Food Glorious Food
At Wychwood food is a vital part of daily life. Every meal provided by Wendy and her team is an opportunity to enhance the health, wellbeing and social interaction of the girls, and great care is taken by the kitchen to offer an excellent variety of good, healthy and wholesome food.
Food starts with breakfast where boarders are often joined by day girls for cereal, fruit, toast, waffles and sometimes a hot breakfast. At lunchtime every girl has a choice of three hot meals including a vegetarian option or a visit to the daily pasta bar.
If something lighter is required, a fresh soup and a range of salad options are available. For dessert fresh fruit or yoghurt is offered. A hot halal meat dish is available once a week and Monday is Meat Free so we can contribute in our way towards environmental sustainability. Termly lunches are based on the cuisine of a country – most recently Spain, Poland, China and Thailand.
The menu changes for supper with a choice of international dishes, or menus based on the food preferences of boarders from overseas. Boarding parties in the evenings often have “themed” foods and activities from overseas boarders’ home countries.
In between meals, girls at morning break have the choice of morning buns, cakes, home-baked cookies, fresh soup and rolls or smoothies. In the afternoon girls staying for supervised prep or for an after school club or activity can have as much tea and toast as is necessary – the dining hall is at its busiest at 3.50pm!
At weekends, meals are provided at slightly later times to offer boarders more flexibility. Senior boarders have access to a fully equipped kitchenette in The House stocked with hot drinks and snacks. Junior boarders also have the same in 2&4. The kitchen will always supply bread and spreads, fruit and hot chocolate and milk for the boarders.
Wendy and the team regularly ask for feedback from the girls, both day girls and boarders, to ensure the food provided is what the girls want. Similarly, when girls start at Wychwood, Wendy meets those with dietary requirements to discuss the menu.
At Wychwood, food is more than what the girls eat and the dining hall is more than where it is eaten. It provides a chance for girls to chat and relax, to discuss and debate, and most importantly of all, to enjoy.