Bryanston is well known for the quality and variety of its food, which is prepared with great care by the award-winning catering team. All pupils eat together in the School’s dining hall, which is served from a central kitchen on a cafeteria system.
Menus are appetising and well balanced and include meat, fish and vegetarian dishes from the main counter, a ‘chef’s theatre’ providing stir fry, tortillas, omelettes and other dishes cooked to individual taste, a ‘light bites’ counter, freshly made soups, jacket potatoes, self-service salads, a choice of desserts and ample fresh fruit. In the evening, interest and variety are enhanced by international ‘theme nights’.
The chefs are able to cater for a range of dietary requirements including gluten-free, vegan etc and all pupils have the opportunity to comment on what they receive or would like to receive through regular meetings of the Food Committee.
In addition to the dining hall, there is a much-loved café which is open to pupils and staff throughout the week and is the ‘go-to’ meeting place in the evenings and at weekends. The café serves high-quality tea and coffee and all its cakes and tray bakes are made from scratch, including options for pupils with allergies or specific dietary requirements.
The café team are trained baristas but, through their experience of working with teenagers, they have also learned that their role involves so much more than serving coffees. Seeing the pupils at various stages in their emotional and physical growth gives the team a privileged opportunity to spot issues that inevitably occur, which they pass up to the relevant houseparent or tutor. The team are aware of the importance of healthy eating and help pupils to make sensible choices whilst recognising the needs of hardworking teenagers.
In their much-deserved down time, pupils come to the café not only for refreshments but to sit and chat with their friends whilst under the team’s discreet supervision. All major sporting and important events are shown on the café television, which makes for a lively and homely atmosphere.
In short, the café can be a place for high jinks and laughter with friends, or a place of refuge and solace when needed.