Our school kitchen prides itself on the quality of its ingredients, with fresh fruit and vegetables delivered daily as well as meat from the local butcher. Food is freshly cooked and prepared in our own kitchen. Meal times at Ludgrove are a social and lively time; good manners are paramount and the boys sit at the same table for a term, rotating around daily giving each boy a chance to serve, clear and sit next to staff.
Boys are offered a cooked breakfast every day in addition to cereal, toast and yoghurt. At lunchtime, we are now offering alongside the main dish the popular salad bar where there are always two protein choices, baked potatoes and a selection of salads. Tea is less formal, following more of a cafeteria style, with an emphasis on offering a substantial meal and in the winter there is always home made soup of offer.
Every evening, depending on their age, boys are also offered supper consisting of milk and biscuits, cereal and toast. We are continuing to add more variety to the menu and offering even more choice where possible. Our chef and Mrs Barber also hold a food committee meeting each term with representatives from each division and this gives all of the boys a chance to express their likes and dislikes and make any requests.
Our fresh meat is supplied by McLleish & Sons, a Wokingham butcher who has looked after the school for many years. Brian and Steve supply us with freshly made meatballs, whole and jointed chickens, beef mince and stewing steak and joints of gammon, pork and beef and they make our ‘Sunday sausages’ especially for us. Slicing the seven huge joints of pork for Sunday lunch can take 2 ½ hours!
Fruit & vegetables
We have deliveries of seasonal fruit and vegetables 6 days per week from D & S Fletcher Greengrocers, who are based just outside Wokingham. Dean & Stuart are following in their grandfather’s footsteps by continuing to supply the school, and visit Covent Garden daily to purchase our orders. Our consumption of fruit and vegetables has increased by 34% in the last year.
Milk, bread & eggs
All milk is full-fat and delivered daily by Fletchers, too. We purchase pergals of milk, each containing 24 pints, and our average weekly consumption is 1500 pints! Fletchers also supply our bread, which is 50/50 wholemeal and eggs - we consume an average of 600 eggs per week in freshly made cakes, puddings and scrambled and boiled eggs.
Turners Dairy, Myrtlegrove Farm, Worthing, is a small family run firm that has won numerous awards for their products, who supply us with high quality yoghurt that is free from preservatives and additives. This is also supplemented with branded yoghurts.
Dry store / frozen products
The majority of dry store, packaged and frozen supplies come from Bidvest (3663), who deliver 2-3 times a week, for what is technically a massive home shop. Kentwood, a local family-run company comes to our aid with the smaller dry store requests.