, which provide a regular forum for sharing their views with the Catering Manager and Headmaster.