Dining at Ardingly

Our students and staff have a choice of freshly produced meals, providing a balanced diet that exceeds current government guidelines.

We work with our suppliers to ensure ingredients are reduced in salt, sugar and fat and, wherever possible, sourced locally with full traceability. We use Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugars.

The Catering Department’s open door policy ensures a two-way conversation, with plenty of feedback sought from students and staff, regular surveys, and comments via the student Food Committee meetings. In response, the chefs continually review the menus to develop and include new and exciting dishes.

We’re naturally very sensitive to individual requests, whether religious, ethical, or dietary.


Eating together

Meals for Year 3 and above are taken in the Dining Hall, where they are selected from our servery.

At the Farmhouse Pre-Prep meals are prepared in our kitchens and served in The Barn at the Farmhouse.

Fresh, packed lunches are prepared for students attending school trips.


Food allergy information

Food allergies can cause serious health issues, so we provide information regarding all food items, including production, ingredients and calorific benefits.

Special Occasions

Throughout the year, the creative Catering Department lay on special themed lunches and initiate ‘no pudding’ Tuesdays, with the money saved contributed towards the local foodbank appeal. Every term there are special occasions where they provide the most delicious meals from the Prep School Choir Dinner to the Commemoration Ball. The highlight of the year must be the Christmas meal times, where an unbelievable 800 Christmas dinners are served during one day.