An army marches on its stomach and so does a school! Children at Thorngrove enjoy a delicious variety of lunches and snacks throughout the week.

Our Chef Manager, Jason, works together with our Second Chef, Karen and Catering Assistants Sharon, Lorraine and Cody to offer children, staff and visitors nutritious, balanced and, above all, delicious meals and snacks.

The menus have been carefully designed to take into account nutrition, quality, seasonality and balance. They run on a 6-week rotation basis, but children still get to enjoy the occasional themed days and specifically created menus to celebrate various National Days.

Dishes are made from ‘scratch’, using fresh and, whenever possible, locally-sourced produce. A hot vegetarian meal is on offer every single day. Dishes, made onsite by the team, include timeless classics such as meatballs and lightly battered cod fillets, but also a take on some very exciting international dishes such as chicken curry, frittata, arancini and vegetable tagine. This allows our children to discover new tastes and expand their palates.

Our weekly roast is on a Thursday and comes with a full complement of sides. There is a salad bar for alternative options – children will be able to choose from cold meats, home-made scotch eggs, a wide variety of salads (pasta, rice, couscous and lentils mixed with various vegetables), crudités, salad leaves, quiche, boiled eggs and grated cheese. Hot soups and jacket potatoes are also available every day of the week, as well as fresh bread.

Fresh, seasonal fruits are offered daily alongside hot puddings or cold desserts such as apple pie, oat and raisin cookies, ice-cream, seeded banana flapjack, and the utterly delicious (and healthy!) chocolate and courgette brownies. Everything is home-made, and incorporates as many fruits, vegetables, pulses and grains as possible (but 100% nut free) to ensure children have the necessary fuel for a busy day at school.

Snacks (for morning breaks and aftercare) are just as nutritious, varied and delicious. Children can enjoy fresh fruit, breadsticks and hummus, veggie pizza wheel, cheese sticks and apple quarters, and fruity oat bars.

The highlight of the week is our Big Breakfast on Friday mornings! From 7.30am, pupils and their parents can enjoy a cooked breakfast, with bacon, eggs, hash browns, beans and fried toast, with a freshly made cup of tea or coffee. A continental option is also available, with toast, pastries and cereals, for those who prefer something lighter in the morning. It is the perfect opportunity for the school community to come together and enjoy some delicious food.

This week's menu is available