Food at Downside

Downside aims to provide its pupils with a nutritionally sound and balanced diet that is varied, appealing and sustainably sourced.

We are delighted to partner with award-winning caterers Holroyd Howe to deliver a complete service for our pupils. There are always vegetarian/vegan options as well as meat and fish dishes from the hot counters, a salad bar and fresh fruit. Individual dietary requests are catered for by arrangement. Pupils are encouraged to submit ideas to the Catering Manager and sensible suggestions are taken up, with suggestions also discussed by the pupil-led School Council.

COVID-19 CHANGES TO CATERING AT DOWNSIDE
At Downside the safety of our pupils, staff, catering team and the wider school community is our number-one priority. From the start of the new academic year there have been some changes to the kitchen and service to ensure that everyone can eat safely every day.

1. Our Food Offer
Fresh, seasonal and nutritious foods are still available every day, and we have taken great care to ensure this is not impacted. During these times we have had to alter some of our usual offering to keep everyone safe.

Some of the changes that pupils may see:

2. Health & Safety
Our catering team will not attend work if they have COVID-19 related symptoms. All team members will wash their hands thoroughly and more regularly, they will not touch their face and they will wear a clean uniform every day. Catering staff will stay socially distanced from pupils, colleagues and school staff. Contact points in the catering areas (kitchens, Ref, Servery, etc.) will be cleaned more regularly.

3. Mealtimes
Mealtimes have changed since the start of the new academic year to ensure that everyone can eat safely every day.

Monday – Saturday

Room Year Group Breakfast Lunch Supper
The Butler Room First Form 7.15am 12.45pm 5.30pm
The Butler Room Second Form 7.15am 12.45pm 5.30pm
The Refectory Third Form 7.25am 12.55pm 5.40pm
The Refectory Fourth Form 7.45am 1.05pm 6.00pm
The Refectory Fifth Form 8.05am 1.25pm 6.20pm
The Weld Café   Lower Sixth 7.35am 1.35pm 5.50pm
The Weld Café   Upper Sixth 7.55am 1.15pm 6.10pm

Sunday

Room Year Group Breakfast Lunch Supper
The Butler Room First Form 9.15am 12.45pm 5.30pm
The Butler Room Second Form 9.15am 12.45pm 5.30pm
The Refectory Third Form 9.25am 12.55pm 5.40pm
The Refectory Fourth Form 9.45am 1.05pm 6.00pm
The Refectory Fifth Form 10.05am 1.25pm 6.20pm
The Weld Café   Lower Sixth 9.35am 1.35pm 5.50pm
The Weld Café   Upper Sixth 9.55am 1.15pm 6.10pm

During the week, pupils are able to enjoy a selection of bagels, bacon sandwiches or pastries during the ‘Half’ at 11.10am. They then enjoy a slice of cake during for Tea at 3.15pm.

Each Year Group now has a slot to enjoy evening tuck in the Downside Weld Café. Hot and cold snacks and takeaways are available, and pupils are given fresh fruit and snacks each day and evening in the Houses.

All the Houses have their own kitchens – especially nice for hot drinks after a cold afternoon on the sports pitch!