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Healthy eating at Winchester House

Healthy eating at Winchester House

Winchester House is delighted to announce a new catering partnership with Thomas Franks.

Healthy eating is a vital part of school life and we believe that delicious and nutritious food plays a huge part in wellbeing and this in turn leads to happy and productive children. After a thorough review of catering arrangements, we have appointed Thomas Franks who will be providing freshly cooked, heathy and tasty meals. Thomas Franks’ nutritionist, Julia Hayes, advises all the chefs to understand the nutritional needs of children and to ensure our menus offer a wide variety of healthy options.  

“The kitchen will be a hive of activity where all the dishes and ingredients are freshly prepared and even the salad dressings are made from scratch” (Thomas Franks)  

95% of all our dishes will be freshly prepared on site using natural raw ingredients.  Our food will be freshly cooked using healthier cooking techniques such as stir-frying, steaming and baking, rather than frying or boiling. We will reduce salt by flavouring with herbs and spices and reduce sugar by flavouring with dried fruit and the natural sweetness of honey and root vegetables.  

“Part of the way we encourage healthy eating is to provide beautifully cooked food with plenty of variety and fresh fruit and vegetables, but we also use hidden vegetables or disguise them with delicious sauces.” (Thomas Franks)  

We will use fresh ingredients using the very best quality, local and seasonal produce to ensure we provide wholesome and nutritionally balanced meals.  

Special Dietary Requirements: We recognise that there are an increasing number of pupils and staff that suffer from food allergies and intolerances. Our robust management procedures ensure that we can cater safely for all dietary requirements and religious beliefs.  

Outside the dining room: We will continue to promote healthy eating outside the dining room with workshops and assemblies to provide children and parents with a deeper and long-lasting insight into the benefits of healthy eating and encourage them to develop a life-long love of good food.

Click here to see this week’s menu plan.

Please click on the image below to view the Thomas Franks & WHS partnership brochure.