Good food is a must at a boarding school; it should be fresh and tasty. We offer the girls nutritious, freshly prepared food throughout the day. Staff and pupils eat together at meal times in the main Dining Room, which operates on a cafeteria system. The menu is imaginatively varied and all food is freshly prepared and cooked by our own catering staff led by a qualified Catering Manager. We do not bring in processed meat into the kitchen and we source all our meat, chicken & fish fresh; all the meat comes from a local butcher.
There are at least four choices of hot and cold dishes each lunch and suppertime. There is always a vegetarian option as well as meat and fish dishes from the hot counters, a self-service salad bar and fresh fruit available.
On Sundays of free weekends, brunch is served. This has proved to be one of the most popular meals of the week.
Members of the School Council meet on a regular basis to review the choices available in consultation with the Catering Manager. We frequently provide themed menus to support learning and encourage a cultural palate as well as putting on formal dinners for special occasions.
Special dietary requirements are well catered for. Our parents who have sampled our fare have been very complimentary.
St Mary's won the Tatler Award for Best School Food in 2005.