Food & Nutrition

Exciting, tasty and healthy food – a vital ingredient for a successful school

Healthy eating is at the very heart of our approach to catering at King Edward’s. We wholeheartedly encourage a healthy lifestyle and work hard to establish a varied and balanced eating pattern. With a large percentage of our pupil population boarding, an exciting, healthy and diverse menu is important.

Holroyd Howe independent caterers provide all the meals at King Edward’s.  The menu is fresh, contemporary, nutritionally balanced and, as much as possible, sourced locally. The self-service buffet allows pupils to choose from two main meals as well as home-made soup, a range of salads, hot and cold dishes. There are vegetarian and healthy options for every meal including a pasta bar, fruit, yoghurts and other puddings.  The day is given a kick-start with a cooked English breakfast, a choice of cereals, toast and croissants. Mid-morning and mid-afternoon homemade snacks help fill any gaps.

To nurture an interest in new tastes, Holroyd Howe offers a Wednesday lunchtime ‘try something different’ special every week. This is additional to the self-service lunch and its purpose is to offer a small taste of something new to encourage a confidence to broaden pupil’s food repertoire. Wednesday specials have ranged from sushi, miso salad and elderflower cordial; mussels with buckwheat noodles; green tea and peach mess.

Innovation is the key to maintaining interest in the food we serve, and we offer an ever-changing selection of traditional, international and ethnic dishes, so that children can benefit from a balanced diet that is fun and wide-ranging.  Themed meals are organised to coincide with Chinese New Year, St Patrick’s Day, the Football World Cup and many others.

Staff and pupils eat together in our dining hall.

In addition to this, the Houses have their own kitchens where pupils can make themselves snacks, hot drinks, and where a bowl of fruit is always on offer. Cooking is a popular evening past time in the Houses for boarders.

At every meal there will be food for special dietary requirements. For special diets and allergies, email our Catering Manager on who will be happy to help.

Holyrod House manage Piccadilly Café. Piccadilly is a café opened to all pupils, staff, parents and visitors, located in the North Side of the main building. It offers café style snacks and hot and cold drinks. It is very much at the heart of the School and outside of the busy break times is a place where pupils, staff and parents can meet to relax in a quiet, modern space. It is the meeting place for our Parents’ Association, KESPA. Piccadilly Café term time opening hours are:

Monday to Friday: 08:00 to 17:00
Saturday: 09:00 to 15:00
Sunday: Closed

Piccadilly Café is open in the school holidays but with reduced opening hours.

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