British schools provide their students with three meals a day. High quality requirements are imposed on the products, and not only in private boarding houses, but even in ordinary public schools. To make a reasonably balanced diet and cook all this, you need a special kitchen with your own chef (of course, without Michelin stars, but with special specialized eduaction, anyway).
Menus are usually developed for several weeks in advance. Each meal is accompanied by several choice options – that is, children can choose their own food to taste, as well as apply for additional portions.
Regular breakfasts include scrambled eggs and bacon, sausages or sausages, beans and other legumes. Less hungry can be content with porridge, muesli, sandwiches with honey or jam, drinks (here most often we are talking about tea, a little less often - coffee or cocoa).
At lunchtime, children and teenagers have several options to choose from – up to half a dozen. It can be meat, fish or vegetables with a suitable and appropriate side dish, soups. Some private schools have salad bars. And in the finale of the sweet tooth, dessert awaits (pudding familiar to the British or something continental, more traditional).
When we talk about dinner, of course, we are talking only about schools with boarding. Here children are offered hot, vegetable and fruit dishes. Sometimes thematic days are held, when students cook together with the teacher and set the table for an event; in other cases, the day may be devoted to the study of the gastronomic traditions of a particular country.
High school students usually have the opportunity to prepare their own meals or small snacks during the day. Usually we are talking about the possibility of drinking coffee, making a few sandwiches.
The kitchens are equipped with a refrigerator with milk, cheeses, fruits and other snacks. In the canteens there are also nets-baskets with fruits, and after the end of the school day, everything often ends with joint tea parties.
Not the most useful snack options are usually not welcome, but bread or cereal bars are a very popular thing; they can be purchased in the cafeteria or at the campus or academic building.
What about diets and allergies?
In private schools, the administration collects information in advance about the presence of special nutritional needs. If there is one, the school can provide the student with an individual nutrition plan based on medical indications, the presence of allergies, ethical and religious considerations. Most often, options for vegans, as well as those who prefer gluten- and lactose-free foods, are already included in the basic school menu.
In the UK, by the way, food products have the appropriate labeling, which clearly and unambiguously indicates that this food meets the requirements of a particular diet. And vice versa: there is always food, which contains serious allergens.
In general, it will not be difficult to choose something for yourself, even in the city on a walk or during an excursion.