Food at Cottesmore
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Food at Cottesmore


“The standard of catering in the school is outstanding” – Ofsted Report. At Cottesmore we are delighted that the excellence of our chef and his team has been further recognized with Tatler’s award for Best School Food.

Meeting the children’s nutritional needs is another of our top priorities.

Our inspections have awarded the high-quality catering at Cottesmore an ‘outstanding’ classification, while our match teas have been classed as ‘sensational’ in the Tatler Schools Guide. 

We use the award-winning schools catering company Holroyd Howe and they understand the requirement for a nutritionally balanced diet which meets the needs of growing children who have a busy day, both in an out of the classroom.  Children with dietary restrictions, for example for medical or religious reasons, are easily accommodated. 

Our menu changes weekly and as in any family the children are able to have their say, knowing that their opinions will be listened to.   The Food Committee meets every half term; a representative from each form puts forward suggestions for menu implementations and these are frequently incorporated.  This can be as simple as asking for salad ingredients to be served separately rather than in a mixed salad, or requests that firm favourite Popcorn Chicken be served more frequently.

All food is home cooked here in our kitchens by our in-house team.   We support local businesses and select those who can trace the provenance of their supplies from origin to delivery.

As well as enjoying three cooked meals every day, the children are offered nutritional snacks at morning and afternoon break-time as well as before bed; in addition a large basket of fresh fruit is always available. 

Those sensational match teas are served not only on match days, but at other events throughout the school year, for example after concerts, on Sports Day and on Old Cottesmorians Day.  The match tea menu is a blend of both savoury and sweet, with homemade cakes and éclairs proving especially popular.

In the summer term the pupils enjoy the occasional opportunity of cooking on barbeques (under close supervision). Cooking and eating  alfresco in our superb grounds is a very popular summer-time treat for everyone.

Below is a menu:

Menu

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thur

Fri

Sat

Sun

Breakfast

Chipolatas

Tomatoes

Fried Bread

Scotch Pancakes

Maple Syrup

Boiled Egg

Crumpet

Grapefruit

Scrambled Egg

Potato Waffle

Gypsy Bread Beans

Bacon

Tomato

Fried Bread

Pain au Chocolat

Banana

Juice

Lunch

Tagliatelli

Carbonarra or Tomato Sauce

Sweetcorn

Broccoli

Jam Sponge

Custard

Chicken Korma

or Casserole

Rice

Grated Carrot

Celery Sticks

Banoffee Pie

Lasagne

Garlic Bread

Salad

Apple & Custard

Beef Casserole

Puff Pastry Couscous

Mashed Potato

Cabbage & Bacon

Rice

Pudding

Cinnamon Sugar

Scampi

Fish Pie

Sausages

Chips

Peas

Tomato

Sweetcorn

Cheesecake

Spare Ribs

Chicken Legs

Potato Wedges

Corn on the Cob

Green Beans

Cornflake Cake & Custard

Roast Beef

Yorkshire Pudding

Roast Potatoes

Honey Parsnips

Broccoli Cheese

Arctic Roll Strawberry Sauce

Tea

Chicken Fillet Roll

Saute Potatoes

Cucumber & Carrot Sticks

Chocolate Chip Scone

Fresh Fruit

Sausage Pasta Bake

Grated cheese

Cucumber Carrot Stocks

Chocolate Cake

Fresh Fruit

Grilled Bacon

Hash Browns

Spaghetti Hoops

Beans

Shortbread

Fresh Fruit

French Bread Pizza

Crisps

Cucumber

Carrot Sticks

Ice Vanilla Cake

Fresh Fruit

Assorted

Panini

Tortillas

Salad

Yogurt

Fresh Fruit

Pasta Twirls

Tomato Sauce

Grated Cheese

Muffin

Fresh Fruit

Ham Egg & Cheese

Salami

Petit Pain

Branston

Onion

Gherkin

Cookie

Fresh Fruit